In 2012 Natasha Bieniek won the $50,000 Metro Art Award and was placed runner up for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. She was also a finalist for the Archibald Portrait Prize and the Redlands Art Prize.
Due to my painting’s small scale, the normal physical space between the viewer and the work is forcibly narrowed. Such intimacy seeks to form a singular relationship with the viewer. This is also relevant to the way many of us view images today. Technological devices such as smart phones miniaturise the way we regularly look at pictures. Although my paintings are steeped with historical references there’s a strong correlation between painting and photography. Images are composed digitally then translated through oil paint. I’m concerned with opening up the possibilities that exist between photography and representational painting.
She hangs brightly aims to demonstrate a juncture between scale and intimacy whilst paying tribute to tradition and elements of the everyday. Natasha Bieniek
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