Llewellyn Skye portrait



Skye responds visually to her observations, experiences, and the world around her. Processing her thoughts, feelings, and emotions through nature, particularly florals, allows Skye to explore the nuances of human experience whilst challenging the convention of beauty. Working primarily with oil paint from floral constructions and imagery, Skye's work is paradoxical, unapologetic, rebellious, and wild.


Llewellyn Skye portrait
Skye – Shoot #3

Artist Bio

Paradoxical and unapologetic, Skye juxtaposes beauty with a potent blend of tranquility and turbulence. Actively seeking a collision of worlds where structure meets chaos, softness battles power, and tradition rebels against rebellion, Skye's paintings push the boundaries of artistic orthodoxy with explosive energy and emotional charge. Aggressively beautiful, perplexing, and intriguing, Skye's paintings explore the nuances of human experience whilst challenging the convention of beauty and the canon of floral still-life painting. 

Participating in over 60 exhibitions, including 12 solo shows, Skye is gaining recognition both locally and internationally. Her artistic achievements include being selected for the UA Artist Residency in New York in 2024, an invitation to exhibit at the prestigious King's School Art Prize in 2024, and her recent solo exhibition at Australasia's leading international art fair, Sydney Contemporary in 2023. Home Beautiful recognised Skye in their 20 Best and Brightest list in 2023, and in 2021, she won both the Fenton & Fenton Rising Talent Award and the ALA Abstract Artist Award, also winning the BLA Award in 2018. Skye was highly commended in the John Olsen drawing prize and selected for the Artegiro Artist Residency in Italy, in addition to various notable private and public commissions.

Artistic Ethos.

Challenging beauty.

Entangling power with fragility and grace with decay, Skye challenges the convention of beauty and the canon of aesthetics.

Embracing wild.

Guided by intuition and a refusal to conform, Skye gives way to possibility and uncertainty, paving the way for the wildly colourful moments in between.

Inspiring courage.

Skye inspires individuality, courage, and exchange by continually pushing the boundaries of artistic orthodoxy and expectations.

Maroon Contour Strip – small

Exhibitions & Awards

Solo Exhibitions

2024 So Baroqué, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2023 Chasing Romance, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair | Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2022 Calm Down Baby, Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne

2022 They Once Felt Like Water, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2021 This Is A Love Story, Revival Art & Design, Brisbane

2021 Hue To Hold, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2020 Daylight Breaks, Revival Art & Design, Brisbane

2020 Bleeding Daylight, M-Arts, Murwillumbah

2019 Latest Works, Revival Art & Design, Brisbane

2012 Sugar, Conzano, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024 Action In Abstraction, Wagner Contemporary Gallery, Sydney

2024 Kings Art Prize, Sydney

2023 Spring Jardin & Falling Flowers, Grainger Gallery, ACT

2023 Summer Exhibition, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2023 Abstraction, Collectors' Focus Series V, Metro Gallery

2022 December Group Show, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2022 Landscape: Collectors' Focus Series II & IV, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2022 40/40 Project, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2022 Large Scale Works, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2022 Metro Summer, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2022 Summer Salon, Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery

2021 Christmas Group Show, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2021 Gallery Group Show, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2021 Spring ’21, Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne

2021 The Romantics, ALA, Southport

2021 Rising Talent, Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne

2021 Kaleidoscope, Revival Art & Design, Brisbane

2021 All Eyes On The Arts, Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery

2020 Art Knows No Borders, Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery & M-Arts

2020 Albion Gallery Opening, Brisbane

2020 Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery

2020 Modern Love, A K Bellinger Gallery, Inverell

2019 Summer Show, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2019 Share The Dignity, Amber Creswell Bell, Sydney

