Apr 09 2013

Blackwell – Lorraine

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Medium: Painting, printmaking and sculpture
Email:  lorriblackwell@gmail.com
Contact:  0439 885 211

Lorri Blackwell has spent most of her life in rural Riverina and is now relocating to Yass. Lorri_14829While the surrounding natural environment has had a major influence on her Art Practice, she also draws inspiration from old buildings, machinery, found, natural and manufactured objects. Lorri particularly enjoys discovering the beauty and structure in our everyday world, the extraordinary in the ordinary, which is often overlooked by the casual observer.

Recent works have been inspired by discarded rusting farm machinery, where the passage of time produces a patina of beauty that only nature can create. Lorri finds these intricate constructions an ideal vehicle to explore spatial relationships which are integral to her work; the dynamic, colour and volume of space holding equal importance with the form of the object. Relative sizes are often varied and viewed from different perspectives which hopefully adds to the enigma.

Her practice has a strong commitment to drawing which underpins all subsequent work, developing information from field trips into finished works in charcoal, ink, mixed media and oil.

Lorri’s major creative influence has been studying drawing and painting in 2007 and 2011 at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York.

She began tuition in Griffith with Jeffrey Wright, studying traditional oil techniques, Lorri12140followed by numerous Short Courses at Mitchell School of Creative Arts, Bathurst, National Art School, Sydney and Julian Ashton’s Art School, Sydney. She is currently attending John Mc Clung’s art group in Yass.

Lorri has had solo exhibitions at the Wagga Regional Links Gallery and several at the Griffith Regional Theatre. She has also participated in group exhibitions at Griffith Cottage Gallery, Griffith Regional Gallery, Mawson Gallery Canberra , Arthouse Hotel Gallery in Sydney, The New york Studio School, New York and Yass Arts Trail exhibitions.

Major awards include 2013 Award for excellence- Local Artist Cootamundra Wattle Time exhibition, Major Prize winner Griffith Exposed 2011, Riverina Artist Award and Highly Commended in Open and Figure Drawing Exposed 2010, First Prize Figure Drawing Exposed 2009.

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