Rowena Keall Walsh – Artist – Paintings

Perth Artist Rowena Keall Walsh has enjoyed successful mixed and solo exhibitions both locally and interstate and has been collected by many corporate collections including a fit out of 23 paintings for the Galaxy Casino Hotel in China. Her paintings are inspired by the feelings and emotions that the natural work evoke in Rowena and she uses many layers of oil paint to build up the image to then etch into the paint creating intricate patterns. Her vision is for people to live and progress in harmony and balance with nature.

 

Rowena Keall Walsh majored in sculpture and painting at Claremont School of Art and is a competent oil painter. She has had five solo exhibitions, completed two major corporate public art projects as well as three artist in residencies over the past seven years.

Rowena Keall Walsh is deeply passionate about the relationship between communities and our ever changing environment. Her work is inspired by the feelings and emotions that the natural world evoke. Underlying her paintings is the vision is to see people live and progress in harmony and balance with nature. In her painting practice she endeavors to understand the Australian landscape as well as reflect the splendor and presence of nature in the urban and innate landscape.

Rowena uses layers of oil paint, to build up her paintings. Details are etched, drawn and scraped into the deepest layers of the paint revealing the foundation of the canvas.

Rowena Keall Walsh – Artist Biography

b. 1968  Perth, Western Australia, currently lives and works in Perth Western Australia
1992      Further studies in Art Diploma, Claremont School of Art, Perth
1990      Studied life drawing and screen printing at The Gordon TAFE, Geelong, Victoria
1987      Fine Art Diploma, Claremont School of Art
1986      Fashion design, diploma course, Bentley Technical College
1985      Completed secondary education at Saint Hilda’s

Solo Exhibitions

2015″Vanishing Point” Cullity Gallery, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts The University of Western Australia Nedlands
2014 “Sense of Balance” Central Park Lobby, St Georges Tce, Perth WA
2013 “Urban shades” Cullity Gallery, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts The University of Western Australia Nedlands
2007 “Precious Little” Private residence, Nedlands
2007 “Clear Conscience”, Elements Art Gallery, Subiaco
2006 “Behind the Fence”, Elements Art Gallery, Subiaco
2005 “Aspects Four”, Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle
2004 “Merging Places”, Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park
2002 “Shifting Lands”, Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park
2001 “Paintings at a Glimpse”, El Nino Café, Perth

Group Exhibitions

2013      City of Wanneroo Art Prize
2012      Perth College Art exhibition
2012      My Community, Cullity Gallery Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts The University of Western Australia Nedlands
2008      Lake Claremont Environmental painting project and exhibition at Scotch College, Swanbourne, Western Australia
2007      “Foreshore”. Environmental painting project and exhibition Christ Church Grammar school Gallery, Claremont WA
2007      Artitude, Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth
2007      City of Melville Art Prize
2007      City of Stirling Art Prize
2006      Gorepani Art Gallery Albany, Western Australia
2006      Elements Art Gallery eclectic collection
2006      Artitude, Perth Convention Centre
2005      Artitude, Perth Convention Centre
2005      Artopia, Gorepani Art Gallery, Albany, Western Australia
2004      Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River
2004      Katsui Studio, Claremont, Perth
2004      Table and Chair, Subiaco, Perth
2004      Affordable Art Show, Sydney
2004      Graphis Gallery, Woollahra, Sydney
2002      Gunyulgup Gallery, Margaret River, Western Australia
2001      Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River, Western Australia
1999      Millbrook Gallery, Williams, Western Australia

Prizes

2013   City of Wanneroo open art award

Corporate Commissions and Collections

2014   Honourable William (Bill) Richard Marmion MLA, BE, MBA Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Housing. Member for Nedlands.
2013      City of Wanneroo
2012      Commission of 2 large paintings for St Louis Estate, Continuing Health Care
2010      Commission of 23 paintings and 900 giclee print reproductions for 5-star Galaxy Casino Hotel, Macau, China
2008     Westralia Airport Commission – Perth Airport stage 1 commissioned eleven paintings for the new Corporate Headquarters building.
2008     Westralia Airport Commission – Perth Airport stage 2 commission of twelve paintings for Corporate Headquarters building.

I was chosen for this commission because of the nature of my work to capture the essence of Perth Airport’s native bushland with a focus on both its rare species as well as those
that typify the natural flora.

2006     Mirvac Fini Collection

Private Commissions

I have undertaken a number of private commissions. Further information and images are available upon request.

Community Projects and Employment

2013      Artist in Residence Hollywood Primary School
2008      Artist in Residence at Scotch College, Perth WA
2007      Artist in Residence at Christ Church grammar School
2003      Art exhibition coordinator Hollywood Primary School
2002      Painting workshop at Hollywood Primary School
2001      Painting (insects) workshop Hollywood Early Learning Centre 2000 Art Coordinator at Frankland Primary

School

1991-2001  Own business in floral design.

Selected Bibliography

2013      Scoop galleries Choice
2013      West Australian News Paper- Arts, Stephen Bevis
2007      Perth Vita, Culture
2007      Insite, Exhibition
2007      Perth Woman, Feature Article by Krystal Griffiths
2007      Post Newspapers, Arts Feature
2007      Sunday Times, Prestige Property, Feature Article by Phoebe Sinclair 2006 Insite Magazine, Galleries Choice
2006      Post Newspaper, Arts Feature
2005      Living Instyle, feature article by Kandina Terrar
2005      Western Suburbs “Four Aspects” by Louise Fisher
2004      Habitat, West Australian, By Sally-Ann Jones
2003      Scoop Magazine – Visual Arts Calendar review
2002      Post Newspaper feature article

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