Heidi Yardley is a female artist born in Australia, currently working in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Heidi Yardley transforms found and self-created images into paintings of familiar yet complicated scenes and portraits. The paintings often play on nostalgia, memory and personal and cultural histories, exploring emotions such as desire and loss. The works become removed from any specific time or place but rely on the dialogue between each work to create meaning, requiring the viewer’s personal recognition. Associations and contradictions are at play creating the sense of a memory difficult to recall or the fragmented stills of a film. Recent work has explored the subject of the Supernatural including the occult, magic and ritual. Other works explore nostalgia and domesticity, particularly referencing the 1960’s and 70’s.

Heidi Yardley was born in 1975 and currently lives and works in Melbourne. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at Monash University in 1995 and Honours in Drawing at RMIT in 1999. Yardley is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane and Scott Livesey Galleries in Melbourne. Yardley has recently been awarded a grant from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust as well as The Dame Joan Sutherland fund for a two-month residency in New York in September 2011. She has been a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2011, 2009) and was invited to exhibit in the National Artist’s Self-Portrait Prize at the UQ Art Museum. Past solo exhibitions include ‘Gift for the Darkness’, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, ‘Light Possession’, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne and ’Black Mirror, Grantpirrie Gallery Sydney. Heidi has taken part in numerous group exhibitions including ‘Neo Goth: Back in Black’ at the University of Queensland Art Museum and ‘Exploration 7’, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. From 1996 to 2000 Heidi was an artist in residence and committee member at Roar Studios in Fitzroy, an artist collective founded in 1982. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the BHP Billiton Collection, Esk Collection, Methodist Ladies College Collection, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and The University of Queensland Art Museum.