Wendy Grace is a Melbourne based artist, whose practice centres around painting and photography. She graduated with a BFA (Painting) and her Honours degree (first class) from RMIT University. She has exhibited her work extensively in solo and group exhibitions and has regularly been selected as a finalist in national and regional competitions and prizes; most recently the recipient of the Frankston Arts Centre Open Art Prize 2016.
Grace's abstract paintings are inspired by the synthesis of colour, texture and forms found in the natural landscape. Her fascination for the landscape and the colours and patterns of nature are evident in her organic, translucent large and small scale paintings on paper and canvas that respond to Nature's cycles of life, suggesting the process of growth and change.
2007 Bachelor of Fine Art Honours, First Class, RMIT University
2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) with Distinction RMIT University
2004 Diploma of Visual Arts, RMIT University
2017 Sense of Place, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston
2017 Sirenuse, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento
2016 Winters Song, Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
2015 Soft Edges, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento
2014 Fluid Boundaries, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento
2014 Here & Now, Cambridge Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Memory Traces, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento
2012 Phantom Fields, Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza Vic
2011 Hint of spring, Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza Vic
2010 Cycles, Carbon Black Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Water’s Edge, Louey & Lane, Melbourne
2008 Leaving it open, Red Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Heading South, Bayside Council Corporate Centre, Melbourne
2007 Slipstream, first site RMIT Union Gallery Melbourne
AWARDS & PRIZES
2017 Art in Science, ACMD Art Prize - Finalist, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Spiritual Art Prize, Recipient, Collins Street Baptist Church, Melbourne
2016 ANL Maritime Art Awards, Finalist, the Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Melbourne
2016 Art in Science, ACMD Art Prize - Finalist, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
2016 Space, Recipient, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston
2016 She, Finalist, Walker St Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong Vic
2014 Redland Art Awards Finalist, Redland Art Awards, Redland Art Gallery, QLD
2014 Waverley Art Prize, Finalist, Waverley Woollahra Art School, Bondi, NSW
2014 She, Finalist, Walker St Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong, Vic
2014 Ficifolia Art Exhibition, Highly Commended, Drouin Community Chambers, Drouin VIC
2013 Outback Open Art Prize, Finalist Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW
2013 She, Finalist, Walker St Gallery and Arts Centre, Dandenong Vic
2012 Redland Art Awards Finalist, Redland Art Gallery, QLD
2012 St George Art Awards Finalist, Hurstville Museum and Gallery, NSW
2010 Outback Open Art Prize Finalist, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW
2010 City of Albany Art Prize Finalist, Albany WA
2008 The Money Myth Finalist, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Biennial Art Competition Finalist, Box Hill Community Art Centre Melbourne
2007 6o Art Prize, Human Landscape Finalist, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston
2004 1st Prize My Favorite Place Postcard Exhibition, Tivoli Artspace, Melbourne
2017 9 by 5 Exhibition, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong Vic
COMMISSIONS + PROJECTS
2017 Museum of Lost Public Notice Project participant, coordinated by David Dellafiora and Phil Edwards,
George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University.
Commission paintings private residence 2017
2016 Maibaum for Hanna, Installation, Small Space, La Niche, Melbourne
2015 Commission painting private residence
2014 Commission paintings Friday’s Child, Oberon Estate, Merrijig, Vic
2011 Commission painting, private residence, 2009, 2006, 2005 and 2004
2017 Mentoring resident artist at Heritage Hill Museum and Arts Centre, Dandenong Vic
2017 Heritage Hill Museum, City of Greater Dandenong, Dandenong Vic
REVIEWS & PUBLICATIONS
Tatman C. 2017, 'Sense of Wonder' Frankston Leader 21 August, p.15
2017 'She Opens the door to female artists with fresh look' The Dandenong Journal, 16 March, p3 http://dandenong.starcommunity.com.au/journal/2017-03-16/she-opens-the-door-to-female-artists/
Rogers L. 2016, ‘Colour Texture and Synergy’ Mornington Peninsula Magazine, p 67
Tatman C. 2016, ‘Art is Open to Analysis’ Frankston Leader 15 August, p. 17, Mornington Leader 16 August.
2013 ‘Creating Memories’ Mornington News 29th October, p52 Southern Peninsula News p.37
Grace W. 2012, ‘A summer of art at Manyung’, Sorrento village life summer 2012-2013 p.12
McCauley D. 2012, ‘Artists share their studio space and their talents’, 2 October, p. 3
2012,'See & Do' Port Phillip Review 3 October, p.17
Spalding S. 2011, 'Artists honing skills' Port Phillip Leader, 23 August, p 8
Clark-Kennedy J. 2011, 'New art heralds season's change', Mornington News, 28 July - 10 August, p.3
Rainforth D. 2011, ‘Giving a bean to change a life’, The Age, 6 July, p.15
2010, ‘Art, A little bit of summer,’ Village Voice, Courier Newspapers, December, p. 12.
2010 ‘Brightening up a washed out summer’, Inner West Courier, Inner City Edition, 7 December, p.1.
2010, ‘See & Do’, Melbourne Weekly, 21-27 July, p.4.
Ryan L. 2010 ‘The art of seasonal changes’, Port Phillip Leader 18th May, p.30.
Ryan L. 2010 'an abstract capturing of the rhythms of life', Stonnington Leader, 18 May, p.8.
2010, ‘art & about’, Melbourne Weekly, 5 May, p.37
2009, ‘Capturing Nature’, Caulfield Glen Eira Leader, 24 November, p.7.
2009, ‘Second Nature’, Melbourne Weekly Bayside, 18 November, p. 6.
Backhouse M .2008, ‘Art around the galleries’, The Age, 7 June, p. 10, 2008
Awadalla A.2008 ‘Inspired by nature’, The Bayside Leader 24 June, p.41.
'Fresh waters provide new fish’, Heidelberg Leader, 1 April, p.14, 2005
Rare Book collections, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. Rydges Hotels & Resorts,
RMIT University, Private Collections Melbourne, Malaysia and USA