Artist's Biography

Nadine Sawyer was born in Hastings, New Zealand in 1973 and has lived in Queensland for many years.

She is a visual artist working in a diverse range of mediums, including paintings, installation art, painted ceramics and greeting cards. Her pieces are mainly abstract and figurative in style with colour and joyfulness being a primary focus.

Nadine’s art studies include: a Certificate of Introductory Art and Design from the Queensland College of Art; a Bachelor of Arts (Painting) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne; a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Painting) from Monash University in Melbourne, and a Master of Arts (Painting), also from Monash University.

Nadine has been painting for over two decades and has participated in several exhibitions and artist residencies in Australia, South Korea and Vanuatu. She has an avid following and has held solo exhibitions in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Nadine describes her output saying: “My creative process is ever-evolving, and it is a true adventure for me every day. The poetic is an important part of my process. I’m inspired by everything – music, art, gardens, indigenous cultures, travel, the environment, and the more ethereal side of life. I am very interested in making art more welcoming and accessible to a wider audience. For me the making of art and the living of life are inextricably intertwined. I love being an artist!”

Arts writer Florence Forrest, describes aptly Nadine’s work: “To me Nadine’s paintings grow in flavour and tone over time and the pleasure of ‘listening’ to them I count as a gift. I could write a great deal about the underlying strength of form and the harmony of colour, about the subtle and confident character of her line or the free spirit of her brush stroke but in the end I would rather tell you that her art is full of that stuff, that spiritual water, called Joy for which we all thirst.”

Nadine has won art awards including: the 2018 Moreton Bay Local Artist Award, the 2004 Metro Arts Gallery Scholarship in Brisbane, the 1999 Australian Post Graduate Award in Melbourne, the 1997 Ella Donald Foundation Award in Melbourne, and the 1991 Caltex All-rounder Award in Brisbane when she was in secondary school.

Nadine’s work is held in the collections of: the Moreton Bay Regional Council, Monash University, and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, England, South Korea, USA, Noumea and Vanuatu.