New Sydney Exhibition

November 2, 2010 by J-Wire Staff
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Heather Ellyard featured in new Sydney exhibition.

Ellyard's work

Almost from the beginning, Heather Ellyard has combined image and text, to extend meaning and to satisfy her own need for language. Her work is concerned as much with glimpses and overlays as with the paint itself, which she handles consummately, nonetheless.

She was born and educated in Boston, USA, migrating to Australia in 1970, and spending 3 years in Papua New Guinea, just after its Independence. She currently lives in Melbourne. Ellyard has held 23 solo exhibitions, in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, and has been represented in more than 45 group shows, the latest being the Blake Prize 2010.

She was art reviewer on ABC radio for 3 years in the mid 70s, has taught, part-time in art schools in Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne, was on the board of Artbank, 1984-89, and has written for art publications since 1985.

She has received 2 grants from the Australia Council and one from the South Australian Dept. for the Arts.

Ellyard’s work is held in private collections in Australia, Canada, USA and UK; and in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Jewish Museum of Australia, Artbank, the University of SA, Canberra College of Advanced Education, and Monash University Medical Centre, Melbourne.

Increasingly, her focus is on what it is like to be human and think about time and place. She is attuned to condensed meanings, which offer a radically different perspective from any quick bite, grabbed on the run.

At the Wilson St Gallery, 30-40 Wilson St, Newtown  until November 21

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