Author Archives: Theresa

About Theresa

Australian-born, New York based artist Theresa Byrnes began to exhibit her paintings in 1986 at the age of 16. She has had over 30 solo shows at spaces including Saatchi & Saatchi in New York and Sydney, Cristianne Nienaber Contemporary Art NYC and the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. Theresa’s work is primarily about and is the exploration of natures force. Her performance pieces are described as “wondrous,” “purist,” and “uncompromising,” by London's Daily Mirror. Theresa has performed at Saint Marks Church @ The Bowery and for the Queens Council for the Arts. In 1993 Byrnes was adopted by an Aboriginal community in Arhem Land (Aust.). In 1996, Byrnes was a Young Australian of the Year. She published her autobiography, The Divine Mistake in 1999.She moved from Sydney to New York in 2000 and received Pollock-Krasner awards in 2003 and 2006. Currently The Production company Amala Films in LA are producing a bio-pic based on her book. Byrnes paints in her East Village studio, writes her second memoir and is mother to her toddler son.

GETTING DIRTY

Really I am not performing, I am experiencing. I do not rehearse, I do not learn lines – this is an authentic event, I embody contemplation. I am not am entertainer, I am not an exhibitionist the performance becomes a group contemplation. Continue reading

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dust to dust – November 9, 2011.

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A NEW PERFORMANCE – “dust to dust”

ShareHair, dirt, earth pigment, water, paper; materials I have been using in my new painting. While painting I contemplate our human relationship with the earth, with nature. In this performance I commit my entire body to the contemplation and to … Continue reading

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HONORARY SPARROW

ShareEleven years since I moved to New York. My apartment in the East Village is sanctuary. My studio/gallery up the block is what ever I want it to be. No strings, no commitments but to keep my body strong and … Continue reading

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ch-ch-ch- changes…

ShareMy painting process has changed dramatically. I am out of control inspired, fiercely brave – ready to knock out blank space with an uber-alive mark. I sustain that pumped focus for fifteen hours straight, for days on end. Most of … Continue reading

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All Aboard!

ShareA recently completed portrait now hangs in the window of my storefront gallery/studio. The little boy now fronts an exhibition of my abstract paintings. The portrait is a combination of three paintings I had in mind to do of the … Continue reading

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DIRTY GLAMOUR

ShareI found a stack of beaten up weathered plywood on the corner of 9th & C. I flagged down a passer by to lug it to my studio up the block. It was Summer 2010 and I knew I now … Continue reading

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Fresh start

ShareMaybe being an artist is all about arguing with the Gods. When I was a kid I wanted to be God or the Queen when I was grown. An artist has no power or authority but can build structures to … Continue reading

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The best gift ever.

ShareWeeks of calling and arranging and not even knowing if I will rally enough funds to do The Measure Of Man performance guerilla style, off the back of a truck. But in my heart I knew if it is meant … Continue reading

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Deep Joy

We should stop celebrating like there was no tomorrow and begin to celebrate like there will be. Continue reading

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