Christine  Polowyj

Christine Polowyj

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Curriculum vitae

1975 Born UK
1983 Emigrated to Australia
   

STUDIES

2001 Diploma - Introduction to Supervision, Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VECCI)
2000 Diploma - Graphic Design (Technical Major), Queensland School of Printing & Graphic Arts, Brisbane
1996 Certificate - Office Administration (Business Traineeship), Brisbane
1993 BA - Humanities and Journalism (deferred)
   

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012

Falling Down Like A Woman Anthea Polson Art, Qld

2012 Christine Polowyj at MADE Gallery, Daylesford, Vic
2009

Introspection Anthea Polson Art, Qld

2008 

Transformation Jackman Gallery, St Kilda VIC

  Crossing Over Richard Martin Art, Woollahra NSW
2007 (untitled) Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  Head Studies Jackman Gallery, St Kilda VIC
2006 Further from Here Eurotrash Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2003 Role Model Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
2001 Fashion Gone Wrong Fat Ben Cafe, Melbourne VIC
  more! Gluttony Collingwood VIC.
2000 4'6'8'9 Espressohead, Brisbane QLD
1999 The 8th SW Dub The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
1998 Making it Big Alley Kat Cafe, Brisbane QLD
   

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012  The Artist Revealed Christmas Self Portrait Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2011  8 Days Before Christmas Our Artists' Special Christnas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld  
2010  Christmas Portrait Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld 
  'Star Abstraction' Gilligan Grant Gallery, Collingwood VIC
  First Anniversary Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
  'Summer' Iain Dawson Gallery, Paddington NSW
2009 40 x 40 Special First Christmas Show Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach, Qld  
  'Troop 2009' Gilligan Grant Gallery, Collingwood VIC
  '30 x 40' United Galleries, Darlinghurst NSW
  ''Figuratively Speaking'' '' GreenWood Gallery, Lorne VIC
2008 Art Auction (invited artist: 30 works, 30 artists) '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  Small Works show '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
2007 Off the Wall (Independent Artists Showcase) '' Art Sydney, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park NSW
  Brunswick Street Gallery stand (invited artist) '' Art Melbourne, Carlton Exhibition Centre VIC
  Small Works show '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  Portrait show '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  Annual show (invited artist) '' HiArts, Highlands, VIC
2006 End-of-year Auction '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  ''Provocateur'' '' Eurotrash Gallery, Melbourne VIC
  ''On The Wall'' '' Popshop Gallery, Melbourne VIC: (Live painting on the wall)
  ''Love is in the Air'' '' Popshop Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2005 ''9 Pink Pigs Go Pop'' '' Popshop Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2004 ''Art vs Art'' '' Stella Dimadis Galleries, Melbourne VIC
  with James Hancock '' Stella Dimadis Galleries, Melbourne VIC
2001 Multimedia works - fEMmEDIA01 '' Chauvel Cinema, Paddington NSW
  Featured Artist on the Noise website '' www.noise.net.au
2000 ''Feisty Apple Girls'' '' Cambridge Academy, Brisbane QLD
1993 with Sara Shera '' Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Petrie Terrace, Brisbane QLD
   

AWARDS

2012 Selected Artist - Swiss Italian 20th Anniversary Festa, Hepburn Springs VIC
2008 Featured artist on myartspace.com 
2007 Avant Card, Calling All Artists Project (20,000 postcards printed and distributed Australia-wide)
2002 Multimedia piece '' Next Wave Festival (online)
2001 Featured artist, Fake Ads winner & GQ Fashion Illustration Award, Noise festival [www.noise.net.au]
  Artist for a Day '' National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) [www.nava.org.au]
   

PUBLICATIONS

Gold Coast Bulletin, Paradise Magazine "Christine's Bold Brush With Colour" Marina St Martin, Artworld, June 20
Art Catalyst http://paulwruiz.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/art-catalyst-interview-christine-polowyj/ February 2008
Central Sydney April 2008
mX Sydney Murdoch Press April 2008
Time Out Sydney April 2008
Sydney Style Cumberland Newspapers March 2008
Wentworth Courier, Dateline March 2008
Imagining Ourselves Paula Goldman (ed), International Museum of Women. New World Library, San Francisco USA, 2006
Hermes Art and Literature Annual University of Sydney, Vol 18 2002
Juice Noise editoirial, November 2002
Artworker Case study, Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Autumn 2002
Stuff State Government of Victoria, Consumer and Business Affairs, Issue no. 2, 2001
 
http://stevegray.com.au/blog/christine-polowyj-artist/
   

COLLECTIONS

Gold Coast City Art Gallery, KPMG Collection Brisbane, Ann & Barrie McCann Collection Brisbane (Qld), Smorgan Collection Melbourne (Vic), The Brookes Collection Brisbane (Qld), Various private collections in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, London, Bavaria, Florida and China

Artist Statement

The depths and highs of human emotion, uncomfortable situations and challenging human behaviours inspire me in embracing the awkward, the difficult, the strange, the vibrant and the irrational. Reflexively, this goes some way to accepting the self and becomes the main motivation for communicating such emotional display/acceptance on canvas.If an artwork can inspire a viewer to contemplate challenging aspects of their own inner lives, the purpose of each work is further fulfilled.Painting is the positive outcome in my adult life of a difficult adolescence. The eventual suicide by my mother was the catalyst for self-examination to healthily accept such a deep loss and desire to continue my interest in art on my own terms. The idea of formal art study felt too overwhelming; I was more comfortable developing my art in tandem with the deeper understanding borne from experience and a lateral approach to practicing art and life.

