Lee Ann Trewartha
"Inspired predominately by the Baroque period, my work is an expression and reinterpretation of the historical image within the context of contemporary art practices; primarily focusing on the portrayal of emotions, and the passions of the soul, through gesture and expression. Whether an anguished face, a hand pressed against the breast, a face filled with joy, rapture or love, or a sublime landscape these images evoke an emotive response.
Through my interpretation of these works I aim to project my images beyond the normal boundaries into a world of excess, where the body becomes the expression and the sensation; writhing with torment, sexual tension, spiritual ecstasy or the pain of martyrdom. I attempt to address disclosure of a concealed truth; making the invisible visible.
In my work, figures and faces respond and react to unseen emotional triggers, often the subjects are not the main focus of the work, but instead witnesses of something greater, poised on a spiritual, liminal threshold of heightened perception and intensity within an ambiguous narrative".
Finalist - The Director's Cut (Blake Prize), Sydney 2007, 2009, and 2011
Australian Post-graduate Award Scholarship upgrade (Doctoral) 2009
National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award 2004
Selected Group Exhibitions
Art Promotions Queensland (Brisbane) - 20th Year Celebration Exhibition 2009
Art Melbourne - Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne 2008 and 2009
Shanghai Art Fair - China (Paddington Contemporary Fine Art) 2007
Sydney Art Fair (Paddington Contemporary Fine Art) 2007 and 2008
‘On the Loose' Maryborough Art Gallery (public) 2007
'12 on View' Visual Art Centre Gallery - Bendigo 2006
‘Layered' Smith Street Gallery - Melbourne 2005
‘Printers' - Duke Hall Gallery, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA 2004
‘Born Again Baroque', Paddington Contemporary (Sydney) 2008
A Lordly Racket: Confession of a Baroque Recluse - Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough 2008
‘Half Sick of Shadows" - Arts on View 2007
Launch Bendigo Feature Artist - Art Precinct Bendigo 2007
‘Portal to a Foreign Land', Heathcote Winery Gallery 2005
Assorted Works - Spiders Restaurant Gallery 2002