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About Skye.

For as long as Skye can remember painting and drawing have been a passion–if she's not doing it, she's thinking or dreaming about it.

Since completing her BFA at the National Art School in Sydney 2005, Skye has dedicated her energy to creating, exhibiting, collaborating, and teaching.

Now living and working on the Gold Coast Australia, Skye is a full-time artist alongside raising her young family. Aside from making art her life looks like catching up with friends, loving her two little studio frenchies, eating as much chocolate as possible and enjoying cheeky glasses of wine.

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Artist Bio

Through the cathartic and expressive nature of her paintings, Skye seeks to explore the paradox of strength in fragility entangled with her own very personal experiences of love, loss, and grief. Her work recognises that with change and loss comes a darkness, but it also affirms the need to struggle to live in the moments, however fleeting, of beauty and light.

Taking inspiration from nature, particularly florals and idols such as Matisse and Joan Mitchell, Skye’s effervescent style renders confident brush strokes that seem to come alive the longer you look into their depths. Although inspired by florals, her subject matter is energy, drama, and tension. Sparking emotion, meaningful conversation and thoughts and challenging the conventions of beauty, Skye fearlessly pushes the boundaries of what is possible in her art.

Born in Gosford and raised in Sydney (Australia), Skye completed her BFA at the National Art School in 2005, followed by further study at the Sydney Gallery School. Now living and working on the Gold Coast, Skye works as a full-time artist, raising her young family, two studio Frenchies, eating as much chocolate as possible, and enjoying a cheeky glass of wine (or two).

Working predominately with oil paint from floral still life setups in her studio, Skye has featured in over 60 exhibitions and 14 solo shows, resulting in accolades such as; Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2023, Home Beautiful 20 Best and Brightest 2023, Fenton & Fenton Rising Talent 2021 winner, ALA Abstract Artist 2021 winner, BLA 2018 winner, highly commended in the John Olsen drawing prize, a painting residency in Italy, and various notable private and public commissions.

Artistic Ethos.

Finding beauty through chaos.

Skye strives to challenge the notion of beauty and perfection by connecting with raw intention, pushing boundaries, and holding space to create from the inbetween

Perfectly imperfect.

Celebrating the journey of imperfections, Skye allows these moments room to breathe, letting them shine through; she believes they are often the most beautiful part of the piece.

Inspire to inspire.

Skye's unwavering passion for art fuels her relentless pursuit of self-improvement and growth as an artist. Her dedication inspires those around her as she generously shares her knowledge and past experiences through mentorship and teachings, prioritising the importance of community over competition.

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Exhibitions & Awards

Solo Exhibitions

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

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

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 Selected for Artegiro Artist Residency, 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

2023 Art Collector Magazine, September

2023 Art Collector Magazine, Sydney Contemporary 2023 Special Edition

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

Education

2011 Artegiro Residency, Montefiascone, Italy

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

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

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