Art Bio + CV


Rebecca Pierce OAM
Born 1963 Sydney NSW Australia

BIOGRAPHY

Rebecca Pierce is a practicing Artist and Designer.

In 2001, after nearly twenty years involved in the fashion, design and licensing fields, Rebecca started painting and exhibiting on a full time basis.

Rebecca has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in major art prizes including the Glencore Percival Portrait Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Heysen Art Prize, the Fishers Ghost Art Prize, the Hawkesbury Art Prize, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the ANL Maritime Art Prize and the Willoughby Art Prize. Rebecca’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in Australia and Internationally.

Rebecca primarily works with paint, inks and fine points on canvas and paper.
Her work initially with a design and decorative orientation harnesses these elements whilst exploring aspects of the natural and urban landscape. The interpretation of the human face and the reading of the landscape, effects of cyclical, emotional and climatic changes to ourselves and others responses to these are often drawn upon.The unpredictability of Rebecca’s subject, frequently rendered to create a third dimension, can often simultaneously create tension laced with elements of playfulness.

Rebecca currently lives and works in Sydney, balancing art making with her roles of running an art gallery and her design practice. The design work extends to corporate commissions as well as not-for-profit projects and charity work.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The forms in my work are often in the act of becoming, changing, evolving or resisting. The diversity of medium, colour and texture is in an attempt to heighten these states of flux.

Tapping into the ever flowing and sparking subconscious, where movement and change is a constant, primal and sometimes tribal inferences come to the fore.

Frequently I reference the frenetic pace we place upon ourselves, conscious or subconscious, and the suggestion of what we impose, berate and complain of, but do not always acknowledge, amend, rectify or accept.

Technically, I am interested in making inks, sections of paper, aqua enamels and impasto paints more visceral and physical, with a body and texture of their own. The conscious choice of this diversity of medium within a single work is in anticipation that the contrasts will translate and heighten the ever changing.

Luminous colours shouldering sections of print, nestled against washes of colour, bordering swathes of texture are there to drive this message further, the tension of these differing mediums and placement of pulsating colour to communicate friction and movement.

The process of painting is for me a metaphor for life and creation. As we are a part of nature our energies flow through what we do and often the materials we use. For me the paint is often imbued with a sense of the Artist themselves. Applying and moving the medium around the canvas, offering the medium its own flow and path, and at other times controlling and orchestrating its position and presence, manipulating its lead, creates a tension, being again another state of flux. These random movements, both innate and subliminal, engendering form and structure, can often provide a sense of verity and validity.

