Sandra Guy

Kingscliff, NSW, Australia

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For many years my arts practice has focused on examining the notion of the ‘sublime’ as it relates to my experiences of the landscapes of regional Australia. I paint in a realistic style and intend to capture the intense color and light of these ‘sublime’ moments, expressed in big, sweeping, dramatic skies. I utilize the motif of ‘two-thirds sky’ to represent the natural environment, which is sometimes uncomfortably married with a rural and/or suburban environment. I aim to paint ‘timeless’ landscapes that create a sense of intrigue, drama and an opening for a narrative to be created.
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ag_artist_statement : My arts practice has, for many years, focused on examining the notion of the ‘sublime’ as it relates to my experiences of the landscapes of regional New South Wales (NSW), Australia. I paint in a realistic style and intend to capture the intense colour and light of these ‘sublime’ moments, expressed in big, sweeping, dramatic skies. In my artwork I re-examine the nineteenth century Romantic aesthetic notion that divides the world into categories and differentiates the ‘sublime’ from the ‘picturesque’ or ‘pastoral’, and suggest that sublime moments can be experienced in any environment. I utilize the motif of ‘two-thirds sky’ to represent the natural environment, which is sometimes uncomfortably married with a rural and/or suburban environment typical of the Northern Rivers region where I live. This juxtaposition reiterates existing tensions related to land use versus land preservation, as this area has recently experienced unprecedented population growth along with a boom in new housing development. My paintings often have a surreal edge and are inspired by artists such as Edward Hopper and Australian painters, Jeffrey Smart and Eugene Von Gerard. I aim to paint timeless landscapes that are recognisably 'Australian' and create a sense of intrigue, drama and an opening for a narrative to be created.
ag_biography : The daughter of Australian geologists, Sandra Guy’s connection to the landscape began at an early age. Traveling overseas, she watched her mother capture scenes with pencil, pen, and watercolors, sitting beside her, doing the same. Sandra explains, “I was lucky to experience many different cultures, providing me with an open perspective on life.” Sandra has lived and drawn inspiration from many beautiful places in Australia; the Blue Mountains, the Snowy Mountains, and the Mid-North Coast. She currently resides in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, providing her with subject matter for her current art practice. Challenging the 19th Century Romantic notion dividing the sublime from the pastoral, Sandra's work wistfully juxtaposes the two while suggesting that the sublime can be experienced in any environment. Utilizing the motif of the two-thirds sky to represent the natural environment, she often uncomfortably marries that depiction with man-made rural or suburban environments. By highlighting existing tensions between land use versus land preservation, her personal experience offers a bird’s eye narrative of intrigue and drama. Braced with a surreal yet timeless edge, Sandra's intensely colored pieces capture heightened sublime moments expressed in big sweeping, dramatic skies, popping open the viewer’s senses. Sandra has been a practicing artist in Australia for over 30 years, has won numerous awards, and has completed her Master's degree.
ag_influences : As mentioned, when I was young I travelled the world with my parents and I was lucky enough to experience many different cultures, which provided me with a very open perspective on life. We would also visit art galleries, as my mother was an artist, so I was exposed to amazing art and architecture from a young age. Additionally, we lived in the UK for about a year when I was 5 and 6 years old and so I was able to experience living in a different country. As an adult I have also travelled to the USA and to Europe on several occasions. In 2010 I did a study tour of galleries in San Francisco, New York and Miami, and in 2011, did the same in Paris, London and Amsterdam. I recently travelled to the USA in 2019 to L.A., New York and Honolulu, where I again spent time visiting galleries and looking at art. These tours opened my eyes to incredible artworks from so many artists and inspired me to continue to try to paint beautiful paintings and gave me the freedom or license to do what ever I wanted to in my work.
ag_awards : 2018 Winner, Significant 2D Award, “The Stanthorpe Art Prize”, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, QLD, Australia. 2018 Finalist, the “Morris Art Prize”, Exhibition Hall, Carrara, QLD, Australia. 2017 Finalist, “The Inaugural 30 X 30 Art Prize”, Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia. 2006 Highly Commended, Oil Painting Section, “Pacific Palms Art Prize”, Pacific Palms, NSW, Australia. 2005/6 Finalist, “Country Energy Art Prize”, Grafton Regional Gallery and Parliament House, Sydney, Australia. 1998/99 Finalist, “Outback Art Prize”, Broken Hill City Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia. 1996 Highly Commended, Works on Paper, “Art in the Mountains 1996 Art Awards”, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia. 1994 Winner, Works on Paper, “Fairfield City Festival of the Arts”, Sydney, Australia. 1994 Winner, “First Inaugural Yaralla Art Award”, Sydney, Australia. 1993 Highly Commended, Drawing Section, “Blackheath Rhododendron Festival Art Show”, Blackheath, NSW, Australia. 1987 Winner, Open Section, “Youth Art Award”, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney, Australia. 1987 Finalist, “Douglass Art Award”, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia. 1986 Highly Commended, Print Section, “Waverley Art Prize”, Sydney, Australia. • Noni Hazelhurst (Australian Actor) and John Jarratt (Australian Actor) have purchased one of my works • One of my prints was acquired by the National Print Workshop in Melbourne. • The artwork that won the Youth Art Award was acquired by Waverly Council, NSW. • College of Fine Art, University of NSW, acquired one of my prints for their collection
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The daughter of Australian geologists, Sandra Guy’s connection to the landscape began at an early age. Traveling overseas and within Australia, Sandra watched her mother capture the landscape with pencil, pen, and watercolors. Sitting beside her, she did the same. Sandra explains, “I was lucky to experience many different cultures, providing me with an open perspective on life.” Sandra has lived and drawn inspiration from many beautiful places in Australia; the Blue Mountains, the Snowy Mountains, and the Mid-North Coast. She currently resides in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, providing her with subject matter for her current art practice.

Challenging the 19th Century Romantic notion dividing the sublime from the pastoral, Sandra's work wistfully juxtaposes the two while suggesting that the 'sublime' can be experienced in any environment. Utilizing the motif of the two-thirds sky to represent the natural environment, she often uncomfortably marries that depiction with man-made rural or suburban environments. By highlighting existing tensions between land use versus land preservation, her personal experience offers a bird’s eye narrative of intrigue and drama. Braced with a surreal yet timeless edge, Sandra's intensely colored pieces capture heightened sublime moments expressed in big sweeping, dramatic skies, popping open the viewer’s senses.

Sandra has been a practicing artist in Australia for over 35 years, has won numerous awards, and has completed her Master's degree.


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