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maria.gorton@bigpond.com

I’m a painter originally from the inner city of Sydney, now living with my husband, two dogs, assorted chickens, a family of alpacas and a resident wombat or two, in the peace and solitude of the beautiful country town of Robertson, Southern Highlands, New South Wales.

After graduating from the National Art School in Sydney where I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, I went on to obtain a Masters Degree of Studio Art, majoring in painting, at The Sydney College of the Arts. I then ventured on to finish a Masters of Visual Art (Honours) under the guidance of the wonderful artist and my mentor and friend, Dr Lindy Lee, focusing on the concept of the Void in Western and Eastern Art and Philosophy at The University of Sydney.

My painting practice was intially influenced by the usual greats that I had pored over in art books as a child, Leonardo Di Vinci, Rembrandt, Caravarggio. I loved the drama mixed with the mystery and patable sense of stillness. Their use of dark and light and negative space. Then those passionate painters of The Romantic Sublime, in particular, Casper David Friedrich and the great British Romanticist, J W Turner. And in the later American tradition, Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt and Agnes Martin. All still continue to have a huge influence on how I approach my painting practice.

However, overall my inspiration comes from a lifelong fascination with Ancient Japanese culture, in particular the philosophies of Zen Buddhismn and the notion of silence, non-duality, impermanence and Sunyata (the void).

I have exhibited as a professional and practising artist for over 17 years in Sydney, Australia, as well as exhibiting internationally and participating in Art Residencies in Italy and China. My work has been a Finalists in The Wynne and Blake Prizes, along with The Portia Geach Memorial Prize. And is represented in numerous private collections around the globe, including a permanent collection at La Macchina Fissa, Cultural Retreat Italy and locally at Sydney’s Barclays Bank and Sydney Childrens Hospital.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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.

Participant in Artist in residence programme, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China.   La Macina di San Cresci, Italy.

Collections. Barclays Bank, Sydney. Sydney Children’s Hospital. La Macchina Fissa, Cultural Retreat, Italy.