Nerina is an accomplished artist residing in Melbourne.

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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 decades, 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 consciousness, beyond religion or 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 spiritual consumation that you know your hectic life as a whole will never deliver."


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 Galleries, Woollahara, 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 Estate, Kangaroo 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 Tibet, Dilemma’s Gallery, North 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 Things, Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne

2005 Nine X Five, Art Streams Gallery, Warrandyte, Victoria

2005 Shrine, Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne

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

2003 Visualising Pure Realms, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria

2002 Meditative Paintings, Lovegrove’s Winery, Cottlesbridge, Victoria

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

2000 Meditative Thoughts, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria

1999 Three, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria

1998 Review, Eltham Art Space, Eltham, Victoria

1998 Journey & Myth, Mair Street Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria

1993 Post Graduate Exhibition, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria


Collections

Various Private Collections in Australia, UK, Italy, Singapore, America and Japan.


Education

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