Australian Artist - born 1973.
Naomi Crowther first found her muse at nine years-of-age, when she joined a group of artists who set aside one room in their Sydney house as a canvas for their dabblings. ‘It was most exciting to paint on the walls without getting into trouble. Since then, painting has been a major part of my life,’ says Crowther.
The artist’s parents were both creative beings, her mother sketched archaeological items for the Sydney Museum, and went on to be taxidermist and ceramicist before joining the public service. Her engineer father was a keen part time air brush painter who was responsible for many iconic 1970’s illustrations on the panels of vehicles and motor bikes. Both parents instilled in Naomi a love for outdoors and respect for the natural world.
Besides making detailed drawings of the world around her, from banksia seedpods to rock formations, the artful teenager made most of her own clothing to feed her passion for textiles and design. When the family moved to Canberra she enrolled in evening oil painting courses at the Canberra School of Art whilst still attending Dickson College.
But the 45 year-old paints with a much broader brush. Following the advice of a Sydney curator, Crowther has entered her work in some of the most prestigious art competitions in Australia, including the Wynne (Landscape) and Sulman Art Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Crowther was selected in both 2009 and 2010 as one of only 40 Australian artists to have a paintings hung in the Crookwell Art Auction alongside Archibald finalists Cherry Hood and Ben Quilty. She was named finalist in the Hills Grammar Art Prize a triple finalist in the Canberra Art Prize. The artist took out the First Prize Royal Canberra Art Show best print award for 2007.
When Crowther appeared in person to hang her paintings on the Foxtel Lifestyle Channel’s popular “Selling Houses Australia” TV show in March 2009.
Crowther has enjoyed seven annual consecutive sell-out exhibitions with her ‘Poppies’ series at Artespresso, Canberra. The artist exhibited with Archibald winner Geoff Dyer at Aarwun Gallery in Canberra 2004, and at Pymble Gallery, Sydney Australia in August 2007. Her works are hung in private and corporate collections locally and internationally, including a substantial Australian Government acquisition of six large paintings in 2007 for the Human Services head office in Barton, Canberra.
Naomi exhibited internationally for the first time in Brunei January 2009, sponsored by Austrade and the Australian High Commission. Back home, Naomi’s ‘Flanders Poppies’ series drew the attention of seven Canberran private schools each participating in the Australian Government Defence Mentor Program. Naomi was commissioned to create a painting for each school, to hang in the public foyers.
Before pursuing her career in painting full time, the artist worked in the textiles and home wares industries for 8 years and painted in her spare time. Her role as product manager for a large textile company saw her travelling to the UK and Europe, which further fuelled her passion for the arts. Crowther is a former student of the Australian National University Institute of the Arts and is also a qualified Interior Decorator, graduating from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) Design Faculty in 1995.
Naomi moved from Queanbeyan, near Canberra, to the South Coast of NSW in 2011, where she became immersed in the local arts scene. Her work has since taken on a more ephemeral quality and new colour palette inspired by the ocean and waterways. An active member of Creative Arts Batemans Bay Inc (CABBI) Naomi lives and paints from her seaside studio with her dog, cat and two young boys.
2018 – “Found Objects” The Gallery, Mogo, NSW
2017 - “Annual Exhibition” Creative Arts Batemans Bay NSW
2017 – “Recent Works” The Gallery, Mogo NSW
2017 – “Poppies” Firefly Interiors, Moruya NSW
2016 – “Outdoor Art Show” Canberra ACT
2015 – “Royal Canberra Art Show” ACT
2010 – “Crookwell Art Show and Auction” Crookwell NSW
2010 – “Royal Canberra Art Show” Royal Canberra Show, ACT
2009 – “Australian Art Exhibition” Sheraton Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan BRUNEI
2007 – “Sydney Royal Easter Art Show” Royal Easter Show, Homebush, Sydney NSW
2006 – “Hills Grammar Art Prize” –; Hills Grammar, Kenthurst, NSW
2006 – “Homeliness” M16 Artspace, Fyshwick ACT
2006 – “Royal Canberra Art Show” Royal Canberra Show, ACT
2005 – “Canberra Art Prize” Italo Australian Club, Forrest, ACT
2005 – “Hills Grammar Art Prize” Hills Grammar, Kenthurst, NSW
2005 – “Recent Works - Canberra Artists” Sawmill Gallery, Fyshwick, ACT
2004 – “Geoff Dyer and Naomi Crowther” Aarwun Gallery, Federation Square ACT
2004 – “Sydney Art Show” Aarwun Gallery Stand 128, Hall of Industries, Sydney
2004 – “Asiatic” Cork Street Gallery, Gundaroo NSW
2018 – January “Naomi Crowther” Batemans Bay Library, NSW.
