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    11.05.19 Natasha Bieniek receives Highly Commended in the Wynne Prize 2019

    Congratulations to Natasha Bieniek, who has been Highly Commended in the Wynne Prize 2019 for her work, Reflection.

    Bieniek won the Wynne Prize in 2015 and is also a finalist in this year’s Archibald Prize. Natasha Bieniek will have an exhibition with Victoria Reichelt at Jan Murphy Gallery in November this year.

    Wynne Prize 2019
    11 May – 8 September
    Art Gallery of New South Wales

    For more information about the Wynne Prize, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Reflection  2019   oil on gold mirror dibond   125.0 x 83.0 cm

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    02.05.19 Natasha Bieniek in the Archibald Prize 2019

    Natasha Bieniek has been announced as a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2019. Bieniek has entered a self-portrait, Waiting for Arden.

    Bieniek will have an exhibition alongside Victoria Reichelt at Jan Murphy Gallery later this year.

    Archibald Prize
    11 May – 8 September
    Art Gallery of New South Wales

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Waiting for Arden   2019   oil on wood   15.0 cm x 20.0 cm

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    02.05.19 Natasha Bieniek in the Wynne Prize 2019

    Natasha Bieniek has been announced as a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2019. Bieniek, who won the Wynne Prize 2015, has entered her work Reflection. The work, illustrates the artist’s continued interest in the relationship between people and nature within an urban context.

    Bieniek will have an exhibition alongside Victoria Reichelt at Jan Murphy Gallery later this year.

    Wynne Prize
    11 May – 8 September
    Art Gallery of New South Wales

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Reflection   2019   oil on gold mirror dibond   125.0 x 83.0 cm

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    27.04.19 Natasha Bieniek in the 2019 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

    Natasha Bieniek is a finalist in the 2019 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize with her work, Pocket Landscape #1. The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is a celebration of contemporary Australian painting and aims to capture the varied and diverse approaches to the medium.

    This year’s judging panel comprises of Jane Devery, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria; Anthony Fitzpatrick, Curator, TarraWarra Museum of Art and Joanna Bosse, Curator, Bayside Gallery.

    Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
    Bayside Gallery
    24 May – 21 July

    For more information click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Pocket Landscape #1  2018   oil on gold mirror dibond   6.0 x 8.0 cm

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    28.11.18 ‘A Fine Romance’ at Gippsland Art Gallery

    Natasha Bieniek 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.

    A Fine Romance
    Gippsland Art Gallery
    8 December 2018 – 17 February 2019

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Helenium   2014   oil on board   4.0 x 5.0 cm

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    07.12.18 Natasha Bieniek at RMIT Gallery

    Natasha Bieniek is in group exhibition, Analogue art in a digital world, at RMIT Gallery. Curated by artists, Sam Leach and Tony Lloyd, the exhibition explores the impact of technology and digital imagery on the analogue art practices of painting and drawing.

    Analogue art in a digital world
    RMIT Gallery
    7 December 2018 – 19 January 2019

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Biophilia   2015   oil on dibond   9.0 x 9.0 cm

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    23.11.18 Natasha Bieniek at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

    Natasha Bieniek features in group exhibition, Obsession: Devil in the detail at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

    The exhibition showcases works with intricate detail and precise realism across three broad themes of still life, portraiture and landscape.

    Obsession: Devil in the detail
    Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
    30 November 2018 – 17 February 2019

    For more information, please click here.

    To listen to an interview with Natasha and MPRG Curator, Danny Lacy, please click here. 

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    07.11.18 Natasha Bieniek in ‘A Painted Landscape’ Publication

    Natasha Bieniek features in a new publication, A Painted Landscape, by Amber Creswell Bell.

    Published by Thames and Hudson, the book explores the legacy of Australian landscape painting through the works of 50 contemporary Australian landscape painters.

    For more information, please click here.

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    22.08.18 Natasha Bieniek in 2018 John Leslie Art Prize

    Natasha Bieniek is a finalist for the 2018 John Leslie Art Prize at the Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale, Victoria. Natasha has been selected for her work, Biopod #1 2018.

