Belem Lett

Belem Lett

Artist Profile

Biography

Playing with light, colour and movement as inseparable phenomena, Belem Lett considers the act of painting through the history of gestural abstraction. Through a deft application of paint with a colour loaded brush, Lett creates an implicit physical momentum: the push / pull, the twist, the drag of the brush, the drip, the stop and start.

Individual works explore gesture, minimalist reduction, the assertion of the surface and the traditional constraints of the picture plane. The result is work that bounces off its own edges and then returns inwards to explore the interior space of the painting, or zooms off the edge in a manner which implies a broader, perhaps even limitless world just beyond our view.

Playing with light, colour and movement as inseparable phenomena, Belem Lett considers the act of painting through the history of gestural abstraction. Through a deft application of paint with a colour loaded brush, Lett creates an implicit physical momentum: the push / pull, the twist, the drag of the brush, the drip, the stop and start.

Individual works explore gesture, minimalist reduction, the assertion of the surface and the traditional constraints of the picture plane. The result is work that bounces off its own edges and then returns inwards to explore the interior space of the painting, or zooms off the edge in a manner which implies a broader, perhaps even limitless world just beyond our view.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022 Limbo, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
2021 Sundowner, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2020 Smoke Screen, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
2019 Grotto, Ideas Platform, Artspace, Sydney
2019 Personal Transporter (Self Balancing), James Makin Gallery,
Melbourne
2018 Pipe Dream, Wellington St Projects, Sydney
2016 Aviary, Gallery 9, Sydney
2016 Paradise Lost, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
2015 Tunnel Vision, Gallery 9, Sydney
2014 There Be Monsters, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
2014 Island Fever, Gallery 9, Sydney
2013 Fault Lines, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
2013 Far From Nowhere, Gallery 9, Sydney
2013 Something Crashed Into The Earth Last Night, Firstdraft Gallery,
Sydney
2012 Everywhere For Going, MOP projects, Sydney
2011 Two Fold, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Grace Cossington Smieth Art Prize, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery,
Wahroonga
2022 Finalist exhibition, Hazelhurst Work on Paper Prize, Hazelhurst Regional
Gallery, Gymea
2021 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2021 Chapter Three, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2021 Summer group show, McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2020 Collector space, Curated by Rowena Talacko for Artmonth, Shapiro
Annex
2020 Rocococolonial, Curated by Gary Carsley, Lismore Regional Art
Gallery
2020 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Melbourme
2019 Rocococolonial, Curated by Gary Carsley at Bathurst Regional Art
Gallery
2019 Rocococolonial, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
2019 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 20 year anniversary
exhibition, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
2019 Finalist exhibition – Glover Prize, Falls Park Pavillion, Evansdale,
Tasmania
2018 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, (finalist) Coloundra Regional Gallery
2018 Group Exhibition, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Pop up exhibition
Melbourne
2018 Spring 1883, Fort Delta Group presentation, Hotel Windsor
Melbourne
2018 Group 10 year Anniversary Exhibition, Edwina Corlette Gallery,
Brisbane
2018 Home ground advantage, Group show, The Graham Green in
Dulwich Hill (Curated by Chris Dolman & Kate Beckingham)
2018 Open Eye Signal, Fort Delta Melbourne
2017 Solo presentation, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Edwina Corlette
Gallery
2017 New work, Den Fair, Gallery 9 (Sydney) in Melbourne
2016 Spring 1883, The Hotel Windsor (Melbourne) with Gallery 9, Sydney
2016 Firstdraft Fundraiser, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2016 So Fresh, (group show), Wellington St Projects, Sydney
2015 Firstdraft Fundraiser, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2015 North, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin
2015 Bang Bang (with Genevieve Reynolds), Chasm Gallery, New York,
USA
2015 Friends With Benefits, Twenty Thirty Seven, Sydney
2014 Sydney Painting Now, (group show) Gallery Pompom/Mop Projects,
Sydney
2013 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Regional Gallery
2013 Artmonth Speed Dating Finalists exhibiiton, curated by Sebastian
Goldspink, Depot II Gallery, Sydney
2013 Firstdraft Annual Auction, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2013 Colour Forms, Curated by Catherine Benz, Delmar Gallery, Sydney
2013 Othering (realities in landscape), Sawtooth ARI, Launceston
2013 Othering, One night event, Digital Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
2013 Othering (realities in landscape), Rear View, Melbourne
2013 Rumble, Wellington St Projects, Sydney
2012 Shelf Life, Delmar Gallery, Sydney
2012 Fishers Ghost Art prize, finalist exhibition, Campbeltown Regional Gallery
2012 Tim Olsen drawing prize, finalist exhibition, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
2011 Group Show, Gallery 9, Sydney
2011 Second Nature, group show, The Papermill Gallery, Sydney
2010 Brett Whiteley Scholarship, winning work, Brett Whiteley Studio,
Sydney
2010 Emerging Artist Award, finalist show Kudos Gallery, Sydney
2008 Jenny Birt Prize, group show, COFA Space Gallery, Sydney
2008 Halfway House, Honours group show, COFA Space Gallery, Sydney
2008 Brett Whiteley Scholarship, Finalist show, Brett Whiteley Studio,
Sydney

