Artist: Heidi Yardley
Heidi Yardley is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly in the fields of painting and drawing. Her work explores a dark subterranean world that is familiar yet cloaked in mystery. She has recently explored collage as source material for her paintings, creating a sense of tension and displacement within the work. Drawing from history, memory and popular culture these images become a combination of remembrances and re-imagined worlds. Her images of the figure allude to heightened states of being; desire, loss, pain and ecstasy. Many images are sourced from the past (often the 1960’s and 70’s) and a sense of nostalgia is inherent in the work. The viewer is left to draw their own conclusions when faced with these unresolved yet suggestive narratives.
Yardley completed her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art in 1995 at Monash University. From 1996 to 2000 she was a committee member and artist in residence at Roar Studios. Yardley also completed an Honours Degree in Drawing at RMIT in 1999 and a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2002 at Melbourne University. Since 1998 Yardley has held ten solo exhibitions and has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions throughout Australia. She has been a finalist in a number of high profile competitions including The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2009, 2011) The John Leslie Art Prize (2012) and The Archibald Prize (2013). Yardley has been invited to exhibit in significant group exhibitions including Neo-Goth: Back in Black at The University of Queensland Art Museum (2008), Post Chrysalis at Sullivan and Strumpf (2008), The University of Queensland National Artists Self-Portrait Prize (2010), NOTFAIR- a satellite Art Fair (2010) and The Melbourne Art Fair (2012). In 2011 Yardley was awarded an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant as well as the Dame Joan Sutherland Award to undertake a two-month residency in New York. Yardley's work is included in the collections of The University of Queensland Art Museum, The BHP Billiton Collection, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and The Methodist Ladies' College Collection. Yardley is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane and Scott Livesey Galleries in Melbourne.
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