Nerina Lascelles

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

Solo Exhibitions 

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 GalleriesWoollahara, 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 EstateKangaroo 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 TibetDilemma’s GalleryNorth 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 ThingsFitzroy GalleryFitzroy, Melbourne

2005                       Nine X FiveArt Streams GalleryWarrandyte, Victoria

2005                       ShrineFitzroy GalleryFitzroy, Melbourne

2004                       Movement Within the People, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria

2003                       Visualising Pure Realms, Eltham Art SpaceEltham, Victoria

2002                       Meditative Paintings, Lovegrove’s WineryCottlesbridge, Victoria

2001                       Mama Serpentine - A cry in the Wilderness, Dudley HouseBendigo, Victoria

2000                       Meditative Thoughts, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria

1999                       Three, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria

1998                       Review, Eltham Art SpaceEltham, 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