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  • ABOUT

    Benitta is a self taught artist living in Brisbane.

     

    From the time that she was able to colour with crayons and felt pens she has been creating art. At the age of eight Benitta got her first pastel set and has been drawing ever since.

     

    Benitta works in a variety of medium (pastel, charcoal, oils, acrylic, vector and mixed media). Her art centers around the human figure, with portraits being predominant part of her work.

     

    In January 2011 Benitta lost her home (including all her possessions and artwork) in the Queensland floods. It was during this time she decided to bite the bullet and pursue her dream of being a full time artist (nothing like a natural disaster to put a bit of perspective in your life) so at the end of 2011 Benitta decided to pursue art full time. Up until then she was creating her art part time whilst working full time in the events industry.

     

    Besides producing her own work, Benitta does freelance work for a boutique creative production company (Pen2Stage) designing sets and characters for children shows such as Jungle Book Jive, Skylanders and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the international market (including Asia, India & Dubai).

  • EDUCATION

    EDUCATION

    •2008 - 2010             Diploma of Graphic Design,

                                         Commercial Art Training College

    • 1997-2000              Bachelor of Business, majoring in

                                         Communication, extended major in Advertising,

                                         Queensland University of Technology

     

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS:

    9-11 Sep 2016           Portrait From Life in Oils/graphite

    20-22 May 2016        Still Life Painting

    Tutor:                           Andrew Bonneau

    Venue:                         Brisbane Painting Classes

     

    19 - 20 Mar 2016    Drawing, an Essential Skill for Everyone

    Tutor:                        David Henderson

    Venue:                      Brisbane Painting Classes

     

    5 - 6 Sep 2016         Level 1: Portrait In Pastels

    12-13 Sep 2015      Level 2: Portrait In Pastels

    2-13 Mar 2016        Level 3: Portrait In Pastels

    22-24 July 2016     Level 4: Self Portrait in Pastels

    Tutor:                        David Wells

    Venue:                       Brisbane Painting Classes

     

    13-15 Nov 2015       Modern Impressionism in Oils : Urban, Figurative & Still Life

    10-12 June 2016     Seascape, landscape & interior

    Tutor:                          Colley Whisson

    Venue:                        Brisbane Painting Classes

     

    15, 22, 29 Oct & 5 Nov 2015  Skin Tone & Glazing Workshop in Oils

    13, 20, 27 Aug & 3 Sep 2015  Luminous Flowers & Glazing In Oils

    Tutor:                                             Marcel Desbiens

    Venue:                                           Brisbane Painting Classes

  • ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

    AWARDS & PRIZES

    2013 Semi finalist:  Doug Moran National Art Prize

     

    GRANTS

    2015 RADF grant for Professional development

     

    ARTIST IN RESIDENCY

    2014 Artist in Residency: St Peters Lutheran College Springfield, Qld

     

    ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS

    2016 commissioned  (Public Art Project) to paint “Hug Me” tree Sarah Drive Park,

               Yamanto, Qld

    2015  artist for Artslink Queensland Animating Spaces “Bottle Alley Mural”

                public art project, Ipswich, Qld

    2013 commissioned to paint two life-size rhino sculptures for Taronga Zoo’s Wild!

               Rhino public art project, NSW

    2013 commissioned to paint a mural for AMW hair & beauty(Toowong)

    2010 commissioned to paint a mural for City Physio (Brisbane)

    2008 painted Traffic Signal box in Paddington (Cnr of Castelmaine St, Caxton St &

              Given Terrace), Qld

    2004  commissioned to paint a mural for Riverview Childcare Centre

     

    COLLECTIONS

    • St Peters Lutheran College Springfield

    • private collections in London, Czech Republic, Australia

     

  • EXHIBITIONS

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2015  “From Day to Day”, Cactus Espresso Bar, Ipswich

    2013  “Let’s Face it”, The Joynt, South Brisbane

    2011  “All of me”, White Canvas Gallery, Fortitude Valley

    2008  “…Something to be”, Bella Art Gallery, Springfield Lakes

     

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2016"Off the Wall - Arts Connect Annual group exhibition, Ipswich Community Gallery

    2016 ” Art  & Design Show”, St Sebastian’s, Yeronga

    2016  “Volcanic colours”, Boonah Regional Art Gallery

    2016 “BWC Regeneration 2016” (curated) Aspire Gallery, Paddington

    2016 “Petite Pieces 2016”, Aspire Gallery, Paddington

    2016 “Handful of Ipswich Artist”, Regional Arts House (Artslink Queensland)

    2016 “People – Places (curated by Ipswich Art Gallery), Ipswich Community Gallery

    2015 "Off the Wall - Arts Connect Annual group exhibition, Ipswich Community Gallery

    2014 ”Yeronga Art Show”, St Sebastian’s, Yeronga

    2014 “Augmenting Aqua”, ArtTime Supplies, Ipswich

    2013 “Stimulate your Senses”, Ipswich Community Gallery, Ipswich

    2013 Artist Hive “Art with Attitude”, Barsoma, Fortitude Valley

    2012 “Stimulate your Senses”, Ipswich Community Gallery, Ipswich

    2012 “Spring Art Exhibition”, St Sebastian’s Primary School, Yeronga

    2011 “Stimulate your Senses”, Ipswich Community Gallery, Ipswich