about the artist…

Paintings from the Forest…

Annette van Betlehem’s paintings are imagined in the studio surrounded by the temperate rainforest of the west coast of Tasmania, Australia : a wild landscape populated because of it’s mining industry. The dichotomies of the mined landscape adjacent to the pristine rainforest inspire the paintings, an atmosphere of isolation and risk enhances her hyperreal vision of a turbulent physical world which she attempts to control on the canvas with strong, saturated colour and the textural possibilities of oil paint and pigments.

“Using palette knives and my own recipes of solvents and mediums, I push the physical properties of the paint, using it to replicate the organic processes of Nature.”

AvB 2009

Lost in the Wilderness TasWeekend In Focus 29 – 30th Nov 2014

Biography

Born Annette Helen van Betlehem, Hobart Tasmania. Worked as a Window Dresser 1975-82, then Self Employed as Set Designer, both within the Fashion industry and the Theatre; and Visual Merchandising and V M teaching 1982-91 from the Hobart Studio. Awarded a BFA from University of Tasmania 1997. Established Hunter Street Studios in Queenstown Tasmania 1998-2003. Painting with Oils on Canvas since 1994, professionally since August 2007.

Jan / Feb 2010 – residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.

AvB Studio 2007. 11 Hunter Street QueenstownAvB Studio 2010 - 2013. William street Rosebery

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Nov 2014 PROPOSITION : MONOCHROME Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Place  Hobart
May 2012 PRIMAL RedChapel Gallery  Hobart
May 2011 FOREST Collingwood Gallery  Melbourne
Dec 2009 AFTERLIGHT Goulburn St Gallery  Hobart
Aug 2009 OTHER WORLDS Collingwood Gallery  Melbourne
Nov 2008 SEEING NORTH Kidigo Gallery  Fremantle WA
Jan 2008 …GREEN Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Place  Hobart
Sept 2007 IN THE HALF LIGHT… Orr Street  Queenstown
Apr 2006 IMPRESSIO LARQ Gallery  Queenstown

Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Nov 2015 COLORI DELL’ ANIMA Galleria360  Florence Italy
July 2015 ELEMENTS Long Gallery  Salamanca Place Hobart
March 2015 GLOVER PRIZE EXHIBITION Evandale Pavilion  Tasmania
June 2014 WINTER SALON Collingwood Gallery  Melbourne
Oct 2011 IN SUSPECT TERRAIN Burnie Regional Gallery
2011 THE FRENCH CONNECTION Plimsoll Gallery  Hobart
Sept 2009 CLOSE DISTANCE Devonport Regional Gallery
May 2010 SIX QUEENSTOWN PAINTERS LARQ &  Launceston

PRESS

Lost in the Wilderness TasWeekend In Focus Nov 29-30 2014
Award open to interpretation Mercury Magazine May 19 2012
The Road Less Travelled Mercury Magazine May 12 2012
Hopelessly devoted to you Mercury Magazine September 2011
Perceptions of Pure Nature Mercury Magazine December 12 2009
Artist keen to explore brave new frontier Western Herald April 2008
Clyde Selby …Green exhibition preview Mercury Newspaper January 26 2008

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