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About Patrice Wills

Patrice paints her connection to people and places resulting in emotive moody work that aims to capture all that has been seen and felt. 

The work is an exploration of the psyche’s relationship to place, through the interconnectedness of the figure and the landscape. 

Patrice draws upon plein air studies of wild Australian landscapes that become inseparable from the reality of being human.

 Patrice has an extensive professional background working and training in the realms of visual arts, education, and health, traversing work in public arts programming and her own artistic practice.  Patrice brings this life experience to her work which reflects and explores the human condition and spirit, utilizing painterly materiality to fuse the figurative and the abstract.

Patrice’s work is exhibited regularly, and frequently selected as a finalist in art awards and accrued in private and public collections. 

Art prizes
2021 Art Prizes

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Finalist 'Wingecarribee Prize for Landscape'. Bowral Art Gallery. NSW

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Highly commended in Portraiture 'Drummoyne Art Society Open Art Prize' Drummoyne Civic Hall. NSW

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Highly commended in Contemporary 'Drummoyne Art Society Open Art Prize' Drummoyne Civic Hall. NSW

2020 Art Prizes

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Finalist Waverly Woollahra Landscape Prize. Waverley Art Centre. NSW

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Finalist 'Fishers Ghost Art Award' Campbelltown Arts Centre. NSW

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Finalist 'John Copes Portrait Prize' Bowral Art Gallery. Bowral. NSW

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Finalist 'Works on Paper artprize Blue' Blackstone Gallery. Newcastle. NSW

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Finalist 'Little Things Art Prize' Saint Cloche Gallery. Paddington. NSW

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Finalist 'Pro Hart Outback Art Award' Broken Hill Regional Gallery. Broken Hill. NSW

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Finalist 'Lethbridge 20000' Lethrbidge Gallery. Paddington QLD

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Finalist 'Drummoyne Open Art Prize' Drummoyne. NSW

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‘Best In Show’ '9x5's' Hornsby Art Society. Wallarobba Arts Centre. Hornsby

2019 Art Prizes

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Finalist Waverly Woollahra Landscape Prize. Waverley Art Centre. NSW

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Semi Finalist KAAF Art Prize. Sydney. NSW

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Finalist Fishers Ghost Art Award. Campbelltown Art Centre. Campbelltown. NSW

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Finalist Escape ARTfest. The Civic Centre. Ulladulla. NSW

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Finalist Little Things Art Prize. Saint Cloche Gallery. Paddington. NSW

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Finalist Belle Property Bowral Art Prize. Bowral Art Gallery. Bowral. NSW

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Finalist Shoalhaven Open Art Prize. Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. Nowra. NSW

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Finalist Lethbridge Art Award. Lethbridge Gallery. Paddington. QLD

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Finalist 29th CASS 'Art of Sydney' Awards. Australian National Maritime Museum. Darling Harbour. NSW

2018 Art Prizes

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Finalist Waverley Woollahra Landscape Prize. Woollahra. NSW

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Finalist Northbridge Art Prize. Gallery 307 Northbridge. NSW

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Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize. Hunters Hill Civic Centre. Hunters Hill. NSW

2017 Art Prizes

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Finalist Waverley Woollahra Landscape Prize. Woollahra. NSW

Exhibitions
2021 Group Exhibitions

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HAS members exhibition.  Hornsby Art Society. online

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'Snapshot' Leo Kelly Blacktown Art Centre. Blacktown. NSW

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'Best Kept Secret' The Art Passage. Miranda. NSW

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'Lethbridge 20000 online salon. Lethbridge Gallery Paddington Qld.

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'Friends Annual and Focus' Campbelltown Art Centre. Campbelltown. NSW

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‘Mamas with Easels’ Balmain Watch House. Balmain. NSW

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‘Toowoomba Grammar Art Show’ Toowoomba. QLD

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'Women In Colour' Gallery One62. Auburn. NSW

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‘Les Femmes’ The Space Gallery. The Cannery. Alexandria. NSW

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‘Herland 3’ The Womens Library. Newtown. NSW

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‘Summer Group Show’ ARO gallery. William St. Sydney

2020 Group Exhibitions
-'My Place' Australian Landscape Painters online exhibition
-'Get Wet' Clovelly 7. Clovelly. NSW
-'Ancient Sea' Fern St Gallery. Gerringong. NSW
-'Spread Your Wings' Mamas with Easels. The Watchhouse. Balmain NSW
-'View From Here' Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. NSW
-'Home' Cornerstore Gallery. Orange. NSW.
-'Art Est In Iso' Art Est Artschool. Leichardt.
-'Herland 2 Our Land' The Womens Library. Newtown
-'No Mand Land' Gallery Lane Cove. Lane Cove
2019 Group Exhibitions
-"Its A Wrap' Group exhibition. White Rino Artspace. St Leonards
-‘Kings 40th Art Prize’ Kings School. North Parramatta
-'Black and White' Hornsby Art Society. Wallarobba Arts Centre. Hornsby.
-'HerStory' Group exhibition. Art Gallery on Darling. Balmain
-'Friends Annual and Focus Exhibition'. Campbelltown Art Centre. Campbelltown
-'Wish You Were Here' Group exhibition. ME Artspace. Crows Nest
-'postFRESH' Group exhibition. Gallery 371 Marrickville
-Singleton Art Prize. Singleton Civic Centre. NSW
-Camden Art Prize. Camden Civic Centre. Camden. NSW
-WOOF 7th Annual Art Prize. ArtEst School of Art. Leichhardt. NSW
-Land Cove Art Awards. Gallery Lane Cove. Lane Cove. NSW
-Brunswick 50sq Art Prize. Brunswick St Gallery. Fitzroy. Victoria
2018 Group Exhibitions
-ArtEst End of Year Exhibition. Leichhardt
-Kings 39th Annual Art Show and Art Prize. Kings School North Parramatta
-CHAS Annual Orange Blossom Festival Art Exhibition
-Camden Art Prize. Camden Civic Centre. Camden. NSW
-‘All We Can’t See Project’
Forty five Downstairs Gallery, Melbourne
-‘Size Doesn’t Matter’ Group exhibition
The Edge Project, Edgecliff
Academic Qualifications (selected)
2001Cert 1V Training and Assessment TAFE NSW
1998Bachelor Counselling Honours University of New England
1995Post Graduate Diploma Secondary Education University of Western Sydney
1990B.A Visual Arts (Painting Major) University of Western Sydney
Creative Professional Experience (selected)

2019

Current. Visual Artist and Public Programs. Blacktown Arts Centre

2019

Remote community artists support worker. Warlukurlangu Arts Centre Yuendumu NT

2016-2018

Executive advisor and student support. Australian Indigenous Education Foundation

2005– 2015

Visual arts teacher and student well being coordinator. Association of Independent Schools

1995– 2005

Community arts worker and adolescent mental health specialist. Western Sydney Area Health Service and Wentworth Area Health Service

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