Mary Conder

Mary Conder

  • Artist’s Statement



    My process often starts with asking myself 'where would I like to be today?' It's usually a wide open space that I want to be in, and I can have a look around to see whats there. Not necessarily what's expected, but what I would like to see there. The idea usually unfolds as I go, the placing of one object determines the next, guided by an overall mood and colour scheme that I have decided on. The imagery I use is drawn from personal experience, from childhood memories right through to current observations and everyday life. In the landscape format, I can surround myself with things I find interesting and leave out all the clutter that would probably be there in real life.

    I start with the darkest tones and move forward to the lightest, highlighting little ordinary details along the way. Depicting ordinary detailed objects against vast spaces of nothing, is what I find most fascinating. So the finished piece is something that is familiar but at the same time a little unusual. It's not quite what we see everyday, but it's always where I'd like to be.

  • Biography

    Self taught full time practising artist. Married with 2 children.
    2000 -12 Small business commercial venture selling prints of my original
    artwork through trade shows in Sydney and Melbourne for the home décor
    market. Production was in-house and hand crafted and ultimately required
    out-sourcing to China to keep up with orders. This was not my long term goal
    so closed in 2012.

  • Awards

    2017 Finalist Rotary Art Spectacular
    2017 Finalist D'arcy Doyle Art Awards
    2016 Finalist, Moreton Bay Art Awards.
    2016 Finalist Stanthorpe Art Awards, Stanthorpe.
    2016 Finalist, Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane.
    2015 Winner, Best Acrylic, Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane.
    2015 Highly Commended, D’arcy Doyle Art Awards, Gold Coast.
    2015 Finalist, Ipswich Art Awards
    2015 Finalist, Lions Garden City Art Extravaganza
    2013 Winner, RQAS Monthly Awards, July.
    2013 Commended RQAS Monthly Awards, Aug.
    2013 Commended RQAS Monthly Awards, Sept.

  • Exhibitions

    2013 – Emerged from the studio and exhibited locally at the RQAS.
    2015 – Invited to exhibit by the Hillier and Skuse Gallery on the Gold Coast.
    2015 – Winner, Best Acrylic, Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane.
    - Finalist Ipswich Art Awards.
    - Highly Commended, D’Arcy Doyle Art Awards, Gold Coast.
    2016 – Solo exhibition – ‘Places in my Mind’ Hillier & Skuse Gallery, Bundall Rd,
    Bundall, Qld.
    - Finalist, Moreton Bay Art Awards, Brisbane.
    - Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe.
    2019 – Finalist, Art Lovers Australia Art Prize.
    - Home Design Magazine Vol 21 No.6 Page 149.
    Present- Finalist Art Lovers Australia Art Prize 2020
    Selling work regularly across several online platforms.
    Works in various private collections Australia wide.

Showing the single artwork

  • Mary Conder

    Old Dogs of the Sea
    112 x 92 cm Acrylic on Canvas $3,200.00