Artist Bio: Berni Ayre-art

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Painter, Printmaker, Photographer and Artist bookmaker.  b.1961 -

Berni has had an accomplished career in the Graphic arts industry, medical forensic photography and photo journalism. Her passion for drawing started at age four with her first set of coloured pencils sitting in a paddock in rural N.S.W. sketching sheep. Berni is a self taught artist with early informal and inspiring guidance from friend artists she encountered during her childhood while at boarding school in Sydney: George Balyck and James R Jackson. 

Strong rural themes and rustic imagery often form part of her landscapes offering unusual perspectives. Berni's works often draw on her respect for her indigenous heritage and her personnal lifetime affinity with Australian fauna and flora. Throughout her life to the present, not a day will pass where Berni will reach for a paint brush or a camera to record a glimpse of nature offering a new version of its self.

Berni's paintings have been variously described as romantic, eerie and alluring, offering vibrant colour, unusual textures and suggestive intermit detail. Her works have been broadly collected privately, and appear in galleries, institutions and museums across Australia, as well as instiutions and private collections overseas.

'My passion is to record the world around me. I am continually inspired by the uniqueness of the Australian landscape. While my city and suburban scapes romantically reflect on society's attempt to absorb the many cultural influences presented to it, my rural landscapes by comparrison often provoke a more emotional response and technically challenge me to transcribe the scene before me with a knowlegeable respect for and a raw truthfullness in my presentation of the Australian landscape.'

My Artshow Awards

Artshow: ANL Maritime Art Prize 2013 Finalist
Title: Forgotten (old Boat)
Award: People's Choice Top 20
Prize: N/A
Artshow: Kalkallo Art Show 2012
Title: Abandoned Memories
Award: Highly Commended
Sponsor: Dr Juliette Peers RMIT
Prize: N/A
Artshow: KILMORE ART EXPO 2014
Title: Owl Collective 1
Award: Best Acrylic
Sponsor: Goulburn Murray Credit Union
Prize: 400.00
Artshow: The Great Divide Artists Expo
Title: Golden Fortune
Award: Best Contemporary Work
Prize: $2000
Artshow: Great divide Artists Expo
Title: Pink Galahs, A Portrait In Red.
Award: Best Fauna and Flora
Prize: $1000
Artshow: Waites Robson Art Prize 2014
Title: Seize The Moments
Award: Finalist
Sponsor: Wintergarden Galllery Geelong
Artshow: Wittlesea Art SHow
Title: Lorikeets
Award: Best Acyrlic
Prize: N/A
Artshow: 2015 Kilmore Art Expo
Title: After Rain
Award: Best Native Wildlife
Artshow: ANL Maritime Art Awards 2015
Title: The Crew - Snapshot
Award: Finalist
Sponsor: N/A
Prize: N/A
Artshow: LINDEN Postcart Show 2015
Title: City Edge
Award: Finalist
Sponsor: N/A
Prize: N/A
Artshow: NATSTAA Indigenous Award
Title: Goanna Dreaming
Award: Wildlife
Sponsor: NT Art Museum
Artshow: Bellarine Art Show 2018
Title: Landscape - Western Victoria
Award: Peoples Choice
Sponsor: Bellarine Estate Winery
Artshow: Rotary Drysdale Easter Art Show 2018
Title: Landscape - One Tree
Award: Best Modern or Contemporary Work
Sponsor: Bisinella developments