2008 – August “The Poppy Series” RUIZ Award Winning Display Forde ACT Canberra
2007 – July “Recent Works” Pymble Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2006 – October “The Poppy Pickers” Artespresso, Kingston, Canberra
2006 – September “Luscious Landscapes” Forrest Inn Gallery, Forrest ACT
2006 – January “Recent Paintings” Artespresso, Kingston, Canberra
2005 – September/October “POPPYMANIA!” Forrest Inn Gallery, Forrest ACT
2005 – February “Contemporary Paintings of Lake George” Forrest Inn Gallery Space, Forrest, ACT
2004 – December “Return of the Poppies” Artespresso, Kingston, Canberra
2004 – March “Black and White” Artespresso, Kingston, Canberra
2002 – December “Curly Things” Artespresso, Kingston, Canberra
2002 – February “See Things Differently” Cork St Gallery, Gundaroo NSW
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
Deborah Perrow – Intermediate Printmaking Workshop, Megalo Arts Access, Canberra ACT
Deborah Perrow – Introductory Printmaking Workshop, Megalo Arts Access, Canberra ACT
ANU Blended Learning - Certificate IV in Arts Administration
Peter Griffin – Weekend Workshop in Abstraction, Leichhardt Studio
Peter Griffin – ‘Abstracts, the figure and still life’ Grafton Artsfest NSW Sept 05
Michael Winters - ANU ‘Over the Back Fence and Beyond’ Contemporary Landscapes
Michael Ferris – six days of ‘Watercolour - Still Life’, Artists Society Of Canberra, ACT
Geoff Davies (ex President Artist Society of Canberra) - Landscapes in Oils, ‘en plain air’
ANU Institute of the Arts – Trish Hololley – Oil Painting, Figurative and Still Life
RMIT Melbourne –Diploma Interior Design and Decoration
ANU Institute of the Arts – Foundation Studies – Painting
Canberra University (First Year) – BA Architecture
Canberra Institute of the Arts –2 week workshop as Dickson College double major art student.
National Gallery of Australia, 2 weeks Work Experience in International Prints and Illustrated Books
2007 – First Prize, Royal Canberra Art Show, ACT, Print Media
2005 – Triple Finalist, Canberra Art Prize, Forrest, ACT
2005 – Double Finalist, Hills Grammar Art Prize, Kenthurst NSW.
2005 – Highly Commended, Abstract Section, Royal Canberra Show, ACT
2005 – 3rd Prize, Open Section, Royal Canberra Show, ACT
2018 Carmichael, Indira: “Artist Talks” Eurobodalla Shire Council Library Magazine.
2008 Streak, Diana: The Canberra Times ‘Panorama’ Nov 15, p 4
2008 Cerabona, Ron: ‘Artists Roll out the Carpet…’ The Canberra Times, August 31, p 6
2006 Musa, Helen: ‘Seeking the Art of Shelter’ Panorama – The Canberra Times, Aug 19th p20
2006 Wilson, Jessica: ‘Artful new life…’ Home Front - Queanbeyan Age, April 2006 p3-5
2005 Harris, Marc ‘Appealing Poppies in Art Prize’ The Chronicle, October 18th, p21
2005 Cerabona, Ron: ‘Prize Art…’ The Canberra Times, October 13th, p 9
2005 Provost, Shanna: ‘Artist Profile’, Artlook Magazine, October Issue
2005 Hagarty, Karen: ‘A Month in the Country,’ Australian Country Style Magazine, Sept issue, p 151
2005 Musa, Helen: ‘The Arts,’ Panorama - The Canberra Times, Feb 6, p 21
2004 Kazar, Andrew: ‘Poppies in Full Bloom at Federation Square,’ The Chronicle, Oct 12, p 29