Nicole Chaffey - Connection to Country series

Nicole Chaffey is a Newcastle based artist who grew up in Clarence Town and has an established studio practice spanning over ten years. Drawing on a deep connection to Country through her Biripai/Gadigal heritage, she seeks to describe her relationship to the Australian landscape by occupying a space between representation and abstraction, where the visible, known world can diffuse into one of spirituality and old knowledge.

An interest in documenting personally important waterways, including Boolumbahtee (Manning River), the Williams River near Dungog and Coquun (Hunter River) of Newcastle, and the landscapes of the Hunter and Williams’ Valleys has lead Chaffey into a divergent body of alla prima landscape works; a combination of en plein air studies and studio paintings.

Chaffey has exhibited throughout Australia, and has been included in major exhibitions at Glasshouse Port Macquarie and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Her work is represented in public and private collections worldwide.

She completed a Masters of Philosophy (Aboriginal Studies) in 2015 for which she received a Research Higher Excellence Award from the University of Newcastle. She was awarded the major prize at the Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize in 2011 and was a finalist in the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize in 2013 and the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship in 2008.

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"Edge" 2016

Oil on Canvas
730 x 920

 
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“The Front Rising” 2016

Oil on Canvas
730 x 920

 
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“Dingo Creek Study” 2017

Oil on Arches Paper
520 x 420

 
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"Creek Study" 2017

Oil on Arches Paper
420 x 520

 
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“Hunter Valley Landscape Study From Moon Mountain” 2017

Oil on Arches Paper
520 x 420

 
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Hunter valley Landscape Study 2017

Oil on Arches Paper
520 x 420

 
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“Creekside Study” 2017

Oil on Arches Paper
520 x 420 

 
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“Wirragulla” 2016

Oil on Canvas
920 x 730
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