Biography

Becoming an artist can involve many twists and turns.  Born in Bega in 1966, Beverly grew up on the family farm near Bemboka on the Far South Coast of NSW. This land would later come to inpsire her contemporary work.  Leaving behind art studies at 16, she pursued an academic career, qualifying as an Occupational Therapist.  Further studies saw Beverly specialise in ergonomics, a field of endeavour that now informs her depiction of human form.  After ten years, Beverly switched careers to sales and marketing for a more creative outlet, but after attending a two month life drawing class in Sydney in 2001, she realised that only a return to artistic practice would satisfy that integral part of her connection to art.  Beverly enrolled fulltime in the Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts, the Sydney Gallery School, in February 2002 - the best decision in almost 20 years.

Since then Beverly has had numerous group exhibitions of her work in Sydney, including Depot II gallery in Danks Street, Waterloo  and The Gunnery in Woolloomooloo. Her first solo exhibition was held in May 2005 at the Annabel Wallace Gallery, in the country town of Young. Her second solo exhibition opened at the Annabel Wallace Gallery, in Murringo (July 2006).  After the birth of her greatest creation, her son, in 2008, Beverly’s third solo opened, again at the Annabel Wallace Gallery in Murringo (October 2009). Her most recent solo show, titled “Toward Bemboka”, was held at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery in October 2010.

Beverly is best known for her oil paintings and printmaking, particularly etching.  Her work also includes drawings, acrylic and watercolours.  Her interest in photography often overlaps all these areas.   Her paintings reflect the influence of the Impressionists and Australian artists like Lloyd Rees, but her main source of inspiration comes from her strong connection with the country, its people and the land.  Many of her landscapes have been set in the Bega Valley where she was born and grew up, including perspectives from the original family farm near Bemboka.  Beverly's more recent landscape works have evolved from the Kangaroo Valley (NSW), and we will soon see works from her new homeland in the Southern Highlands of NSW. 

In 2010 Beverly commenced studies at the celebrated Charlie Sheard Studio School in Sydney – a 3 year course that teaches the techniques of the old masters with an indepth study of paint and process.  This has led to a developing fascination for, and appreciation of, 15th to 17th century painting.  Beverly remains truly excited about the course, even though it is now completed, not only because of its content but also because it has signaled the beginning of a new adventure; she has allowed it to influence perhaps slightly her style and definitely her subject matter. So far, as a result, Beverly has started exploring portraiture and still life utilising her most powerful and passionate inspiration to date, her son and her role as mum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Résumé

1966 Born, Bega, NSW Australia

Current Studies

2010-2012 Charlie Sheard Studio School Course, Charlie Sheard Studio School, Redfern, Sydney, NSW

Tertiary Education / Qualifications

2004 Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts (Double major Printmaking and Painting) Sydney Gallery School, NSW
2003 Diploma of Fine Arts, Sydney Gallery School, NSW
2000 Marketing Practice Certificate, UTS, NSW
1995 Graduate Diploma in Ergonomics, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria
1990 Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), CCHS, University of Sydney, NSW

Short Courses

January 2006 Masterclass in Artist Books with Dianne Fogwell, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange
January 2006 Water Colour Painting, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney
October 2005 Monotypes with Brenda Tye and Peter Sharp, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2005 Printmaking –Level III certificate, 2005, Sydney Gallery School, Sydney
January 2005 Ceramics – Wheelforming with Sandy Lockwood,The National Arts School, Sydney
June 2004 Translating your ideas into Drawing with Lynne Eastaway,The National Arts School, Sydney
December 2003 PaintingEn Plein air with Geoff Levitus
Sept -Nov 2003 Illustrating Children’s Books, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney
May-June 2001 Life Drawingwith Geoff Levitus, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney 

Awards

2007 Finalist for Country Energy Art Award – Highly Commended
2005 Finalist for Arts North Exhibition, Northern Institute
2005 Finalist for The Sydney Gallery School Paris Residency
2004 Printmaking award, The Sydney Gallery School
2004 Finalist for Paris Pata Residency
2003 Selected Semi-finalist, NSW TAFE Award 2003

