Image courtesy: Sarah McEvoy
____________28.11.18 ‘A Fine Romance’ at Gippsland Art Gallery
Heidi Yardley is in group exhibition, A Fine Romance, at Gippsland Art Gallery.
Showcasing hyper-real paintings and sculptures, the exhibition examines the beauty and deceit of contemporary Australian realism, featuring works from the Gippsland Art Gallery Collection as well as private collections.
Image credit: Heidi Yardley Hidden charms 2013 oil on linen 97.0 x 71.0 cm
____________01.08.18 Heidi Yardley in Brisbane News
Heidi Yardley’s solo exhibition, Drifters, has been featured in an article by Phil Brown for Brisbane News, which explores how Yardley’s investigation into the countercultural era of the 1960s and 70s has influenced her most recent body of work.
Image credit: Heidi Yardley Time and time again 2018 oil on board 18.0 x 15.0 cm
____________13.02.18 Heidi Yardley in Glover Prize 2018
Heidi Yardley is a finalist in the Glover Prize 2018 for her work, Without your love 2018.
The annual acquisitive $50,000 prize for landscape painting will be judged by Tony Stephens, Director, Artbank; Dr. Jane Deeth, Director, New Audiences for Art; and Natalia Ottolenghi, Art consultant and cultural advocate.
____________15.12.17 Heidi Yardley at Gippsland Art Gallery
Heidi Yardley will feature in the inaugural exhibition, Imagine, at the new Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale, Victoria.
Curated by Simon Gregg, Imagine showcases the capacity of human imagination through 134 works from 81 artists from around the globe spanning five centuries of creation.
Image credit: Heidi Yardley Slow light 2014 charcoal on primed paper 76.0 x 56.0 cm
____________11.10.17 Heidi Yardley in Eutick Memorial Still Life Award 2017
Heidi Yardley is a finalist for the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award 2017.
The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) is a national still life painting award that offers a non-acquisitive first prize of $20,000. The 2017 award will again be judged by John McDonald, who has been principal judge since the awards inception. The winner will be announced on the opening night, Friday 10 November 2017.
Image credit: Heidi Yardley Missing person 2017 oil on board 50.0 x 38.0 cm
____________30.09.17 Heidi Yardley at Art Gallery of Ballarat
Heidi Yardley features in group exhibition, Romancing the Skull, at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Examining the continued symbolic depiction of the skull in art, this exhibition considers the ranging themes of mortality, piracy and rebellion.
Featuring work by leading Australian contemporary artists alongside a number of international artists, Romancing the Skull also explores the culturally specific use of skull imagery.
Romancing the Skull
Art Gallery of Ballarat
14 October 2017 – 28 January 2018
Image credit: Heidi Yardley Untitled 2008 oil on board 15.0 x 14.0 cm
____________16.07.16 Heidi Yardley finalist in Kilgour Prize 2016
Heidi Yardley has been shortlisted as a 2016 finalist in the annual Kilgour Prize at the Newcastle Art Gallery. As one of Australia’s major art prizes, the Kilgour Prize awards a $50,000 prize for the most outstanding figurative or portrait painting.
The prize honours the late Jack Noel Kilgour, a respected Australian artist whose academic approach to landscape and portrait painting saw his works represented in the Newcastle Art Gallery collection as well as other significant state and national collections.
In 2016, the prize will be judged by Lauretta Morton, Manager, Newcastle Art Gallery, and two independent judges.
Heidi Yardley’s shortlisted work is a portrait of fellow Australian contemporary artist, Nell.
Image credit: Heidi Yardley Nell 2016 oil on linen 87.0 x 97.0 cm
____________07.07.16 Heidi Yardley in Archibald Prize 2016
Congratulations to Heidi Yardley who is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2016 for her portrait Australian artist Nell.
Image credit: Heidi Yardley Birth/Death – portrait of Nell 2016 oil on linen 80.0 x 68.0 cm
____________07.07.16 Heidi Yardley in Wynne Prize 2016
Congratulations to Heidi Yardley who is a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2016 for her work This evening so soon 2016.
