Laura Phillips

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It is quite possible that after eating my first mud pie at the age of 7 with the girl down the road, my clay story became inevitable.

From the age of three, my father taught me copperplate writing and we also made plaster of paris sculptures which were painted in bright colours.

Familiarity with the handmade was a feature of my childhood. In my twenties, I built my first gas-fired kiln for raku pottery in Canberra. This led to three years study at the then Canberra School of Art from 1974-76.

Returning to live in Brisbane in 1986, painting was taken up fulltime and initially I was known for painting still life pieces mostly of flowers. My work changed markedly after moving to Toogoolawah in 1996 with an emphasis on environmental themes.


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2017                Transits                                  Aspire Gallery, Brisbane, Qld

2014                Pensées                                 Hanasho, Brisbane, Qld

2013                Spirit of Place                        Boonah Regional Art Gallery, Boonah, Qld

2013                Nature Ramble                      Percolator Gallery, Brisbane, Qld

2012                Nature Ramble                      Strathnairn Art Centre, Canberra, ACT

2010                Long Gaze                             Graydon Gallery, Brisbane, Qld

2008                Recently                                 Gallery 419, Brisbane, Qld

2008                CBD                                        Ellen Quinn Gallery, Ipswich, Qld



2019                Finalist, Taste of Art, Noosa Regional Gallery

2018                Kenilworth Art Prize                                                                                     FIRST PRIZE

2018                Royal Qld Art Society Abstract exhibition                                                    FIRST PRIZE

2017                Goondiwindi Aspects Art Show, Fox & Thomas                           ACQUISITION PRIZE

2017                Works on Paper, Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Awards, Esk, Qld                FIRST PRIZE

2017                Siliceous Ceramic Art Award                                                                                 COMMENDED

2017                Sandgate Easter Art Show, Qld, 2D Open                                                    FIRST PRIZE

2016                Sandgate Expressions Art Festival, Qld, Wheel thrown ceramics                FIRST PRIZE

2016                Nundah Village Art Festival, Qld                                                         PACKERS’ PRIZE

2016                Nundah Village Art Festival, Qld, Still Life                                                   FIRST PRIZE

2016                Dimensions Nudgee College Art Festival, Qld, 2D Open                              FIRST PRIZE

2016                Royal Qld Art Society Abstract exhibition                                        PEOPLE’S CHOICE

2016                Blue Water Festival, Sandgate, Qld                                                        PACKERS’ PRIZE           

                                                                                                                             HIGHLY COMMENDED

2015                Korea Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize, Sydney, NSW                                FINALIST

2015                Sandgate Expressions Art Festival, Qld, wheel thrown ceramics                 FIRST PRIZE           

2015                Black Snake Creek Art Festival, Marburg, Qld, Environmental                 FIRST PRIZE

2015                Kenilworth Art Prize, Qld, Contemporary Category                                               FIRST PRIZE

2015                Dimensions Nudgee College Art Show, Qld                                HIGHLY COMMENDED           

2015                17th International Chawan Expo, Hemiksem, Belgium

2015                Master Expo, Message from Clay, Vichte, Belgium

2015                Blue Water Festival, Sandgate, Qld                                            HIGHLY COMMENDED

2014                Kenilworth Painting Prize, Qld                                                                           FINALIST

2014                Ignition Ceramic Awards, Sunshine Coast, Qld                                                 FINALIST

2014                Scope Galleries (Art Concerning Environment), Warrnambool, Vic                            FINALIST

2014                Milburn Art Prize, Brisbane, Qld      `                                                                FINALIST

                                                                                                                             HIGHLY COMMENDED

2014                Blue Water Festival, Sandgate, Qld, 3D                                     HIGHLY COMMENDED

2013                Brisbane Valley Art Awards, Moore, Qld, Abstract                                    FIRST PRIZE           

2012                Stanthorpe Art Gallery Art Awards, Qld                                                            FINALIST           

2012                Kenilworth LGI Art Trophy, Qld                                             CONTEMPORARY PRIZE

2011                Ipswich Art Awards, Qld, Bev & Peter Preston                                    PACKERS’ PRIZE

2011                Lockyer Valley Regional Art Awards, Qld                                    CHAMPION OF SHOW

2011                Lockyer Valley Regional Art Awards, Qld, Animal Section                         FIRST PRIZE

2010                Ipswich Art Awards, Qld, Urban Landscape                                                            FIRST PRIZE