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Sydney based artist Petrea Fellows, born 28th January 1973, completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at The National Art School, majoring in painting in 1999, having previously completed an Associate Diploma of Graphic Design at the Enmore Design Centre.
Petrea has exhibited widely in group shows and in two personal exhibitions. In 1999 her work was highly commended in The John Copes Prize. She was also a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, The Jeffrey Smart Figure Drawing Award and for the New York School Drawing Exhibition. In 2000 her work was highly commended in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Art Prize.
In 2001 Petrea Fellows was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. The Scholarship comprised an amount of $25,000 and a three months residency at a studio in Paris administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Petrea undertook this Scholarship in July 2003. Upon returning from Paris in December 2003 Petrea has exhibited in the FONAS Parliament House exhibition and her Wynne entry was selected for the 2004 Salon des Refuses at S H Ervin Gallery. Together with a fellow painter she was commissioned to paint a backdrop for Tableau Photographer, Anne Zahalka, for the AGNSW Photographic Portrait prize. She also exhibited at the Huntington Estate Music Festival in December 2004. In 2005 Petrea was selected as a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the AGNSW and in September opened Paris Show an exhibition showcasing work created whilst on the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship as a resident at the Cite Internationale des arts,Paris 2003. This exhibition included recent works further exploring the city of Paris. In November Petrea was Highly Commended in the Soda Gallery Small Painting Prize and again exhibited at the Huntington Estate Music Festival.
Petreaâ€™s work is primarily painting and drawing and her focus thus far has been landscape inspired. Memory, light and passages through a landscape form the essential inspiration upon which her works are founded.
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