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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.

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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