Living with Koalas artist - Suzanne Shelley

100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Suzanne Shelley.    Title: ‘Hope Regrowth Life – charcoal print

living with Koalas artist - Suzanne Shelley

Suzanne SHELLEY  

Award-winning artist and academic based in Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘Hope Regrowth Life

Size: W 50cm x H 50cm | Medium: charcoal print  1/1 | Technique: the print was made from a section of burnt timber which was printed onto inked-up paper, the gum leaves were embossed then attached. 

“Green shoots amongst the ashes. You look at that and see hope in the green regrowth. There is recovery. Life goes on.” Suzanne Shelley

Suzanne Shelley B.V.A., B.A. (art)  M.C.D.A.D.,

Determination is an essential characteristic of the artist whose work evolves from experimentation. By using unorthodox methods and unconventional materials chance plays a major, exciting role, but you have to know how to recognise it. Chance, when understood properly, still involves discipline. Discipline to not do just anything, but to free oneself from, as John Cage said, “likes and dislikes” in order to explore and experiment. Being totally immersed in the process, this is what motivates me when I am working.

Exhibited nationally and internationally over the past 20 years 

Group exhibitions:

2019 Finalist: Sculpture for Clyde

2019 Southern Highlands Print Exchange

2019 Finalist: Basil Sellers Art Prize

2018 Traces lll Belconnen Arts Centre ACT

2018 Finalist: Sculpture for Clyde

2017 Finalist: Fremantle Print Award

2017 Postcards 67th Street Printmakers. Indiana

2017 Postcards Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville

2017 That’s Life Firestation Print Studio

2017 BUILT Firestation Print Studio with Angela Cavalieri

2017 Finalist: Burnie Print Prize

2016 Depot Gallery. Waterloo

2016 Compact Prints International: Umbrella Studio Townsville

2016 PCA Inaugural Print Exchange 50 Years of Print in Australia

2016 KIWA International Travelling Woodprint Exhibition, Japan

2015/16 Glow: Stag and Bow Gallery London

2015 Lyrical Hazlehurst Arts Centre

2015 Glow: Malvern. Firestation Print Studio

2015 The Atrium Federation Square Melbourne

2015 Diversity Uniformity Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre

2014 Finalist: 51st Festival of Fishers Ghost Art Award

2013 CPM National Print Award Murwillumbah

2012 Finalist: 50th Festival of Fishers Ghost Art Award

2011 Resolution. (Master’s work) The Muse Gallery. Ultimo

2011 Cofa Annual Exhibition. UNSW Kensington Campus

2009 Graduate Show. Curtin University of Technology. Perth

2007 About A Woman. Tap Gallery. Darlinghurst

2006 Verge Arts Festival. Sydney University

2006 44th National Ceramic Exhibition.

2005 Verge Arts Festival. Sydney University

2005 Art Under the Hammer. Sir Hermann Black Gallery

2005 Sculptures at Darling Park. Fairfax Gallery

2004 Sculptures in Australia Square

2004 Manipulated. The Muse Gallery. Ultimo

2004 National Ceramic Exhibition

2004 Selected: 50th Hunters Hill Art and Craft Exhibition

2004 Selected: Thirroul Seaside Arts Festival

2004 Selected: Museums Light Up Sydney. Muse Gallery

2004 Finalist: Sidney Myer International Ceramics Award.

2003 Transformations.  Sydney Institute Tafe

2003 Selected: Tafe NSW Arts and Design Award

2003 Selected: The Next wave. Ceramic Art Gallery Paddington


Art Gallery NSW: Perspectives: Illustrated Exhibition Book

Kyoto International Woodprint Association. Japan

National Gallery of Australia: Roots: Illustrated Exhibition Book

Print Council of Australia

State Library NSW: Roots Illustrated Exhibition Book


2000-2004 National Ceramics Exhibition Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre

2009-11 Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design. UNSW

2007-08 Bachelor of Arts (art) Curtin University of Technology

2005-06 Bachelor of Visual Arts. Sydney College of the Arts. Sydney University

2003-04 Advanced Diploma in Ceramics. Sydney Institute Tafe

2017 Perspectives exhibition book (author)

2017 BUILT Fireststion Print Studio

2016 Roots exhibition book (author)

2015 Kyoto International Woodprint Association Artist Book

2014 Firestation Print Artists.  A Survey

2013 Marks of Identity: Diary of a Journey.  Imprint Magazine.  Vol: 48

2010 Selected: 500 Raku. Lark Books. New York

2008 Selected: 500 Plates and Charges. Lark Books. New York

2006 Curious Imitations. Jan Guy. Ceramics Journal

2004 In Search of a Perfect Ceramic. Damien Smith. Ceramics Journal

Living with Koalas 100 artworks