Since coming to north Queensland from the Darling Downs in the 1960s, Sylvia has been inspired by the tropical environment for her work. After graduating with a Phd in 2000 at James Cook University Townsville, Dr Ditchburn continues to depict Australian natural environments in her typically vibrant gouache and acrylic palette. A freelance fine artist and essentially plein-air painter, Sylvia brings together images from her extensive painting trips throughout Australia. These include the Kimberley and Broome in West Australia, MacDonnell Ranges, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Devil’s Marbles in central Australia, Simpson and Painted deserts, Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges in south Australia, Lost City and Kakadu in the Northern Territory, contrasted with the lush and dry tropics of north Queensland coastal fringe. As artist-in-residence at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon trust in 2000 Sylvia's field of reference also extends to the Shoalhaven River area in NSW. In 2007 an Art Residency in Beijing China with Red Gate Gallery was an amazing experience resulting in inclusion in a group show at Pickled Art Gallery Beijing. In 2008 Sylvia held 5 solo shows in the Tomsk region in Russia, Framed Gallery Darwin, selected for Olympic Fine Art 2008 Exhibition in Beijing China, receiving an Olympic Medal. Exibiting for many years with local galleries, in July 2008 Sylvia opened her own boutique gallery at Metro Quays, in the CBD, Townsville. In 2012-13 Sylvia is represented by Agora Gallery, New York.
Selected Solo Shows Selected Group Shows 2011,12,13 Art from Wild Places + the Tropical Coast Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery 2013 out from Down Under and beyond: Fine Art from Australia and New Zealand, Agora Gallery, New York. 2010 Art From Wild Places, Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery 2012 Percival Portrait Award, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. 2008 Art on the Wild Side, Framed Gallery Darwin 2011 Glimpse of China: Townsville artists celebrate Fosha Autumn Fest, PTRG Townsville 2008 Australian Landscapes, Tomsk Regional Art Museum Russia 2010 Red Gate Studio to Umbrella Studio, Umbrella Contemporary Arts Townsville, Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery Themed group shows: Be My Valentine; Mum's Day; Tropical Friday; Christmas Show of Small Works 2007 Wildlife, Wilderness + WonderFlinders Gallery, Townsville 2009 Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery, Q150 Ditchburn, Bray, Brown, In the Fast Lane: V8 Supercars Race, Christmas in the Tropics, Key Note Capers 2006 Postcards from Townsville PTRG A-I-R Mulgara Gallery Ayres Rock Resort 2008 Olympic Fine Arts 2008, Beijing China 2005 Landscapes from the Centre Hotel Grand
Chancellor Brisbane/Qld Arts Council
2007 Individual Format Pickle Art Beijing China
Lamingtons - Strand Ephemera Townsville
2004 Journey into Red Country, Mt Isa A-I-R Mulgara Gallery Ayres Rock Resort 2006 Exquisite Corpse Pinnacles Thuringowa Percival Vestments PTRG Townsville 2003-4 Rainforest to Desert: In Search of the Sublime major exhibition PTRG 2005 Perc’s Purses PTRG Townsville Art with a Heart Toowoomba 2001 Home and Away Flinders Gallery, Tvl 2004 Walk This Way PTRG Townsville 2000 Artist-in-Residence Bundanon Trust A-I-R Radisson Treetops, Port Douglas 2003-7 Strand Ephemera Townsville 1993 Works from the Tropics Towns Gallery Brisbane 2002 Inspiration NQ PTRG Townsville 1990 New Works Painters Gallery Sydney Rainforest and Metaphor PTRG 2000 Sharjar Arts Museum United Arab Emirates 1987 Fan Series Martin Gallery Townsville 1996 Plenty: Women Artists of Townsville PTRG
Mossman Gorge a Special Place, Cairns RG
1982 Travelling North Paddington Gallery Brisbane 1995 Locate Yourself - Townsville, Mt Isa, Darwin, Cairns 1994 Visions from the Tropics Lake Macquarie Gallery Newcastle - Invitation TenxTen Townsville Artists in Japan Daikokuya Gallery Iwaki Japan 1993 Iwaki/Japan/Townsville Cultural Exchange 1990 Opening the Umbrella, 6th Women in the Arts Festival Rockhampton 1983 Australian Watercolour Institute SH Ervine Gallery Sydney
Collections Represented (a selection)
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery - James Cook University - Artbank Australia - Townsville City Council - Basil Hall Editions - Qld State Library James Hardie Collection - Suncorp - Shell Australia - Bundanon Trust NSW - Townsville General Hospital - Mt Isa Mines - Main Roads - Jupiter’s Casino Townsville - Iwaki City Japan - Museum of Tropical Qld - Sharjah Arts Museum United Arab Emirates - Qld City Council Collections - Tomsk Regional Art Museum Russia - Foshan China - Private National & International Collections in New Zealand, Japan, England, Ireland, America and Russia
Sylvia has held over 50 solo exhibitions, included in over 200 group and invitational shows and received more than 50 art awards and commendations for her work by critically acclaimed judges including the Suncorp State Award for Painting and commissioned for several public art projects. The Tableland Tapestry Weavers wove a tapestry of her work Rainbow Lorikeet Landscape in 2003. Also a recipient of a Qld Govt Premier’s Encouragement Award, Australia Council Visual Arts Project Grant and a three year JCU Post Graduate Research Scholarship for her Phd research project for Women’s art in Tropical Landscapes.
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