CV

EXHIBITIONS SOLO
2019, Cheesecake Pavlova and Jelly Beans, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2018, Bouquet Garni, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2018, Give me a Spoon, Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2018, The Beach Exhibition, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2017, The Simple Life, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2016 Transitionalism, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2016 Split Persona – Poles Apart, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2015 Like Baking A Cake, Brisbane Modern Gallery, Brisbane
2015 The Happy Point, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2015 Sun & Moon, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2015 Solid Rock, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2013 Wild Child and Scapes, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney,
2014 Soft Edges + Hard Centres, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2012 Bordering on Spring, Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2012 Above, Beyond & Below, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2011 Colour and Light, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
2010 A Textured Perspective, Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2010 A Textural Panorama, ABD The Gallery, Perth
2009 Collection, ABD The Gallery, Perth
2009 Daisy and Lizzie (my only friend), Blacksphere Gallery, Melbourne
2009 The Colour of Flowers, Galerie Dauphin, Singapore
2009 Stories Upon Stories, Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2008 Wentworth Gallery Four Points, Sydney
2008 Blacksphere Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Galerie Dauphin, Singapore
2007 Gallery 53, Cairns
2007 Gallery at The Wentworth, Sydney
2007 Blacksphere Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2006 Gallery at The Wentworth, Sydney
2005 Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2005 Gallery 53, Cairns
2004 Melting Pot, Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2003 Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2002 Vista Blue, North Sydney
2001 Pacific Mercantile Bank, Beverly Hills USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Finalist, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney
2019 Finalist, Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane
2019 Finalist Sculpture in the Valley, kangaroo Valley
2019 Finalist Artists of Mosman, Mosman
2019 Finalist Bowral Sculpture Prize, Bowral
2018 Finalist Kangaroo Valley Art Prize, Kangaroo Valley
2018 Finalist Sculpture at Killalea, Shellharbour
2018 Finalist Wingecarribee Art Prize, Bowral
2018 Finalist Hunters Hills Art Prize, Sydney
2018 Finalist Sculpture at Hillview, Southern Highlands
2018 Finalist The Hills Prize, Sydney
2018 Finalist Percival Photographic Prize, Queensland
2018 Finalist Bowral Sculpture Prize, Bowral
2017 Finalist Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown, Sydney
2016 Finalist Hunters Hills Art Prize, Council Chambers, Sydney
2016 Finalist Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
2016 Booty and Bust, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2016 Selected Artists of Mosman 2088, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2015 Selected Artists of Mosman 2088, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2015 Finalist Hunters Hills Art Prize, Council Chambers, Sydney
2014 Women On Boards Art Prize Exhibition, Sydney
2014 Finalist Heysen Art Prize – Interpretation of Place, South Australia
2014 Finalist Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2013 Finalist Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Contemporary Section, Sydney
2013 Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize, Sydney
2013 Women of Substance, Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
2012 Le Joie of Colour & Light, Aarwun Gallery, Canberra
2012 Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize, Sydney
2011 The Colour Exhibition, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2011 The Winter Exhibition, Aarwun Gallery, Canberra
2011 Spectacle and Observer, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2011 Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Astrid Dahl Studio, Singapore
2010 Space and Light, Gallery 41, Sydney
2010 Aarwun Gallery, Canberra
2009 Christmas Group Exhibition, Gallery 41. Sydney
2009 Endless Summer, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2009 ART Sydney, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2009 Finalist ANL Maritime ART Prize, Melbourne
2009 McGraths Art Gallery, Sydney
2009 Pre Winter Exhibition, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2009 2nd Birthday Mixed Exhibition, Pymble Gallery, Sydney
2008 Christmas Exhibition, Blacksphere Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Christmas Party, ABD The Gallery, Perth
2008 ART Sydney, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2008 Finalist Banool Conservation Art Prize, NSW
2008 Spring Exhibition, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2008 Finalist BMDI Touch of Red Competition, Melbourne
2008 ART Brisbane, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2007 Christmas Exhibition, Blacksphere Gallery, Melbourne
2007 ART at Christmas, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2007 ART Sydney, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2007 Finalist BMDI Touch of Red Competition, Melbourne
2007 Cystic Fibrosis Australia’s 65 Roses Day Gallery Art Event and Auction, Australia
2007 Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2007 New Year Mixed Exhibition, LK Galleries, Perth
2006 Christmas Exhibition, Gallery Oscar, Sydney
2006 ArtSingapore Expo, Singapore
2006 Good Beginnings Exhibition, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney
2006 Finalist The Hills Grammar School Art Prize, Sydney
2006 Finalist BMDI Touch of Red Competition, Melbourne
2006 Art Gallery Collections, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
2005 Christmas Exhibition, Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
2005 Art Gallery Collections, Surfers Paradise
2005 Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley
2005 Opera Gallery, Hong Kong
2005 Opera Gallery, Singapore
2004 28th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition, St Joseph’s College, Sydney
2004 Passion Exhibition, CCC Complex
2004 The Designing of Women, Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
2003 Finalist Willoughby Art Prize, Sydney
2003 House of Phillips Fine Art Mosman, Sydney
2003 2nd Prize Great South Land Art Award
2003 Royal Easter Show NSW, Sydney
2003 Artexpo Javits Convention Center, New York, USA
2002 Hills, The Flower Mart
2002 Display Unit Exhibit No.2, Seaforth Panorama Opening, Sydney
2002 Christmas Exhibition, Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
2002 She Worships, Gallery CCC Complex
2002 Display Unit Exhibit, Seaforth Panorama Opening, Sydney
2002 Finalist Willoughby Art Prize, Sydney
2002 Capricorn Coast Art Festival
2002 Royal Easter Show NSW, Sydney
2002 Norton Gallery, Sydney
2001 Sceggs Darlinghurst Art Show, Sydney
2001 Bank, Beverly Hills California Exhibition, USA
2001 Norton Gallery, Sydney
2001 Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney
1980 Selected to exhibit HSC Art in today’s equivalent of Art Express

