Judy Oakenfull

Blue And Yellow

Flowers, Fields And Ocean

Oceanic Inflorescence

Oceanside Flora

Gondwanaland, Just Past The Bowls Club

Gondwana Flora

Ocean Calm

Coastal Flower Portrait 5

Coastal Flower Portrait 4

Youthful Swamp Banksia

Coastal Flower Portrait 3

Coastal Flower Portrait 2

Coastal Flower Portrait 1

Three Earthy Banksias

Mullaway View

Coastal Imagining 2

Sparkling Wild

Still Wild

Through The Banksias

Across The Bay

Ocean and Flora 2

Local Bunch

From The Headland 2

From The Headland 1

Ocean And Flora 3

Banksias And Headland

Marion’s Stradbroke Island Banksias

Three Banksia Integrifolia

Flowers, River, Ocean

Banksias With Coastal Glimpses

Bayside Banksias

Flowers At The Coast

Creative Beacon

Coastal Imagining 1



2001 Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting Victorian College of the Arts
1994 Associate Diploma of Fine Art (1st year) Boxhill Tafe


2022 New Works, Anthea Polson Art (October)
2020 Floral Appreciation Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah
2017 Nature Portraits Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina
2009 Human Natures CPM Gallery, Murwillumbah
2006 Unrennovation Red Gallery, Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne


2019 Facade, Tweed Regional Gallery Downtown, Murwillumbah
2019 In situ, M-arts downstairs gallery, Murwillumbah
2019 Metamorphosis M-arts downstairs gallery, Murwillumbah
2018 An exhibition of four local Artists, M-Arts upstairs gallery – Murwillumbah
2018 Regenerate | Murwillumbah Art Trail – Murwillumbah
2017 The Flower Show M-Arts – Murwillumbah
2016 Botanicus |Murwillumbah Art Trail – Murwillumbah
2015 Arts Northern Rivers Pop-up |Tweed – Murwillumbah
2015 Prospero Street Pop-up|Murwillumbah Art Trail
2008 The Door Snake Project Platform Artist Group @ Degraves St Subway – Melbourne
2006 Nicholas: The life of a Building, Blindside Artist Run Space – Melbourne
2005 Inaugral exhibition Pigment Gallery – Melbourne
2001 Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts – Southbank
2001 Wallara Travelling Scholarship, Finalist exhibition. V.C.A. Gallery – Southbank
1999 City Consumptions Pty Ltd Fringe Festival Architecture Launch – North Melbourne


2022 Finalist BAM Art Prize, Byron Bay
2019 Finalist Lethbridge 20000 Art Award, Brisbane
2018 Finalist BAM art Prize, Byron Bay
2018 Finalist Gallery 7 Art Prize, Byron Bay
2017 Finalist 30 x 30 Art Prize. Art Piece Gallery
2013 Highly Commended, Border Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery
2001 Stella Dilger Award. V.C.A.
2001 Finalist Wallara Travelling Scholarship
2000 Special Mention, “Victorian Campus Art Prize”


2020 Artist Curator Ordinary Love Group Exhibition at The Field, Murwillumbah
2018 Studio Artist at M-arts Murwillumbah
2018. Artist Curator Contemporary Botanica Exhibition at Botanical Bazaar, Nerang 2013-18 Facilitator Disability Art/Craft group at Lifebridge Pty Ltd.
2017 Artist Participant in ‘1000 words’ Art and literacy program NRCG


My paintings focus on natural forms from the bush or backyard, such as native flowers, leaves or seedpods. These are painted in oils in a contemporary style that emphasises their geometric shapes, textures and earthy colours. I sometimes enjoy painting these forms as singular elements in a portrait style. Other times, I include observed or imagined features from the surrounding landscape. Having lived in Japan for several years, my work is very much influenced by an Asian aesthetic with flatter surfaces and imagined compositional elements.
?In my daily life I value the grounding, calming effect of nature and looking at plants and natural forms. One of the aims in my painting is to create a similar calming feeling by carefully balancing colours and shapes and building paint surfaces with layers. I do this until the work has the kind of energy and effect I am seeking. I feel like as a society we are undergoing a cultural shift of valuing and respecting nature, more than we have in the past, and hope my work can reflect and celebrate this change.

Judy Oakenfull is an artist based in Murwillumbah, Northern NSW. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, and has had many solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne, and the Northern Rivers. In 2020 she had a successful solo exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley centre. Her work is in collections in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and overseas.

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