Victoria Peel
 
Victoria Peel - Represented by Artsite Galleries
Victoria Peel - Represented by Artsite Galleries
Victoria Peel - Represented by Artsite Galleries

As an artist, Victoria Peel has had over fifteen solo exhibitions in Australia as well as curated group exhibitions in Australia, USA, UK, and China. Her work has been hung twice in the Salon Des Refuses, Wynne Prize Exhibition at the S.H. Irwin Gallery.

Over the years, Victoria has divided her painting time as much as possible between Sydney and St Albans, where she likes to work with a view towards the escarpment overlooking the MacDonald River, in the Hawkesbury River Area.
The Hawkesbury area provides constant inspiration, with its picturesque landscapes and bold escarpment, for her somewhat impressionist-influenced paintings that render both natural and artificial light.

My work was initially based on the experience of feeling at home (in St Albans) and my love of the area, investigating its history, community and... in time, I began exploring the night light of both the rural and the urban landscape.
In Sydney, my attention was drawn to the waters around Balmain, where the tugboat drawings owe much to the idea of a safe harbour... and memory of my father, a Naval Captain of eleven ships.. and in turn, towards the night time atmosphere of Bondi Beach.

My grandfather grew up in Bondi and my nephews, the "Webber Boys" surfed. Bondi seems to be a place to which I return... it has never ceased to amaze me this beautiful beach on the edge of a city is where one can still experience the vitality of nature...
Bondi and Balmain have been the subject of my visual and psychological experience of the night... forms are hidden, the common place transforms.. (into) passages of light and shadow...I am drawn to that sense of mystery
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Victoria´s works can often contain a sole figure, acknowledging both the experience of isolation, and the isolation of the act of painting and drawing. At times, her work has been likened to Edward Hopper, her subjects are the commonplaces of urban life with still, anonymous figures, and compositions that can evoke a sense of aloneness, although not necessarily the loneliness of Hoppers works.

Max Taylor AM once noted, Victoria´s oil pastels are incredibly strong renditions of night and the electric illumination of the unavoidable night time places/situations that everyone occasionally finds themselves in.

For her exhibition at Artsite this year Victoria returns to St Albans, capturing the incredible light across the Hawkesbury escarpment.



Awards:
2014
1st Prize: Works on Paper, Northbridge Art Prize.
2013
Highly Commended, Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, NSW
1993
1st Prize, Art for Our Sake, Friends of the Earth. Ten Taylor Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
1990
Winner, Macquarie Towns Acquisitive Prize, Hawkesbury City Council, NSW

Collections:
 
Art Bank
TAFE NSW
Hawkesbury City Council
Royal Australian Navy
National Art School
Hornsby Council.

Private Collections:
 
Australia and Internationally
 

Solo Exhibitions: (Selected)

2018
From the Blue House, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2011
Into the Night, Albion Street Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
2009,08,06,01,99
St Albans Gallery, St Albans, NSW
2002
Riches in the Dark, Glebe Healing Centre, Annandale, NSW
1993, 91
King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1990, 88
Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1988
The Unspoken Side, Performance Space, Sydney, NSW
1985, 83
Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW

Group Exhibitions: (Selected)
 
