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Bonnie-Jean Whitlock (b.1992) is a contemporary surrealist painter originally from rural Southeast Gippsland, Victoria. She currently lives and works in Melbourne/Naarm.

 

 Working intuitively, or from memory and photographs, her practice explores how we come to feel at home in our environments and bodies. Portraits of her partner, and imagery of queer intimacy, internal landscapes, and psychedelia repeat in her work, providing links between her personal life and broader themes of time, love, and unconscious states. Through methods of staining, tracing, and masking, she embeds layered images into porous fabric surfaces such as recycled bedsheets and pillowcases. This materiality is emphasised in her installations through using hand-made wooden brackets that hang the fabric away from the wall, or by stretching the thin fabric over repurposed frames.

 

​Bonnie has a keen interest in community-based arts initiatives, regularly hosting loungeroom exhibitions and creative workshops through local venues. She is a recent Master of Fine Art graduate from RMIT University (2023) and a recipient of the Evan Lowenstein Arts Management Prize.

SOLO EXHIBITION HISTORY

 

2024 - SUBTERRA, West End Gallery, West Melbourne. 

2022 – Dawn Chorus, Post Gallery, Brunswick
2020 - Going Home with BASKWA, Private Residence, Melbourne.
2019-2020 – Self-􀆟titled exhibi􀆟on, Daddy bar, Brunswick.
2019 - Deep sea diving, Artspace 264, Glen Huntly.
2017 - Solo feature at Meigas Spanish Restaurant, Ballarat
2016 - Self-􀆟titled exhibi􀆟on, Babushka bar, Ballarat


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024 – Emerge: O UT, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2023 – RMIT University Graduate Exhibi􀆟on, RMIT Melbourne City Campus.
2023 – Platf􀆞orm Exhibi􀆟ons: Out Of This World Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne.
2023 - The Cure Guerilla Gallery, Melbourne.
2022 – Compact: Small work, Group Show Alternati􀆟ng Current Artspace, Windsor, Melbourne,
2022 – The Cure Guerilla Gallery, Melbourne.
2019 - Pranava Street Carnival, Ballarat.
2018 - Floating mantis, Lupine Studios, Coburg, Melbourne.
2017 - Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival, Thornton, Victoria.
2017 - Stacks on, Ceres Environmental Park, Melbourne.
2017 - The Town Music and Arts Festival, Licola, Victoria.
2016 - The Town Music and Arts Festival, Licola, Victoria.
2015 - Paper Made, Wakeden University, Carolina U.S.A.
2015 - Bloom- an exhibition of emerging artists. The Convent Gallery, Daylesford.
2015 - Paper Made, the Post Office Gallery, Ballarat.
2014 - EYE, exhibition of university graduates, Ballarat Mining Exchange.
2014 - Benchmark, the Post Office Gallery, Ballarat.
2012 - EYE, exhibition of university graduates, Ballarat Mining Exchange.
2012 - Benchmark, the Post Office Gallery, Ballarat.


EDUCATION


Master of Fine Art with Dis􀆟tincti􀆟on, RMIT University, (2021 - 2023)

Bachelor of Fine Art, Federa􀆟tion University (2013-2014)
Diploma of Visual Art, University of Ballarat (2011-2012)
Cer􀆟ficate 2 in Visual Arts and Contemporary Cra􀅌ft, Bombala TAFE (2009/2010)


COLLECTIONS


Federati􀆟on University Collec􀆟on
Private collec􀆟tions in Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Daylesford, Ballarat, and Dessau-Rosslau, Germany.


AWARDS


2023 – Evan Lowenstein Arts Management Award.
2012- Adrienne Guy Award.
2012- DVC acquisi􀆟on award for visual Art

CONTACT

 

bonnie@bonniejeanwhitlock.com 

0401303189

 

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