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ARTISTS | Charmaine Pike

ARTWORKS EXHIBITIONS CV

Charmaine Pike‘s painting practice reflects the rich tones of the natural land forms that populate areas of inland New South Wales. Her works, however, are far from representational landscapes, rather, they distort form, colour and line, and look inwards to explore psychological tension. Landscape forms are personified and relate to each other within the picture plane, playing out are aspects of the human condition such as alienation and isolation, loneliness, conflict, despair, struggle. Despite this, Pike’s lyrical and chromatically rich landscapes are at times comical and absurd in an attempt to create a unique visual language.

Pike has been selected as a finalist in numerous prestigious art prizes such as The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (2010), The Mosman Art Prize (2013), The Paddington Art Prize (2015, 2016).  In 2014 she was selected by Angus Nivison for the Regional Arts Australia National Visual Arts Showcase at Parliament House, Canberra. Charmaine studied at the College of Fine Arts in NSW and has had seven solo exhibitions, including at Tamworth Regional Gallery in 2012.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE WORKS >
Charmaine Pike, Burning Mountain, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Artworks:

Charmaine Pike, Arrival, Acrylic on board, 60x60cm

Charmaine Pike, Arrival, Acrylic on board, 60x60cm

Charmaine Pike, Burning Mountain, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, Burning Mountain, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, Divided We Fall, Acrylic on board, 120x120cm

Charmaine Pike, Divided We Fall, Acrylic on board, 120x120cm

Charmaine Pike, Gleanings, acrylic on board, 60x60cm

Charmaine Pike, Gleanings, acrylic on board, 60x60cm

Charmaine Pike, Intergalactic, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, Intergalactic, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, In the Valley, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, In the Valley, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, Irredenta, acrylic on board, 60x60cm

Charmaine Pike, Irredenta, acrylic on board, 60x60cm

Charmaine Pike, Roaming, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, Roaming, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, The Gathering, acrylic on board, 60x60cm

Charmaine Pike, The Gathering, acrylic on board, 60x60cm

Charmaine Pike, The Other Dimension, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, The Other Dimension, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, The Strays, Acrylic on board, 122x100cm

Charmaine Pike, The Strays, Acrylic on board, 122x100cm

Charmaine Pike, Thou Art Loosed, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, Thou Art Loosed, Acrylic on board, 90x122cm

Charmaine Pike, Toqueville, acrylic on board, 120x120cm

Charmaine Pike, Toqueville, acrylic on board, 120x120cm

Charmaine Pike, The Unknown II, 40x40cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, The Unknown II, 40x40cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, The Unknown I, 40x40cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, The Unknown I, 40x40cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Sticks and stones, 40x40cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Sticks and stones, 40x40cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Guarded, 40x40cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Guarded, 40x40cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Aftermath, 40x50cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Aftermath, 40x50cm, Acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Earthen Splendour II, 120x120cm, Acrylic on board

Charmaine Pike, Earthen Splendour II, 120x120cm, Acrylic on board

Charmaine Pike, Glen-Davis, 63.5x61cm, acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Glen-Davis, 63.5x61cm, acrylic on board, 2016

Charmaine Pike, Outside Inside, 30x40cm

Charmaine Pike, Outside Inside, 30x40cm

Charmaine Pike, Rugged Land, 76x76cm

Charmaine Pike, Rugged Land, 76x76cm

Charmaine Pike, Stillness, 46x61cm

Charmaine Pike, Stillness, 46x61cm

Charmaine Pike, Rugged Land, 76x76cm

Charmaine Pike, Rugged Land, 76x76cm

Charmaine Pike, Rock Theatre, 30x40cm

Charmaine Pike, Rock Theatre, 30x40cm

Charmaine Pike, Rock Formations, 76x76cm

Charmaine Pike, Rock Formations, 76x76cm

Charmaine Pike, Regrowth, 51x61cm

Charmaine Pike, Regrowth, 51x61cm

Charmaine Pike, Helter Skelter, 76x91cmCharmaine Pike, Helter Skelter, 76x91cm

Charmaine Pike, Helter Skelter, 76x91cm

Charmaine Pike, Four Clouds, 51x61cm

Charmaine Pike, Four Clouds, 51x61cm

Charmaine Pike, Dry, 76x76cm

Charmaine Pike, Dry, 76x76cm

Charmaine Pike, The Prodigals, 30x40cm

Charmaine Pike, The Prodigals, 30x40cm

Charmaine Pike, The Hideaway, 46x61cm

Charmaine Pike, The Hideaway, 46x61cm

Charmine Pike, The Foreboding Lands, 51x61cm

Charmine Pike, The Foreboding Lands, 51x61cm

Charmaine Pike, Strange Days, 76x91cm

Charmaine Pike, Strange Days, 76x91cm

Exhibitions:

