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Carley Cornelissen


Carley was born and raised in country Victoria before moving to Melbourne to study fine arts, majoring in painting, at RMIT. After completion of her degree and extensive travel she moved to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, where she currently works out of a studio in Diamond Valley.

Since moving to Queensland Carley has participated in group shows with Retrospect Galleries here in Australia as well as Stockholm, London, Hamburg, Brussels, Milan, Toronto, Hong Kong and Singapore. In May 2013 she was Retrospect Galleries’ artist of the month. Some of
the competitions Carley has been a finalist in include Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014, Lethbridge 10,000 in 2013 and 2014, and Noosa Art Award 2014.

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“When creating my pieces I seek to raise awareness of the independent lives of endangered animals and birds. I start with research and images of the particular species and then assemble my palette. I am inspired by colour combination and patterns that I see in everyday life, in nature, design and fashion. I favour bright, contemporary colours and experimental techniques, including transfers and stencils. My process is playing with patterns, colour and negative space to see what emerges and take risks, do something I haven’t done before. I experiment with each new painting and that leads me into new ways of thinking about what a painting is and can be.”


2014  |  Highly Commended – Noosa Art Award
2014  |  Finalist – Sunshine Coast Art Prize
2014  |  Finalist – Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award
2013  |  Finalist – Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award
2012  |  Finalist – Scope Galleries Art Award, Art Concerning the Environment
2012  |  Online finalist Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award
2012  |  Finalist Santos Acquisitive Art Award


2003-2006 | Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Painting, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
2001-2002 | Diploma of Visual Arts, Box Hill TAFE


2013  |  Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
2014  |  Affordable Art Fair May, Singapore
2014  |  Asia Contemporary Art May Hong Kong
2014  |  Affordable Art Fair March, Hong Kong
2014  |  Affordable Art Fair,  Milan, Italy
2014  |  Affordable Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
2013  |  Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2013  |  Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013  |  Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany
2013  |  Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
2013  |  Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2013  |  Affordable Art Fair, Milan, Italy
2013  |  Roses of Rosebed Street, Rosebed Street Gallery, Eudlo
2013  |  Linden Postcard 2013 Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda
2013  |  Intricate Lines, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay NSW
2013  |  Affordable Art Fair, Brussels Belgium
2012-2013  |  39 Steps Cafe, O’Connor ACT
2012  |  Cork Street Gallery and Cafe, Gundaroo NSW
2012  |  Small works/Small Town, Rosebed Street Gallery, Eudlo
2012  |  Petits Travaux, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay
2012  |  Art Toronto International Art Fair, Canada
2012  |  Stockholm Affordable Art Fair, Sweden
2012  |  “Tribes” – Rosebed Street Gallery, Eudlo
2012  |  Rosebed Street Gallery, Eudlo QLD


2007-2013 | Assistant Manager, Eckersley’s Art and Craft, Minyama QLD
2007-2013 | Art Director/Owner, Carley Cornelissen Art


2013 | Daddy Issues “Carley Cornelissen @ 39 Steps” – January 31
2012 | City News “Solo Show at Cork Street” – August 10 (online edition)

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August 8, 2015 |

Talent Interview | Carley Cornelissen | Twenty Bliss

TB: Introduce yourself! C: My name is Carley Cornelissen and I am a 32 year old artist from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. TB: What are some of your influences? What inspires you on a daily basis? Your creative process? C: I love colour, I was always very conservative with my colour use in the […]