    The acquisitive prize awards $20,000 to the best landscape painting with the winner to be announced by Wellington Shire Council Mayor, Cr. Carolyn Crossley, at the official opening on Friday 21 September 2018.

    2018 John Leslie Art Prize
    Gippsland Art Gallery
    22 September – 25 November 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Biopod #1   2018   oil on silver mirror dibond   14.0 x 9.0 cm

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    08.06.18 Natasha Bieniek in Hadley’s Art Prize 2018

    Natasha Bieniek is a finalist for the Hadley’s Art Prize 2018 for her work Biopic #2, 2018.

    The annual acquisitive prize offers $100,000 to the winning entry, with the 2018 prize to be judged by Clothilde Bullen, Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions and Collections, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA); Jane Stewart, Principal Curator of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG); and Michael Zavros, artist. The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on Friday 20 July 2018.

    Hadley’s Art Prize 2018
    Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart
    21 July – 25 August 2018

    For more information, please click here.

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    27.04.18 Natasha Bieniek in 2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

    Natasha Bieniek is a finalist for the 2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize at Geelong Gallery.

    The biennial prize awards a $30,000 acquisitive prize to the winner, with the 2018 prize to be judged by Lisa Sullivan, Senior Curator, Geelong Gallery; Justin Paton, Head Curator, International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum. The winner will be announced on Friday 8 June.

    2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
    Geelong Gallery
    9 June – 19 August 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Mirrorscape    2018   oil on gold dibond   12.0 x 18.0 cm   (installation view)

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    13.10.17 Natasha Bieniek at Tweed Regional Gallery

    Go Figure: Works from the collection presents a selection of works from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection that showcase dynamic representations of the human figure and features work by Monica Rohan, Natasha Bieniek, Guy Maestri, Ben Quilty and others.

    Go Figure: Works from the collection
    Tweed Regional Gallery
    13 October 2017 – 21 October 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Untitled   2013   oil on wood   15.0 x 20.0 cm   Tweed Regional Gallery Collection

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    01.09.17 Art Guide Australia Visit Natasha Bieniek’s Studio

    Natasha Bieniek’s Melbourne studio has been explored in an article by Art Guide Australia, with the artist discussing studio life with writer, Varia Karipoff.

    To read the article, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek in her studio.  Image courtesy of Art Guide Australia. Photo: Jesse Marlow

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    23.06.17 Natasha Bieniek on ‘Talking with Painters’ Podcast

    Natasha Bieniek has been interviewed by Maria Stoljar for a new episode of Talking with Painters.

    Bieniek discusses the early days of her painting practice and how nature in the urban environment continues to inspire her work. She also provides some insight into the labour intensive process of creating her miniature paintings.

    For more information and to access the Episode #25 podcast, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek in her studio. Image courtesy of Talking with Painters

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    18.02.17 Natasha Bieniek in Glover Prize 2017

    Natasha Bieniek is a finalist in the Glover Prize 2017. The Glover Prize has become one of Australia’s most significant awards for landscape painting, with $40,000 awarded annually for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania.

    The prize will be judged in 2017 by artist, Ben Quilty; Eleonora Triguboff Chair/Publisher, ARTAND and Dott Book; and Dr Mary Knights, Senior Curator of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

    The winner will be announced at the official opening on 10 March 2017.

    John Glover Prize 2017
    Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale, Tasmania
    Exhibition open to public across two weekends
    Saturday 11 March – Tuesday 14 March
    & Saturday 18 March – Sunday 19 March

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Jennifer (St Columba Falls, Pyengana)   2017

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    09.11.16 Natasha Bieniek in Brisbane News

    Natasha Bieniek’s current exhibition, Bloombox, has been reviewed by Phil Brown in Brisbane News.

    The exhibition runs until 26 November 2016.

    To read the article, please click here.

    To view the exhibition online, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Mietta   2016   oil on dibond   9.0 x 14.0 cm

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    02.11.16 Natasha Bieniek in Art Guide Australia

    Natasha Bieniek’s current solo exhibition, Bloombox is featured in the November issue of Art Guide Australia.

    To read the article by Louise Martin-Chew, please click here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Blanche   2016   oil on dibond   9.0 x 14.0 cm

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    12.10.16 Natasha Bieniek in Art Collector

    In the lead up to her solo exhibition, Bloombox, Natasha Bieniek has been featured in the current issue of Art Collector magazine in an article by Jo Higgins.

