Heidi Yardley Joins Arthouse Gallery
Fondling, 2014, charcoal and gesso on paper, 76 x 56cm
Arthouse Gallery pleased to welcome Melbourne-based artist Heidi Yardley to our dynamic stable of artists.
Heidi Yardley explores uncanny worlds of the familiar and strange in her elliptical depictions of fractured figures, scenes and still lives. By mining twentieth century visual archives, books magazines and photographs, she appropriates images both digitally and physically, in recent times creating individual collages as source material for her detailed paintings and drawings. The artist uncovers her own personal history as well as that of the collective unconscious and intuitively reveals links and dialogues between pictures, reinventing the past by creating new and unique compositions. Imbued with a film noir aesthetic, her carefully articulated oil paintings and chiaroscuro-filled charcoal drawings conjure otherworldly scenarios of faded memory, surreal reinvention and supernatural inference.
Yardley completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at Monash University in 1995 and Honours in Drawing at RMIT in 1999. She has been the recipient of several grants and residencies, including Artist in Residence Point B Artist Worklodge, NYC, USA (2014) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant (2014 & 2011). Yardley has also been a finalist in a number of significant prizes including the Archibald Prize (2014 & 2013), The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2013, 2011, 2009) and The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2004, 2002, 2000). Yardley exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions and her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the BHP Billiton Collection, The University of Queensland Art Museum and the Art Gallery of Ballarat, as well as private collections in Australia and overseas.
Heidi Yardley in her studio, 2014