Catherine O'Donnell has a new series of work in ‘The Ideal Home’ a major exhibition curated by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in partnership with Penrith Regional Gallery (Lewers Bequest). Exhibition Runs Dec 1- March 24
The exhibition looks at different experiences of home and family and encompasses themes of, not just, design and technology, but also contemporary social issues such as domestic violence, homelessness, housing affordability and the notion of Australia as refuge.
Thrilled to have been commissioned to produce a new body of work for The Ideal Home Exhibition 1 December 2018 – 24 March 2019
For much of the 20th century Australia enjoyed one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world. This situation emerged following the landmark ‘Harvester Judgement’ of 1907, which enshrined a ‘living wage’, and enabled ordinary workers to purchase a home and support a family.
Post war affluence, technology, mass manufacturing and the ready availability of goods, created both a consumer base and desire. In this setting, suburbs grew and homes became our castles. Australians enthusiastically adopted international trends in architecture, interior furnishings and design. Labour saving devices liberated us from domestic drudgery and increased the time available for leisure. Indoors and outdoors Australians aspired to a lifestyle centred upon the comfort, style, amenity and function of the home.
The Ideal Home presents a history of the 20th century Australian home told through household objects, furniture and design classics from the MAAS Collection. See more of The Ideal Home including modernist design and artworks at MAAS Powerhouse, Ultimo.
The Ideal Home is a partnership between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.
The exhibition suite features works across the site from the following Australian artists:
Cope Street Collective: Mathew Cooper and Colin Kinchela
eX de Medici
So thrilled to be the recipient of the 2018 Grace Cossington Smith Art Award. I am humbled to have had my work selected from among so many amazing works by so many accomplished artists. Congratulations to local artist Steven Hall, emerging artist Jan Theau on there awards and congratulations to all the finalists.
Huge thank you judges Alison Clarke and Dominik Mersch and The Grace Gossington Smith Gallery
The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. I am thrilled to have my charcoal drawing ‘Descent, 2017’ selected for this prize
Exhibition 24 November - 9 December 2018
Happy to have my drawing ‘Yates Court, 2018’ selected as one of 40 finalist selected buy judges Alison Clark, Team Leader Arts & Culture at North Sydney Council; and Dominik Mersch, Dominik Mersch Gallery Rushcutters Bay in the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery biennial art award.
Exhibition 3 to 24 November 2018
Happy to have my little ‘Sydney Fibro #4’ drawing selected as one of 35 finalists in the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Award held at the Noosa Regional Gallery
I am thrilled to have been awarded a Create NSW Artist grant, which supported my project to work with Master Printmaker Wendy Murray in the production of two sets of editioned prints based on the Sirius Building. These prints will be part of my exhibition ‘Urban abstraction’ at May Space Gallery 14 November to 1 December , 2018
This project was assisted by a grant from Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government. The NSW Artists' Grant is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
In my my exhibition 2168 Estates of tomrrow, curated by Elizabeth Marshall i have recreates a classic 1960s suburban street scene across 20 metres of Casula Powerhouse’s Upper Turbine Gallery. This is my longest drawing installation to date is on show 28 Jul 2018 - 16 Sep 2018
Proud to have my work hang among some of the best contemporary drawers across Australia in The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing one of the most well regarded and significant of its kind in the country.
The judge for the 2018 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Anne Ryan, Curator, Australian prints, drawings and watercolours at the Art Gallery of NSW, selected 44 works from over 480 entries across Australia.
Thrilled to have a series of drawings included in No Barrier to Entry with Gallery 19 in Chicago USA. This show will feature a series of Sydney Fibro’s hang alongside four other international artists Alejandrina Herrera, Henrique de Franca, and Ana Zanic from Brazil, Mexico, Croatia.
Beyond excited and proud that the Art Gallery of New South Wales have purchased my drawing installation “Inhabited Space” for their permanent collection. This work was included in ‘Close to Home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial”, curated by Anne Ryan, and if that wasn’t enough they have also acquired another major charcoal drawing, “Available for Public Hire”
Delighted to be awarded a residency at Bundanon in 2018 for a collaborative project with two amazing artst Todd fuller and Kellie O’Dempesy.
Thrilled to have my work showcased by Mayspace Gallery at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair. This exhibition is Australasia’s premier contemporary Art Fair with the countries largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries. Held September 7-10, 2017 Drawing Detail, Charcoal on paper