    To read the article, please click here.

    Natasha Bieniek
    Bloombox
    1 – 29 November 2016

    Photo: Kirstin Gollings.

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    07.07.16 Natasha Bieniek in Archibald Prize 2016

    Congratulations to Natasha Bieniek who is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2016 for her portrait of Wendy Whiteley.

    Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016
    Art Gallery of New South Wales
    16 July – 9 October 2016

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Wendy Whiteley   2016   oil on wood   13.5 x 18.5 cm

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    25.06.16 Natasha Bieniek in 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize

    Natasha Bieniek has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize.

    Held at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide , the Fleurieu Art prize is the richest landscape art prize in the world. The 2016 prize will be judged by Nigel Hurst, Director, Saatchi Gallery London; Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art.

    The winner of the prize will be announced on opening night on 2 June 2016.

    The exhibition is on from 3 June to 27 July 2016.

    For more information please click here

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Kumiko   2016   oil on dibond   9.0 x 14.0 cm

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    24.06.16 Natasha Bieniek in The Sydney Morning Herald

    Natasha Bieniek speaks about her 2016 Archibald Prize entry portrait of Wendy Whiteley in The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Bieniek’s miniature portrait features Whiteley sitting amongst the foliage in the garden of her Lavender Bay home. The development of Whiteley’s garden has been a long term project since the passing of her late husband, artist Brett Whiteley. This pairing of portrait subject and manicured garden intrigued Bieniek as she continues to explore the “pockets of nature” in major developed cities.

    Thursday 24 June is the final date for submission to the 2016 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    Finalists will be announced on 7 July, with the winner announced on 15 July.

    To read the article please click here  

    Image courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald, photo: Edwina Pickles

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    25.02.16 Natasha Bieniek at Glen Eira City Council Gallery

    Natasha Bieniek is in a group exhibition titled Sanctuary at Glen Eira City Council’s Gallery. The exhibition explores the notion of the garden as a sanctuary or site for reflection, contemplation and healing in contemporary culture.

    A new series of photographs of local residents’ gardens by Ponch Hawkes, commissioned by the council in 2015,  will be on display. Alongside these will be artworks by Bieniek, Jane Burton, Kevin Chin, Siri Hayes, Christopher Koller and Janet Laurence. Bieniek will be exhibiting her Wynne Prize 2015 winning work, Biophilia, alongside other recent works.

    Dr Isobel Crombie,  Assistant Director of Curatorial and Collection Management at the National Gallery of Victoria will open the exhibition.

    Sanctuary runs from Friday 4 March until Sunday 10 April 2016.

    For more information please click here

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    02.02.16 Natasha Bieniek in Portrait Magazine

    Natasha Bieniek is featured in the summer 2015/16 issue of the National Portrait Gallery’s publication Portrait.

    In the magazine’s ‘Observation Point’ section, Natasha shares her thoughts on portraiture and what lead her to paint miniature portraits.

    To read the article please click here

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    28.01.16 Natasha Bieniek featured in Art Collector

    Natasha Bieniek has been selected for Art Collector’s Jan – March 2016 “50 Things Collectors Need to Know” issue.

    Natasha has a two page spread in a section about major award winners from 2015. With her great success winning the Wynne Prize, and Portia Geach Memorial Award last year, 2016 poses to be another strong year for the prolific painter.

    To read the article please click here

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    18.09.15 Natasha Bieniek - Winner 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award

    Natasha Bieniek has been named as the winner of the 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award for her miniature oil painting Sahara 2014. Presented at S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney, the non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is in it’s 50th year and recognises excellence by Australian women artists in contemporary portraiture.

    This year’s judges were Eleonora Trigunboff, Art Publisher and Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales,  Samantha Meers, Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Jane Watters, Director of S.H. Ervin Gallery.

    For further information on this award including the complete list of finalists please click here

    To read a review of the prize by Artist Profile click here

    An exhibition of the finalists will run from 18 September – 25 October 2015 at S.H. Ervin Gallery.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Sahara   2014   oil on wood   13.5 x 18.5 cm

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    15.08.15 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2015

    JMG artist and recent winner of the Wynne Prize, Natasha Bieniek was also a finalist for this year’s Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.