AWARDS
2019 Finalist, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney
2019 Finalist, Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane
2019 Finalist Sculpture in the Valley, kangaroo Valley
2019 Finalist Artists of Mosman, Mosman
2019 Finalist Bowral Sculpture Prize, Bowral
2018 Finalist Kangaroo Valley Art Prize, Kangaroo Valley
2018 Finalist Sculpture at Killalea, Shellharbour
2018 Finalist Wingecarribee Art Prize, Bowral
2018 Finalist Hunters Hills Art Prize, Sydney
2018 Finalist Sculpture at Hillview, Southern Highlands
2018 Finalist The Hills Prize, Sydney
2018 Finalist Percival Photographic Prize, Queensland
2018 Finalist Bowral Sculpture Prize, Bowral
2017 Finalist Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown, Sydney
2017 Finalist Hunters Hills Art Prize, Council Chambers, Sydney
2016 Awarded Runners Up Prize and Finalist for Hunters Hills Art Prize
2016 Finalist for Hunters Hills Sculpture Prize
2016 Finalist for Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
2016 Selected for Artists of Mosman 2088 Exhibition
2015 Finalist Pirtek Still Life Prize
2015 Finalist for Hunters Hills Art Prize
2014 Finalist Heysen Art Prize – Interpretation of Place
2014 Finalist Mosman Art Prize
2013 Finalist Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Contemporary Section
2013 Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize
2012 Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize
2009 Finalist ANL Maritime ART Prize and Exhibition
2008 Finalist BMDI Touch of Red Competition Melbourne
2007 Finalist BMDI Touch of Red Competition Melbourne
2006 Finalist The Hills Grammar School Art Prize
2006 Finalist BMDI Touch of Red Competition Melbourne
2005 Awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to child protection through Good Beginnings
and NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) as
the designer of community awareness and educational materials
2003 Finalist Willoughby Art Prize
2003 Awarded 2nd Prize Great Southland Art Award
2002 Finalist Willoughby Art Prize

HIGHLIGHTS
2018 Adjudicator for the Hornsby Art Prize
2017 Adjudicator for the Hornsby Art Prize
2014 Winner of North Shore Local Business Awards, Category Antiques, Arts, Crafts and Gifts
2014 As part of a major Public Art initiative by North Sydney Council and the RMS contracted to paint
five Traffic Signal Boxes as part of a community art project titled ‘Colouring Our Habitat’
2011 Opened Traffic Jam Galleries – Own and developed
2010 Developed 41 Military Rd as the Headquarters of Traffic Jam Galleries
2005 Awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to child protection through Good Beginnings
and the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect as the designer of
community awareness and educational materials
2005 Third International Exhibition, Hong Kong
2005 Second International Exhibition, Singapore
2003 Successful showing at Artexpo, New York
2000 Created Limited Edition Collector Designs for Wedgwood and The Royal Australian Mint
Canberra
1999 Appointed as Principal Artist for Australia’s Centenary of Federation (1901-2001)
1993 Contracted by The Sydney 2000 Olympic Bid to design silk scarves for the IOC Delegates and
amendment to the ‘Flash’ for ties
1992 Selected as Artist for the charity Peter Pan Japan
1992 Appointed as Artistic Director for NAPCAN-National Association for the Prevention of Child
Abuse and Neglect
1980 Completed HSC. Accepted into Law and Architecture

