PHOTO BY GREG WEIGHT

 
Theresa Byrnes began exhibiting her paintings in 1986 at the age of 16. She has had over thirty solo exhibitions at spaces including Saatchi & Saatchi in New York and Sydney, Cristianne Nienaber Contemporary Art NYC, and the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. In 1993 Byrnes was accepted into an Aboriginal community in remote Arnhem Land, Australia, and her painting and performance work are primarily the exploration of the forces of nature and of human effects interacting with nature. She received a Young Australian of the Year award for her community service heading up the Theresa Byrnes Foundation for scientific research into Friedrich's Ataxia, and went on to raise a quarter million dollars for FA research through art auctions in 1997 and 1998. These auctions featured her own paintings alongside some of the most respected artists in Australia, including works by Charles Blackman and John Coburn. Byrnes published her autobiography, The Divine Mistake [http://www.theresabyrnes.com/print.asp] in 1999, and moved from Sydney to New York City in 2000. In 2003, and again in 2006, she received the Pollock-Krasner award for her artwork. Theresa’s paintings are owned by prominent collectors and celebrities worldwide, and her performance pieces have been described as 'wondrous,' 'purist,' and 'uncompromising' by London's Daily Mirror. Her performance art was featured at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery each year from 2000 to 2003, as well as in the Queens Council for the Arts Festival of 2012 and the Theatre Center at New York Live Arts in 2017. A devoted mother to her four year old son, Sparrow, Byrnes continues painting and performing at TBG, her Lower East Side studio and gallery in Manhattan, while working on her second book, a tumultuous memoir of being an artist in the real world.