    A selection of scholarship finalists are currently being exhibited at the Brett Whiteley Studio including Bieniek’s work Fluoroscuro 2012. The self-portrait is the same work Bieniek was a finalist for in the 2012 Archibald Prize. The finalists for 2015 are Clara Adolphs, Sally Anderson, Natasha Bieniek, Annalisa Ferraris, Matilda Julian, Tom Polo and Jordan Richardson.

    Please click here to view a selection of works from the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship finalists. 

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Fluoroscuro   2012   oil on zinc   12.5 x 10.0 cm

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    17.07.15 Natasha Bieniek – 2015 Wynne Prize Winner

    Congratulations to Natasha Bieniek who has been named as the winner of the Wynne Prize 2015 for landscape painting with her miniature oil painting, Biophilia 2015.

    Of the work Bieniek has stated “I’m particularly interested in the impact of nature within an urban environment. My miniature oil painting, Biophilia, is part of a recent series that explores the way humans relate to the natural world. Biophilia literally means ‘love of life’ and references a scientific study that suggests our tendency to affiliate with nature is inherent and integral to our psychological and physical development. The inner-city landscape depicted in my painting illustrates a sense of tranquility that contrasts with its active surroundings. My intention is to draw focus on such diverse pockets of nature, and present the idea that we, as humans, are not above nature but very much a part of it.”

    Artworks from the finalists of the Wynne, Archibald and Sulman Prizes will remain on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 27 September 2015.

    Please click here to view the Wynne Prize finalists.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Biophilia   2015   oil on dibond   9.0 x 9.0 cm

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    04.12.14 Day Seven: 12 Days of Christmas

    I’ve been thinking about the constant influx of images that are posted on social media. In particular, personal images that reflect a place an individual may have visited. These images are often modified, overly saturated, filtered and enhanced – glorifying a situation and ultimately creating a facade that alters our perception of reality. I’m interested in the common need to portray perfection and reveal an alternative version of place and time, to perhaps fill a lack of enthusiasm, delude others into envy or to simply beautify the everyday. I wanted my painting to deliberately appear idealised or illusory to symbolise this mentality.

    Natasha Bieniek, 2014.

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    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Instopia   2014   oil on dibond   9.0 x 9.0 cm

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    11.10.14 The National Portrait Gallery

    The National Portrait  Gallery will be featuring work by Natasha Bieniek in the upcoming exhibition ‘In the Flesh’. This exhibition considers the intersection of the mind and body, bringing together works across diverse array of mediums, from public and private collections. In the Flesh also features Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks among others.

    ‘In the Flesh’ opens on the 7th of November 2014 and is current in the 9th of March 2015.

    Please click here to read more about the exhibition.

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    11.10.14 Semi-finalist Doug Moran 2014

    Natasha Bieniek is a semi-finalist for the 2014 Doug Moran Portrait Prize. The Prize has encouraged contemporary Australian portraiture for the past 26 years, currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, the Prize is an important part of Australia’s Arts calendar.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Floret   2014   oil on wood   13.5 x 18.5 cm

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    10.09.14 Rake Magizine

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    11.07.14 2014 Archibald Prize finalist

    Congratulations to Natasha on being a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize. She says the following about her work: Isola

    ‘The act of painting is a solitary process, often devoid of human interaction. Although contemporary artists typically represent the outside world, they are often afflicted by moments of isolation,’ says Natasha Bieniek. ‘My self-portrait, Isola, which translates as “island” in Italian, aims to reflect on the parallel roles that seclusion and exposure play within the life of a painter.

    Read more about Natasha’s portrait here.

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek    Isola   2014   oil on wood   15.0 x 20.o cm

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    21.11.13 A place to call her own

    Even an artist who paints miniatures needs a beautiful studio and after months of searching, Natasha has finally found the perfect space. Bathed in natural light, her inner city studio is ‘classic Melbourne’.

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    22.03.13 Finalist, Archibald prize 2013

    Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Application   2013   oil on dibond   9.0 x 9.0 cm

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