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Elizabeth Turnbull – Personal Profile

General

1936: Born Sydney, Australia (Elizabeth Brown). 1957: Marries Sydney. 1972: No formal art training. Begins painting & printmaking in Brisbane, Australia after youngest of four children commenced schooling.

1972-76: Exhibits in solo and group exhibitions in Brisbane winning awards and attracting favourable critical notice. 1976-81: Travels extensively in Europe and UK, exhibiting in Spain and UK. Has own studio/gallery in Cuenca, Spain (1976-77) and Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK (1977-79). 1979: Visits Outsiders exhibition at Hayward Gallery, London and becomes aware for the first time of ‘art brut’ and ‘outsider art’. 1981: Returns to Brisbane. 1982-89: Continues painting and drawing but exhibits rarely. !989-98: Visits Europe several times, with ‘outsider’ art a main focus of interest. 1998: Meets leading French ‘artist singulier’ Danielle Jacqui in Provence & is invited to participate in 6th Festival d’Art Singulier, Roquevaire-Aubagne, Provence. 2000-01: Participates in Festival, supported by Arts Queensland grant & spends six months living and working in France and Spain. 2001:Participates in first-ever major exhibition of ‘outsider’ art’ in Spain and has works chosen for permanent collection of first Spanish ‘’outsider art’ museum. 2002: Exhibition Journeyings at Gallery 482, Brisbane. 2002-05: Continues participation in ‘outsider art’ festivals in France. 2002-04: Purchases cottage in NE Tasmania and spends summer months living and working there.  2004-05: Exhibits works from The Ancestors series at Gallery 482, Brisbane, Burnie Regional Art Gallery and e.ScApe Gallery, St Marys. 2005: Makes Hobart, Tasmania her permanent home.  2005: Exhibits in RAF2005 in London. 2006: Exhibits in The Other Face of the Moon - Raw Art, Villa Caruso, Lastra a Signa, Italy, assisted by Arts Tasmania grant. 2006-08: Exhibits in Raw Art Festivals in Valencia, Spain, New York & Los Angeles.  2009: Youngest son Iain dies of cancer aged 43.  2012: Offers number of works to The Dax Centre Collection, Melbourne.  2013: Included in The Dax Centre exhibition Reverie.  2014: Participant in The Dax Centre group exhibition Raw Emotions.  2015: 65 works acquired for permanent Cunningham Dax Collection.  2015-2016: Included in The Dax Centre group exhibition A Mind Beginning to Know Itself2016: Painting Freedom (2007) chosen as cover image of April issue of Australasian Psychiatry.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2005: e.ScApe Gallery, St Marys, Tasmania
  • 2004-05: Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, Tasmania
  • 2002,2004: Gallery 482, Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1989: Northlight Studios, Melbourne Works, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK.
  • 1982: Paddington Gallery, Red Hill, Brisbane.
  • 1981: Farewell Exhibition, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK.
  • 1979: Leeds Playhouse Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK.
  • 1978: Manston Art Gallery, West Yorkshire, UK.
  • 1978: Smith Art Gallery (Calderdale Municipal Gallery), Brighouse, West Yorkshire, UK.
  • 1978: Peter Lewis Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 1977: Casa de Cultura, Cuenca, Spain.
  • 1977: Galeria Toison, Madrid, Spain.
  • 1973,1974, 1975, 1976: Twelfth Night Theatre Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 1974,1975: Queensland Craft Association Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 1974: Garowie Gallery, Ipswich.

Shared Exhibition

  • 1983: Spring Hill Gallery, Brisbane (with Louise Blood)

