PHOTO BY GREG WEIGHT

 
Australian-born artist Theresa Byrnes began to exhibit her paintings in 1986 at the age of 16. She has had over 25 solo shows at spaces including Saatchi & Saatchi in New York and Sydney, Cristianne Nienaber Contemporary Art NYC, the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C., and many others, her paintings are owned by prominent collectors & celebrities worldwide. In 1996 Byrnes was awarded a Young Australian of the Year award, her performance pieces have been called “wondrous,” “purist,” and “uncompromising,” by London's Daily Mirror. She has performed at Saint Marks Church @ The Bowery & for the Queens Council for the Arts. Byrnes published her autobiography The Divine Mistake in 1999 (Pan Macmillan, Australia) - Amala Films based in LA are producing a bio-pic based on Byrnes's The Divine Mistake. Byrnes is currently writing her new memoir. She moved from Sydney to New York in 2000 and received Pollock-Krasner awards in 2003 and 2006.