Bronwen Newbury lives and paints on the land, near the sea, among the vines, surrounded by family, friends and dogs.
It follows that ‘Landscape plus life’ could be her creative motto. Her paintings – often colourful, sometimes whimsical, always evocative – reflect not only scenes from her life on a vineyard near the vibrant coastal hub of Albany, but the many other places, people, scenery and dogs she has known – or hopes to know some day.
In her home studio/gallery – a converted shearing shed – she plays intuitively with light, colour and shape to create her distinctive acrylic artworks. She is endlessly versatile, moving effortlessly between abstract and representational, landscapes and figurative works. Her relaxed style sees her building layers of paint to tease out forms in the landscape.
The coast also provides constant fuel for her imagination. Her well recognised beach scenes – often peopled by crowds of relaxed and playful holidaymakers (and their dogs) – demonstrate her uncommon ability to blend landscape and figurative work.
Bronwen has exhibited widely around Australia and has won multiple awards and commendations at art shows around the country.
1980 Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) studying art and design.
1982/3 St Andrews University, Scotland UK studying art history, and practical painting and drawing at the Duncan of Jordonstone College of art Dundee, Scotland.
1984 Albany Technical College studying Art and design.
2006 Cert IV in training and assessment Great Southern TAFE
Conducted regular workshops in painting and drawing techniques in adult & childhood education, western NSW
Artist in residence at “Art on the terrace” Albany.
* Teaching acrylics and pastel techniques at Albany summer school
* Teaching painting and drawing techniques at Great Southern Tafe
* Pastel workshops in Denmark WA with Artsouthwa.
* Teaching private workshops in painting and drawing techniques at Phillips Brook gallery & Vancouver Art Centre Albany WA
* Volunteer art teaching at primary schools in the Great Southern region
* establish and run business in wine and art sales at Phillips Brook in Albany.
1992 winner Williams’s art prize- pastel prize. WA
1994 winner Albany art prize- pastel prize WA
1998 winner “Dreaming on the Darling” art prize NSW
1999 popular choice award Katanning art prize WA
2002 winner Mt Barker classic wine festival art prize WA
2002 winner Denmark art show WA
2003 winner Albany art prize – pastel prize WA
2003 finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History art prize SA
2004 paintings acquired by Horizon Energy, Karratha WA
2006 finalist Norvill prize for landscape NSW
2007 “Farmers Market” acrylic on canvas purchased for the city of Albany collection
1992 Solo exhibition “Darling Ideas” gallery Bourke NSW
1992 Solo exhibition at “Butchers Hook” art gallery Adelaide SA
1995 Anderson family exhibition, Albany Town Hall gallery WA
1996 Solo exhibition “Darling Ideas” gallery Bourke NSW
1998 group exhibition “Darling River “gallery, Bourke NSW
1999 feature artist at St Josephs school art show, Nyngan NSW
1999 feature artist Toowoomba Grammar School art show QLD
2000 Solo Exhibition Port of Bourke Hotel gallery NSW
2002 Solo exhibition “Gorepani Gallery” Albany WA
2003 Group exhibition Albany Town Hall gallery WA
2004 Solo exhibition “The old Bakery Gallery” Perth WA
2005 Group exhibition “The old bakery gallery” Perth WA
2005 “Bacchanalia” Gorepani gallery Albany WA
2007 group exhibition “Old bakery” gallery, Maylands WA
2006 – 2008 Continuing exhibitions at Phillips Brook cellar and gallery Albany WA
2008. Zin Zan Gallery Dunsborough, WA. Exhibition with Carmen McFaul
2008 solo exhibition at “the Colour Merchants” Albany WA
2008 mother /daughter (Laura Newbury) exhibition at the old Butter Factory Galleries Denmark WA
2008 family exhibition “Playtime” Phillips Brook cellar and gallery, Albany
2009 family exhibition at Phillips Brook cellar and gallery, Albany
2010 Group exhibition @ Phillips Brook cellar and gallery, Albany
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2011 Solo exhibition at Gallery 360 Subiaco Western Australia
2010 & 2011 group exhibition Gallows gallery Mosman Park Western Australia
2012 and 2013 family exhibition at Phillips Brook cellar and gallery Albany Western Australia
2013 Solo exhibition at Gallows gallery Mosman Park Western Australia
2013 Spring exhibition at The Studio Gallery, Yallingup WA
2013 feature artist at gallery 360, Subiaco
2014 solo exhibition at gallows gallery, Mosman Park
2014 December feature artist at Gallery 360
2014 group exhibition at the studio gallery Yallingup