Fiona Barrett-Clark


As a child my parents would take my sisters and I on long driving holidays. I reflect back on these trips within my works and how they influenced my love for the Australian landscape, its colour, contrast for dark shadows and intense light and often its broodiness.

Today I endeavor to create uncomplicated, understated, contemporary landscape paintings, void of people, but not always human presence, in an attempt to capture distinctively Australian landscapes, but not one that you would see on a postcard. Capturing the changing mood, colour and light of the sky and its effect on the landscape, is a major element in my compositions in an attempt to remind people of the magnificence that passes us by every day.

My choice of not only subject matter, but also of materials (oil on plywood) has been greatly influenced by the works of Australian Impressionists, as such Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder. Like them, I look to represent an uncomplicated beauty within the Australian landscape and by allowing the grain of the wood to show through the paint, I also hope to embody a sense of nostalgia in the works.

Born in 1978, I have lived and worked in Sydney. I completed an Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts at the Sydney Gallery School, in 1998. Over the past 18 years, I have exhibited works in solo and group shows throughout Sydney and have recently turned my art into my full-time career.

1978 Parramatta, Australia

1995-1998 Advanced Diploma, The Sydney Gallery School (Meadowbank Tafe)

Solo Exhibitions
2016 The Views That Pass Us, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange
2010 By the Water, Breathing Colours, Balmain
2009 Passaging Through, Breathing Colours, Balmain
1999 Clouds, Level Gallery, Newtown

Group Shows
2017 Lindfield Art Show – Feature artist
2016 Christmas Show, Breathing Colours, Balmain
2016 The Festive Fair, Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach
2016 Balmain Art Show
2016 Oatley West Art Show
2016 Group Show, Breathing Colours, Balmain
2016 Lindfield Art Show
2015 Balmain Art Show
2015 The Desert Heart, Breathing Colours, Balmain
2010 A Little Bit of Summer, Breathing Colours, Balmain
2009 A Little Bit of Red, Breathing Colours, Balmain
2003 Undercurrents - A River Story, Parramatta Heritage Centre
2003-2004 Transfield Travelling Exhibition
2000 Art International 2000
1999 Group Show Level Gallery, Newtown

Awards/Prize Shows
2017 Little Things Art Prize – Finalist
2017 Hunters Hill Art Prize – Winner Smaller Works Prize
2016 Parramatta Art Prize – Finalist
2016 St George Art Prize – Finalist
2016 Little Things Art Prize – Finalist
2016 Belle Arti Art Prize – Finalist
2016 Hunters Hill Art Prize – Finalist
2015 Hawkesbury Art Prize – Finalist (Commended)
2011 Hunters Hill Art Prize – Finalist
2008 Glover Prize – Finalist

Paper Pear - Wagga Wagga
Breathing Colours - Balmain
Purple Noon Gallery - Freemans Reach

2014 The Little Death (Movie)
2014 House & Garden Magazine December Issue
2009 Sydney Morning Herald Review Saturday 3rd September

Cristy Houghton