2017,16,15,14,13,12
Collector´s Choice, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2017,12,11,05
Ferry Artist Gallery, Wisemans Ferry, NSW
2016
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
2015
Landscapes and Interiors with Figures, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2014
Finalist Exhibition Northbridge Art Prize 2014, Northbridge Gallery, Sydney, NSW
La Belle Poussiere Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
Interiors Exhibition, Royal Art Society, Sydney, NSW
2013
Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach, NSW
Seven Pastel Artists, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
The Black and White Committee - Vision Australia, art exhibition, Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay, NSW
2012
St Ignatius Annual Arts and Craft Show
Annual Tutors Show Ku-ring-gai Art Centre
2010,09,08,07
Taylor Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2009,07,06,05,04
St Albans Gallery, St Albans, NSW
2009,07,06,05,04,03
Cell Block Gallery, NAS, Sydney, NSW
2007
Michael Cummerford Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2007,06
Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School, Sydney, NSW
2006
Finalist Exhibition, Willoughby Art Prize 2006, Willoughby City Council, Sydney, NSW
2005
Finalist Exhibition, 2005 Waverley Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre, Bondi, NSW
2004
The Victoria Gallery, Chelsea Old Town Hall Chelsea, London
Parliament House Exhibition, NSW State Parliament, Sydney, NSW
2003,02,01,00
Through Australian Women´s Eyes Touring Exhibition of Australian Regional Galleries, NSW
2002
Pleasurelands, New England Regional Gallery, Armidale, NSW
Salon des Refuse 2002, Wynne Prize Exhibition, S.H. Irwin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2001
Salon des Refuse 2001, Wynne Prize Exhibition, S.H. Irwin Galley, Sydney, NSW
2000,89
Finalist exhibition, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2000
Lismore Regional Art Gallery
1999
Changing Colours, Changing Views, Garvan Research Foundation, Sydney, NSW
1998
Catalyst, Women´s Art and Science Travelling Suitcase Exhibition, Great Britain
1997,96,95,94,
93,92,91,90
King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1997
From Australian Women´s Eyes Hera Gallery, Wakefield Rhode Island, USA
From Australian Women´s Eyes Chicago, USA
1996
Lotus of the Spirit – Science, Colour, Sound and Symbol Art Exhibition
1994
Travelling Suitcase Exhibition No: 1 – The 4th World Conference on Women - Beijing, China.
Travelling Suitcase Exhibition, No: 2 – Cultural Festival – Look at the World through Women´s Eyes Beijing, China
Travelling Suitcase Exhibition, No: 3 – United Nations International Women´s Day – New York, USA
Travelling Suitcase Exhibition, No: 4 – New Zealand and South Pacific Travelling Exhibition
1993,91,90
Ten Taylor Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1992
ACAF 4, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Vic
1991,85,84,83,82
Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
1991
OTC Tech-Art Exhibition, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
1990
Macquarie Towns Art Exhibition, Hawkesbury City Council, NSW
1988,82
Finalist Exhibition, Faber-Castell Drawing Prize, Sydney, NSW
1982
Finalist Exhibition, Blake Prize, Sydney, NSW
1979,78
Bloomfield Galleries, Sydney, NSW
1977,76
Mall Galleries, London, UK
1976
Royal Society of British Artists, London, UK

Residencies/Guest Artist:
2018
Artist in Residence 2018, St Albans, NSW.
2009
Guest Artist, Kogarah Art Centre, NSW
2004
Guest Artist, Dulwich High School, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, NSW
1988
Guest Artist, SCEGGS, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW.

Bibliography:
2012
Who´s Who in the Australian Stanford Dictionary, Stanford, New York, USA 2012
1997
Images 3: Contemporary Australian Painting, Neville Drury, Craftsman House 1997
1996
The Unseen Art Scene– Irrepressible Press, 1996
1995
Who’s Who in Australian Visual Arts – Thorpe 2nd edition, 1995
1994
Images 2 : Contemporary Australian Painting, Neville Drury, Craftsman House, pp: XX, 1994

Media/Citations/Reviews/Publications:
2013
Contemporary painting, pottery showcase teachers´ talents at annual tutor show, Torin Chen, North Shore Times, February 8, 2013
2009
Becoming Lost in Thought Life & Style Section, Hawkesbury Gazette, 2009
1999
If Walls Could Talk Life & Style, Windsor Gazette 1999
1995
Cover Image, Challenges to Law, First Edition 1995.
1994
Cover Image, An Outline of the Law of Partnership, First Edition, Stephen Graw, July 1994,
1994
Elwyn Lynn, Weekend Review, The Australian, February 1994
1993
Bronwyn Watson, Sydney Morning Herald, Art Review, 1993
Interview 2SER FM 1993
1991
Bronwyn Watson, Sydney Morning Herald, Art Review, 1991
Interview 2SER FM 1991
1991
Jaques Delaruell, Still Life as a Metaphor, Sydney Review, May 1991

Awards:
2014
1st Prize: Works on Paper, Northbridge Art Prize.
2013
Highly Commended, Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, NSW
1993
1st Prize, Art for Our Sake, Friends of the Earth. Ten Taylor Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
1990
Winner, Macquarie Towns Acquisitive Prize, Hawkesbury City Council, NSW

Collections:
 
Art Bank; TAFE NSW; Hawkesbury City Council; Royal Australian Navy; National Art School; Hornsby Council.

Private Collections:
 
Australia and Internationally

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