Natalie Lavelle is an Australian artist based in Brisbane. In 2020 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours (Class I) from Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University. Her work has been exhibited at Jan Manton Gallery (Qld), Stable Artspace (Qld), POP Gallery (Qld), QCA Galleries (Qld), Byron School of Art (NSW) and Five Walls (VIC). Natalie was selected as the winner of the Abstraction Art Prize 2020 judged by Andrew Baker and The Zonta Club Brisbane River Acquisitive Prize 2018 from QCA. She has interned at Griffith University Art Museum and Collections Office and worked for International artists on studio and public art projects. Natalie is represented by Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane.
"Above all other works in the exhibition, this painting connects directly with the origins of Western abstraction from the 1910s and -20s. In so doing, it exhibits lessons learned from early adherents such as Kazimir Malevich and Theo van Doesburg. Echoing Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, Natalie’s single sweeping brush stroke is at once deliberate and controlled — yet has a looseness that provides both movement and tension to the picture. The vertical string-line bisecting the picture plane adds a note of formality and provides a reference against which the viewer might contemplate placement of the large shadowy brush stoke upon the painting’s brilliant white rectangular ground."
-Andrew Baker (Art Dealer, Est. 2000)
Untitled I (Deliberate Pictures Series), 2020, acrylic, gesso and string on canvas, 135cm x 100cm. Photo by Louis Lim.