AWARDS/GRANTS/RESIDENCIES
2022 Sir John Sulman Prize, AGNSW, finalist
2022 Omnia Art Prize, Winner
2022 Waverly Art Prize, finalist
2022 Blake Art Prize, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, Finalist
2021 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Gymea, Finalist
2021 Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Finalist
2021 Waverly Art Prize, Waverly Art School, Sydney, Finalist
2021 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Bayside Gallery, Melbourne, Finalist
2020 Glover prize, Finalist exhibition, Tasmania
2019 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Early Career Artist Prize, Hazelhurst
Arts Centre, Winner
2019 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Finalist
2019 Glover Prize, Falls Park Pavillion, Evansdale Tasmania, Finalist
2018 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, Finalist
2018 Sunshine Coast Art Award, Coloundra Regional Gallery, Finalist
2018 Paddington Art Prize, Cicada press prize
2017 Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize, QCA, Highly
Commended
2016 Paddington Art Prize, Highly Commended
2016 Sunshine Coast Art Award, Coloundra Regional Gallery, Finalist
2016 Chippendale New World Art Prize, Finalist
2015 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Finalist
2014 NAB Emerging Artist Award, Finalist
2013 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Regional Gallery
2012 Tim Olsen drawing prize, Highly Commended
2012 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, Finalist
(Drawing)
2011 Cite Internationale des Arts, Residency, AGNSW studio, Paris,
France
2011 COFA travel grant, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
2010 Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship, Winner
2010 Kudos Emerging Artist Award, Finalist
2010 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) University of NSW (COFA)
2009 Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship, Finalist
2008 Brett Whitely Traveling Art Scholarship, Finalist

ARTWORKS

  • Uncommon GroundBelem Lett Uncommon Ground 2022 acrylic, gesso, aluminium composite panel, silicone, pine, screws, clear satin varnish 74 x 82 x 102 cm $8,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Wave RacerBelem Lett Wave Racer 2021 Oil on aluminum composite panel 110 x 81 cm $6,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • SundownerBelem Lett Sundowner 2021 oil on aluminium composite panel 153.5 x 151 cm

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  • Dark ModeBelem Lett Dark Mode 2021 oil on aluminium composite panel 92 x 69 cm $6,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • The GuardianBelem Lett The Guardian 2021 oil on aluminium composite panel 81 x 61cm $5,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Kitchen KitchenBelem Lett Kitchen Kitchen 2021 oil on aluminium composite panel 81 x 61cm $5,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Slow GlowBelem Lett Slow Glow 2021 oil on aluminium composite panel 81 x 61 cm $5,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Purple HazeBelem Lett Purple Haze 2021 oil on aluminium composite panel 81 x 61 cm $5,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Road to NowhereBelem Lett Road to Nowhere 2021 oil on aluminium composite panel 82 x 62cm $4,500.00 ENQUIRE →

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