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speed of the brush is my river of silence – polly courtin.

Polly Courtin knew she wanted be a painter at the age of eight. At 16 she sold she sold her first painting. At 16 she won a prize in Sydney, Australia. At 19 she went to art school, and during the next few years she exhibited and sold her work at group shows. In 1977 she exhibited her first solo show. Painting her way through the years, and travelling the world with studios in various cities. Exhibiting in Paris, London and Italy. She is currently preparing for two shows coming up this year. She continues to paint and travel.

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    Education

    Degree in Visual Art

    Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    1977 Leveson Galleries, Melbourne
    1981 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
    1986 Tolarno Gallery, Melbourne
    1988 Gretz Gallery, Melbourne
    1989 Vincent Art Gallery, Adelaide
    1990 Davis Avenue Gallery, Melbourne
    1991 Guilfoyle’s Gallery, Melbourne
    1991 Davis Avenue Gallery, Melbourne
    1992 Caroline Street Galleries, Melbourne
    1992 ‘Images of Women’, Alchemy Gallery, Melbourne
    1993 Gretz Gallery, Melbourne
    1993 Toorak Road Gallery, Melbourne
    1994 Toorak Road Gallery, Melbourne
    1995 Toorak Road Gallery, Melbourne
    1995 Kazbah Gallery, Melbourne
    1997 Westgarth Galleries, Melbourne
    1998 Loft Gallery, Melbourne
    1999 Westgarth Galleries, Melbourne
    1999 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2000 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2000 Gallery Vue de Monde, Melbourne
    2001 Conrad International Hotel, The Gallery Bar, Brisbane
    2001 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2002 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2003 St Tropez Gallery, Queensland
    2004 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2005 Drummond Street Gallery, Melbourne
    2006 Galleria della chiesa, Italy
    2012 Salon by the Sea, Melbourne
    2012 Brightspace Gallery, Melbourne
    2012 Ochre Gallery, Melbourne
    2014 Ochre Gallery, Melbourne
    2015 Salon de la Mer
    2017 Testing Grounds
    2014 Ochre Gallery, Melbourne

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS
    1967 Young Artists’ Exhibition, Waratah Prize, Sydney
    1972 Student Show, Templestowe Galleries, Melbourne
    1972 Young Originals Gallery, Melbourne
    1973 Young Originals Gallery, Melbourne
    1975 Hawthorn City Art Gallery, Melbourne
    1975 Caltex Award, Gippsland Regional Gallery, Victoria
    1975 Corio Prize, Geelong Regional Gallery, Victoria
    1976 Young Originals Gallery, Melbourne
    1977 Leveson Gallery, Melbourne
    1977 Contemporary Arts Society Gallery, Melbourne
    1979 Leveson Gallery, Melbourne
    1981 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
    1982 Victor Mace Gallery, Brisbane
    1982 Mornington Regional Gallery, Victoria
    1985 Victor Mace Gallery, Brisbane
    1987 Tolarno Gallery, Melbourne
    1989 ‘Images of Women in Australian Contemporary Art’, Caulfield Arts Complex, Melbourne
    1989 Artmoves, Melbourne
    1989 Gretz Gallery, Melbourne
    1989 Melbourne Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne
    1989 Women’s Trust Gallery, Melbourne
    1989 Contemporary Australian Artists, DDB Needham, Melb.
    1989 Women’s Gallery, Melbourne
    1989 Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
    1990 Australian Art for Labor, Melbourne
    1990 Women’s Gallery, Melbourne
    1990 Vincent Art Gallery, Adelaide
    1990 Ocean Grove Regional Gallery, Victoria
    1990 Guilfoyle’s Gallery, Melbourne
    1990 Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair
    1990 Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Tapestries
    1991 Artmoves, Women’s Trust, Melbourne
    1991 Gretz Gallery, Melbourne
    1991 Melbourne Contemporary Art Gallery
    1991 DDB Needham, Melbourne
    1992 Gretz Gallery, Melbourne
    1992 Guilfoyle’s Gallery, Melbourne
    1993 Victoria & Albert Museum, London
    1993 Gretz Gallery, Melbourne
    1994 Red Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
    1994 Gretz Gallery, Melbourne
    1994 Australian Embassy, Paris, France
    1994 Deutschers, Textilemuseum, Germany
    1994 Toorak Road Gallery, Melbourne
    1996 Toorak Road Gallery, Melbourne
    1997 Westgarth Galleries, Melbourne
    1998 Loft Gallery, Melbourne
    1999 Westgarth Galleries, Melbourne
    2000 Drummond Street Gallery, Melbourne
    2000 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2001 Drummond Street Gallery, Melbourne
    2001 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2002 Drummond Street Gallery, Melbourne
    2002 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2003 Drummond Street Gallery, Melbourne
    2003 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2004 Drummond Street Gallery, Melbourne
    2004 Prize Exhibition, The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
    2004 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2004 St Tropez Gallery, Queensland
    2005 Drummond Street Gallery, Melbourne
    2005 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2005 St Tropez Gallery, Queensland
    2006 Zaphyr Galerie, Paris
    2006 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney
    2007 Zaphyr Galerie, Paris
    2011 Zaphyr Galerie, Paris
    2013 Zaphyr Galerie, Paris
    2015 Fitzroy North Gallery
    2015 Salon de la Mer
    2017 Saatchi
    2017 Brightspace Gallery

    PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
    1981 Artbank, Australia
    1994 Victoria & Albert Museum, London Purchased (above)
    1997 Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
    1999 Pharmaceutical Guild of Australia. ‘Hanna with Flowers’ (top right) was generously donated by Sigma Company to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, and hangs in their Canberra foyer.
    2000 St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney

    Press

    Vashti’s Voice, Illustrations
    The Sun Newspaper, Melbourne Review,
    Geoff Makin
    ABC 3ZZ, Melbourne Interview with Bernard
    Bowles, Art Historian
    The Age Newspaper, Melbourne Interview
    in Accent with Megan Dawes
    Art Network, Australia
    The Age Newspaper, Melbourne Review,
    Gary Catalano
    5DN 972, Adelaide Interview
    Interior Design & Architecture, Feature
    Women’s Art Register, Melbourne
    The Age Newspaper, Melbourne Interview
    with Sharon Gray, the Arts Page
    Adelaide Courier Newspaper Barker
    The Advertiser Newspaper, Adelaide
    The City Messenger, Adelaide Feature
    Southern Cross Newspaper, Melbourne Feature
    Cover design and illustration –
    Guidelines for Victorian Museums
    The Bulletin Interview with Rowena Stretton
    Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne Catalogue
    The Age Newspaper, Interview in Accent
    Southern Cross Newspaper, Melbourne, June
    Southern Cross Newspaper, Melbourne July
    The Age Newspaper, Melbourne
    Southern Cross Newspaper, Melbourne
    The Age Newspaper, Melbourne
    Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia,
    by Max Germaine
    Thompson Property Guide, Melbourne ‘Arthouse’ front cover and editorial
    Herald-Sun Newspaper, Melbourne
    Wentworth Courier, Sydney

    Influences

    Vincent Van Gogh
    Jean Michelle Basquiat
    The moon
    The oceans
    Dreaming
    Sam Francis
    Andre Derain
    Pierre Matisse
    Star constellations
    Drumming
    The spinning ball of the planet
    – to name a few

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