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About

“I’ve lived a little. I’ve travelled a lot. My work is an expression of life experiences, places, moments, music, good times and bad. I will begin with a memory, a photo, or perhaps wherever Grace Jones is sending me. I’m not trying to answer life’s riddles, it’s more like… this is how I’m feeling… can you feel it too?”.

Cheryl
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A practising professional artist since the 1990’s; Cheryl has amassed a long list of collectors around the world along with solo exhibitions from galleries on the Strand in London, Cambridge and in Cornwall at Truro, St.Ives and Penzance. In the south of the UK is where she lived and immersed herself for five years amongst some of the last of the great post modern British artists such as Sandra Blow, Terry Frost and Barry Cooke.

Since returning to Australia, Cheryl has completed her Masters in Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Arts at the Griffith University Campus in Brisbane and has gone on to solo exhibits in public and private galleries in Brisbane, Cairns and Port Douglas alongside several group shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Beyond an extensive list of private and corporate collections in Australia, Cheryl’s work can be found in collections in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and North America. To lift a quote from Forbes Magazine “Cheryl Harrison is one of the most popular artists on Bluethumb.”, no mean feat amongst a stable of 20K plus Australian artists.

Cheryl has developed a deep understanding of mediums and process and puts every ounce of her twenty five years of professionalism into each original painting, from the construction of bespoke stretchers to the preparation and packaging of each work. Her pieces are unique, high quality and absolutely collectable.

2020 – 2024

2024 – Forth coming Exhibition – Bluethumb Gallery, Richmond Melbourne. Aus.

2023 – Top Ten Artist – Bluethumb Art

2023 – FINALISTS EXHIBITION Bluethumb ART PRIZE, Richmond Melbourne. Aus.

2023 – Statement Makers EXHIBITION, Bluethumb Gallery, Richmond Melbourne. Aus.

2022 – Top Ten Artist – Bluethumb Art

2022 – Corporate Acquisitions –

  • Queen and Collins Collection
  • GPT Group Corporate Collection

2022 – The Other Art Fair – The Cutaway at Barangaroo, Sydney.

2022 – Selected Artist – Art Lovers Australia 2022 Book Publication.

2020 – Selected Artist – Art Lovers Australia 2020 Book Publication.

CAREER

2010 – Current. Artist – Painting, Sculpture, Writing. Port Douglas, Qld.

2010-12 Artist / Art Gallery – Ooze Gallery, (2 locations), Port Douglas, Qld.

2007-09 Masters of Arts, MAVA, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Qld.

1999-06 Practicing Artist. Based in London & St Ives, Cornwall. UK.

– Feature Writer –  2005-07 Kiteworld Magazine, UK. (64 countries)

1996-98 Bachelor of Fine Arts. University of Ballarat, Victoria.

– Camera Op/Floor Manager. WIN TV. Victoria. (1996-98 part-time).

1994-95 Camera Op/Floor Manager. WIN TV. Victoria.

1992-93 O/S Travel, based in the UK.

1989-91 Camera Op. BTV6, VIC TV, Victoria.

1986-88 Freelance Video Editor/Camera Op. Victoria.

1984-85 Women’s Media Unit – (within Open Channel & 3RRR Radio St.) Victoria.

EDUCATION

2010 Business Course, Sunshine Coast Tafe, Queensland.

2009 Masters of Arts, MAVA. Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Qld.

1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts. University of Ballarat, Victoria.

GRANTS / AWARDS / COMMISSIONS / ART RESIDENCIES / OTHER

2012-20 WILD Fine Art Jewellery, Stocked by Private & Regional Galleries, Aus.

2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize – SCAP 2D Finalist, Sunshine Coast.

2012 Sunshine Coast Art Prize – SCAP 3D Finalist, Sunshine Coast.

2012 Trinity Bay High School, Cairns. – Artist Residency.

2011 Cairns Regional Council – RADF Grant.

2011 Cairns Regional Council – Shortlisted & Commissioned to write public art proposal.

2011 Cairns Regional Council – Beautiful Art Spaces.

2010 Arts Queensland – Career Development Grant.

2010 Australia Arts Council – ArtStart Grant.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS – UK & AUSTRALIA

2016 Breathe. Kickarts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, Aus.

2012 A Portion of Place. Cairns Regional Gallery. Aus.

2009 DON’T, College Gallery. Brisbane, Aus.

2006 Altered states, Vitreous Gallery. Truro. UK.

2005 Weathered Language, The Book Gallery. St. Ives. UK.

2002 The Lynn Strover Gallery. Cambridge, UK.

2002 Place Belong Me; Place Belong You. Jersey Galleries. Ealing, UK.

2001 Scratching the Surface. Australian High Commission. London, UK.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS – UK & AUSTRALIA

2023 FINALISTS EXHIBITION Bluethumb ART PRIZE, Richmond Melbourne. Aus.

2023 Statement Makers, Bluethumb Gallery, Richmond Melbourne. Aus.

2016 Ten by Eight. Kickarts Contemporary Arts, Cairns. Aus.

2015 Kick’n it. Kickarts Contemporary Arts, Cairns. Aus.

2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize – SCAP 2D Finalist, Sunshine Coast.

2014 Affordable Art Exhibition. Cairns Regional Gallery. Aus.

2013 Affordable Art Exhibition. Cairns Regional Gallery. Aus.

2012 Sunshine Coast Art Prize – 3D Finalist, Sunshine Coast. Aus.

2009 Loitering with Intent, Project Gallery. Brisbane, Aus.

2005 St.Ives Fringe Festival. Cornwall, UK.

2005 Affordable Art Fair. (Battersea) London, UK.

2004 St.Ives Fringe Festival. Cornwall, UK.

2002 3 Women Artists: Alethea Garstin / Dora Holzhandler / Cheryl Harrison, The Market House Gallery. UK.

2002 Affordable Art Fair. (Battersea) London, UK.

2002 Hays Gallery. London, UK.

2002 Plumbline Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK.

2001 Open Exhibition: Orleans House Gallery. Twickenham, UK.

2001 Plumbline Gallery. St. Ives, Cornwall, UK.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS – UK & AUSTRALIA

2023 Forbes Australia, Magazine ‘Australia’s biggest online gallery is turning starving artists into millionaires’

2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Exhibition Catalogue, SCAP 2D, Sept. Qld.

2012 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Exhibition Catalogue, SCAP 3D, Sept. Qld.

2012 The Cairns Post, A Portion of Place Exhibition, Article, April. Qld.

2011 The Gazette, Article, Oozing with talent, August. Qld.

2006 Artists in Britain since 1945, David Beckman [new edition] October. UK

2005 – 07 Feature writer – Kiteworld Magazine