Australian Artist Joy Engelman
Internationally awarded contemporary landscape painter

 

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Member of National Association Visual Arts - NAVA

"Born with paint in her blood and a brush in her hand" my mother would say, I have spent over half a century in the pursuit of an art's life. My passion for art has no bounds and I find all forms of human expression intriguing.

The constant golden thread that has stitched all the various pieces of my life together has been the arts - from painting, to writing and philosophy. The burning question has always been "What else?" and so a life of exploration has been undertaken. Some of this exploration has been public but mostly, it remains a private undertaking in the studio or within the soul.

The only way to fully express the vast chaos and infinite richness has been through the application of paint to paper and canvas so I have explored new ways of applying paints, various surfaces and techniques, different ideas and subjects... many of these I have passed on through teaching and mentoring over the years and it has always been satisfying to find an artwork where someone has been inspired by something I may have done in the past and repurposed into their own.

A lot of my life has been spent dreaming of 'flying', seeing the landscape from above, whilst other times, I have buried my 'self' in forests. Many plane trips have burned images of the fascinating Australian landscape into my soul only to emerge in images later. My favourite past-time is to 'google earth' where I can dream myself into 'flying as an eagle above the landscape'. During 2009-2010, I wrote a monograph to make sense of my life as an artist. This was released at my 30 year survey held at the Orange Regional Gallery in 2010 in a limited edition of 100 signed books.

Current works are an exploration of this ancient and sacred land - our "Mother Earth" through journeys into the desert regions of the outback and recording the colours, forms, shapes and energy lines..

 

Engelman at Orange Regional Gallery - survey of works 2010

CURRICULM VITAE

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

2018 - "WATER IS LIFE" NIAGARA FALLS MUSEUM
2007 - LORENZO IL MAGNIFICO AWARD - 5TH PLACE PAINTINGS
BIENNALE DELL'ARTE DE CONTEMPORANEA FLORENCE ITALY

MAJOR & SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 - "FLOW" Ludlow Gallery Orange
2016 - "Wild Women of Arkaroola PLUS" - Queen Street Gallery, Woollahra
2013 - "LAND / MARKS" - Jayes Gallery & Sculpture Gardens
2012 - "Artists of the Outback" Aarwun Galleries Canberra
2010 - ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY - Gallery One
Solo Exhibition - "Through my eyes" - 30 Year Survey

2010 - "The Eye of the Eagle" Aarwun Gallery Canberra

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS

2004 - Adventure trip to Guangzhou China
2006 - Exploring Tasmania's Top End
2007 - Exploring Florence and it's art treasures, Italy
2010 - Camping trip to the Bungle Bungles WA
2012 - 4WD Trek to the Birdsville Track
2013 - 2017 Arkaroola Painting and Exploring

SELECTED MAJOR GROUP EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS

2012 - Selected NBN Artist for NSW
2012 - Finalist - Flannery Art Prize Bathurst NSW
2010 - CONTEMPORANEA - Melbourne & Canberra
Florence Biennale Artists of Australia (coordinator)
2008 - Finalist - Calleen Award Cowra NSW
2007 - Shortlisted - "Drawing Together Awards" Canberra ACT
2007 - "In SITE OUT" Orange Botanic Gardens

AUSTRALIAN AWARDS

1993 - Australia Day Award - achievement in the Arts
1988 - "Women in '88" Award - Bicentennial Committee
1988 - Australia Day Award - achievements in the Arts

PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Department of Climate Change - (currently hung in the Corporate Office of the Prime Minister)
Vision Eye Centre Southport GC
Orange Regional Gallery
Blue Circle Cement
Kinross-Wolaroi Collection and many others