Robyn Sweaney Joins Arthouse Gallery
Looking for shade, 2015, acrylic on linen, 40 x 50 cm
Arthouse Gallery is delighted to announce that we are now representing Robyn Sweaney, an accomplished artist who brings her masterfully detailed depictions of rurality to our dynamic stable of artists.
Based in Mullumbimby on the far North Coast of NSW, Robyn Sweaney draws inspiration from the suburban mundane of her local rural environment to create works that explore notions of Australian identity and place. Through a tightly refined aesthetic, her paintings portray homes and streetscapes that divulge more than their mere exterior. For the artist, such places act as repositories of identity, representing the belief structures that influence human behaviours and aesthetics on emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels. She states, “Though outwardly many houses are generic, I am intrigued by the way people, in creative and resourceful ways, express themselves within the boundaries of their own environments.” Recently, Sweaney’s work has incorporated the rural landscape to express notions of travel, distance and how we perceive familiar and unfamiliar places.
Since 1992, Sweaney has held twelve solo exhibitions and been involved in over ninety group exhibitions. She has been the finalist of major awards including in the Wynne Prize, the Sulman Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Moran Prize, the Salon Des Refuses, Fleurieu Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and the Jacaranda (JADA) Prize. Her work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia, including The State Library of NSW, Artbank, The Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe, Grafton and Lismore Regional Galleries.
Summer - waiting for rain, 2015, acrylic on linen, 40 x 50 cm