Lisa Sewards

lives Melbourne

Lisa Sewards is a Melbourne artist who has followed traditional intaglio methods using drypoint, acids, copper and zinc plates over her decade long career. More recently, Sewards has begun working with a non-toxic, water and UV based technique called solar plate etching.

Delicate images drawn by her are etched onto metal backed solar plates. Her favoured Charbonnel inks of blacks and prussian blue are hand wiped onto the plate that is pulled through an etching press. Sewards has mastered creating light and luminous backgrounds to her works, many of which include human figure silhouettes.

Holding place in shortlists for multiple acquisitive art awards in Australia and New York, Sewards has exhibited solo and group exhibitions since 2012. Her work has been acquired by the State Library of Victoria and the Australian War Memorial. We are delighted to announce that Gallerysmith will now represent Sewards exclusively in Australia.


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2023       DRIFTW O  O   D,
Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2021       SHORT STORIES, fortyfivedownstairs,

2019       Spun Stories, Tacit Galleries,

2018       Thousand kisses deep,
fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2017       Cloudy Memory, LWOO, Port Jackson Press
Gallery Fitzroy

2016       STRINGS, LWOO, Port Jackson Press Print
Gallery, Fitzroy

2015       Flight from Silence,
fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2013       White Parachute, fortyfivedownstairs,


2023       FPS Artist Book Prize Recipient
Exhibition, Firestation Print Studio, Melbourne 

2020       Journeys and Discoveries, Bayside
Gallery, Brighton

2020       Editions, Tacit Galleries Collingwood

2020       ‘Here’ Group Show by invitation,
fortyfivedownstairs Gallery (online)

2019       ‘FEATURE ARTIST’ Editions, Tacit
Galleries, Collingwood

2019       SMALL, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery,

2019       Out of Slumber, Queenscliff Gallery,

2019       GUEST ARTIST – Small works lounge,
Gallerysmith, North Melbourne

2019       Goddesses, Counterweave Arte Gallery,
Rome, Italy

2018       SMALL, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery,

2017       Great Authors Print Exchange,
Queenscliff Gallery

2017       Inaugurazione, Counterweave Arte
Galleria, Rome Italy

2017       Gippsland Print Award, SALE Gallery

2017       45 at 45, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery,

2017       Unique Magic, Media House Gallery, The
AGE, Curator Jacqueline Taylor OAM, Melbourne

2017       Unique States, Queenscliff Gallery,

2016       Creatures, Queenscliff Gallery,

2016       Proof, Port Jackson Press Print Gallery,

2015       Gippsland Print Award, Gippsland Art
Gallery, Sale

2015       Intersection–The Art of Motherhood, Red
Gallery, Fitzroy


2023       Shortlisted, Gippsland Print Award, Gippsland
Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria (announced on August 28, 2023)

2023       Finalist, WAMA Art Prize, Ararat Gallery
TAMA, Victoria

2023       Finalist, Banyule Works on Paper Award,

2022       WINNER, FPS Biennial Book Prize, text
category, Firestation Print Studio, Melbourne

2022       Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize,

2021       Finalist, Burnie Print Prize,
Acquisitive, Tasmania

2021       Finalist, Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary
Art, Melbourne

2020       WINNER, Curators Choice Award, APC Art
Show, Port Melbourne

2019       Finalist, Burnie Print Prize, Tasmania

2019       Finalist, Peebles Print Prize, Queenscliff
Gallery, Queenscliff

2018       Finalist, 45th Muswellbrook Art Prize,

2018       Finalist, Collins Place & AMP Capital Art
Prize, Melbourne

2017       Finalist, 11th Biennial International
Miniature Print Exhibition, CCP (Center for Contemporary Printmaking USA) Judge
Freyda Spira, Ass Curator Drawings & Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2017       Finalist, Peebles Print Prize,
Queenscliff Gallery, Queenscliff

2016       WINNER, Printmaking Section, Flinders
Art Show, Flinders

2016       Finalist, NAB Flanagan Acquisitive Art
Prize, Ballarat

2016       WINNER – Printmaking Category, APC Art
Show, Port Melbourne (Judges Callum Morton, Head Fine Arts Monash University
and Kate Ryan, Curator at NGV Melbourne)

