Elizabeth Barnett

Elizabeth Barnett

Artist Profile

Biography

Elizabeth Barnett’s vibrant still life paintings introduce exotic and visually compelling botanicals to domestic scenes of treasured objects, books and furniture. This introduction gives new dimension to Barnett’s intimate still life scenes. Her subjects do not sit flat upon the canvas, but instead reach up from it, enlivened by the wild and natural world. This liveliness belies the ‘stillness’ of still life painting and along with Barnett’s painterly gestures of shadow, line and colour creates a visual dynamism reaches beyond tradition. Barnett’s revisioning of tradition, similarly plays to perceptions of domesticity and daily life. Far from a sense of duty or routine, there is an implicit celebration of the everyday in Barnett’s work. In a bustling cosmopolitan world Barnett
draws her viewer into scenes of daily life at her Macedon studio and its bushland surrounds, offering a gentle and wondrous escape.

Elizabeth Barnett studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts Printmaking at The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne 2002-2004;
Bachelor Fine Arts Honours – Printmaking, RMIT, Melbourne, 2006;
Masters of Arts- Illustration, Camberwell College of Art, London, 2008-2009;
Barnett was awarded the Collie Print Trust scholarship at the Australian Print
Workshop in 2006. Barnett founded Schoolhouse Studios Inc with Alice Glenn in 2010, a not-for-profit artist studios complex in the former St. Joseph’s Technical College in
Abbotsford.

Elizabeth Barnett’s vibrant still life paintings introduce exotic and visually compelling botanicals to domestic scenes of treasured objects, books and furniture. This introduction gives new dimension to Barnett’s intimate still life scenes. Her subjects do not sit flat upon the canvas, but instead reach up from it, enlivened by the wild and natural world. This liveliness belies the ‘stillness’ of still life painting and along with Barnett’s painterly gestures of shadow, line and colour creates a visual dynamism reaches beyond tradition. Barnett’s revisioning of tradition, similarly plays to perceptions of domesticity and daily life. Far from a sense of duty or routine, there is an implicit celebration of the everyday in Barnett’s work. In a bustling cosmopolitan world Barnett
draws her viewer into scenes of daily life at her Macedon studio and its bushland surrounds, offering a gentle and wondrous escape.

