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Lara Scolari is a Contemporary Australian Visual Artist, who lives and works full time on her art making practice within her vibrant light filled studio located in the heart of Sydney’s harbour side village of Balmain.

Holding a Masters in Cross Disciplinary Art & Design from the University of New South Wales (MCDArtDes, UNSW) and with many years’ experience working in the Arts and Cultural sector, Lara’s art practice radiates a wealth of knowledge.

An action painter, Lara’s work is produced in an Abstract Expressionist style that explores developed experimental techniques and processes. Lara builds up each work using a variety of media creating depth through transparent layers that reveal hidden dioramas.

In Lara Scolari’s latest paintings, multilayered circles create an enlivening space for contemplation, and a resting place for thoughts.

Scolari is interested in how energy informs the painting and viewing process. When creating works, she finds herself transforming from a state of active energy into one of serene immersion. Her paintings also provide a space for the viewer to engage with this spectrum of energy: from vitality to calmness. They share the nuances of her thought processes, and create a place to retreat to, to muse and meditate, like being immersed in music.

In many works from Scolari, translucent blues and greens meet black, grey and milky white in veiled layers. These resonate with the marine glimmers of the Balmain environment in which the artist lives and works. Others focus primarily on layers of texture and colour in some paintings, speckled black circulates in a nest-like whirl.

When viewing these circles of energy, we are free to be transported to another state of mind.

Prolifically producing strong considered bodies of work Lara’s coveted artworks are beautiful in organic form, line, shape and composition.

FREEDOM, ENERY & SOUL

Education

Master of Cross-disciplinary Art and Design UNSW Art & Design (MCDArtDes)
Diploma of Fine Arts
Post Graduate Visual Arts Residency (Selective) – Western Institute of TAFE
Diploma of Arts Administration
Certificate III Ceramics

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Contemporary Noir, Art2Muse, Double Bay, New South Wales
2016 COOL LUXE, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange, New South Wales
2016 Contemporary Luxe, Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, New South Wales
2016 Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
2016 MONO2, Lara Scolari Gallery, Balmain, New South Wales
2015 Mono, Lara Scolari Gallery, Balmain, New South Wales
2015 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, New South Wales
2015 Grand Opening Exhibition, Lara Scolari Gallery, Balmain, New South Wales
2015 Moree Art Gallery, Moree, New South Wales
2014/15 Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
2014 Depot II Gallery, Danks St, Waterloo, New South Wales
2012 Lazy River Estate Winery, Dubbo, New South Wales
2011 LUDO, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, New South Wales
2010 Occulo, Jayes Gallery, Molong, New South Wales
2010 Fairview Art Space, Mudgee, New South Wales
2009 Latent, Dubbo Regional Gallery – The Armati Bequest, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW
2009 Lazy River Estate Winery, Dubbo, New South Wales
Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales
Fenton & Fenton, Prahran, Victoria
Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, New South Wales
Selected Finalist, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Paper Pear Gallery, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
2016

Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales
Fenton & Fenton, Prahran, Victoria
Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, New South Wales
Paper Pear Gallery, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
The Corner Store Gallery, Orange, New South Wales
Martine Gallery, Nothbridge, New South Wales
Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
2015

Tusk Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
Art2Muse, Double Bay, New South Wales
Selected Finalist, Moreton Bay Art Awards, Strathpine, Queensland
Selected Finalist, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Resident Artists Exhibition, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Twist Gallery, Alexandria, New South Wales
Martine Gallery, Northbridge, New South Wales
2014

