maria

I’m a painter, living and working in The Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia.

I’m drawn to notions of the Sublime, melancholic beauty and the Japanese Zen philosophy of Sunyata, the void. Instinctively I’m attempting to create a feeling of depth and mystery. Images of ambiguity – a response to the unknown.

Recent work has been influenced by concepts of ‘The 9 Elements of Japanese Aesthetics.’

YUGEN. ‘dim, deep, mysterious. Cloudy impenetrability.’ Hidden behind clouds, but not entirely. We feel the presence, it’s secret messages, transmitted through the darkness, however impenetrable to the intellect. Yugen suggest that which is beyond what can be said, but it is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience.

MONO NO AWARE. Put simply – the ‘Ah-ness’ of things, life and love. Empathy. The gentle sadness towards the passing of all things – sensitivity towards ephemera.

GODAI. The five elements. Chi (earth), Sui (water), Ka (fire), Fu (wind) and Ku (void). Each element representing the nature of things and certain impulses in the world. Be it in physics, spirituality or indeed ourselves.

Although literal forms and especially nature are imbued, I’m not referencing any particular place or time, but rather a state of being.

maria.gorton@bigpond.com

ACADEMIC

Master of Visual Arts, University of Sydney, SCA

Master of Studio Arts (Honours) University of Sydney, SCA

Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney, NAS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 GODAI, Greenbridge Studios, Mossvale

2014 YUGEN, Depot Gallery, Sydney.

2013 ONE MOON, MANY WATERS, Depot Gallery II, 2 Danks Street, Sydney.

2012 MONO NO AWARE, Red Door Gallery.

2011 CLOUD MUSIC, Red Door Gallery, Sydney.

2010 IMMORTAL ECHO, Jadite Galleries New York.

2009 MARIA GORTON, Castello Di Galeazza, Bologna, Italy.

2009 SOUND OF ANCIENT BLUE, Galleria Tondinelli, Rome Italy.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 Artisti Per Autistici, Pietransanta, Italy.

Clarks Collection, Casa del Mantegna, Italy.

2012 Painting as Presence, MOP Projects. 2/39 Abercrombie St Chippendale, Sydney.

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2012, S.H.ERVIN GALLERY, Sydney.

2010 Annual Small Works Christmas Exhibition, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane.

Beyond the Field, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi Beach.

Gallery Artists, Jadite Galleries, New York.

Debut Exhibition, Project Space TIGHT, Sydney.

Castello Di Galezza Group Show, Castello Di Galeazza Bologna, Italy.

2008 Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Pigments of Imagination, Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, Sydney.

2007 Post Graduate Degree Show, SCA, University of Sydney.

Blake Prize for Religious Art, National Art School, Sydney.

2006 Postgraduate Degree Show, SCA, University of Sydney.

Blake Prize Exceptions Exhibition, Chase Contemporary and Tribal Arts, Sydney.

2005 Portals, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney.

Prizes and Residencies

Finalist Wynne Prize, Art Gallery if NSW

Finalist The Blake Prize, National Art School, Sydney

Finalist Portia Geach Prize, S H Ervin Gallery

Artist in residence, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China.  

Artist in residence, La Macina di San Cresci, Italy.

COLLECTIONS

Barclays Bank, Sydney.

Cultural Association, Castello di Galeazza, Italy

Sydney Children’s Hospital.

La Macchina Fissa, Cultural Retreat, Italy.

Private Collections, Bologna, Rome

“If I must place my trust somewhere, I would invest it in the psyche of sensitive observers who are free of the conventions of understanding. I would have no apprehension about the use they would make of these pictures for the needs of their own spirits. For if there is both a need and spirit there is bound to be a real transaction.”  — Mark Rothko.