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bernice davies




My studio is a boathouse just north of Sydney, Australia. It's a fabulous place and I still get a thrill every morning when I see the water, boats and birds.

The new abstract artworks consist of marble slabs which are painted and engraved. I've been experimenting, with a lot of failures, for six months and have ended up with a new direction and body of abstract work. 

I'm not sure of what to call the marble slabs as they're a combination of painting and sculpture. The marble invites touch and there is texture within the surface, the surface and edges are painted and sometimes engraved.

Abstract: I set up a few marble slabs and look at them over a couple of days in different light. Certain aspects of the marble's colouring and faults contribute to ideas for abstract imagery which I further develop with colour, line and form.

I've got a stack of slabs waiting to be played with, thanks to Murry, who gives me good deals on my marble. He even cuts and breaks it to size for me. I take them back to the studio, hone the surface to a satin finish, smooth the sharp edges and drill the holes. Then - onto the fun part.


2010 Bronze Workshop and Traineeship, Sydney

2009 Graduate Certificate in Public Art, RMIT, Melbourne

2008 Studies in Landscape Design, Ryde Tafe, Sydney

1997 Diploma in Graphic Design, Enmore Design Centre, Sydney

1984 Post Graduate Diploma (Sculpture/Ceramics), Newcastle Uni, Australia

1983 Jewellery Making (Silver), Dry Point Engraving, Printmaking Techniques

1975 - 79 BA (Visual Arts), Newcastle University


2013 Gallery Artists Collection - Hand of Law Gallery, Sydney

2012 Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize - Finalist - Campelltown Regional Gallery

The Great Unknown - Artsite Gallery, Newtown, Sydney

2011 Lust - Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

2009 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi,, Australia

2007 Solo Show - Voto Paintings, Regard Gallery, Sydney

2006 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi, , Australia

2002 Spring Courtyard Show, The Quaff Shop, Mudgee, Australia

Solo Show - The Quaff Shop, Gallery, Mudgee, Australia

2001 Solo Show, Paintings, Mudgee Artspace Arts Fair, Australia

Easter Art Show, Craigmoore Vineyard, Mudgee, Australia

Thrown and Twisted, Mudgee Artspace, Australia

Gallery 49, Rylstone, Australia

2000 Easter Art Show, Craigmoore Vineyard, Mudgee, Australia

1997 Design Annual Show, Enmore Design Centre, Sydney

1996 - 95 Alpha House Group Show, Newtown, Sydney

1995 - 93 Solo Show, Sculpture, The Last Cafe, Mudgee, Australia

Augustines Vineyard Gallery, Mudgee, Australia

Ahah Dodo Gallery, Sydney

1993 - 91 Augustine’s Vineyard Gallery, Mudgee, Australia

Ahah Dodo Gallery, Sydney

Punch Gallery, Balmain, Sydney

1990 - 84 Seaview Gallery, Lake Macquarie, Australia

Junction Gallery, Newcastle, Australia

Potters for Peace Annual Exhibition, Sydney

Lake Macquarie City Gallery, Lake Macquarie, Australia

Post Graduate Exhibition, Newcastle University, Australia

Newcastle Sculpture Society Exhibition, Australia

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