Nina Battley - Artist Biography

Nina was born in Germany and lived in Indonesia and Iran before immigrating to Australia in 1978.

Nina holds a diploma in Fine Arts from the WA Claremont School of Art and a certificate in Interior Design.

As an evolving creative artist Nina has a great love for interior design but finds her greatest passion to be abstract painting. She has been involved in numerous solo and mixed art exhibitions around Australia since graduating in 1992.

2005 she moved from Perth to Darwin, where she worked from her studio in Darwin’s northern suburb of Nightcliff finding the combination of her love for the lush tropics and the Northern Territory landscape a total inspiration resulting in a string of very successful solo exhibitions in Darwin.

In 2009 she was presented on the Sunday Arts program and in several media publications. In 2010 Nina was the winner of the Wyndham Estate Plate Awards and also a finalist in the Northern Territory Togart Contemporary Art Awards.

After 8 years in the tropics, Nina and her partner decided 2012 to move to Newcastle to be closer to family, and the decision was made to purchase 3 Elizabeth St, Tighes Hill, with the intent to create a hybrid working studio gallery and home alike. After extensive renovations and extensions, this space has now become a reality as MiiOstore, which not only provides a showroom for Nina, but also other artists and designers. MiiOstore is a combination of fine art and Nina’s skill and passion for interior design.

Most recently, Nina’s painting ‘From Seed’ has been acquired by Leeuwin Estate for their Art Series Sauvignon Blanc 2014 vintage which has been released in Nov 2015, recognizing Nina’s potential as a contemporary Australian abstract artist. Nina has been included in a number of mixed exhibitions in Newcastle since arriving in 2014.

Nina’s paintings are very much inspired by her surrounding influences, subjects, mood and love of design & colour. She uses a repertoire of motifs and symbols such as loops, thick lines, odd shaped circles and pointed edges that repeat themselves and tell her story in some shape or form throughout her paintings.

She seems to stumble across themes, and playfully uses these and threads them together with painted grids and beating life lines. Her bold choices of colours bravely weave their way through and around all the layers of her painted stories.

I am always surprised by the outcomes of my paintings – I know what the influences are before I start and where I am heading, but so often the journey is diverted or hijacked and I go with the flow of what’s unfolding before me. Painting is like an experiment to me, I never quite know the end result but the journey getting there is filled with a mixture of wonderful ingredients.


CV
1966	Born in Germany
1972-1976 Lived in Jakarta, Indonesia
1976-1977 Lived in Teheran, Iran
1978	Immigrated to Australia, W.A.
1984-1986 Lived in Germany 
1996	Travelled Asia, South America & Europe 
1997	Returned to Australia, W.A
2005	Moved to Darwin, NT Australia.
2012	Moved to Newcastle, NSW Australia.

Qualifications
1998 Certificate of Creative Courses in Interior Art & Design
1987- 1992 Diploma in Fine Arts, WA School of Art and Design 

Exhibitions
2016  Christmas Exhibition - ASW Mixed Exhibition
2016  MiiO Studio Exhibition - Solo Exhibition
2015  Christmas Exhibition - ASW Mixed Exhibition
2013  Paul Johnstone Gallery – Solo Exhibition
2012  Cross Cutural Art exchange NT _ Mixed Medium Exhibition
2011  The Studio Gallery Yallingup WA – Viewpoint Exhibition
2010  Cross Cultural Art Exchange – Christmas Exhibition
2010  Togart Contemporary Art Awards – Mixed Exhibition
2010  DVAA – Wydham Plate Awards Exhibition- Mixed Exhibition
2010  Cross Cultural Art Exchange – Solo Exhibition
2009  Christmas Exhibition - CCAE Mixed Exhibition
2009  Metro Art Space – Adelaide – Mixed Exhibition
2009  Gallery 139 Adelaide - Mixed Exhibition
2009  Don Whyte – Darwin - Mixed Exhibition
2009  CCAE Darwin- Solo Exhibition
2009  Stone Island Darwin – Solo Foyer Exhibition
2009  Mantra Pandanus Hotel Darwin – Solo Foyer Exhibition
2008  Darwin Entertainment Centre - Mixed Exhibition
2008  Cross Cultural Art Exchange Darwin - Solo Exhibition 
2007  Harriet Space Gallery Darwin - Solo Exhibition
2000  Moores Building Fremantle T.A.B. Exhibition 
1998  The Hellenic Gallery at the Museum of WA –“Stiletto”
1997  Delaney Galleries “BRAVARDO”- Wearable Art  
1995  Port Gallery Fremantle “LIVING ART”- Solo Exhibition 
1995  Art Space Gallery Claremont - Mixed Exhibition
1994  Art Expo, Fremantle Passenger Terminal
1993  Greenhill Gallery, Mixed Exhibition
1993  Prickles, Solo Exhibition
1992  PICA, WA. Dance Performance
1992  Joan Cambell Art Expo, Esplanade, Fremantle 
1992  Claremont School of Art- Graduate Exhibition
1992  Art Space Gallery, Mixed Exhibition
1991  Gomboc Gallery, Exhibition of Outdoor Sculpture

Media & Publications 
2010	Off The Leash September issue
2010	Darwin Life September issue
2010	Art Monthly – August/September issue
2010	Outback Australia Magazine – June/July issue
2010	ABC Stateline – TV Art Closer
2009	NT News- Art Fix – October
2009	Art Collector – issue 50
2009	Art Monthly Artnotes- issue 225
2009	West Australian – Written by William Yeoman
2009	Australian Art Review- issue 20 
2009	Sunday Arts show - ABC TV
2008	Art World Magazine issue 6
2008	NT NEWS – Art Fix
2008	Art World Magazine issue 2
2008	ABC Stateline NT- TV Art closer
2007	ABC Life Etc Magazine
2007	Resident Magazine
2007	NT NEWS- Art Fix
2007	ABC Stateline NT- TV Art Closer
1997	West Australian - Wearable Art
1995	Fremantle Herald - Nina’s Top of the Table

Art Awards
2010 	Winner - Wyndham Estate Plate Awards  
2010	Northern Territory Togart Awards (Selected)
1998	Save the Whales Art Awards 
        Greenpeace SciTech (High Commendation) 
1995 	Vincent Art Awards (Selected)
1994	Northam Art Prize Awards (Selected)

Collections
2011    Leeuwin Estate Winery – Art Bank Collection
2010    Multiple Private Collectors
2009	Air North
2009	Globetrotter Corporate Travel
2007	SoMa Galleries, Adelaide S.A.
2000	Art Co-ordinates, Private collection Subiaco W.A.
2001	Vermilion, Cottesloe W.A.
1992	Art Space, Claremont W.A.

 

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