We are very pleased to announce Marie Hagerty’s first solo exhibition at Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne. The exhibition will consist of a suite of major paintings ranging in scale with a shift in palette from previous works. These new paintings are aesthetically stunning whilst technically complex, rovoking a prolonged engagement with the viewer.

Art Exhibition previously on at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Richmond precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 31 August 2011 to Saturday 24 September 2011
Launch Thursday 01 September 2011, 6-8pm

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Published by Karen Woodbury Fine Art on Tuesday 16 August 2011.
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Hagerty’s paintings have been described as oscillating between the figurative and the abstract as forms appear familiar yet also indistinguishable. Hagerty’s paintings consist of abstract harmonious imagery with bold planes, overlapping shapes and layers. Hagerty’s seductive and smooth surfaces entice the viewer into her sophisticated compositions and engage with the process of painting and its transportive powers. Hagerty’s conglomerate shapes are manipulated through shading and line work to convey a t three-dimensional quality.

Born in Sydney, Australia in 1964, Marie Hagerty lives and works in Canberra. In 1987 she graduated from the Canberra Institute of the Arts, Canberra. Marie has held in excess of 15 solo exhibitions in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. In addition to this she has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including: Sweet Spot, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2009); Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2006); Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2005); Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise (2005); Into the Quadrangle, RMIT University, Project Space, Melbourne (2005); Contemporary Australian Culture Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2004); Geelong Gallery Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Regional Gallery, Victoria (2004); Rotary World Convention, Queensland Art Gallery (2003); Scratch the surface, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (2003); Public Artworks at the Australian National University, Canberra (2001); On the Brink, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2000); Roche Contemporary Art Prize, Sydney (2000) and Moet & Chandon Travelling Exhibition, Touring Australia (1995)

Among her various awards and achievements, Marie has been awarded a residency in Switzerland through the Australian National University, Canberra (2008), the Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland (2005); The John McCaughey Memorial Prize (2004); The Canberra Art Prize, Canberra (2003) and an Art CAPO Grant to travel to Spain; (1999).

Her work is widely admired and features in several major public collections including: Ballarat Regional Art Gallery, Ballarat; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Canberra Museum and Gallery and Australian National University, Canberra.