Lara Bardsley

"My art practice involves cultivating presence so as to reflect on the stories we carry within and to move toward compassionate action in the way we live. I'm inspired by a love of the wild, untamed expansiveness of nature and the layered depths of human beings."

Dusk, Kata Tjuta - Gold leaf, oil paint, oil pastel and acrylic on canvas 130 x 210 x 6 cm

"My art practice involves cultivating presence and stillness. I hope to invite us to know ourselves, to reflect and listen to the stories we carry within and allow them to inspire us toward compassionate action in the way we live. My love of the wild, untamed expansiveness of nature and my curiosity regarding the layered depths of human beings, inspire both figurative and abstract expressions of the human and natural world."

Lara trained at one of the most prestigious art schools in Australia majoring in Painting and Film. In 2018, she completed a Ph.D. in Creative Arts, La Trobe University, utilising art to explore the many layers of consciousness within each of us. Lara's Ph.D. won the prestigious Nancy Millis Medal of Excellence. She has had numerous solo and group shows, been a finalist in a number of art prizes and won grants for her work. Her artwork has been collected and exhibited nationally and internationally.

 

Education

PhD, Creative Arts, La Trobe University, Bundoora, 2015-2018

Bachelor of Fine Arts, VCA, Melbourne commenced 2006

Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts Completed 2009

La Trobe College of Art and New Media Certificate and completion of Diploma Course 2005

Yvonne Audette private class tuition 2005

Mentoring and classes in “Dynamic Drawing” Artist Ron Curran  2002-2005

Mentoring and residency with Artist Marr Grounds 1993-2000

25 years study Meditation, Mindfulness and Buddhism

Patterns in the Sand - Gold leaf, oil glaze over textured canvas 122 x 92 x 4 cm
Hung - Digital print on archival paper 45 x 30 cm
Call to the Desert - Oil and gold leaf on canvas 102 x 76 x 4 cm
Untitled - Digital print on archival paper 45 x 30 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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