2015       WINNER, Best Etching, Summer Salon,
Firestation Print Studio

2015       Finalist, Hutchins Works on Paper
Acquisitive Award, Hobart

2015       Finalist, M Collection Award,
Acquisitive, Gallerysmith

2015       Finalist, International Miniature Print
Exhibition, Manhattan Graphics, New York USA (Judged by Sarah Suzuki, Curator
Drawing+Prints MoMA, NYC

2014       Finalist, The M Collection Award,
Gallerysmith, Nth Melbourne

2012       WINNER, APC Art Prize, Albert Park


2020       Editorial, THE RIP Newspaper, SNOW GLOBE
exhibition REGIONAL VIC

2019       Q&A Print Council of Australia Blog,
Featured Artist/ Editions with IMPRINT Editor Andrew Stephens

2019       Catalogue Essay “Spun Stories” written
by Keith Lawrence plus 16 page exhibition publication produced by Tacit

2019       Editorial ‘Solar Plate Printmaking at
Sydney Contemporary’ Alana Wilson, Editor, Byron Arts Magazine #

2019       Editorial “The story behind the print”
Issue no. 8 Pressing Matters magazine, London UK

2018       Thousand kisses deep Exhibition Preview,
ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA, by Anna Dunnill, Independent arts writer March/April

2018       Q&A Print Council of Australia Blog,
Thousand kisses deep exhibition, with IMPRINT Editor Andrew Stephens

2017       Contribution to Royal Prince Albert
Hospital (NSW) Arterie Project

2017       Q&A Print Council of Australia,
interview by Andrew Stephens, Editor Imprint, for Cloudy Memory, PCA website
and blog

2017       AGE Newspaper Peebles Print Prize
exhibition article: ‘Parajelly’ artwork featured as a Finalist

2017       Bellarine Times ‘Printing for honour’
article by Courtney Jones; ‘Parajelly’ artwork featured

2012       Editorial, Owl exhibition, summer
ed IMPRINT,Print Council of Aust

2016       STRINGS, Australia Print Council’s 50
years of Print publication

2016       BIRD, etchings incl hand bound Artist
Books produced by FPS, acquired by State Library (VIC) & Stonnington
Council (VIC)

2015       AGE newspaper, May 15 – featured
exhibition ‘Flight from Silence’ exhibition (including ‘Tribute: war pigeons’
artwork image)

2015       Editorial ‘Fight from Silence’
exhibition, Bayside Leader Newspaper May 12 by Jon Andrews

2015      Art ALMANAC May, Featured exhibition
‘Flight from Silence’

2015       Interview on Arts Program 3MBS
discussing ‘Flight from Silence’

2015       ‘Collaboration Article’ co-authored
with Anna Taylor, Australian Print Council IMPRINT, Winter edition

2015       Tassie Mercury Newspaper Sept 13th
‘Paper returns to fold’ article, Hutchins Award by Clyde Selby

2014       Catalogue Essay, White Parachute
exhibition, by Dr Julie Cotter – featured in IMPRINT summer

2013/4   edition: Image + Identity (page 20) IMPRINT article featured
exhibition images

2013       Profile, White Parachute
exhibition, Art ALMANAC July edition

2013       Editorial, ‘Art takes place in
history’ (White Parachute exhibition) by Jon Andrews, Bayside Leader Newspaper

2013       Age M Magazine, profile by Erin
Munro, White Parachute

2013       3MBS FM Radio, in discussion with
Jacqui Grantford, Artsbeat program Saturday June 29th


2023       Sydney Contemporary with Firestation Print
Studios, Paper Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney

2022       Sydney Contemporary, Paper Contemporary,
Carriageworks, Sydney

2019       Sydney Contemporary, Invitation by Print
Council of Australia, Carriageworks

2018       Sydney Contemporary, Invitation by Print
Council of Australia, Carriageworks


Australian War Memorial, ACT

State Library of Victoria

Hardcourt Homestead, Tasmania

MGC Contemporary Print Collection, Manhattan NYC

Stonnington City Council