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2018 February 19, Art Edit Magazine Issue 16, The Gallery Panel
2017, February 9, Fancy a night at the opera dahhling?, Mosman Daily
2016 May 23, Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, The Daily Telegraph
2014 9th July, ‘Sex Toys the focus of New Exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries in Neutral Bay’, Mosman Daily
2014 3rd July, ‘Sending the Right Signal’, Mosman Daily
2013 21st March, ‘My Kitchen Rules – Colourful Design Wins’, Mosman Daily
2011 October 30, ‘Art for Everyone’, Sunday Telegraph
2011 Sept 29, ‘Show of Colour’, Mosman Daily
2011 June 20, ‘Talented Female Artists’, Canberra Times
2011 March 24, ‘Splendid isolation should end’, Mosman Daily
2011 March 24, ‘Buyers confused by flood of Art’, Mosman Daily
2011 February 3, ‘Green light for fresh concept’, Mosman Daily
2010 Nov, ‘Significant Impressions’, Newcastle Herald
2010 June, ‘Textural’, The Voice Today WA
2010 June 20, ‘Coats of Many Colours’, The Sunday Times WA
2009 Monday April 6, The Herald Page 12
2008 August, ‘Spring exhibition’, Qantas News
2008 August 19, North Side Courier page 26
2008 August 19, ‘Six of the best to hang around for wee battlers’, Hills Shire Times
2007 December 13, The Cairns Post timeout
2007 March, House Beautiful United Kingdom, P.71
2006 June/July, Hunter Lifestyle Magazine, Edition 20, Pages 44, 46 and 48
2005, ‘The Rainbow Book’ – ‘Little Red Engine’ Play School Illustration published
2005 August, Northern Beaches Community Paper, Cairns
2005 Thursday August 11, ‘States of Transcendence’, Cairns Post, Timeout
2005 August, “Rebecca Pierce Returns”, Cairns City Life Magazine
2005 March 26, THE WEEKENDER, Illawarra Mercury
2005 March 11, North Shore Times, Cumberland Newspaper Group
2005 January 26, Manly Daily, Cumberland Newspaper Group
2004 October 9, Newcastle Herald, Weekender
2003 July 5, Newcastle Herald, The Art Reviewer
2003 June 30, Newcastle Herald
2002 November 21, Mosman Daily, Cumberland Newspaper Group
2002 August 9, North Shore Times, Cumberland Newspaper Group
2002 August 2, North Shore Times, Cumberland Newspaper Group
2001 Oct-Dec, Profile Magazine Issue
1996 ‘The Play School Red Book’ ‘Little Red Engine’ Illustration released in paperback
1985 ‘The Play School Red Book’ ‘Little Red Engine’ Illustration hardback edition
1991’Listen to Children’ Campaign, Bulletin Magazine Cover on behalf of NAPCAN –

TELEVISION AND RADIO
2018, Matchbox Projects ‘Everybody’s a Critic’ ABC Television Series
2011 October 21, Jon Lewis Pre Recorded Interview, 6PR Perth
2005 August 18, North Queensland Regional News Feature, WIN Channel 9
2005 August, ‘The Art Show’, ABC Far North Radio
2009 Painting title ‘Sydney October ‘07’ used as a prop in Underbelly II – A Tale of Two Cities, Channel 9
2009 October 22, Jon Lewis Pre Recorded Interview, 6PR Perth
2009 October, Peter Barr Live Interview, RTRFM Perth

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS ABROAD
California, New Jersey, Italy, London, New Zealand, Korea, New York, Florida,
Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Philadelphia, Germany, Texas, Dubai and Arizona

CORPORATE COMMISSIONS
BSM Baggage Sortation Management (Australia) Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia
Hamilton Island Resort

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS WITHIN AUSTRALIA
Edna Cuthbertson Solicitors, Cairns, Australia
Lionel Busquets Prestige Real Estate
Process Engineering Group Battery Limits Pty Ltd

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS WITHIN AUSTRALIA
NSW, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria