This is Virginia McNamara's profile page. It contains her artist's statement, and a CV of her previous work.

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Virginia McNamara

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Artist's Statement

I am interested in exploring the movement of colour throughout my paintings. By applying thin layers of colour, I aim to emphasize the translucent depth which I experience as the creative energy which lies behind our physical reality. I am fascinated by the qualities of opposing elements and their relationship: light and dark, inner and outer, joy and despair, fear and love. They each have their own seperate essence and identity, and yet they are in constant movement, flowing together to create a dance called life.

I like the use of mixed media, especially acrylics, oil pastels, graphite and coloured pencil.

The process of painting is as important to me as the finished product. My methodology incorporates a meditative approach of slowing down and becoming still in order to listen to the unspoken possibilities that want to be heard in my work. It is my hope that the viewer is able to have an inner dialogue with the paintings and become a partner in the dance of colour, movement and energy of my work.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2000-2004 - Diploma of Arts (visual arts), Box Hill Institute of Tafe
  • Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment.

Group Exhibitions

  • 2013 - Woman's Business, Cambridge Studio Gallery
  • 2011 - Primavera, Cambridge Studio Gallery
  • 2010 - Connections, Cambridge Studio Gallery
  • 2009 - Life, Love and Laughter, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2008 - Beyond the Gate, 69 Smith St Gallery, Fitzroy
  • 2007 - Journeys, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy
  • 2006 - Enduring Passions, Cusp Gallery, Northcote
  • 2004 - Group Exhibition, Maroondah Gallery, Ringwood
  • 2002 - Group Exhibition, Eckersleys, Franklin St, Melbourne
I am currently working as a volunteer at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen.