Saturday, October 19, 2013

Solo Exhibition 'Luminous Earth'

I'd love you to come along to my latest solo exhibition Luminous Earth!

OPENING NOV 7th 6PM (all welcome)

continuing until Nov 17th

19 Furneaux St, Manuka ACT

Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

Annika Romeyn, Luminous Earth, watercolour on stretched paper, 
150 x 100 cm, 2013

The exhibition will include new watercolour paintings, lithographs and drawings remembering my experience exploring the depths of the Grand Canyon last year.

Rafting, hiking and camping, the mighty Colorado River cut my path between the majestic, seemingly insurmountable, canyon walls that constantly framed my field of vision and, for a time, defined my world. It is a singular feeling to be inside the narrow arm of a canyon network, yet know that the network stretches outward beyond belief. Similarly, it is possible to stare at a wall of rock, excited by its visually dynamic form and structure while overcome by the history of movement scrawled across its surface.

Oscillating between micro and macro, representation and abstraction, I hope that these artworks suggest the inner life of each densely detailed section of canyon wall or churning river.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pecha Kucha Canberra

If you're in need of entertainment on Wednesday night (9th Oct), or would like to hear me say something about my artwork and inspirations in exactly 6 min 40 sec, then come along to Knightsbridge in Braddon at 6pm for the Canberra edition of Pecha Kucha!

Pecha Kucha is a night of informal presentations by creative people who show 20 images for 20 seconds each image and speak about whatever subject they wish. It started ten years ago in Tokyo and has since proved popular around the globe. I'll be presenting alongside an industrial designer, a silversmith, a hair and makeup artist, a writer/curator/producer, a roller derby queen and a violin/cello/viola maker so I'm sure it will be a fascinating night for your eyes and ears!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Print Council of Australia Commission

Inner Gorge, lithograph, 38 x 26 cm, 2013, edition of 47
This year I've had the honour of being involved with the 2013 Print Council of Australia Commission, which was recently launched at Northern Editions in Darwin and Art Est. in Sydney. Ten artists were selected to create new prints for the print commision program, which helps to raise funds for a great organisation: The Print Council of Australia. The judges were Anita Angel, Curator, Charles Darwin University and Chips Mckinolty, graphic artist and political advisor.

You can view the prints in the current issue of IMPRINT, in exhibition at Art Est. Art School and Gallery (67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt, NSW) until 8th Oct and Northern Editions, (C.D.U., Darwin) until 25th Oct. The folio of prints is also available to view at the following venues until 26th Oct:  Flinders University City Gallery, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide,  QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, Canberra, Fremantle Arts Centre, W.A., Handmark Gallery, Hobart, and Port Jackson Press Print Room, Melbourne! The prints are currently available for mail-order (forms can be found in all the above places as well as online.)

I really enjoyed the opportunity to visit the exhibition at Art Est. on Sept 21st as well as checking out the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair on same weekend! It was great to meet fellow commissioned artist Andrew Antoniou (pictured above, on the right holding his etching plate) and to give an artist talk together on the afternoon of the Sept 21st. Below are a few more photos from the event (special thanks to my Dad for coming along!):

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Drawings for Music


I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work on this illustrated concert program for the Griffyn Ensemble's recent concert, Earth, performed during National Science Week (more info in my previous post). I had the pleasure of attending the beautiful and innovative concert at the CSIRO Discovery Centre where I was overwhelmed seeing the audience members studying my drawings while hearing them brought to life as the talented musicians moved through each movement and/or piece of music.

Below are photos of a few of my favourite pages followed by scans of all the drawings included in the program, which were made using powdered graphite (dry and wet) on hot press watercolour paper.

my response to Fall by Kaija Saariaho

my response to Modell 2 by Henrik Strindberg

my response to Der Andreasgarten I by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Der Andreasgarten II by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Der Andreasgarten III by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Der Andreasgarten IV by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Der Andreasgarten V by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Der Andreasgarten VI by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Der Andreasgarten VII by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Der Andreasgarten VIII by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Der Andreasgarten IX by Ursula Mamlock

my response to Plastmusikk by Fredrick Hogberg

my response to Caterpillar of Society by Martin Wesley Smith

my response to Garden Songs by Juan Orrego-Salas

my response to Flame Trees by Cold Chisel

my response to Song of Trees by Michael Sollis

my response to Wavering Wood Whirling Metal by Jenny Hettne

my response to City of Trees I (Fortune Telling Forests) by Michael Sollis

my response to City of Trees II (Walking Through Wilderness) by Michael Sollis

my response to City of Trees III (Seeing Trees Not There) by Michael Sollis

Griffyn Ensemble in action

Griffyn Ensemble in action

me taking a bow!

the joys and hazards of photographing art...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards

Falls, etching, 2012, paper: 38 x 56 cm, plate: 19.5 x 39.5 cm, 2012

Dear Sydneysiders, please head along to Gallery Lane Cove to see my etching "Falls" in the 2013 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards. The exhibition opens this week and I'm sure it will be swell!


23rd August - 14th September 2013

Opening Cermeony and Awards
Friday 23rd August from 6pm

Free and open to the public

Upper Level, 164 Longueville Road 
Lane Cove, NSW, 2066
02 9428 4898
Mon to Fri 10am–4.30pm, Sat 10am–4.30pm

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Griffyn Ensemble concert "Earth"

Hi everyone! I have recently had the pleasure of working with the Griffyn Ensemble (Canberra's premier chamber ensemble) on their upcoming concert, Earth, for National Science Week, which is on Saturday 17 August at 7pm, in the leafy environment of the CSIRO Discovery Centre atrium.
The concert celebrates Canberra’s earthly environs, including a song written for Griffyn that lists every species of tree in the new National Arboretum! Don't miss the world premiere of Griffyn director Michael Sollis’ City of Trees Suite, commissioned for the Canberra Centenary’s City of Trees Radio Plays as an exploration and impression of Canberra’s iconic treescapes (you can find out more at 
For my part I have created an illustrative guide to the program featuring 20 new drawings. I really enjoyed listening and responding to the music through images and am excited that  everyone will take home an illustrated guide as part of the concert!  Below is one of the illustrations (drawn with powdered graphite), I look forward to sharing the rest with you after the concert.

