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ARTISTS | Charmaine Pike

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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.

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

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.
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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

2019
The Divine Paradox, Gallerysmith Melbourne

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

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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