2019 Summer Show, Lorraine Pilgrim, Gold Coast

2018 The Summer Exhibition, Lorraine Pilgrim, Gold Coast`

Permanent Collections

Randwick Children’s Hospital, Sydney

St Vincents Hospital, Sydney

Works held in private collections 

Private commissions throughout Australia and Internationally

Public Commissions

2021 Southern Wild Co, Sunshine State Collection, NSW

2019 Main Beach Flower Festival, Mural, QLD

2019 RSL Art Union, Qld

2018 Robina Town Centre, QLD

2018 Nikel and Sole, Summer Collection, VIC

2017 Nikel and Sole, Winter Collection, VIC

Art Prizes

2024 Artist in Residence, UA International Residency, Brooklyn, New York

2024 Finalist, King's Art Prize, Sydney

2023 Finalist, 20 Best and Brightest, Home Beautiful, January

2021 Winner, Rising Talent, Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne

2021 Winner, Abstract Art Prize, Art Lovers Australia

2020 Finalist, Art Lovers Art Prize, Qld

2019 People’s Choice Award, Dean Cogle Portrait Prize, Dust Temple, Qld

2018 Artist in Residence, Burleigh Brewing, Qld

2018 Winner, Brewing Local Artists, Burleigh Brewing, Qld

2011 Artist in Residence, Italy

2008 Trees for Children, Sydney

2007 Xavier Art Space Prize, Sydney

2006 Finalist Arts North Permanent Collection NSW

2006 Showcase Prize Tafe NSW

2006 Highly Commended, Tafe Alumni Art Prize - Janice McCulloch - Art Almanac

2005 Highly Commended, John Olsen Drawing Prize, NAS, Sydney

Publications and Interviews

2024 Elle Global Woman, California

2023 Art Collector Magazine, Sydney Contemporary | Special Edition

2023 Art Collector Magazine, Sydney

2023 The Paddo Papers Edition, September

2023 Art Collector Magazine, January

2023 Home Beautiful Magazine, January

2022 AGNSW Magazine, May

2022 Art Collector Magazine, April

2022 Elle Global Woman, Fall Edition, California

2022 New Visionary Magazine, Brooklyn, NY

2022 Elle Foundation, California

2021 Visionary Art Collective

2021 The Block

2021 The Block Shop

2021 ALA Feature

2021 Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne

2021 Southern Wild Co, New South Wales

2020 Vanity Fair, UK, December

2020 House Rules, Australia

2020 The Block Shop, Melbourne

2020 We Are Gold Coast, Gold Coast

2020 Rising Woman Creative, France

2020 Tweed Valley TV, Tweed

2020 What’s On Tweed, Dec, Tweed

2019 The Echo, Dec, Byron

2019 The Weekend Edition Feb, Brisbane

2017 The Drift, July, Qld

2017 Robina Town Centre, Aug, Qld

2017 Fashion Journal, May

2017 Nikel + Sole, Nov, Melbourne

2016 Daily Imprint, Feb, Sydney

2011 Herbert River Express, June, Qld

2010 Sydney Morning Herald, May, Sydney

2008 Southern Courier, Nov, Sydney

2008 Coast Confidential, GC Bulletin, July, Qld

2008 Weekend Bulletin, June, Gold Coast

2008 Art Almanac, Profiles, June Edition

2008 Southern Courier, Feb, Sydney

2007 The Sun-Herald, March, Sydney

2006 Northern District Times, October, Sydney

2005 Daily Telegraph, November, Sydney

2001/02 NSW Stop Domestic Violence Week

2001 Front cover Speaking Out magazine, Sydney


2011 Artegiro Residency, Montefiascone, Italy

2006 Advanced Painting Course, Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank, Sydney 

2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney


Follow the journey.

Skye hanging a painting
Skye's pink converse sneakers amidst paints brushes and canvases
Fenton & Fenton catalogue image featuring Skye's work

Follow the journey.

Skye hanging a painting
Skye's pink converse sneakers amidst paints brushes and canvases
Fenton & Fenton catalogue image featuring Skye's work
Artist Llewellyn Skye in her Gold Coast studio surrounded by her muse, florals
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