Robyn Sweaney’s collection of painted homes were created in her studio space on the northern coast of New South Wales. Sweaney has long been inspired by the Australian home and the complex layering of history, ideology and identity contained within them. The houses featured in this collection were captured in drawings and studies which were exhibited at Arthouse Gallery in June 2020. Choosing to limit her travel this year Sweaney came to rely on this archive of places visited reinterpreting her studies and giving them new life as fully realised paintings.
“Our way of life has been challenged in many ways over this past year… Home is definitely the place to be at the moment.” – Robyn Sweaney 2020
Robyn Sweaney has exhibited regularly since 1992 and been involved in over ninety group exhibitions. She was the winner of the Wynne Trustees’ Watercolour Prize, AGNSW (2019) and has been the finalist of many major awards including the Wynne Prize (2019, 2017, 2011), Salon Des Refusés (2018, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008), Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Prize (JADA) (2018, 2014, 2010, 2008, 2004), Mosman Art Prize (2015, 2010, 2009), Paddington Art Prize (2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009), Moran Prize (2012, 2011), Portia Geach Memorial Award (2013), Fleurieu Art Prize (2013) and the Sulman Prize (2009). Her work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia including The State Library of New South Wales, Artbank, The Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe and Grafton and Lismore Regional Galleries.