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My painting practice swings precariously from improvisation to more conscious control, from figuration to abstraction, avoiding closure, revelling in ambiguity and surprise. I like to show subtlety and clarity in the midst of apparent chaos. My canvas becomes a “battlefield” full of swirly brushstrokes, blotches and dabs that flicker and flow. I paint on multiple canvases simultaneously and prefer larger-scale. My process ignites from pictorial beginnings through to abstracted endings, expressing “movement” when using oil paint. As a keen equestrian rider in dressage, showjumping and cross-country I have been inspired by Australian history and in particular the 1933 official war paintings of the Australian Light Horse Brigade during WW1. I aim to reveal a sense of visual urgency and vitality that involves an aesthetic fascination allowing the viewer to sense the negotiation, engagement and tension without the cacophony and violence that characterised Abstract Expressionism and War.
Trenna Austin, 2020.
Trenna has a Degree in Fine Art from the National Art School in Sydney, NSW and an Advanced Diploma in Advertising and Graphic Design. Born in Murray Bridge, South Australia, Trenna has worked as a Professional Catwalk Model and Executive Director in the Modelling, Fashion and Advertising Industries for over ten years in Adelaide and Sydney. Since moving to Sydney in 2000, she has worked in the private sector. Trenna began working as a full-time artist since 2016. Prior to her academic studies and during her corporate career, Trenna has been a part-time artist who has sold her work in Adelaide, Sydney and United Kingdom. In recent years she has exhibited her first solo exhibition in the Hunter Valley NSW, 2017.
Trenna combines her subject with pictorial beginnings to abstracted endings, avoiding closure and creates an aesthetic fascination, revelling in ambiguity and surprise. Her palette is colour lead and colour driven and shows layers of fine oil paint that are physical and fluid. Her broken up images have a rhythmical quality of calm and chaos where large canvas becomes her “battlefield”.
Trenna’s artwork and skills are extensive including watercolour portraits, photo media, digital media, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking. Trenna paints in oil or acrylic which showcases representational expressionism and gestural abstraction.
2019 Private Gallery Exhibition, Putney, NSW
2018 Embellish Atelier, Sydney, NSW
2017 Whispering Brook Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
2021 Gaffa Gallery, “Obtaining the Invisible” Exhibition, Sydney NSW
2020 National Art School Graduates Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
2020 National Art School Drawing Week Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
2019 National Art School Drawing Week Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
2018 National Art School Drawing Week Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
2018 National Art School Landscape Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
2017 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
2015 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
2015 Goolwa Art Show, SA
2008 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
2007 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
2004 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
2003 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
2002 Mona Vale Art Show, NSW
1996 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1995 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1994 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1993 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1992 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1991 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1990 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1989 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1988 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1987 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
1987 SACE Art Show, Adelaide, SA (painting award)
1986 Victor Harbour Art Show, SA
2018 - 2020 National Art School, NSW, Bachelor of Fine Art (painting)
2001- 2002 FFocuss Arts, Mosman, NSW
1988 -1990 School of Advertising & Graphic Design, Adelaide, SA (Adv.Dip. Graphic Design)
1987 College of the Arts, Adelaide, SA (Certificate lV in Visual Arts)
2020 Fast-Automation, Macquarie Park, NSW
2018 Fast-Automation, Gladesville, NSW
2017 Sue Walsh Marketing, Frenches Forrest, NSW
2012 Christine Burrel Group, New Castle, UK
2000 Infosentials National Group, Adelaide, SA
1999 Citi Soft Group, Adelaide, SA
1998 Citi Soft Group, Adelaide, SA
2020 The Art Edit, November issue
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to submit my artwork into the West Torrens competition. All the submissions were excellent and would like to see where this competition takes these artists. Again, thank you so much for your opportunity you give to all South Australians.
Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020