Rosemary Valadon is a multi-award winning Australian artist (the Blake Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Muswellbrook Art Prize). She is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, Blake, Portia Geach and Mosman art prizes. Her career spans 40 years, and survey shows of her work were held at the Macquarie University Gallery and the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, in 2006 and 2007, and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2016.
Valadon’s work is represented in major Australian collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, Uniting Church, Macquarie University Gallery, BHP Billiton, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Bathurst and Muswellbrook Regional Galleries, Art Bank, and private collections in Australia and overseas.
Valadon’s interest in the ‘feminine’ and depictions of women throughout the ages has been a major focus of her work. This has been explored through the theatrical worlds of ancient mythologies, psychological theories, politics of gender and identity, and social roles.
From the mid-2000s, Valadon’s work centred around the experience of living in the historic village of Hill End, NSW. This has resulted in her latest works: still lifes that celebrate the ritual of ‘taking tea’, and her most recent panoramas, The Four Seasons, celebrating the produce she grows in her garden - fruits, flowers, vegetables, and at times animals and birds. In the tradition of Grace Cossington Smith and Margaret Preston, she has reinterpreted a distinctly Australian femininity and domestic aesthetic. (photo credit: Michael Wee)
2017: A Sensual World | An ABC Arts documentary on Rosemary Valadon (Tuesday 4 April)