Regina Noakes
Regina Noakes

Upcoming Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery 12 – 25 November 2019

Regina Noakes is a significant Australian artist, who has won many art awards including the Lorenzo Medici 4th prize at the 2003 Florence Biennale and selected as a finalist in the 2007 Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition. Regina has participated in international biennales and her paintings are represented in numerous private, corporate and public collections around the world, including The British Government Art Collection, Ministry of Water Resources, Sultanate of Oman, Fulham Palace, London, The Singapore Economic Board, Singapore and the University of Cambridge.

Regina is a full time artist living in Western Australia. She studied at the Art Students League, Boston, MA, USA; Institute of Education, Singapore, Dip.T. in art and music; Licenciate of Music, Australia; Associate of Music Australia; studied painting / assistant to Professor Antonio Napoli, Capri, Italy.

Regina has been teaching painting and given workshops at Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia since 2005. She has recently been invited to teach at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Regina has held over forty solo exhibitions in Australia, Italy, USA and Malaysia.

 

Themes and Enigmas

The paintings in this latest series draw inspiration from my recent stay and perception of Spain. The very varied country with a rich culture of the arts, music, food and also the natural beauty of the land itself become visual interpretations for me. I come from Romanesque and Mughal heritage and this too permeates my work.

I draw and paint from imagination, instead of from life, as this gives me a freedom to express and explore ideas and themes. My work is often large-scale, brightly coloured with primal and primitive compositions with their motifs and content invariably overshadowing discussion of their formal properties.

I am known and am unapologetic for my female perspective in my artworks. I try to create a bond between realism as their defining style and a narrative which focuses on single moments, mysterious and revealing at the same time. Most works manifest a distillation of collected experiences into a visual unity, time and feeling. There is an essence of myself, combined with elements of alter egos and moods to match any given day. Art inevitably reveals your life and you as a person, exposing you to your audience, and you become very aware of what you choose to present and what you choose to hold back or, maybe, modify.

There are so many mysteries in life. Motherhood is one of them and a subject that is quite a significant part of my work. It dominates the way you take. No matter how much you think you’re going to be able to keep going on your route, it really affects you.  Nurturing kids, (even now with adult sons, daughter and daughters-in-laws), nurturing your creativity, all of that still feeds into my work in a very positive way.

‘Creativity and nurturing have become intertwined. All becomes quite a significant part of my work.’

Regina Noakes 2018

Selected Exhibitions

2018
November – Solo Exhibition Themes and Enigmas at Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney

2016
September – Solo Exhibition Edge to Edge at Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney

2015
October – Solo Exhibition Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney

2014
June – Solo Exhibition Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney

2013
September – Exhibition in Florence, Italy
November – Solo Exhibition in Perth, Gadfly Gallery (9th solo exhibition at Gadfly Gallery)

2012
‘Quartet’ Redhill Gallery, Brisbane
Masters and Artists of Today, Galeria Tondinelli, Rome
Museo d’Arte, Chianciano Terme, Sienna,Italy
Posh Auction, Sydney
Finalist Mandorla Art Award, Perth

2011
Biennale of Chianciano
‘Four Seasons’, Barcelona Showcase, Spain
‘Women artists and their Landscape’, Kuala Lumpur
Perth Concert Hall
2009 Cossack Art Prize, Western Australia
Three Arts Club, Chicago, Illinois
2008 Perth Concert Hall
Posh Auction, Sydney
2007 Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition, Sydney
Garrison Arts Centre, NY
Friedrichstrausse Art Centre, Berlin
Galerie Seyffert-Stahl, Berlin
Deck Chair Theatre Auction, Perth
Posh Auction, Sydney
Australian High Commission New Delhi
Singapore Art Festival
Sydney Art Fair

Awards

Four Australian Visual Arts grants
Finalist 2011 Leonardo Award
3rd Prize, Biennale of Chianciano
Finalist Cossack Art Prize
Feature artist for 2011 Cystic Fibrosis Exhibition, WA
2009 Cowra Regional art prize
Cossack Art Prize
2007 Portia Geach Memorial Award
First Prize Manhattan Arts Exhibition
2003 Lorenzo Medici 4th prize, Florence Biennale
Manhattan Arts Exhibition, NY winner 2002, 2003
Rotary Club of Armadale
Award for Outstanding Performance and Contribution to Art
Perpetual Trophy, WA Society of Art (overall winner 1998,1997) BankWest Open Exhibition (2nd prize 1998)
Westpac Redlands Art Prize (1998)
BankWest Open Exhibition (highly commended 1997)
Sir Charles Gairdner Art Prize (1997)

Collections

The British Government Art Collection
Sting MBE
Eric Clapton, London and Bahamas (15 paintings)
Royal College of Music, London
Fulham Palace, London
University of Cambridge
University of Norwich
University of London
Ministry of Water Resources, Sultanate of Oman
Singapore Economic Board
Jean and Charles Schultz Information Centre, SSU, California Brunswick Corporation, Illinois
Visual Arts Centre, Eastern Washington University
WomanMade Inc. Chicago
Atelier International, New York
Perth Electoral Commission
Toyota Australia
Data Analysis Australia
Hilton Hotel, Brisbane
Women’s Aid Abroad, Malaysia
Balya Cancer Foundation, Perth
Evans and Tate Wineries
Best Western Palms Resort, Broome
Hale Boys Grammar School, Perth
Methodist Ladies College, Perth

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