Lara Merrett

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Born in 1971, Melbourne, Australia, Lara Merrett currently lives and works in Sydney. In 1993, she studied painting abroad at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain, before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1996, and graduating with a Master of Arts (Painting) the following year.

Featuring among her major solo exhibitions are: every breath you take, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne , 2010, still vast reserves, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2009); soft rock, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2007), To soon to tell, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney(2006); let’s get together, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2005); Upside down you turn me,Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2004); Wish you were here, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2003); and No Hard Edges, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2002).

Lara has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2009/10); Turbulent Terrain, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Melbourne(and touring) (2009/10); Newtown Diaries, Delmar Gallery, Sydney (2009); An Ever Expanding Universe, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2008); Décor, Glen Eira City Council Gallery,Melbourne (2008); ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award, ABN AMRO Melbourne & Sydney (2007);Against the Amnesiac Lifestyle Showroom, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2006); Portable model of… Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart and La Trobe Regional Gallery, Victoria (2005);Arrival/Departure, Bus Gallery Melbourne, collaboration with John Nicholson (2003); Helen Lemprière Traveling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney (2002 and 1999); New Painting, CoffsHarbour Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales (2002); Fisher Ghost Festival Contemporary Art Award, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, New South Wales (2002 and 1996); and New Acquisitions,The Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney (2000).She has received various grants and awards such as The Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists (2001) and Willoughby City Art Prize (2001).

Lara has recently been commissioned for various projects at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for St Michaels Church,Melbourne (2010), and the Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne (2009), and is represented in the collections of the University of New South Wales, Sydney; the Bundanon Estate; Artbank, Melbourne; RACV;Sofitel Hotel; Macquarie Bank and UBS, Australia.

Born 1971, Melbourne, Australia

Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

Education

1997 Master of Arts (Painting), The College of Fine Arts, UNSW

1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts, The College of Fine Arts, UNSW

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 The ever changing nature of things, 28th September – 7th November, gallery ecosse, Southern Highlands, NSW

2013 Seeing is believing,  19th – 22nd September, Jan Murphy Gallery at Sydney Contemporary, Sydney

2012 Made of everything, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2012 Be my inside looking out, 21st June – 5th August, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

2012 Invaders, 4th – 28th April, Blockprojects, Melbourne

2010 Every breath you take, Karen Woodbury Gallery

2009 Still vast reserves, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

2007 Soft rock, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2006 To soon to tell, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

2005 Let’s get together, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2004 Upside down you turn me, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

2003 Wish you were here, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

2002 No Hard Edges, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

1998 Leftfield, Crawford Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Wattle, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong.

2010 Salon des Refuses 2010, The Alternative Archibald & Wynne Prize Selection, National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2009/10 The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

2009 Turbulent Terrain, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Melbourne (and touring)

2009 Newtown Diaries, Delmar Gallery, Sydney

2008 Victorian Tapestry Workshop for St. Michaels Church, Collins Street, Melbourne

2008 An Ever Expanding Universe, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth

2008 Décor, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne

2007 ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award, Melbourne and Sydney

2006 Against the Amnesiac Lifestyle Showroom, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

2005 Portable model of…, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart and La Trobe Regional Gallery, VIC

2003 11th A4 Art, West Space, Melbourne

2003 Arrival/Departure, (collaboration with John Nicholson), Bus Gallery, Melbourne

2002 Art on Paper: 02, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

2002 The Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney University, Sydney

2002 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney

2002 Even Better than the Real Thing, Penthouse & Pavement, Melbourne

2002 New Painting, Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2002 Gallery 4A Xmas show, 4A Gallery, Sydney

2002 Fisher Ghost Festival Contemporary Art Award, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW

2001 Something for the Ladies, Penthouse & Pavement, Melbourne

2001 Painting Now, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

2001 Same but different, Global Gallery, Sydney

2001 Hi-Lo 4, Deutscher Menzies Gallery, Sydney

2000 Christmas show, Snow Gallery, London

2000 New Acquisitions, Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney University, Sydney

2000 Hi-Lo 3, Snow Gallery London

1999 Creation, Astro, Sydney

1999 Hi-Lo 2, Astro, Sydney

1999 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney

1999 Jenny Birt Award, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

1997 Graduate Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

1996 Fisher Ghost Festival Art Award, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW

1996 Landscape & Abstraction (2 person show), Crawford Gallery, Sydney

1996 Jenny Birt Award, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Grants, Awards and Residencies

2011 Artspace Sydney, Studio Artist Residency

2004 Bundanon, Arthur Boyd Shoalhaven NSW Residency

2003 The Pat Corrigan Artists Grant

2002 The NSW Artists Marketing Grant

2001 Kanoria Centre for the Arts, Ahmedadbad, India Residency

2001 The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

2001 NSW Marketing Grant

2001 1st Prize, Willoughby City Art Prize

1998 Chroma Australia Art Prize

1998 Young Artists Painting Prize, Berrima Art Society

Commissions

2010 Victorian Tapestry Workshop for St Michaels Church, Collins Street, Melbourne

2009 Sofitel Hotel, Collins Street, Melbourne

Collections

Artbank, Melbourne

University of New South Wales, Sydney

Bundanon Estate

RACV

Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne

Macquarie Bank

UBS Australia