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b. 1984, Australia

Justine Varga Biography

Justine Varga creates imagery that is minimal and sublime. Although she uses analogue techniques and works with great control of the craft, the results seem liberated from their medium to become more akin to abstract paintings. The delicate and balanced compositions evidence Varga’s obvious delight in the idiosyncrasies of light and film.

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Varga often depicts anonymous and simple spaces, inner sanctums that give pause for reflection. In Moving Out, she pays elegant homage to her art studio, a site that gave rise to many of her works and also to one of her first exhibitions. As with earlier images from the series Empty Studios (2009), the emptiness of her work space is transformed with the addition of a few bits of string, a scrap of board or a shimmer of light into a somewhat magical and invested place. In the Lightform video works, this alchemy of space takes place in real time, shimmering and changing before our eyes.

Varga has achieved significant recognition since graduating with Honours from the National Art School, Sydney in 2007. In 2012 she has been selected for the prestigious Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, and will feature in Flatlands, Art Gallery of NSW and in The Lookout, National Art School. She was a finalist in the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, and has work in the collection of Art Gallery of NSW. 

Justine Varga Featured Artworks

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Contusion by Justine Varga contemporary artwork
Justine VargaContusion, 2018–2019Chromogenic photograph
116 x 101 cm
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Influence by Justine Varga contemporary artwork
Justine VargaInfluence, 2018Chromogenic photograph
131.5 x 110 cm
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Refraction by Justine Varga contemporary artwork
Justine VargaRefraction, 2018–2019Chromogenic photograph
151.2 x 120.5 cm
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Aggregate by Justine Varga contemporary artwork
Justine VargaAggregate, 2018–2019Chromogenic photograph
132.5 x 105.7 cm
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Ripe by Justine Varga contemporary artwork
Justine VargaRipe, 2016Chromogenic photograph
116.2 x 83.1 cm
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Antidote by Justine Varga contemporary artwork
Justine VargaAntidote, 2016Chromogenic photography
147 x 113.5 cm
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Hygiene by Justine Varga contemporary artwork
Justine VargaHygiene, 20163 of 5
88.5 x 73.6 cm
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Abrasion by Justine Varga contemporary artwork
Justine VargaAbrasion, 2016Chromogenic photograph
147 x 113.5 cm
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Justine Varga Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Justine Varga, Tachisme at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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4 April–9 May 2020 Justine Varga Tachisme Tolarno GalleriesMelbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Justine Varga, Memoire at Two Rooms, Auckland
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31 May–6 July 2019 Justine Varga Memoire Two RoomsAuckland

Justine Varga Represented By

Tolarno Galleries contemporary art gallery in Melbourne, Australia Tolarno Galleries Melbourne

Justine Varga In Ocula Magazine

Great Expectations: Emerging Australian Art Ocula Feature Great Expectations: Emerging Australian Art By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

In literary criticism, the term Bildungsroman refers to a coming of age novel. The protagonist learns a lesson, undergoes a transformation and grows up. They are stories where sentiment conflicts with authority, and we love them because they question our foundations and because we were all kids, once. ‘Emerging’ is the art...

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