About the Artist
Vanessa Allegra is a contemporary figurative painter working in oils. Her paintings explore themes of womanhood, disconnect, feminism, memory and flesh. Each painting is marked by the distinctive harsh light of bright sunshine across skin - typical of the Australian coastline where Vanessa grew up. She studied drawing and grisaille techniques at the Brisbane Atelier and has been largely self-taught ever since. She spends her spare time with various rescued animals, fixing up an elegant old boat to use as a studio.
Awards and notable finalist exhibitions:
Finalist, 2023 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
Overall Second Prize Winner, 2022, 1770 Art Show
Finalist, 2022, Lethbridge 20,000
Brisbane Portrait Prize Salon des Refuses exhibition 2021
Finalist, 2021, Lethbridge 20,000
Overall Major Prize Winner, 2019, 1770 Art Show
Christian Thomsen Painting Award 2018, Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Prize
Liquitex Sponsor Prize 2018, Aspire Gallery Foot Square Fine Art Competition, Brisbane
Overall Major Prize Winner 2017, Second Prize Open 2017, Mt Perry Fine Art Award
Highly Commended Open, Highly Commended Human Figure, 2017 Mary Valley Art Prize
Emerging Artist Award, 2016 Mary Valley Art Prize
Woodgate Arts In Spring 2022
Woodgate Arts In Spring 2021
Of Birds, 2020, Cross Gallery.
In Bloom, 2019, Tiny Tree Gallery, Brisbane.
Nature of Beauty, 2019, Gayndah and Mt Perry Regional Galleries
Brush to The Beat, 2018, MEC Bundaberg