Friday, November 14, 2014

Journey to Gippsland - "Luminous Earth" acquired by Gippsland Art Gallery

I am very pleased that my watercolour "Luminous Earth" (currently on display in the John Leslie Art Prize) has found a fantastic home as part of the permanent collection at Gippsland Art Gallery. I was fortunate to have a few days and a willing companion (thanks Dad!) to turn the 6hr pilgrimage to the gallery into a scenic road-trip :) It was a pleasure to meet Curator Simon Gregg who wrote a great catalogue essay for the exhibition (currently available for download here) and to find out more about the gallery's program and collection. Most rewarding was seeing the broad variety of approaches to landscape painting on exhibit and being able to engage with the surface, scale and impact of each work in person.

L-R: Shannon Smiley (winner 2014 John Leslie Art Prize), Jason Cordero, Annika Romeyn, Frank Mesaric

L-R: Jason Cordero, Annika Romeyn, Frank Mesaric, Dale Cox, Stephen Haley

On the way to Sale we stopped at Buchan Caves and took a tour through Fairy Cave and Royal Cave, which were full of fascinating limestone formations.

Moving on from Sale we enjoyed the hospitality of a wonderful colleague in Nungurner and took an afternoon wander through her lush, sprawling property.

On the way back to Canberra we camped at Croajingolong to spend a little time exploring and sketching. We spent an evening relaxing on the lichen covered coastal rocks and a morning taking in the incredible giant sand dunes near Thurra River. 

Croajingolong Boulders: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm

Croajingolong Dunes: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm

Friday, August 22, 2014

John Leslie Art Prize

I am excited to have been selected as a finalist in the John Leslie Art Prize, one of Australia's major prizes for landscape painting. My watercolour Luminous Earth will be on display in what should be a fascinating exhibition at the Gippsland Art Gallery from 20th September - 23rd November.

Luminous Earth, watercolour on stretched paper, 150 x 100cm, 2013 (photo by Dean Butters)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dr Sketchy's @ National Gallery of Australia for "Stars of the Tokyo Stage" Exhibition (9th Aug 2014)

FLG Representation + Taiwan Opening + Megalo Etching Class

I am happy to have recently signed on with Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. I look forward to exhibiting and working with FLG (beginning with a solo exhibit in March 2015) and am particularly excited to see my work alongside the dynamic and diverse group of artists that make up their gallery stable (including my dear friend and inspiration Hannah Quinlivan)! You can get a great overview of FLG's artists at the current Melbourne Art Fair where their exhibition is broken into 2 spaces The Light Side and The Dark Side.

Although I'm not able to attend the opening in Taiwan tomorrow afternoon, it's nice to know that my lithograph Ravine will be on display for a whole new audience and alongside some amazing company, including silver prize winner Tomiyuki Sakuta who I had the pleasure of meeting during his recent residency at Megalo Print Studio, Canberra.

Speaking of Megalo... why not check out the current class program and have a go at printmaking?! I'm looking forward to teaching a weekend of etching - a medium that offers a great variety of possibilities from fine lines to expressive textures and rich gradations of tone.

ETCHING with Annika Romeyn 
18 & 25 October (2 x Saturdays) 10-4pm
cost member: $260, non-member: $315, concession: $293
learn the basics of intaglio printing or refine your skills exploring such techniques as soft ground, aquatint and drypoint

Contact Megalo to book your place:
21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston
PO Box 5449 Kingston ACT 2604
t: (02) 6232 6041
Tues - Sat 9.30am - 5.00pm

a recent experiment with one of the many etching techniques: 'white-ground' (an imperfect acid-resist that results in fantastic organic and expressive marks and textures)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GLINT Exhibit & Articles

After a big learning curve, creating new partnerships and working across new mediums during an intense 2 month project, we are very proud of our group exhibition GLINT currently on display at The Canberra Glassworks (continuing until August 3rd). The exhibition has been well received so far! Read all about it and see some more images in these recent articles:

(review also featured in the Canberra Times on 17-7-14)

Canberra Times Article (part 1) 17-7-14

Canberra Times Article (part 2) 17-7-14

Canberra City News 5-6-14

Mushrooms, Emilie Patteson and Annika Romeyn, hot sculpted glass with mushroom and copper inclusions, 2014 (installed in the smokestack, Canberra Glassworks)

Mushrooms (detail), Emilie Patteson and Annika Romeyn, hot sculpted glass with mushroom and copper inclusions, 2014, (installed in the smokestack, Canberra Glassworks)

Collaborative drawing on lithographic stone: Incineration (Double Vision) by Emilie Patteson & Annika Romeyn - see the finished print (edition of 12) and much more in the exhibition on display until August 3rd!

Monday, June 30, 2014


I have just returned from Melbourne where I was overjoyed to be named winner of the EXPLORATION 14 exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery and awarded a solo exhibition at FLG for March 2015, which I'm very much looking forward to! It was fantastic to meet the 9 other artists (Aimee Fitzgerald, Laura Skerlj, Yoshe Gillespie, Baluk Arts, Sophie Hann, Claire Primrose, Michael Prior, James Blackwell, Sheridan Brown) who are part of a wonderfully varied exhibition, which is still on display until 13th July 2014. If you're unable to visit Melbourne the whole exhibition is available to view online!

24th June - 13th July
137 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
03 96543332
Tues-Fri 11am-6pm
Sat 11am-5pm

My parents and I at the opening on 26th June

my watercolours hanging in the exhibition

exhibition installation

short statement about my work

Luminous Earth (Intersection), watercolour on stretched paper, 150 x 100cm, 2014

Luminous Earth, watercolour on stretched paper, 150 x 100cm, 2013 (photo by Dean Butters)

 Luminous Earth II, watercolour on stretched paper, 150 x 100cm, 2013 (photo by Dean Butters)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Whitsundays (sketches, photos, poems)

White sails cut sharp slice
Between sea and sky
A thin slit leaks shining silver
Glittering - mercury skittering,
Skating points of light
Carried high on turquoise crests
Wobbled forth by sloppy swell,
The kayaks rock and bob like bath toys
We bounce and sway
To the uneven slap of heavy water on hull,
Long fingers of spray curl over bow-lines
Salty slosh cakes in creases
And forms crusts on cuffs
Of nylon and neoprene


Confused waves rebound from salt-sculpted sea cliffs,
Rippling ridges rise and crumble
Into frothing avalanches of foam
Driven into deep throughs,
Turned around by erratic winds,
My companions gradually shrink
Until they are specks in the distance
I am alone with the ocean
Sometimes it seems I am inching forward
Other times all I can do is bend and brace -
To absorb the changing moods of the sea as she moves beneath me,
Reminding me that I am just another visitor - 
Flotsam, debris,
To be tossed and tumbled, whittled and worn
Like so many smooth pebbles scattered on the shore


I stare down, lost in the vastness below
When, out of the abyss, a blurry brown disc emerges,
Four graceful flippers come into focus,
I watch the slow upward spiral of the turtle
I catch my breath as the giant surfaces - 
Catch a glimpse of a wise, ancient eye
Then the turtle dives -
Gone as quickly as it came...
But I still see its ancient eye staring back at me
Every time I begin to think I am alone with the ocean

Annika Romeyn 19-27/4/14