 

Christine Polowyj

Curriculum vitae

1975 Born UK
1983 Emigrated to Australia
   

STUDIES

2001 Diploma - Introduction to Supervision, Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VECCI)
2000 Diploma - Graphic Design (Technical Major), Queensland School of Printing & Graphic Arts, Brisbane
1996 Certificate - Office Administration (Business Traineeship), Brisbane
1993 BA - Humanities and Journalism (deferred)
   

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012

Falling Down Like A Woman Anthea Polson Art, Qld

2012 Christine Polowyj at MADE Gallery, Daylesford, Vic
2009

Introspection Anthea Polson Art, Qld

2008 

Transformation Jackman Gallery, St Kilda VIC

  Crossing Over Richard Martin Art, Woollahra NSW
2007 (untitled) Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  Head Studies Jackman Gallery, St Kilda VIC
2006 Further from Here Eurotrash Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2003 Role Model Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
2001 Fashion Gone Wrong Fat Ben Cafe, Melbourne VIC
  more! Gluttony Collingwood VIC.
2000 4'6'8'9 Espressohead, Brisbane QLD
1999 The 8th SW Dub The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
1998 Making it Big Alley Kat Cafe, Brisbane QLD
   

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012  The Artist Revealed Christmas Self Portrait Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2011  8 Days Before Christmas Our Artists' Special Christnas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld  
2010  Christmas Portrait Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld 
  'Star Abstraction' Gilligan Grant Gallery, Collingwood VIC
  First Anniversary Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
  'Summer' Iain Dawson Gallery, Paddington NSW
2009 40 x 40 Special First Christmas Show Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach, Qld  
  'Troop 2009' Gilligan Grant Gallery, Collingwood VIC
  '30 x 40' United Galleries, Darlinghurst NSW
  ''Figuratively Speaking'' '' GreenWood Gallery, Lorne VIC
2008 Art Auction (invited artist: 30 works, 30 artists) '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  Small Works show '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
2007 Off the Wall (Independent Artists Showcase) '' Art Sydney, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park NSW
  Brunswick Street Gallery stand (invited artist) '' Art Melbourne, Carlton Exhibition Centre VIC
  Small Works show '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  Portrait show '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  Annual show (invited artist) '' HiArts, Highlands, VIC
2006 End-of-year Auction '' Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC
  ''Provocateur'' '' Eurotrash Gallery, Melbourne VIC
  ''On The Wall'' '' Popshop Gallery, Melbourne VIC: (Live painting on the wall)
  ''Love is in the Air'' '' Popshop Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2005 ''9 Pink Pigs Go Pop'' '' Popshop Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2004 ''Art vs Art'' '' Stella Dimadis Galleries, Melbourne VIC
  with James Hancock '' Stella Dimadis Galleries, Melbourne VIC
2001 Multimedia works - fEMmEDIA01 '' Chauvel Cinema, Paddington NSW
  Featured Artist on the Noise website '' www.noise.net.au
2000 ''Feisty Apple Girls'' '' Cambridge Academy, Brisbane QLD
1993 with Sara Shera '' Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Petrie Terrace, Brisbane QLD
   

AWARDS

2012 Selected Artist - Swiss Italian 20th Anniversary Festa, Hepburn Springs VIC
2008 Featured artist on myartspace.com 
2007 Avant Card, Calling All Artists Project (20,000 postcards printed and distributed Australia-wide)
2002 Multimedia piece '' Next Wave Festival (online)
2001 Featured artist, Fake Ads winner & GQ Fashion Illustration Award, Noise festival [www.noise.net.au]
  Artist for a Day '' National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) [www.nava.org.au]
   

PUBLICATIONS

Gold Coast Bulletin, Paradise Magazine "Christine's Bold Brush With Colour" Marina St Martin, Artworld, June 20
Art Catalyst http://paulwruiz.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/art-catalyst-interview-christine-polowyj/ February 2008
Central Sydney April 2008
mX Sydney Murdoch Press April 2008
Time Out Sydney April 2008
Sydney Style Cumberland Newspapers March 2008
Wentworth Courier, Dateline March 2008
Imagining Ourselves Paula Goldman (ed), International Museum of Women. New World Library, San Francisco USA, 2006
Hermes Art and Literature Annual University of Sydney, Vol 18 2002
Juice Noise editoirial, November 2002
Artworker Case study, Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Autumn 2002
Stuff State Government of Victoria, Consumer and Business Affairs, Issue no. 2, 2001
 
http://stevegray.com.au/blog/christine-polowyj-artist/
   

COLLECTIONS

Gold Coast City Art Gallery, KPMG Collection Brisbane, Ann & Barrie McCann Collection Brisbane (Qld), Smorgan Collection Melbourne (Vic), The Brookes Collection Brisbane (Qld), Various private collections in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, London, Bavaria, Florida and China

Artist Statement

The depths and highs of human emotion, uncomfortable situations and challenging human behaviours inspire me in embracing the awkward, the difficult, the strange, the vibrant and the irrational. Reflexively, this goes some way to accepting the self and becomes the main motivation for communicating such emotional display/acceptance on canvas.If an artwork can inspire a viewer to contemplate challenging aspects of their own inner lives, the purpose of each work is further fulfilled.Painting is the positive outcome in my adult life of a difficult adolescence. The eventual suicide by my mother was the catalyst for self-examination to healthily accept such a deep loss and desire to continue my interest in art on my own terms. The idea of formal art study felt too overwhelming; I was more comfortable developing my art in tandem with the deeper understanding borne from experience and a lateral approach to practicing art and life.