Participation in Group Exhibitions

  • 2015-6: A Mind Beginning to Know Itself, The Dax Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2014: Raw Emotions, The Dax Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2013: Reverie, The Dax Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2008: RAF2008, Raw Art Festival, Los Angeles, USA.
  • 2007: Women Tasmania International Women's Day Exhibition, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • 2007: RAF2007, Raw Art Festival, New York, USA.
  • 2006: CAST Members' Annual Exhibition, Hobart, Tasmania
  • 2006: Women Tasmania Senior Women's Exhibition. Hobart, Tasmania.
  • 2006: RAF2006, Raw Art Festival, Valencia, Spain.
  • 2006: The Other Face of the Moon - Raw Art, Villa Caruso, Lastra a Signa, Italy.
  • 2006: Women Tasmania International Women's Day Exhibition, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • 2005: CAST Members' Annual Exhibition, Hobart, Tasmania
  • 2005: RAF2005, Raw Art Festival, London, UK
  • 2004: CAST Members' Annual Exhibition, Hobart, Tasmania
  • 2003: Le Monde Entier est un Théâtre - L’Art par la Grande Poste II, 57th Festival d’Avignon, Avignon, France.
  • 2003:Les Saisons, 7th Exposition Internationale Art Postal, Pézenas, France.
  • 2002: 7th International Festival d’Art Singulier, Roquevaire, Provence, France.
  • 2002: L’Art par la Grande Poste, 56th Festival d’Avignon, Avignon, France.
  • 2002:Le Cirque, 6th Exposition Internationale Art Postal, Pézenas, France.
  • 2001: El Arte Singular (first Spanish exhibition of ‘outsider’ art), Monasterio de Veruela, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • 2000: 6th International Festival d’Art Singulier, Roquevaire-Aubagne, Provence, France.
  • 1988: Group Exhibition, Grahame Galleries, Brisbane.
  • 1984: Woman & Labour Exhibition, Qld.University, Brisbane
  • 1982,1983: Group Exhibitions, Spring Hill Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 1977: Group Exhibition, Casa de Cultura, Cuenca, Spain.
  • 1975: L.J.Harvey Drawing Prize Exhibition, Qld.Art Gallery.
  • 1975: Happening in the Park , Art/Theatre experiment + exhibition, 12th Night Theatre Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 1974,1975: Twelfth Night Theatre Gallery Annual Exhibition., Brisbane.
  • 1974,1975: Craft Association of Queensland Annual Exhibition, Brisbane.
  • 1973, 1974: Royal Queensland Art Society Annual Exhibition, Brisbane.

Grants

2005: Arts Tasmania Grant to assist participation in The Other Face of the Moon - Raw Art, an invited outsider art exhibition in Italy - March 2006.

2000: Arts Queensland Individual Professional Development Grant to assist participation in the 6th Festival d’Art Singulier de Roquevaire-Aubagne en Provence, France.

Prizes & Acquisitions

  • 2015: Acquisition of 65 works for Cunningham Dax Collection, Melbourne
  • 1985: First Prize (Drawing): Caloundra Art & Craft Awards, Qld.
  • 1983,1984: Acquired St Alban's Art Prize, Southport, Qld.
  • 1984: First Prize – Garden City Art Awards, Qld.
  • 1982,1986: Acquired – Stanthorpe Civic Art Gallery – Stanthorpe Biennial Art Festival, Qld.
  • 1978: Acquisition – Calderdale Municipal Art Collection, W. Yorks., UK.
  • 1975: Acquired (Serigraph) – Dalby Annual Art Award, Qld. (Judge: Dr Gertrude Langer).
  • 1974: First Prize (Acquisitive) – Qld. Rugby Union Club Art Competition
  • Works in Private and Public Collections in England, Wales, France, Spain, Holland, West Germany, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Own Publications

  •  2009: Whisperings of Angels published by CreateSpace and available from Amazon as print-on-demand title.
  • 2006: Whisperings of Angels printed in special limited hardcover edition (32 copies) to celebrate my 70th birthday.
  • 2001: “The Magdalen – Forgotten Goddess” – exploring the ambiguous role played by Mary Magdalene in religious mythology. 206pp text + 12 colour illustrations.
  • 2000: Whisperings of Angels – reflections on the place of ‘angels’ in our lives. 298pp text + 39 colour and B&W illustrations.
  • 1997: A Tale of Some Consequence and Truth– A book of meditative writing & poetry. 200pp.text & 29 B&W illustrations.  (Note: The last two only produced in limited not-for-sale editions.)

Inclusion/Collaboration in Other Publications etc

  • 2016: Painting Freedom (2007) used as cover image — Australasian Psychiatry, April issue.
  • 1999: “Tiger to the Rescue” (Crase Street Press), 4 Colour illustrations for small children’s book. Limited edition.
  • 1995: "Ma & Gramps' Special Birthday Book of Australian Birds" (Crase Street Press) – 4 B&W illustrations for small book of poems. Limited edition.
  • 1995: "The Lost Lake" (Crase Street Press) – 6 B&W illustrations for small children's book. Limited edition.
  • 1993: "Ma & Gramps' Little Book of Australian Birds" (Crase Street Press) – 25 B&W illustrations for book of poems. 1000 copies sold raising over $ 5,000 for Wesley Hospital Breast Clinic, Brisbane, Qld.
  • 1991: "Body Lines – A Women's Anthology" (Women's Redress Press Inc ) – B&W Drawing "Joy" selected for publication from Australia wide entries.
  • 1987: "Foldan Sceatas (Folded Sheets)" (Open Township, West Yorks.)– Poetry Anthology – Drawing used as cover illustration.  

 

   
   
 

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