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A graduate in Fine Arts with Distinction from RMIT, Dena Lester has a consistent exhibition history as a contemporary photographic installation artist. Founder and director of both Art Encounters and Melbourne Studio of Art, Dena takes a strong interest in the schools’ creative processes. Dena is now undertaking formal studies in Shadow Work Psychology which she is integrating into art education at the two schools.
Archie Barry is a first class honours graduate of Art Education from the College of Fine Arts (Sydney), and is currently studying a Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. With a background in traditional drawing, Archie's focus is on mastering observational skills and honing drawing techniques to achieve realism. Archie's teaching practice is informed by Buddhist meditation, with a focus on investigation, reflection, clarity and calm when approaching the subject matter and drawing process.
Brock Q. Piper is a Melbourne based artist and holds an Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and drawing. His practice is primarily large Modern Australian Abstraction works, based heavily on archetypal symbolism and personal narrative. He has been practicing professionally for the past nine years, exhibiting throughout Australia in various commercial galleries, with numerous works held in private collections across Australia and the United States. He is currently represented with Metro Gallery in Melbourne, Piermarq Gallery in Sydney and Penny Contemporary Gallery in Hobart.
Drawing & Painting Tutor
Geoff Dupree is a graduate of the City and Guilds of London Art School, and St Martins School of Art, London; Masters Degree, RMIT University, Melbourne.
A representational teacher and exhibiting painter, Geoff is a highly respected member of Melbourne’s art community. A number of rising contemporary artists studied under the drawing program Geoff designed and developed at Monash University.
Ben Howe is an internationally recognized artist specializing in hyperrealist and surrealist painting. Over the course of nearly two decades, he has explored the nature of consciousness, personal history and the incongruities of memory through his artwork. Ben holds a Masters of fine art with distinction from RMIT and is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, international residencies and fellowships. Ben is also a highly qualified art teacher with over six years experience.
Drawing & Painting Tutor
Troy Argyros holds a Bachelor of Fine Art Painting from Monash University (2012) and currently studies Drawing and Painting at The Florence Academy of Art. Troy has exhibited in many group exhibitions in Australia including the EMSLA and AME Bale, has held four solo exhibitions including Fragments of Florence at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in 2015, and his work also belongs to many private collections. Troy is the winner of the Graeme Hildebrand Prize for Emerging Artists in 2017 in the category of Oil Paintings.
Drawing & Painting Tutor
Roman Schoeni is a well-established artist from Switzerland who moved to Melbourne in 2016. He holds a Diploma of Fine Arts and studied in Art Therapy at the IAC Integrative Education Centre in Zurich. Roman Schoeni is interested in the psychological aspect of creative work. He studies the influences of colour, form and sound and likes to experiment with visual and auditory elements. In Switzerland he is represented by the Gallery Uferzone in Zurich.
Terry Jarvis is an award winning water colour artist with work featured in collections across the globe. Based in Australia, he explores his passion for the water colour medium through a variety of subject matters that range from his European travels to working with Aboriginal groups in the Northern Territory to encourage engagement in the arts. Having written a number of feature articles for Australian Artist Magazine, and being selected as a feature artist in multiple watercolour publications, Terry is a much sought after tutor both internationally and at home in Australia.
Bridget Hillebrand is a Melbourne based visual artist with over 20 years’ experience teaching and conducting workshops. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Art from RMIT University and completed her PhD in Visual Art at Monash University, Melbourne. She has won a number of printmaking awards including the Silk Cut Award and is represented in collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW.
Through her exquisite paintings Molinari brings to life arrangements of objects that remind us of the finality of death. Inspired by the Dutch vanitas tradition of the seventeenth century, Molinari’s works seek to investigate the cultures of longing that impel the urge to preserve something from nature’s inevitable courseRead more
V a l l e y – B e l o w refers to the autobiographical experiences of the artist, exploring concepts of the known and unknowable parts of self that lie below the surface. His work takes inspiration from archetypal spirituality, using contorted bodies, fused with animals in motion in an exploration of emotions and memories. This particular body of work expands on themes that Piper has been developing over the past four years. He reflects on his experiences growing up in country NSW and explores totemic imagery within his work as a tool to convey narrative and emotional experience. “As an artist, I am compelled to explore personal experiences and translate them into paintings, drawings and poems to express that which cannot be understood without the abstraction of creation. It’s about one’s own past being observed outside of context, and how we self-assess by explore the past through our present understandings.” – Piper says.Read more
Presence looks at the ways in which the presence of the body is signified and materially understood through discussions of autonomy, the digital body, queer embodied experience and fetishisation. Focusing on sculptural forms and non-literal depictions of body, the project engages artists from marginalized perspectives as central to inform its discussion. Presence challenges the hetero-normative gaze's relationship with body through asserting the power of a queer gaze and approach to artistic practice. Curated by Brigid Hansen and Zoë Bastin. Featuring the work of Anna Horne, Archie Barry, Holly Bates, Isabella Hone-Saunders, Lou Fourie and Zoë Bastin.Read more