Image credit: Heidi Yardley This evening so soon 2016 oil on board 32.0 x 38.0 cm
____________06.07.16 Heidi Yardley in The Design Files
Heidi Yardley and husband Ben’s inner Melbourne home has been featured in The Design Files’ Australian Homes.
The pair have lived in their inner Melbourne for six years and over time have filled the rooms with antique furniture and plenty of artwork by Heidi and their artist friends.
Image courtesy of The Design Files, photo by Annette O’Brien
____________20.10.15 Heidi Yardley in Artbank Exhibition
Heidi Yardley has been curated into Grey Matter, an exhibition drawn from the Artbank collection and held at the Artbank Gallery in Sydney until 28 November 2015.
After recently having her work acquired by Artbank, Yardley will exhibit in this space for the first time as part of a project that, as the title suggests, assembles a selection of works rendered within the broad spectrum between black and white. Curated by Mark Feary, Grey Matter focusses on artists working within this restrained pallete to explore the ambiguities of the grey area.
____________12.09.15 Heidi Yardley Interviewed by Daily Imprint
Heidi Yardley has been interviewed by Daily Imprint to explore the influences and motivation behind her practice.
Image credit: Heidi Yardley Shapeshifting 2015 charcoal on primed paper 110.0 x 90.0 cm
____________01.09.14 New York residency at Point B
Heidi’s studio space
Heidi has a studio residency at Point B in New York for the month of September generously supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust for the month of September
____________19.07.14 Sydney Morning Herald
Heidi Yardley’s portrait of fellow JMG artist Julia deVille was spoken about by John McDonald in his recent Sydney Morning Herald review in reflection of the 2014 Archibald Prize.
____________17.07.14 Real Living feature
Heidi Yardley features in the August 2014 edition of Real Living. The article highlights Heidi and her partner Ben’s living and creative space in Melbourne.
____________11.07.14 Finalist, 2014 Archibald Prize
Heidi Yardley Julia deVille 2014 oil on linen 97.0 x 71.0 cm
Congratulations to Heidi for being selected as a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize.
Julia deVille is a highly skilled jeweller, taxidermist and artist. She creates a sense of wonder and otherworldliness in her sculptures and installations, which have captivated a wide audience over recent years.
‘For this portrait I wanted to strip back the associated elaborate layers of her work to focus on her as a person with very little adornment apart from her iconic pavé raven skull necklace,’ says Heidi Yardley.
‘I see her as a woman with a real inner strength and determination, an artist who has worked with her hands for many years and countless hours to create intricate hand-made jewellery and taxidermy sculpture. Julia also has a passion for animal rights and I believe that her work can be described as a true labour of love. I have painted her standing in front of the black velvet curtain that was installed as the entrance to her installation titled Degustation for the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne now exhibition. This backdrop is very subtle in the painting but the deep blackness references her fascination with the Victorian era, and acts as a divider between her and her work hidden behind it.’
Born in 1975, Yardley is a Melbourne-based artist working predominantly in the fields of painting and drawing. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and this is her second time in the Archibald Prize. Yardley is also a finalist in this year’s Sulman Prize.
____________11.07.14 Finalist, 2014 Sulman Prize
Heidi Yardley Antipodean dream 2014 oil on linen 97.0 x 71.0 cm
Congratulations to Heidi Yardley for being selected as a finalist in the 2014 Sulman Prize. Heidi says:
This painting is from a series of works depicting the figure and landscape, exploring our fraught relationship with the natural environment. The painting is based on a hand-made photographic collage created out of found imagery. The cut marks from the paper collage are painted to show a disjunction between the merging of human and nature. The profile of this elegant female head also references portraits of the British royal family that appear on items such as national coins and commemorative plates. This alludes to the monarchy’s governance over Australia – the Antipodes, which in turn speaks of colonisation, questioning notions of identity and ownership in relationship to our natural environment. – Heidi Yardley, 2014
A recent review of Heidi Yardley’s exhibition: Glass Psyche written by Phil Brown for the Brisbane news. A link to full readable PDF can be found here.
Tony Lloyd reviewed Heidi Yardley for the ArtInfo website.
____________12.03.13 Finalist, Archibald Prize 2013
Harlequin 2013 oil on board 52.0cm x 42.0cm