Solo Exhibitions

2010 “Towards Bemboka”, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega, NSW
2009 Recent Paintings, Annabel Wallace Gallery, Murringo, NSW
2006 Recent Paintings and Etchings, Annabel Wallace Gallery, Murringo, NSW
2005 “Kyalami Series – Recent Paintings and Etchings”, Annabel Wallace Gallery, Young, NSW

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013

Westmead Hospital ABCD Corridor, Retrospective exhibition of 13 works with one other artist

2012/2013

"Little Gems", Shepherd Street Gallery, Chippendale, NSW

2012

Wonderfest Art Show, Tudor House School, Moss Vale NSW

2012

Charlie Sheard Studio School Final Exhibition, Paddington, NSW

2012

Opening Exhibition at Shepherd Street Gallery, Chippendale, NSW

2012

"Up a River" fundraiser weekend, at Upper River Hall, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

2011

Kinross Wolaroi School Art Fair, Orange, NSW

2010

"Passions", Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2009 Exhibition with Elke Wohlfarht, Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2009 “Reconnect”, Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2009 Kinross Wolaroi School Art Fair, Orange, NSW
2008 Group Exhibition, Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2008 The Kings School 2008 Art Show, North Parramatta
2008 Countryscapes, Country Energy Exhibition, The Gunnery, Woolloomooloo
2007 Exhibition with Elke Wohlfarht, Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2007 Annabel Wallace Gallery, Stand D16 at Art Sydney, Royal Hall of Industries
2007 “Rendezvous II”, Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2007 Country Energy Art Award Finalist Exhibition, Dubbo Regional Gallery
2007 The King’s School 2007 Art Show, North Parramatta
2007 St Joseph’s College 31st Annual Art and Craft Exhibition, Hunters Hill
2006 Exhibition with Elke Wohlfarht, Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2006 “Original Fine Art Group Exhibition”, Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2006 “Rendezvous”, Cross Bay Gallery, Potts Point
2005 TAFE NSW Exhibition, Law Courts, Sydney
2005 “Bridge to Bridge”, See St Gallery, Meadowbank
2005 “Pressing Moments”, Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2005 “Surfacing”, The Gladstone Hotel, Dulwich Hill
2005 “Art in the Foyer”, Castle Grand Community Centre, Castle Hill
2005 “Come up and see my etchings”, Global Gallery, Paddington
2005 Arts North Finalist exhibition, See St Gallery, Meadowbank
2005 The Sydney Gallery School Paris Residency Finalist Exhibition, See St Gallery, Meadowbank
2004 Exhibition with Elke Wohlfarht, Depot II Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Sydney
2004 The Sydney Gallery School 3rd Year Drawing exhibition, See St Gallery, Meadowbank
2004 The Sydney Gallery School 3rd Year Printmaking exhibition, Hardware Fine Art, St Leonards
2004 “XYZ”, The Sydney Gallery School 3rd year Painting and Sculpture exhibition, The Muse Gallery, Ultimo
2004 MCA Acquisitive Art Award Exhibition, See St Gallery, Meadowbank
2004 “Being There”, National Arts School Winter School Exhibition, Stairwell gallery, NAS, Sydney
2004 Sydney Gallery School 2003 Graduate Exhibition, See St Gallery, Meadowbank
2004 “Views at the Muse”, Museums light up Sydney, The Muse Gallery, TAFE NSW, Ultimo
2004 “Art in the Streets”, Bega, NSW
2003 “Rhythms”, exhibition with Narani Sissons and Elke Wohlfarht, Gig Gallery, Glebe
2003 “Simply Black and White”, Sydney Gallery School, Two Step Gallery, Newtown
2003 Selected Semi-finalist, NSW TAFE Award 2003, Exhibition at Parramatta Heritage Centre
2003 Ryde Art Society 43rd Art Exhibition
2003 Denistone East Public School Art Exhibition
2003 Ryde College Wine Fair and Art Exhibition
2003 The Hunters Hill Art and Craft Exhibition
2002 MCA Acquisitive Art Award Exhibition, The Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank
2002 Lane Cove Council & Lane Cove Art Society Exhibition

Collections

Private collections throughout Australia and overseas, including New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, the USA and the UK.

Bibliography

January 2009 Country Style Magazine, full length article "Art and Soul"

June 2006 Country Style Magazine, Artwork images, pg. 66, 67

September 2005 Country Style Magazine, Artwork image pg.56

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