Naomi Crowther Painting

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NAOMI CROWTHER
Australian Visual Artist

 

 

'Naomi's beautiful work creates a charming and relaxed atmosphere to any room in your home' says Lynne Bonnefin, Director of Pymble Gallery. 'She is filling a need for affordable original artworks that provide a sophisticated image.' says Lynne.


Painter Naomi Crowther first found her muse at nine years-of-age, when she joined a group of artists who set aside one room in their house as a canvas for their dabblings. ‘It was most exciting to paint on the walls without getting into trouble. Since then, painting has been a major part of my life,’ says Crowther.

The artist’s parents were both creative beings, her mother sketched archeological items for the Sydney Museum, and went on to be taxidermist and ceramicist before joining the public service. Her father was a keen part time air brush painter who was responsible for many iconic 1970’s illustrations on the panels of vehicles and motor bikes. Both parents instilled in the children a love for outdoors and respect for the natural world.


Besides making detailed drawings of the world around her, from banksia seedpods to rock formations, the artful teenager made most of her own clothing to feed her passion for textiles and design. When the family moved to Canberra she enrolled in evening oil painting courses at the Canberra School of Art whilst still attending Dickson College.


But the 36 year-old paints with a much broader brush. Following the advice of a Sydney curator, Crowther has entered her work in some of the most prestigious art competitions in Australia, including the Wynne (Landscape) and Sulman Art Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Dobell Prize for Drawing.

Crowther was selected in both 2009 and 2010 as one of only 40 artists across the country to have a painting hung in the renowned Crookwell Art Auction alongside Archibald finalists Cherry Hood and Ben Quilty. She was named finalist in the Hills Grammar Art Prize with two of her popular Lake George Landscapes and has been a triple finalist in the Canberra Art Prize. The artist took out the Royal Canberra Art Show best print award for 2007.

 

When Crowther appeared in person to hang her paintings on the Foxtel Lifestyle Channel’s popular “Selling Houses Australia” TV show in March 2009, she had no idea it would generate such an overwhelming rush for her work. “I thought it would be good fun to participate and create a little exposure at the same time,” says 35 year old Crowther “little did I know my artwork was about to receive so much interest that I’d be up for hours each evening answering emails about my paintings”. The TV show featured a home in the Canberra suburb of Gowrie, being renovated for sale. Several of Crowther’s works lined the finished home’s hallway, with a huge Poppy Series painting titled “Potted White Poppies on Toffee” in the master bedroom.


Crowther’s has enjoyed seven annual consecutive sell-out exhibitions with her ‘Poppies’ series at Artespresso, Canberra. The artist exhibited with Archibald winner Geoff Dyer at Aarwun Gallery in Canberra 2004, and at Pymble Gallery, Sydney Australia in August 2007. Her works are hung in private and corporate collections locally and internationally, including a substantial Australian Government acquisition of six large paintings in 2006. She exhibited internationally for the first time in Brunei January 2009, sponsored jointly by Austrade and the Australian High Commission.


Before pursuing her career in painting full time, the artist worked in the textiles and home wares industries for 8 years and painted in her spare time. Her role as product manager for a large textile company saw her travelling to the UK and Europe, which further fuelled her passion for the arts. Crowther is a former student of the Australian National University Institute of the Arts and is also a qualified Interior Decorator, graduating from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) Design Faculty in 1995.