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Mark Waller

For me, reality is a relative concept. We each construct a version of it that fits our beliefs, relationships and social structures. It seems that the structure that we have generally constructed for ourselves in Australia now is based on a very narrow view of reality, and is not designed to take us to a place beyond simply existing. We have designed a life of chasing our tails.

Seemingly just out of reach however, yet tantalisingly close, is another world. In this world there is an easy access to lives lived with wonder and celebration. The porthole to this magical place is in insignificant events and places and is unnoticed in our scramble for survival and our obsession with collecting “stuff”. The paradox is that these simple events and places have a complexity and power beyond imagination. They can transform our reality.

My paintings are about elevating these simple moments where we can just be.  Tiny discoveries are laden with wonder and life.  They are for many of us though, unseen.  They need to be documented, highlighted, embraced and savoured.  They are the "real" world, and for me, an antidote to the one humanity has constructed.  

Painting these moments allows me to surrender to ”being”.  I wallow in these moments.  They are my sanity and solidity. They are the answer.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle WA, "Time and Space"

2011 Ballina Community Gallery, Ballina NSW, The “Real” World

2010 Aarwun Gallery, Canberra ACT 

2007 Art Gallery collections, Surfers Paradise

2007 Aarwun Gallery, Canberra ACT

2006 Galloway Gallery, Brisbane QLD 

2006 Boomers Gallery, Lennox Head NSW

2005 Aarwun Gallery, Canberra, ACT 

2005 B-Framed Art Studio, Ballina NSW 

2003 Gelebert Gallery, New York, NY USA 

2003 Aarwun Gallery, Canberra ACT 

2001 Aarwun Gallery, Canberra ACT 

1999 Twin Towns Gallery, Tweed Heads NSW 

1993 B-Framed Art Studio, Ballina NSW 

1991 Indec Art Gallery, Melbourne VIC

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Five x Fifteen Exhibition, Aarwun Gallery, Canberra ACT

2014 Lennox Arts Collective Exhibition, Lennox Arts Collective, Lennox Head NSW

2014 Coastal With a Twist, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento VIC 

2013 Artspace Artists Exhibition, Lennox Artspace, Lennox Head NSW

2012 Resurrection Exhibition, Lennox Artspace, Lennox Head NSW

2011 Lennox Artspace, Lennox Head NSW

2007 Group Exhibition, Art Gallery Collections, Surfers Paradise. 

2006 Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane QLD

2006 “Sublime to the ridiculous” Aarwun Gallery, Canberra ACT 

2006 Kolinda Art Gallery, Alstonville NSW 

2005 Avalon 8 Gallery Byron Bay NSW 2004 Aarwun Gallery, Canberra ACT

2003 Travelling Exhibition Santa Rosa, San Jose, CA USA 

2001 Kolinda Art Gallery Alstonville NSW 

1999 Wintersun Art Exhibition, Gold Coast QLD 

1998 Wintersun Art Exhibition, Gold Coast QLD

1997 Wintersun Art Exhibition, Gold Coast QLD 

1997 Kolinda Art Gallery Alstonville NSW 

1996 Wintersun Art Exhibition, Gold Coast QLD 

1996 Kolinda Art Gallery, Alstonville NSW 

1996 Twin Towns Gallery, Tweed Heads NSW 

1994 Kolinda Gallery, Alstonville NSW

 

Awards

2006 Southern Cross Arts Festival - 2nd Prize Open Section 

2006 Tattersalls Art Prize Brisbane - Finalist 

2004 Southern Cross arts Festival 1st Prize Traditional painting, 2nd Prize Landscape painting 

2001 Konami Realist Landscape Art Award, Gold Coast QLD - Finalist 

1997 Southern Cross Arts Festival 1st Place Painting section Highly Commended Landscapes & Local Images 

1997 Casino Art Awards – 1st Prize 

1995 Casino Art Awards – 1st Prize 

1995 Bentley Art Prize - Highly Commended 

1995 Southern Cross Arts Festival 1st Prize Marine section 1st Prize Landscapes & Local Images Winner Most Popular Choice 

1994 Southern Cross Arts Festival 1st Prize Marine Section Most Popular Choice.

1994 Casino Art Award – 1st Place 

1993 Southern Cross Arts Festival – Highly Commended Open Section