Born in Gosford, NSW, and raised in Sydney, Llewellyn Skye went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts at the National Art School and further studies in painting at the Sydney Gallery School. Working predominantly with oil paint, but also using acrylics and sprays, Skye is intrigued by paint as a medium: its tactile nature and expressive form, the shapes, colours and textures that manifest beneath her brush; the wonders that slowly, reveal themselves, as if by magic, and the myriad of stories that unfold.
The artist is drawn to abstraction because it enables her to tap fully into her imagination and into the unknown, with neither constraint nor conformity. Painting intuitively, moving her body freely and exploring her subconscious, Skye imbibes her works with a unique energy, depth and strong sense of place, space and time. Drawing inspiration from nature, in particular florals, Skye's work explores the paradoxes of pleasure and pain, of infatuation and betrayal, of joy and despair and of love and loss.
"Florals represent the abstract beauty of life to me. I work from floral still life set-ups in my studio. This is where I connect with my deeper romantic self - through music, contemplation and through the process of painting." - Llewellyn Skye.
Llewellyn Skye is an accomplished artist whose work has been exhibited in over 60 solo and group exhibitions. She is the recipient of numerous art prizes and awards. Her work was previously Highly Commended in the John Olsen Drawing Prize, and, most recently, represented in the ALA Abstract Art Award (2021), winning first place.
2021: ALA Abstract Art Award, Winner; Fenton & Fenton, Rising Talent Award.