You can expect to enjoy a wide variety of music, including music by Aussie compatriots Martin Wesley Smith (hear all about our Caterpillar of Society) and Cold Chisel.  The concert will  feature garden music from Chile by Juan Orrego-Salas, and you will hear the tremors of the San Andreas fault line with music by American composer Ursula Mamlok.  I personally can't wait to hear clarinettist Matt O’Keeffe’s dazzling solo performance in combination with sounds of bugs and beetles as the Griffyn Ensemble continues their Swedish musical exchange with Australian premieres of works by Henrik Strindberg, Jenny Hettne, and Frederik Högberg.
Tickets for this event are strictly limited and can be booked at
The Griffyn Ensemble
Earth – the science of trees through music
Saturday 17 August 7pm
CSIRO Discovery Centre, North Science Road, Acton
Memberships still available ($90 for three concerts)
More info: / 0466 480 104
Also touring to Melbourne-Bendigo-Albury – see the website

Monday, July 29, 2013

Geelong Aquisitive Print Awards

Canyon Wall II, lithograph, 38 x 51 cm, 2013, edition of 15
I'm delighted to be part of the 2013 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards alongside 45 other amazing artists. Please see the media release for more information about the exhibition or head along to Geelong Gallery between August 31st and November 24th to have a look!

Megalo Classes

Ever wanted to try your hand at printmaking or brush up on some techniques? Megalo Classes are enrolling now and will take place in the sparkling new studios at 21 Wentworth Ave Kingston! Check out the Megalo website for all the options, below are a few classes that I will have the pleasure of instructing:

12 Sept - 17 Oct   Introduction to Printmaking 
with  Annika Romeyn, Tess Barker and Millan Pintos-Lopez
6 x Thurs evenings 6 - 9pm (2x etching, 2x relief, 2x screen printing) 

cost member: $390, non-member: $445, concession: $423 
unsure which print medium to try? This is a perfect taster of what Megalo has to offer across both Press & Screen Print Studios     

9 & 16 Nov   Lithography  with Annika Romeyn
2 x Saturdays 10am - 4pm            
cost member: $280, non-member: $335, concession: $277

draw directly onto a lithographic stone and print a finished image in this two-day workshop

23 & 30 Nov   Etching with Annika Romeyn
2 x Saturdays 10am - 4pm            
cost member: $244, non-member: $299, concession: $277

learn the basics of intaglio printing or refine your skills exploring such techniques as soft ground, aquatint and drypoint

Friday, May 10, 2013

ANCA Exhibition Review

The Canberra Times, April 17th, 2013.

I very much enjoyed bring part of the recent ANCA NOW! exhibition, which featured a great variety of quality work by ANCA studio artists. Well respected critic Sasha Grishin published this review of the exhibition (and partner exhibition "Intensity of Purpose: 21 years of ANCA"), including his thoughts on my work: "Annika Romeyn is a young printmaker, primarily a lithographer, who effectively captures dramatic and awe-inspiring landscapes within the sensibility of her chosen technique. It is beautifully resolved work with a long-lasting resonance." (Grishin, 2013)

talking about my work at the Curator and Artists in Conversation event
April 13th, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Libris Awards

I'm excited to be among great company in the 2013 Libris Awards exhibition, which opens soon at Artspace Mackay! 

The Australian Artists Book Prize

10th May - 30th June
McAleese Gallery, Artspace Mackay, 
Civic Centre Precinct, Mackay

Judge Helen Cole will conduct a free floor talk Saturday 11th May 11am 
Official opening Saturday 11th May 6pm

Autumn Leaves, written and illustrated by Annika Romeyn
printed with archival pigments inks on MOAB Lasal paper, 
Coptic binding, hand-cut dust jacket, 31 x 42 cm, edition of 60, 2011.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

These Walls (new prints & exhibition)

1-31st May 2013
Port Jackson Press Print Room

Artist Talk: Saturday May 18th (please RSVP)

61 Smith St
Fitzroy VIC 3065

ph:(03) 9419 8988

opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5.30pm
Sat 11am-5pm, Sun-Mon by appointment

In August 2012 I spent 9 days exploring the depths of the Grand Canyon a place that has inspired wonder in countless artists and travellers before me. The mighty Colorado River cut my path between the majestic, seemingly insurmountable, canyon walls that constantly framed my field of vision and, for a time, defined my world. It is the memory of these walls and their visually dynamic form and structure that I am continuing to explore through my new body of work, including this series of 3 lithographs.

Canyon Wall II, lithograph, 38 x 51 cm, 2013, edition of 15

Canyon Wall, lithograph, 38 x 51 cm, 2013, edition of 15

Moonlit Canyon, lithograph, 38 x 51 cm, 2013, edition of 14

I'm very much looking forward to my quickly approaching exhibition at Port Jackson Press Print Room. If you happen to be in Melbourne during the month of May you will have the opportunity to see these new lithographs inspired by the Grand Canyon displayed alongside my prints responding to the landscape of the Spanish Pyrenees, which were exhibited in Canberra last year. I will be visiting Melbourne to give an artist talk on Saturday May 18th and would really love to see you there!