The Divine Paradox | Charmaine Pike

The Divine Paradox draws upon elements of the Australian landscape to examine the fragility and strength of the human condition. Working both en plein air and in the studio, Charmaine Pike employs landforms as a vehicle for a dialogue on emotional states through personified rock-like formations which lean inwards and out, often precariously placed within bold compositions to create visual tension between space and form. Pike’s brushstrokes and layers overlap in unorthodox combinations, in defiance of the accepted canon of the landscape genre which delineates fore/mid and background. Despite, or perhaps because of this, her works are assertive and robust. With confident mark-making at the core of her practice, Pike’s works have be likened to ‘drawings with paint’, and are driven by influences from the New York School and the late-career works of artists such as Philip Guston.
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CV:

CHARMAINE PIKE

Works and lives in inland NSW

Education

1995-1997        Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, UNSW

1994                  Diploma of Fine Arts, Tamworth TAFE

1993                  Associate Diploma of Fine Arts, Tamworth TAFE

Solo Exhibitions

2017
The Fringe Dwellers, Defiance Gallery, Newtown
Every Now and Then, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth

2016
Pandemonium, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2014
Mindfield, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

2012
Tamworth Regional Art Gallery

2007
Fear is like a wilderness (drawing), Gallery HM, Sydney

 Group Exhibitions

2018
The Platform 10, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2017
Makers Mark, Defiance Gallery, Newtown

2016
Spring Fever, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

2015
Landforms and Lagoons, Gallerysmith, Melbourne (duo/solo with Sue Lovegrove)

2014
Regional Arts Australia, Mentor/Mentee Selected by Angus Nivison Parliament House, Canberra

Abstract Landscape, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

Landscape Show, Queen Street Gallery, Sydney

2013
The Landscape Show, Defiance Sculpture Park at The Gate Gallery

Feminine Optic curated by Andrew Frost, Tamworth Regional Gallery

The Kunderang Group Show, Walcha Contemporary Art Gallery

Abstracting Landscape, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

Robert Bell, Daniel Kyle & Charmaine Pike, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

2012
Inaugural Indoor Show, Defiance Sculpture Park, The Gate Gallery

Larapinta Trail Artists, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery

The Drawing Show, Walcha Contemporary Art Gallery

Larapinta Trail Artists, Moree Plains Regional Gallery

The Great Australian Landscape, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2011
The Drawing Show, Defiance Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

Larapinta, Defiance Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

The Landscape Show, Defiance Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

2010
The Drawing Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

Same place, many views, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

The Landscape Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

Paint, Charcoal, Bronze & Steel, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

The Jingle Bells Show, Defiance Gallery, Newtown, Sydney

The Jingle Bells Show, Defiance Gallery, Newtown, Sydney

2009
The Salon Hang, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

The Drawing Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

Same Place, Many Views, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

The Jingle Bells Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

2007
A Maniac and her Key, TAP Gallery, Sydney

1997
Which machine must be plugged into this machine to work, The Performance Space, Sydney

Subconscious Gestures, Arthaus Gallery, Sydney

1993
Straight Back and Sides, Tamworth Regional Gallery

Easily Transportable Prints Exchange, Northern Rivers University

Tamworth TAFE Student Show, Woolloomooloo Gallery, Sydney

 Award and Prize exhibitions

2017
Paddington Art Prize, Sydney

2015
Paddington Art Prize, Sydney

2014
Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize, Sydney

2013
Finalist, The Mosman Art Prize

2012
The Enid Ng Artist Residency, Paris

2010
Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

2007
Finalist, Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize

1998
Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, WINNER

1996
Commended, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

1996
Winner, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, inaugural Drawing Award

1995
Finalist, Jenny Birt Award, UNSW COFA.

Collections

Defiance Gallery

Tamworth Regional Gallery

Tamworth TAFE Campus Folio

Northern Rivers University Collection

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award Collection

Residencies

 2017
October, Nock Art Residency, Hong Kong/China

2017
August, The Barn House Residency, Maffra

2013
March, The Enid Ng Residency, Paris

2012
April, Kelton Plains Artist Residency, Monaro, Cooma

2014
Kelton Plains, Artist Residency

AWC sponsored trip, Pungalina, Gulf Country, N.T

Bibliography

2017     Artist Profile, Issue 40, ‘Charmaine Pike’ by Melissa Pesa, pp 50 – 53

2015     The Australian, ‘Charmaine Pike; a star attraction at Tamworth Regional Gallery’, Bronwyn Watson, April 4

2014     Down Town, ‘Charmaine Pike’, Emily Herbert, 2014, pp 28 – 44

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