Nerina is an accomplished artist who resides in Melbourne.
After completing a degree in Visual Arts, Nerina then completed a Graduate Diploma in painting and has continued to exhibit in both Australia and internationally for over 25 years. Her paintings are part of private collections in Australia, Singapore, UK, America and Japan.
With regards to her artistic practise, Nerina draws on her influence from her many years of travel to, and study the wisdom and symbolism of a number of countries. Early works were created after the exploration of the arts, culture and spirituality of countries including Indonesia, China, Tibet, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Over the recent decade, Nerina's work has continued to derive been inspiration from the sacred arts of a number of Asian countries, in particular, the arts of Japan. Be it a scroll painting, a monk's calligraphy koan or a beautifully woven kimono, these ancient objects seem to encapsulate the essence of timeless simplicity and beauty that is inherent in all things. Such a concept offers a welcomed reprive from the stress, noise and hustle bustle of this modern day.
Her current artistic practice combines the influences of the ancient artwork from the orient, an understanding of Zen Buddhist philosophy and the natural beauty of the Australian bush. Nerina's paintings contain an element of a space or stillness which suggests a magical, 'alive' dimension beyond the material, yet balanced beside this space are forms and objects of the natural world.
The use of gold and silver leaf, screen printed patterns and a haze of encaustic wax combine to create a sensitive reverence towards commonly overlooked objects including branches of gum leaves, blossom in flower or a flowing stream. The paintings are material objects that depict an image which arose from the essence and which, at their highest function, will offer the viewer a window to their own invisible essence within.
"It is clear her works are meant to act as a kind of mandala to aid viewers in entering the meditation process. You focus on the works and are led to a higher spiritual plane – somehow the mist or haze leads you higher up the spectrum of consiousness, beyone religionor rational materialism. You feel like you are living 13th century Zen Master Dogen's famous essay, "The Time Being", a treatise on the dimension of time where you immerse yourself in a moment in time, living, breathing and experiencing that very moment when time stands still. All that is left is a yearning, craving for a sense of wholeness or spitritual consumation that you know your hectic life as a whole will never deliver."
N E R I N A L A S C E L L E S
2015 Karisome – Transience, Yering Station, Yarra Glen, Victoria
2014 Yūgen, The Light Factory, Eltham, Victoria
2013 Japonism, Long Gallery, Montsalvat, Eltham, Victoria
2012 Oriental Infusion, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, Victoria
2012 Recent Works, BrownKortes, Kangaroo Ground, Victoria
2011 Seizui, Long Gallery, Montsalvat, Eltham, Victoria
2010 Sonzai – Existence, East and West Art, Kew, Victoria
2010 Shinzui – Essence, Yering Station, Yarra Glen, Victoria
2010 Mist, The Atrium Gallery, Australian High Commission, Singapore
2009 Kasumi – MIST, Beowulf Galleries, Woollahara, Sydney
2009 In the Mist , Evelyn County Estate, Kangaroo Ground, Victoria
2009 Sonzai – Existence, Convent Gallery, Dalesford, Victoria
2008 Exhibition of New Works, Evelyn County Estate, Kangaroo Ground, Victoria
2007 Kensho, Evelyn County Estate, Kangaroo Ground, Victoria
2004 Exhibition of Paintings, Café Au Go Go, St Kilda, Melbourne
2001 Sadhana, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria
1997 Honouring Tibet, Dilemma’s Gallery, North Melbourne.
1995 Indigenous Influence, Labrys Gallery Space, Collingwood, Melbourne
1994 Recent Works, Labrys, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Alumination, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria
2014 Masterworks, Eltham College 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Eltham, Victoria
2014 Eastern Inspirations, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, Victoria
2012 Artist’s Open Studios – 25th Anniversary, The Light Factory Gallery, Eltham, Victoria
2011 Spring Exhibition, Architect’s Gallery, Richmond, London, UK
2011 April Exhibition, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, VIC, Australia
2010 Group Exhibition, Tina Cooper Gallery, Eumundi, QLD, Australia
2010 Threads, Bright Space, St Kilda, Melbourne
2010 Untitled Group Exhibition, Contemporary Collectors, Singapore
2010 Women in the Arts Festival Exhibition, SCWO, Singapore
2009 Untitled Group Exhibiton, Galerie Bophavy, Noosa Heads, QLD, Australia
2009 Collector’s Exhibition, Contemporary Art Society, The Steps Gallery, Carlton, Melbourne
2008 Untitled Group Exhibition, Kazari Collector, Prahran, Melbourne
2006 The Nature of Things, Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2005 Nine X Five, Art Streams Gallery, Warrandyte, Victoria
2005 Shrine, Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2004 Movement Within the People, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria
2003 Visualising Pure Realms, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria
2002 Meditative Paintings, Lovegrove’s Winery, Cottlesbridge, Victoria
2001 Mama Serpentine - A cry in the Wilderness, Dudley House, Bendigo, Victoria
2000 Meditative Thoughts, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria
1999 Three, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria
1998 Review, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria
1998 Journey & Myth, Mair Street Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
1993 Post Graduate Exhibition, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
Various Private Collections in Australia, UK, Italy, Singapore, America and Japan.
2002 Diploma in Experiential Arts Therapies, MIECAT, Melbourne
2001 Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, Ikon Institute, Melbourne
1993 Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts (Painting), Ballarat University, Victoria
1991 Bachelor of Arts / Visual Arts (Drawing), Ballarat University, Victoria
1988 TOP Visual Arts, RMIT, Melbourne