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Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Gallery – Exhibition by Zoe Olivia Eyres Young



Zoe Olivia Eyres Young will be artist in residence at Mom Tris in December. The main portrait image is of Olympic snowboard champion Torah Bright. She will be exhibiting at Mom Tris Villa Royale Gallery from 15th December 2016 until 30th April 2017.

Artist Bio.
Zoe Young (b.1978) is a rising talent within the Sydney art scene. Zoe graduated from the National
Art School (Sydney). She is currently based in Bowral (Southern Highlands, NSW) with her husband
and two young children. Zoe’s paintings are marked by her eclectic use of colour and sharp eye for
unique landscape and still-life compositions.

Zoe’s childhood included ‘growing up in Bowral in spring, Thredbo in winter and at the beach in Sydney in summer.’
Although having attended the National Art School, she is self-taught in the areas of illustrating, photography, sewing
and her passion – painting. Through her use of pastel tones and dramatic shadow, her still life compositions reflect an
emotive response to the environment in which she practices. Zoe adapts her eccentric colour palate as a tool to evoke
the characteristics of her subject matter – as displayed in her wonderful Archibald Finalist Portrait (2014) of Torah Bright.
Zoe’s work is a truly authentic representation of the Australian aesthetic, within her paintings you will find subtle nod to
her Australian heritage through understated motifs. As a modern reinterpretation of the traditional still life, her subject
matter reveals moments of simple pleasures – inspired through her experience of motherhood and living in the
Southern Highlands. Zoe’s perspective on her art making process – “It’s like a muscle, you have to keep your hand and
eye co-ordination fit. There are tips and tricks to make it easier, but you know when you’re hitting it and when you’re

Zoe is a seasoned finalist in the Archibald Portraiture Prize, selected in 2014 with her portrait of Olympic Snowboarder
Torah Bright and again in 2016 with her portrait of Indigenous Australian model Sam Harris. Within her portraiture and
still life works, Zoe has truly excelled and established herself as one of the forefront painters within a new generation of
Australian artists. As one of Australia’s rising talents, Zoe received the 2013 John Briscoe Memorial Prize judged by Lucy
Culliton and runner up of the 2014 Yen Young Female Artist of the Year Award with her portrait of Winter Olympian
Frank Prihoda.

In one of Zoe’s landmark exhibitions, ‘Home’ (2015) at The Art Society, Southern Highlands Zoe’s body of work reflected
her childhood of seasonal changes – Bowral in spring, Thredbo in winter and summer in Sydney. In the last stages of
pregnancy at the time of this exhibition, Zoe’s art making methods had ‘turned her eye to the more natural and slower
things in life.’ Most recently, Zoe has been exploring landscape and still-life inspired by her surroundings in the
Southern Highlands.

2016 (upcoming) Salt Life Mom Tris Villa Royale Phuket Thailand
2016 Dadadataism Saint Cloche Gallery Paddington
2015 Home The Art Society, Southern Highlands, NSW
2014 Geelong Grammar Alumni Exhibition Celebrating 100 Years of Creativity
(Hung alongside Grandfather A.E Young)
2014 Ladies The Paint The Art Society, Southern Highlands, NSW
2014 Gold Graduates of the National Art School Exhibition, Studio W. Woolloomooloo, NSW
2014 Burrawang Designer and Artists Festival (Invited Artist)
2014 Celebrity Portrait Reveal (Invited Artist)
2012 National Art School Graduate Show, Sydney, NSW

2016 John Copes Portrait Prize Highly Commmended
2016 Frensham Foundation Art Award (Finalist/Winner)
2016 Burrawang Emerging Talent Scholarship (Winner)
2016 Archibald Prize (Finalist)
2016 John Copes Portrait Prize (Highly Commended)
2015 Cooks Gallery Emerging Art Prize, Newcastle (Finalist)
2015 Wingcarribee Art Prize, Southern Highlands (Highly Commended)
2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize (Highly Commended)
2014 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (Finalist)
2014 Yen Magazine Female Artist of the Year (Highly Commended)
2013 John Copes Prize for Portraiture (Finalist)
2013 John Briscoe Memorial Art Prize (Highly Commended)
2013 Snowy Mountains Art Prize, Jindabyne Memorial Hall (Winner)

2016 (upcoming) MomTri’s Villa Royale Phuket Thailand
2015 Artist in Residence, Winifred West Schools, Sturt/Frensham, NSW(current)
2013 Artist in Residence, Crackenback Farm, Crackenback, NSW
2012 Artist in Residence, Arthaus, Thredbo Village, NSW

Musa, H, Portrait on Olympian purchased by Canberra Airport, July 2016, City News
Evans, M, Striking artwork brightens up Canberra Airport, July 2016, Travellers News
Marshall, C, Zoe Young portrait of snowboarder Torah Bright, July 2016, The Canberra Times
Lee, V, Zoe’s Archibald success, July 2016, Southern Highland News

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