Louise Feneley

Based in Adelaide’s sea-side suburb of Marino, Louise Feneley draws her inspiration from the sea and the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. Not too dissimilarly to the grand tradition of the nineteenth-century Romanticists, she portrays the powerful immensity of the ocean and the comparable fragility of human experience. The swirling movement of wind and water influence her landscape paintings, many of which appear to exist in a numinous space between the water and the land. The artist’s still-lifes can also be interpreted as a reflection upon nature’s duality as giver and destroyer: the bounty and detritus alternate in a continuous journey of artistic explorations.


The paintings are finely executed, demonstrating the smoothness of surface that belies the evidence of human touch. Atmospheric effects are minutely observed and carefully captured. The challenge of conveying translucency with opaque materials on a two-dimensional canvass can be observed in a breath-taking detail in the paintings of waves as well as glass objects. An eagle-eyed observer will be rewarded with a gift of discovering miniature human figures in foetal positions caught up in the maelstrom of nature.


Louise Feneley, painter of portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes, has been exhibiting regularly since the 1970s in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. Her works have been included in important curated and survey exhibitions of contemporary Australian art, including at SASA Gallery in Adelaide, Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale (Vic), and the Parliament House in Canberra. Louise’s works had been selected as finalists in numerous art prizes, and on many occasions she had walked away with the highly coveted ‘People’s Choice Award.’ Louise’s works are to be found in the Parliament House in Canberra, as well as in selected regional, tertiary, and corporate collections in Australia and abroad.

Biography

Solo Exhibition


2021
Walking through a studio over time, Metro Gallery, VIC

2017
Hill Smith Gallery, SA


2014
Hill Smith Gallery, SA


2010
Hill Smith Gallery, SA


2009

Harrison Galleries, Sydney

2008

Melbourne Art Fair (Hill-Smith Gallery)


2007

Hill Smith Gallery, SA Mossgreen, Melbourne
2006

Harrison Galleries (formerly Brian Moore Gallery), Sydney
2005

Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney Hill-Smith Gallery, SA

2004

Hill-Smith Gallery, SA
1973

Sydenham Gallery, Norwood, SA
1971

Young Collectables, Melbourne The Skillion, North Adelaide, SA French Cultural Centre, SA


Selected Group Exhibitions


2020

'Solastalgia - an Antidote'


2019

Finalist 14th International ARC Salon exhibition

Finalist, Lethbridge Small Works Prize

2018-19
'A Fine Romance-Realism in Australian Art', Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC
Florence, international exhibition, TIAC


2018
'Impressions of Shandong & South Australia', group show of Chinese & Australian artists, SASA Gallery SA
Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives, Old Parliament House, Parkes ACT

Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane QLD

Finalist, Heysen Prize for Landscape

Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC

Finalist, Fleurieu Biennale

'Imagine', Inaugural Exhibition of the new Gippsland Art Gallery VIC

Finalist, Waterhouse Natural Science Art prize

2017

Jinan, China, Cultural Exchange exhibition

'Trace', 4 Women Artists, Hill Smith Gallery

2016

"Length & Breadth", New Acquisitions from Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra

Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

Finalist, Heysen Prize for Landscape

2015
"Still" 3 person show, Adelaide Central Gallery

Semi-finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Finalist, Kennedy Prize Finalist, Manning Art Prize, 'Naked & Nude'

Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award

'Lay of the Land', Hill Smith Gallery 'Provenance', Adelaide Central Gallery

SALA, still life, Hill Smith Gallery

2014

Finalist RSASA Portrait Prize

Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award

Finalist, Kennedy Prize Melbourne Art Fair (Hill Smith Gallery)

2013
Gematria, Adelaide Central Gallery

Finalist, Fleurieu Water & Environment Prize

Finalist, Portia Geach Portrait Award

Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, and Touring Exhibition

2012
'Roll Call', Hill Smith Represented Artists, SALA
Finalist, Whyalla Art Prize


2011
Loreto Exhibition
Finalist, City of Albany Art Prize
Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize
Finalist, Nora Heysen Centenary Prize


2009
​Finalist, Sulman Prize

Education

2019
Painting Masterclass - Antonio Lopez Garcia - Madrid, Spain Painting Masterclass - Golucho - Barcelona, Spain


2018
Painting & Drawing Masterclass - Odd Nerdrum - Florence Painting Masterclass - Golucho - Florence Painting


2012
Masterclass - Steven Assael - New York Advanced Drawing Masterclass - Steven Assael - New York 2005


2005
Drawing Masterclass – Godwin Bradbeer

2002

Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood, SA

2001

Advanced Diploma of Visual Art Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood, SA

1970

Bachelor of Fine Art – Painting SA School of Art, North Adelaide, SA

Awards and Prizes


2019

People's Choice Award, Heysen Prize

2018

Highly Commended, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, SA Museum Highly Commended, Fleurieu Biennale, South Australia

2015

Arts SA Grant for Research & Development of New Work

2014

People's Choice Award, EMSLA, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

2011

Arts SA Grant for Research & Development of New Work

2011

People’s Choice Award – Nora Heysen Centenary Prize

2007

Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize – Peoples’ Choice Award

2004

Tammy Kingsley Award - 33rd Alice Prize exhibition

2003

Helpmann Academy Mentorship Grant

1986

Bussleton Art Gallery Prize

1970

Liddums Art Gallery Prize

Royal South Australian Society of Art Prize for Composition 1967-70

Commonwealth Scholarship, SA School of Art

1968

Osborne Art Gallery Prize for Drawing


Collections


Sky City Casino Hotel collection, SA

Australian Parliament Collection, Canberra

Imago Mundi Collection, Italy

Shurniak Art Gallery, Canada

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SA

Bussleton Art Gallery, WA

Bridgetown Hospital, WA

Colin D. Rowe, Accountants, SA

Private collections - Australia, Japan, Malaysia, USA

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Weather Project #6
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Weather Project #11
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Weather Project #10
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The Wanderer Within Time
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Louise Feneley, The Wanderer Within Time, Oil on Belgian linen, quadriptych, 90 x 220 cm (overall)
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The Magpie's Tale
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The Gathering II
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The Committee for Global and Social Warming
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Louise Feneley, The Committee for Global and Social Warming, Oil on linen, polyptych (13 pieces), 85 x 170 cm (overall)
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Sunday 22nd
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Summit
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Shifting through Time
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Shell Ascending
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Seabird
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Louise Feneley, Seabird, Oil on cotton, 40 x 50 cm
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Nest
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Mystery of the Emerald Sea
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Memories of Winter - August 9th
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Louise Feneley, Memories of Winter - August 9th, Oil on Belgian linen, triptych, 92 x 147 cm (overall)
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Last Hours of Sunlight
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Lapis
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Inside Water
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Dream of Edentia
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Departure
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Louise Feneley, Departure, Oil on Belgian linen, 25 x 25 cm
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Crab Ascending
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Breeze
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Louise Feneley, Breeze, Oil on Belgian linen, 71 x 92 cm
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Beneath the Watery Sky
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Ascending Curiosities II
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Ascending Curiosities I
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A World of Curious Things #9
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Louise Feneley, A World of Curious Things #9, Oil on Belgian linen, 25 x 25 cm
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A World of Curious Things #8
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Louise Feneley, A World of Curious Things #8, Oil on Belgian linen, 25 x 25 cm
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A World of Curious Things #7
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Louise Feneley, A World of Curious Things #7, Oil on Belgian linen, 25 x 25 cm
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A World of Curious Things #12
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Louise Feneley, A World of Curious Things #12, Oil on Belgian linen, 25 x 25 cm
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