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About

Spirituality, mental well being and the use of colour have been strong features across Carmel Sayer’s work. A contemporary, award winning visual Artist, Carmel deals primarily in portraiture and abstract painting. Predominately experimental Sayer employs methods in mixed media, sculpture and installations to project concepts that relate through personal experience.

The past 8 years have been dedicated to researching the institutionalizing of Spirituality and it affects on the individual and society, this has led to a ‘mapping’ of the soul. Sayer presents this with an unique, expressive use of ink, acrylic and oil to communicate the soul’s emotion.

Sayer found through personal experience that Spirituality was being institutionalized, fragmented, ruled, decompartmentalized and watered down, not just by religion but by urban environment and technology. By cutting ourselves off from God and nature, disconnecting through connecting, the spiritual force within us is broken down, weakened, and in turn our mental health suffers. This has far reaching effects on society as the chain of events repeat, with each round diluting, separating and splintering the spirit. Sayer’s work now explores how the fragmenting of thoughts leads to a decompartmentalizing of the soul. Sayer employs mixed media, together with an unhealthy obsession with colour to project her concept.

Carmel Sayer is a graduate of the National Art School, East Sydney and holds diplomas in both Fine and Graphic Art. Living now in Mandurah, Carmel founded the successful art school ‘A Brush With Art’, teaching for eight years. She has lectured in the field of Fine Art, whilst also taking roles as Project Manager, Facilitator and Community Artist in the Peel region. Carmel exhibits regularly and in 2014 she was finalist in the Mandorla Art Award at the Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth, also winning two awards at Telstra’s ‘A Digital City in a Connected World’ at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah. In 2017 Carmel celebrated a solo exhibition in Melbourne amongst other exhibitions including Ellenbrook and enjoyed a 12 month Artist Residency at CASM (Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah). Carmel also supplied the artwork for the annual report for the Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Advocacy Service in 2017.

Carmel is presently working towards a solo exhibition at CASM in 2019.

Education

Diploma Fine Art, National Art School, East Sydney
Diploma Graphic Art, School of Visual Arts, Sydney

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2017 Soul Thoughts, BlackCat Gallery , Collingwood, Melbourne.
2012 Timely Breath, Untimely Death Festivals Australia Grant, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
2012 Wetlands: From Bunyip to Beautiful, People’s Gallery, Mandurah Community Museum.
1991 A Part of Me, National Art School, East Sydney Technical College, Sydney.

Selected Group Exhibitions
Painting
2017 Life Stages and Crossroads, Ellenbrook Gallery, Ellenbrook ,W.A.
2016 Sensorium, Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah, (CASM) ,W.A.
2016 Mandjar Art Award, Alcoa Art Gallery, Mandurah,W.A.
2015 Tiny Treasures, Contemporary Art Spaces, Mandurah W.A.
Linden Art Postcard Show, Linden New Art Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC
Crab Fest Plein Air Art Competition, Mandurah, W.A.
Mandjar Art Award, Alcoa Art Gallery, Mandurah, W.A.
2014 Mandorla Art Award Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth, W.A.
Digital City in a Connected World (Telstra), CASM, Mandurah, W.A.
Cossack Art Award Old Bond Store, Cossack, W.A.
Mandjar Art Award Alcoa Art Gallery, Mandurah, W.A.
9 x 5 Exhibition Alcoa Art Gallery, Mandurah, W.A.
Tiny Treasures, Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah, W.A.
2013 9 x 5 Exhibition Alcoa Art Gallery, Mandurah, W.A.
Art in Nature Exhibition Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Mandurah, W.A.
2011 9 x 5 Exhibition Alcoa Art Gallery, Mandurah, W.A.
2010 Mandjar Art Prize Alcoa Art Gallery, Mandurah, W.A.
2009 9 x 5 Exhibition Alcoa Art Gallery, Mandurah, W.A.
1994 Genesis II Campbell Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney.
1991 Genesis I National Art School Gallery, East Sydney Technical College.
1989 Fine Art Exhibition National Art School Gallery, East Sydney Technical College.
1988 Fine Art Exhibition National Art School Gallery, East Sydney Technical College.
1982 Lloyd Rees Youth Exhibition, Lane Cove

Press

Most recent:
2017 Artwork provided for Annual Report front cover and inside pages for Chief Advocate of mental Health Advocacy
10th May 2017, The Coastal Times, W.A.
26th April 2017, Artefacts,The West Australian
16th March 2016, Front Page, Southern Telelgraph

Influences

Picasso, Van Gogh, Klimt, Impressionists, Expressionists , Whiteley, Boyd.

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64cm (W) x 80cm (H)
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64cm (W) x 80cm (H)
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80cm (W) x 80cm (H)
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80cm (W) x 80cm (H)
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$320
80cm (W) x 80cm (H)
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$320
64cm (W) x 80cm (H)
Print
$320
64cm (W) x 80cm (H)
Print
$320