Elizabeth Barnett studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts Printmaking at The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne 2002-2004;
Bachelor Fine Arts Honours – Printmaking, RMIT, Melbourne, 2006;
Masters of Arts- Illustration, Camberwell College of Art, London, 2008-2009;
Barnett was awarded the Collie Print Trust scholarship at the Australian Print
Workshop in 2006. Barnett founded Schoolhouse Studios Inc with Alice Glenn in 2010, a not-for-profit artist studios complex in the former St. Joseph’s Technical College in
Abbotsford.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 One Thousand Mornings, Michael Reid Murrundi, NSW
2020 A Rose by Any Other Name, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2020 Still the Seasons, Michael Reid, Murrurundi
2019 Nature Table, Elms Gallery, Sydney
2019 Blue, The Design Files, Melbourne
2018 Preservation, Modern Times, Melbourne
2018 In All Weather, Happenstore, Sydney
2017 Herbal Medicine, The Design Files, Melbourne
2017 Arrangements: New Works, Boom Gallery, Geelong
2017 Portraits of Early Summer, Ivy Muse, Melbourne
2016 Interiors, Modern Times, Melbourne
2015 In a Temperate Climate, The Design Files, Melbourne
2015 House Plant, Heritage Hill Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Sanctuary, Long Division Gallery, Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne
2013 Everything Familiar, Up Close, The Art Shop and Gallery, Abergavenny, Wales
2011 House Boats, Art2Muse gallery, Sydney
2010 In Search of Invisible Cities, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
2008 These Four Walls, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Travelling Places: Home and Elsewhere, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 Thread’s, Helen McCullogh, Brisbane
2021 Country Table, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2020 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2020 The Country Interior, Michael Reid Murrurundi, NSW
2020 Talismans, Rafts, Momentos, Modern Times, Melbourne
2019 Ritual Practice, Modern Times, Melbourne
2019 Group Exhibition of Represented Artists’, James Makin Gallery
2019 Summer Projects, Boom Gallery, Geelong
2018 Vase and Vessel- An Ode to Morandi, Saint Cloche, Sydney
2017 This Place, Here, The Diggers Store, Castlemaine
2017 TDF Open House, The Design Files Open House, Melbourne
2017 Interior Worlds, Lauriston Press, Kyneton
2016 Christmas Exhibition, Lauriston Press, Kyneton
2016 HOME, Modern Times, Melbourne
2015 The Design Files Inaugural Fundraiser Exhibition, The Design Files, Melbourne
2014 Impressions, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
2013 Place of Assembly included in Locale, Yarra City Council, Richmond
2012 Place of Assembly, Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne
2012 Elizabeth Barnett and Ami Summers, Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
2012 Drifting Homeward, Printmaker Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Impressions, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
2011 Outside In, Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne
2011 Allure (Light Installation) Princes Wharf with Aden Narkowicz, Hobart
2010 Impressions, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
2010 Unfolding, The Art Shop and Gallery, Abergavenny, Wales
2010 Printmaking 10A, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2009 MA Graduate Show, Camberwell College of Art, Camberwell, London
2009 Unfolding, The Art Shop, Abergavenny, Wales
2009 Playroom, Dream Space Gallery, London
2009 40 x 40 x 40, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
2009 New Figuration, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Christmas Group Exhibition, Port Jackson Press, Melbourne
2008 Printing Figuratively, Port Jackson Press, Melbourne
2008 A Trick of The Light, The Dolls House Gallery, Melbourne
2007 50, Curated by Rona Green, Geelong Gallery, Geelong
2007 Open House: Recent works by Elizabeth Barnett & Sarah Hicks, Young Street Artist-Run Space, Melbourne
2006 Print Trust Emerging Printmakers Scholarships Exhibition, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
2006 Printed Matter Only, RMIT Graduate Exhibition, RMIT First Site Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Impressions, Australian Print Workshop Fundraising Exhibition, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
2005 Transit, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
2005 The Artist and the Environment, Melbourne Environmental Arts Festival, curated by Elizabeth Barnett, Emma
2005 Hicks and Sarah Hicks, Domain House, Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
2004 Graduates Exhibition, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
2004 VCA Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2002 Top Arts, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

AWARDS/GRANTS/PRIZES
2019 Finalist, Hawksbury Art Prize, NSW
2018 Finalist, Eutnick Still Life Award finalist, Wollongong
2017 Finalist, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Sydney
2016 Goods Homewares collaboration with The Design Files, Bonnie and Neil and Elizabeth Barnett
2010 Tasmanian Art Site commission, Public Art installation in collaboration with Aden Narkowicz, Princes Wharf, Hobart
2006 Collie Print Trust Scholarship, Australian Print Workshop

ARTWORKS

  • The Year that Gave Lemons and EggsElizabeth Barnett The Year that Gave Lemons and Eggs 2021 oil on linen 152 x 213cm $12,400.00 ENQUIRE →
  • In My Own CompanyElizabeth Barnett In My Own Company 2021 oil on linen 71 x 51cm $4,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Farmer's Table with Cut GrassesElizabeth Barnett Farmer's Table with Cut Grasses 2021 oil on linen 71 x 51cm $4,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Table for TwoElizabeth Barnett Table for Two 2021 oil on linen 77 x 67cm $4,400.00 ENQUIRE →
  • A Thousand Mornings IIElizabeth Barnett A Thousand Mornings II 2021 oil on linen 71 x 51cm $4,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Summer Bouquet StudyElizabeth Barnett Summer Bouquet Study 2020 oil on linen 31 x 26cm $1,300.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Lemon wattle and BooksElizabeth Barnett Lemon wattle and Books 2020 watercolour on paper 57 x 38cm

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  • Spring ColoursElizabeth Barnett Spring Colours 2020 Watercolour and pencil on paper 47 x 28.5cm $850.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Spring Garden in Guy Boyd JugElizabeth Barnett Spring Garden in Guy Boyd Jug 2020 oil on linen 31 x 26cm

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  • Full moon in the rangesElizabeth Barnett Full moon in the ranges 2020 oil on linen 36 x 31cm $1,600.00 ENQUIRE →
  • CitrusElizabeth Barnett Citrus 2020 watercolour on paper 57 x 38cm

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  • The GardenerElizabeth Barnett The Gardener 2020 oil on linen 41 x 36cm $2,800.00 ENQUIRE →

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