Tusk Gallery, South Yarra, Victoria
Selected Finalist Mosman Art Prize, Mosman, New South Wales
Kenthurst Galleries, Kenthurst, New South Wales
SOHO Galleries, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales
NG Gallery, ART NOW, Chippendale Creative Precinct, New South Wales
Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Resident Artist Exhibition, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Resident Artist Exhibition, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Wenona Alumni Art Show, Milsons Point, New South Wales
Balmain Art Gallery, Balmain, New South Wales
Brisbane Modern Art Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Queensland
Nexus Gallery, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Paper Pear Art Gallery, Wagga Waga, New South Wales
Jayes Gallery, Molong, New South Wales
Panoply Art Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
Art2Muse, Double Bay, New South Wales
Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Balmain Pop Up, Balmain, New South Wales2013
A Decade of Stories – Artist in Residence Exhibition, Ashfield, New South Wales
Tracks, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales
2012 Blake Prize Directors Cut Exhibition
2012
Salerno Gallery, Glebe, New South Wales
Calleen Art Award Finalist, Corwa Art Gallery, Cowra, New South Wales
Shimmer on the Bay, St Josephs College Exhibition, Walsh Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
I Love Art Exhibition, St Augustines School, Narromine, New South Wales
Fresh Arts, Dubbo Theatre and Convention Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales
2011
Finalist Calleen Acquisition Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Paper Pear Gallery, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Hill Gallery, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Alchemy, Jayes Gallery, Molong, New South Wales
Art Unlimited Prize, Dunedoo, New South Wales
Fresh Paint, Red Door Gallery, Dubbo, New South Wales
2010
Michael Reid Gallery, Murrurundi, New South Wales
St Josephs Art Show, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Newport Artworks, Newport Beach, New South Wales
Hill Gallery, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Jayes Gallery, Molong, New South Wales
Finalist Calleen Acquisition Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Around The World, Fresh Arts Group Show, Macquarie Regional Library, Dubbo, New South Wales
2009
Finalist Morton Bay Art Awards, Strathpine, Queensland
Fresh Meat, Fresh Arts Group Show, Chop Art Shop, Milthorpe, New South Wales
Fairview Art Space, Mudgee, New South Wales
Jayes Gallery, Molong, New South Wales
Percy Street Gallery, Wellington, New South Wales
Wood for the Trees Fresh Arts Group Show, Dubbo, New South Wales
Winner Into the Drip Art Prize, Fairview Artspace, Mudgee, New South Wales
2008
Bowerhouse, Western Institute of TAFE, Dubbo, New South Wales
Fairview Artspace, Mudgee, New South Wales
Finalist Art Unlimited Prize, Dunedoo, New South Wales
Fresh Arts 08, Dubbo Regional Gallery – The Armaty Bequest, New South Wales
Finalist Calleen Acquisition Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
2007
Expose, Western Institute of TAFE, Dubbo, New South Wales
Fresh off the Plains, Canowindra Art Gallery, New South Wales
2006
Visible, Western Institute of TAFE, Dubbi, New South Wales
Fresh & Fruity, The Art Gallery Coonabarabranm New South Wales
Fresh & Fruity, Dubbo Regional Gallery, New South Wales
A Fresh Look, Dundullimal Homestead, Dubbo New South Wales
Rigi Dige, Western Institute of TAFE, Dubbo, New South Wales
2005
Upstarts, Western Institute of TAFE, Dubbo, New South Wales
Save the Sumartran Tiger, Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, New South Wales
Residences

2015 Gallery Lane Cove, Lane Cove, New South Wales
2014/15Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
2013 Artist in Residence, Ashfield Council, Pratten Park, Ashfield, New South Wales
2008 Western Institute of TAFE, Dubbo Campus, New South Wales
2006 Fresh Arts Residency, Dundullimal Homestead, Dubbo, New South Wales

Associated Bodies

NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts), Member
Orana Arts, Member
Fresh Arts, Member
Viscopy, Member

Artist Run Initiative’s

2015 – Current, Lara Scolari Gallery, Balmain, NSW – Gallery Director & Principal
2014 – Current, Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Hunters Hill, NSW – Director

Employment within Cultural Sector

2007 – 2013 Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales (Arts Administration, Exhibition Installation & Education Officer)

Press

See:
https://www.larascolari.com/about/media/

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