|Artist Name:||Fiona Groom|
|Art Group:||Coolum Art Collective|
Fiona Groom began painting in the early 2000’s after commencing a variety of art courses which included Certificate II Visual Arts, Diploma of Visual Arts (Fine Arts), and finally a Fine Arts Degree.
During this time she also had the opportunity to exhibit her work in several Solo shows and a variety of national arts festivals and group shows including an International Art Exhibition at Gallera360 in Florence and is represented by several local galleries.
Her work is in private collections throughout the world, here in Australia as well as the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, Singapore and the US. Some recent publications have seen her work feature on the cover of Creative Artist Magazine Issue 11 2016 and Artist Palette Magazine No 155, these included a 10 page spread of her work and a workshop showing her painting process. She was also featured in a coffee table book titled Amazing Australian Artists…Professionally Fiona’s activities have included a TV episode on Put Some Colour in Your Life and also several Artist residencies during a variety of exhibitions.
Ms Groom has also held the position of Gallery Curator at Yandina Historic House for the past 11 years which has given her plenty of opportunity to work with other Artists, organize and present artwork and become involved in an assortment of local community events. Additionally Fiona has organized and run several children’s art workshops, group exhibitions, art projects, painting workshops and some community based Artisan Markets. It is all these artistic opportunities that have helped her gain a better understanding of art making and in doing so has given her the direction and inspiration that she needed.
For her the animal kingdom is the driving force behind her art as she loves to delve into the diversity of animal life. Fiona feels it’s important to capture the subject’s character and expression and incorporating their humour, their majesty and wonder, resulting in the painting telling its own story.
2005 -present Volunteer Curator /Art Coordinator, Yandina Historic House Gallery
2017-2018 Participant Noosa Open Studios Doonan QLD
2017-2018 Volunteer Event Coordinator Artisans at the House Yandina Historic House
2016-present Volunteer Exhibition Coordinator BFF Exhibitions Butter Factory Arts Centre Cooroy
2016-present Volunteer Install Team Butter Factory Arts Centre Cooroy
2018 Painting Tutor Tinbeerwah Art Group, Qld.
2018 Lets Paint an Ostrich Wallace House Noosaville Qld.
2018 Learn to Paint Acrylics Animals Artable Studios.
Influences and Inspiration
I draw inspiration from the uniqueness of the animal kingdom and in this body of work my focus is on what lies above and below the fallen trees, leaves and dirt which is home to a diverse group of animals. Using acrylics and stretched canvas my compositions slowly comes to life and in the end a new creation has established itself with its own story to tell.
2015 BA (Fine Art & Visual Culture) (Curtin) WA
2004 Diploma Visual Arts, Cooloola Institute of TAFE (CSIT) QLD
2002 Certificate II in Arts, CSIT, QLD
Art Group Memberships
Coolum Art Collective
Friends of the Noosa Regional Gallery
Mary Valley Artslink
Friends of the Caloundra Regional Gallery
Pomona Arts Inc
Bribie Island Community Art Society Inc.
Butter Factory Friends Butter Factory Arts Centre Cooroy
Arts Connect Inc
Yandina & District Historical Society
2018 Unearth Butter Factory Arts Centre Cooroy
2017 The Motley Mix Show Vianta Beerwah
2015 Mixed Bag Kandanga Country Club Mary Valley
Apero Catalogue pp 9-10 June 2018
Australian Artist August 2018 (Art Event)
The Green Magazine 18th July 2018 cover p 10
Artist Palette Magazine No. 155 2017 pp 16-25
Salt Magazine Autumn 17 pp 111-112
Art/edit Magazine Issue 13 2017 autumn p 53
Creative Artist Magazine Issue 11 2016 pp 18-27
Pomona Railway Station Gallery Pomona QLD
Yandina Historic House Yandina QLD
2018 Grammar Art Show Toowoomba
2018 Taste of Art Noosa Regional Gallery
2017 Butter Box II Butter Factory Arts Centre Cooroy
2017 Rush Art Competition Gympie Regional Gallery
2017 Noosa Open Studios Exhibition Noosa Regional Gallery
2017 Finalist Holmes Art Prize Caloundra Regional Gallery
2017 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular Brisbane
2017 Captivating Creatures II Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa
2017 Taste of Art Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa
2016 Captivating Creatures Butter Factory Arts Centre Cooroy
2016 Encore Pop Up Butter Factory Arts Centre Cooroy
2016 International Nature in Art Logan Art Gallery Brisbane
Art Work in Private Collections:
Private Collections are held in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Awards & Achievements Include:
2018 6th Place Painting Category Animal Art Exhibition Light Space & Time Gallery USA
2018 10th Place Overall Category Animal Art Exhibition Light Space & Time Gallery USA
2018 Special Merit Award Animal Art Exhibition Light Space & Time Gallery USA
2018 People’s Choice Coolum Art Show
2017 People’s Choice Coolum Art Show
2017 Highly Commended Kenilworth Arts Fest Kenilworth
2016 Highly Commended International Nature in Art Brisbane
2016 2nd Place Taste of Art Noosa Regional Gallery Noosa
8 week tutoring Tinberrwah Art Group Oct -Dec 2018
Winter School 2 day workshop Buderim Craft cottage July 2019
Contact the Artist
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