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        I've always had a fascination with the outdoors and in my paintings I try to harness this passion whether it is in the renderings of a kangaroo skull on a hillside, a frog etching or simple description of a waterfall- I always aim to capture the essence or the spirit of whatever I'm painting.

Landscape for me is a vital artistic pursuit and I'm always looking to add to its rich tradition by incorporating different elements into each picture. My influences range from Fred Williams, John Wolseley, Clifton Pugh, Guy Warren and John Olsen.

With a land as inspiring, expansive and as harsh as Australia, there are ample opportunities for us all to interpret it in our own way and in my work I hope to explore it through paint in a relevant, incisive and contemporary fashion.
 
 
 
 

Michael Ambriano,   Painter/ Printmaker, Lives and works in Sydney

 

Artist Background   

 

Born 1975.

2011                      World Expeditions Art trip to West MacDonnell Ranges-Larapinta with artist such as

                              Euan Macleod, Leo Robber and Steve Lopes                    

2010                      Teaching art lessons in the landscape to children at Marton Public School

2009                      Art for life bushfire appeal fundraising art auction, Melbourne Town hall

                              Questions of Seeing a Landscape Painting Master Class with Idris Murphy

2007 - 2008            Head Assistant Printmaker, Duckprint Fine Art Editions,

                               Privately initiated painting study trips to Kosciusko National Park

2004 - 2007            Privately initiated painting study trips to Northern Territory, Bundanon, and Eden NSW

2003 - 06               Apprentice to Master Printer Tom Goulder, Duckprint Fine Art Editions, Sydney

2003 - 04               Artist residency trip to Ben Boyd National Park, and Mimosa National Park NSW

1996 - 1998            Sydney Institute Technology, Ultimo. Certificate in Printing Machining – Trade

1994 - 95               Associated Diploma in Fine Arts     

1993 - 95                News limited Art Department

1993,                      Life Drawing, Sydney Community College

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2007                       New Paintings, Hazelhurst Regional, Community Gallery, Sydney

2006                       New Paintings, Make Art Gallery, Sydney

2004                       Etchings, Duckprint Studio Gallery, Sydney

 

Group Shows

 

2011                        From Alice Springs to Glen Helen, Defiance Gallery I - II, Sydney    

2010                        Sticks and Stones, Hazelhurst Regional, Community Gallery, Sydney

                               Autumn Exhibition, Nolan on lovel Gallery, Katoomba

                               Summer Exhibition, Nolan on lovel Gallery, Katoomba  

2009                        A Bar to Call Home, NG Art Gallery, Sydney

                               Christmas Exhibition, Nolan on lovel Gallery, Katoomba 

                               Limited edition works on paper, NG Art Gallery, Sydney

                               Croydon Group West primary school, Victoria                                                                                                             

2008                        A History of Chippendale, NG Art Gallery, Sydney

                               Emerging Artists, Pollock Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne

 

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

 

2009                          Art on Paper, Hazelhurst, Finalist,

      Blackheath Festival Art Show.

2008           Waverly Art prize, Camden Art Prize, Finalist.

2007                          Waverly Art prize, finalist – received ‘highly commended’

2005, 04, 03, 02        Artists on Norton, Prize Finalist.

2004                          The Camden Art Prize, Finalist

2003                          Art on Paper, Hazelhurst.

2001, 03, 04, 05        Waverley art prize.

2001& 03                  Kiama art prize Inc, finalist.

2001                          Sky garden art prize, finalist.

                                  Willoughby city art prize.

 

 

Collections

 

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Audley Visitor Centre, InSynergy Financial Solutions Sydney, DS Consultancy Sydney, News Limited Art Department Sydney, Duckprint Ltd Editions Wollongong, Fourbits Creative Sydney. Private collections in Australia and Italy.

 

Publications

St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, Thursday 2, 2010.

Gardens and Outdoor living, February 2007.

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