"Painting landscapes provides me with a satisfying way of saying with paint or the drawn line, everything I feel as I observe the subject. Words cannot do that for me. When
confronted with a vista or singular object within a landscape I experience an emotional connection with it. There are subjects where I live, and subjects which will catch my eye
as I pass through. I think those that catch the eye on passing through, do so because of
similarities to a familiar place, rather than for their differences.
Ones ‘personal sense of place’ comes from the environment we grew to know in our earliest formative years. I don’t try to copy the scene in front of me, I utilize various aspects of a place and formulate a composition which captures a ‘generalization’ of that landscape or place, because so often, as isolated image of somewhere does not capture the journey to and from what I see in front of me".
KEVIN OXLEY OAM
1941 - 2016
Kevin Oxley was born in Hay, N.S.W. in 1941 and was a professional artist for over forty-five years. He worked in an astonishing range of media including oils, acrylics, watercolours and pencil and extending to metal, clay and wood. He also mastered the techniques of etching and of fibre sculpture and had considerable talent as a poet and as a contemporary musician. Oxley's diversity extended into his subject matter too, but always with an eye for detail and perfection, which also made him a respected and sought after teacher of painting, drawing, print making, ceramics, design, sculpture, calligraphy and creativity.
Oxley had been co-ordinator of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and Director of Tweed Shire Council's Regional Gallery at Murwillumbah,, NSW as well was Founder Director of The Arts & Crafts School at Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop at the University of Western Sydney, Richmond, NSW and Director of the Wyreena Community Arts Centre in Croydon, Victoria. Oxley was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, an invited judge at many art awards and the recipient of many prestigious art awards and prizes. He was awarded an OAM in 2014 for his services to the visual and performing arts.
He was commissioned to create works as varied as a 7' by 5' tapestry Coat of Arms for the Australian Medical Association in Sydney to 3 Bas Relief panels in welded bronze for the National Mutual Insurance Building in Canberra; from designing the stained glass and many decorative features for Poet's Café in Montville to a 6 metre high sculpture in epoxy resin and marine ply for a private residence.
He was a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, NSW; at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld. and an art teacher at TAFE in Murwillumbah, NSW and at his own private art school in Maryborough, Qld.
Oxley was also a published author with a collection of poems and paintings (Clarendon Press 1973) and is included in ‘Artists and Galleries of Australia’ by Max Germaine and ‘The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art’ by Susan McCulloch.
SELECTED ART AWARDS;
2009 Hugh Sawrey Art Award,(Inaugural Year), Kogan, 1st Prize
2001 Maroochy Art Awards, Federation Theme, 1st Prize
Winton Art Award, "Spirit of the Outback", 2nd Prize
1997 Caloundra Art Awards, Drawing, H.C.
1994 Tattersalls Art Award, H.C.
Caloundra Art Awards, Open, H.C.
1993 Hawkesbury Acquisitive Art Award, Open, H.C.
1992 Hawkesbury Acquisitive Art Award, Open, 1st Prize
Oxley was an invited entrant in the prestigious Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize regularly from 1993 to 2015 and was a selected finalist in the inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize in 2006 and subsequently in 2007, 2010 & 2011.
He was the invited judge of many art awards including the Fisher's Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown (1993); Bond University Art Prize, Gold Coast (1989) and the Barcaldine Federation Festival (2001).
Hay Shire Council, N.S.W. Telstra, Brisbane, Qld.
University of Western Sydney, N.S.W. The Lodge, Canberra, A.C.T.
Parliament House, Sydney, N.S.W. University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Australian Wool Board, Sydney, N.S.W. Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Qld.
Sydney Opera House, N.S.W.
Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, N.S.W.
Bloomfield Gallery Permanent Collection, Sydney, N.S.W.
Holdsworth Gallery Permanent Collection, Sydney, N.S.W.
And numerous private collections across Australia and overseas.
2015 Tattersall’s Landscape Prize, Brisbane (invitation)
2014 Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld. “Colour of the Wetlands”
2013 Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld. “You are Here”
Tattersall’s Landscape Prize, Brisbane (invitation)
2012 Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld. “The Colour of Light”
Harbourside Gallery, Tewantin, Qld. “S.W.A.M. Exhibition”
2011 Tattersall’s Landscape Prize, Brisbane, Qld.
Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra, Qld.
Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld. “The Art of Perception”
Lethbridge Small-Scale Art Award, Brisbane, Qld.
2010 Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld. “Ways of Seeing”
Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW and touring.
Xstrata Percival Portrait Award, Townsville
2009 Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Qld. “An Artist’s Journey”
Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld. “Windmills of my Mind”.
2008 Caloundra Regional Art Gallery , Qld. “OxleyArt” – a survey.
2007 Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld. “Arkeology - The Art of Survival”
2003 Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld.
2001 Tony Gill Galleries, Montville, Qld.
1999 Artinque, Buderim, Qld.
1998 Tony Gill Galleries, Montville, Qld.
1996 Tony Gill Galleries, Montville, Qld.
1994 "Prisms", Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa, Qld.
1992 Holdsworth Galleries, Woollahra, N.S.W.
1991 Pickwick Art, Richmond, N.S.W.
1990 Riverina Gallery, Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
1986 Manyung Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
1985 World Trade Centre, Melbourne, Vic.
1980 Barry Stern Gallery, Paddington, N.S.W.
1979 Colonial Cottage Gallery, Windsor, N.S.W.
1976 Geo Styles Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
1974 Hay Shire Council, Hay, N.S.W.
1969 Goodhope Gallery, Paddington, N.S.W.
Selected from over 70 exhibitions.
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