MY BIO

Two of my great passions in life are the environment and painting. Through painting I question our role in relation with nature as I seek to spread the awareness that the natural world is threatened both directly by human abuse and indirectly by overpopulation. It is obvious that we – modern society – have become increasingly detached from nature and in order to secure a place for future generations (all species alike) it is vital that we tune ourselves in with the environment and regain greater awareness of our planet and thus take better responsibility of it.

Environmental themes have always dominated my paintings yet a passion for the human form is ever present. I portray nature and our ecosystem as a figure that we can directly relate to and understand expressions. Often the human form is depicted as a substitute where native animals should be, fragile and exposed, or shown symbolic of all humanity and its power over nature. These paintings expose the fragility and grief our Mother Nature endures.

The truth is that we are part of nature as anything else, we are made up of the same elements and our bodies can tune into the same vibrations, but ultimately, WE are nature.

Tracie MacVean CV

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Fine Art)

Exhibition

2022 

“Macrocosm” solo exhibition BlackCat Gallery, Melbourne

2021 

“Anthropocene” solo exhibition Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
“Small Works Art Prize” exhibition Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
Mural – commissioned by Karen Turner, private residence, Wodonga
Murals during “Upstream 2021 Festival” Thurgoona Community Centre, NSW
Mural on car for “The Shitbox Rally” 2021 

2020 

“Our Solar System” Albury Library/Museum computer room, NSW
“Nature & Us” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
Artist at work during “Upstream 2020 Festival” Noreuil Park, Albury NSW
Mural – “The Lynley Dodd Story” Albury Library/Museum NSW
Curious Creatures, Wild Minds” installation commissioned by Albury Library/Museum NSW

2019

Mural – Early Years Academy childcare, Thurgoona NSW
Mural – Westside Community Centre, West Albury NSW
Mural on car for “The Shitbox Rally” 2019
Mural – The Goddess Emporium, Albury NSW

2018 

Mural – The Sustainable Activities Centre, Wodonga Vic
Mural – GIGS Artists’ Studios, Lincoln Causeway Wodonga Vic
Other Places and Inner Spaces” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
Painted Cube Courtyard Piano commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic

2017 

Mural – Calm Companions, Gold Coast, Queensland
Vinyl Wrap Mural – Wodonga Council, Stanley St, Wodonga Vic
“Solo exhibition” The Secret Cup Café, Wodonga
Collectively 2016” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

2016 

Fear Uprooted” Solo exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
Collectively 2015” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
Analogous” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

2015

Mural – Glenrowan Tourist Centre, Glenrowan Vic
Mural – Possum Works, Albury NSW
“Encompass” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
“People’s Choice’’ Award Winner for “Encompass” exhibition

2014 

The Flourishing and the Fragile” Solo exhibition, Elvery Fine Art Gallery, Chiltern
Borderville” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
Jump In” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
StartUP” exhibition, Bright Court House, Bright

2013 

“Trinity College Art Exhibition Acquisitive Award” exhibition, Trinity College, Thurgoona
Flora and Fauna” Solo Exhibition, Creators Art Gallery, Wodonga
“Emerging Artist Award” Chiltern Art Show, Chiltern Community Hall
“People’s Choice” Award Winner for “Nude” exhibition
Nude” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
Hume Building Society Acquisitive Contemporary Art Award” finalist, Art Space, Wodonga
Murals/Community based events

Permanent display – 12m x 1.8m Mural commissioned by Early Years Academy childcare, Thurgoona NSW
Permanent display – 34m x 2m community-based Mural commissioned by Westside Community Centre, West Albury NSW
Hand-painted car for “The Shitbox Rally 2019” commissioned by Brook Ratcliff
Permanent display – 18m x 2.2m Shopfront Mural commissioned by The Goddess Emporium, Albury NSW
26th – 28th January – Freelance ephemeral chalk drawing highlighting threatened species, collaboration with Banana Joe, Noreuil Park Albury NSW
Permanent display – 7m x 2m “Mural for Sustainability”, collaboration with Banana Joe, community crowd-funded, The Sustainable Activities Centre, Wodonga Vic
Permanent display – 2m x 1.2m freelance Mural, GIGS Artists’ Studios, Lincoln Causeway Wodonga Vic
6th February 2018 – 5th February 2019, Painted Cube Courtyard Piano commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic
26th January – Freelance ephemeral chalk drawing highlighting threatened species, collaboration with Banana Joe, Noreuil Park Albury NSW
16th and 17th January – Youth chalk drawing workshop, collaboration with Banana Joe commissioned by Wodonga Council, Baranduda Skatepark Vic
13th Nov – current, 3m x 1m chalk mural collaboration with Banana Joe, commissioned by Cocoa Collective, Albury NSW
Permanent display – 10m x 2m Mural, commissioned by Calm Companions, Gold Coast, Queensland
Permanent display – NBN Box Vinyl Wrap – commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic
Permanent display – collaboration with Liquid Murals, commissioned by Glenrowan Tourist Centre, Glenrowan Vic
Permanent display – 4m x 4m Mural, commissioned by Possum Works, Albury NSW
3rd – 31st March 2015, “Marchies” community shopfront exhibition, Myrtleford CBD, Vic
31st Sept, “Zombie Walk” community workshop, commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic
15th Sept – 17th Oct, “Easy Being Green” interactive display using recycled materials, commissioned by Albury Council, Albury Library/Museum NSW
12th July, collaboration with Dan Mahon, painting on Albury Art Gallery hoarding, commissioned by Albury Council NSW
20th Feb, Painted Ping Pong table commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic
28th Feb – 11th March, Sculpture for “Todos Arte” Community Arts Festival, Wodonga Vic

Awards

2015: “People’s Choice” for “Encompass” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
2015: “People’s Choice” for “Nude” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery.
“Emerging Artist Award” Chiltern Art Show, Chiltern Community Hall

I have the belief that artists and art-making has the potential to point out the importance of environmental integrity – through speaking to emotion and passion for nature. Admiration for nature is intrinsic for all of us, yet it is something we deny or neglect through day-to-day living. As artists, we have the capability to connect with society and direct public attention. My work is intended to inspire change that may help sustain a healthy planet.

If you wish to contact me, email tmacvean@hotmail.com