Cameron-Roberts, Shirley


Portraiture has been a recurring theme in my work since 1992.  My early exhibitions were concerned mainly with the human form and relationships. For a time from 1999 I began to explore the natural world through portrayal of the landscape and the creatures that are part of it. I was drawn back to portraiture in 2004 when commissioned to produce a work commemorating a company dinner which involved composing a group portrait of over 50 people. Since then I have been concerned with form and the layers that develop over time to create that form both in the landscape and in portraiture. With portraiture every face is fascinating, individual in its variation of shape and contour. The aim is to portray the imprint of time and emotion on the eyes or the set of the mouth. I use a combination of sittings and photography working intuitively.


2014       Planned exhibitions in conjunction with Brian Roberts: March: Reflections on the Hunter. Cessnock Regional Gallery, and September: New Works, Art Systems Wickham, Newcastle
2010    Progression, in conjunction with Brian Roberts, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
2009       Islands of Hope, Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo, NSW
2008       Tree, Gallery Adagio, Sydney
National Trust Portraits, 9 artist charity exhibition, Brough House, Maitland
2006       Recent Paintings, Gallery 460, Gosford
2007     nyon Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland
2005       A Fragile Land, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle
2005 – Part of the Landscape # 3, Breewood Galleries, Richmond
2004       Undercurrents, curated by Gavin Wilson, in conjunct ion with Brian Roberts and Therese Kening Regional Gallery, Taree
2003       Part of the Landscape # 2, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill, Victoria
Part of the Landscape, Breewood Galleries, Richmond
2001       Reasonable Use, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
From the Forest to the Foreshore, The Private Gallery, Sydney
2000       Connections, Breewood Galleries, Leura
1999       Forest Fragments, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1998       Paintings, The Private Gallery, Sydney
1997       Players on the Board, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1995       Paintings and Drawings, von Bertouch Galleries
Saying Goodbye to Yesterday, Kenthurst Gallery, Sydney
1994       Drawn From Life, Kenthurst Gallery, Sydney
1992       Images in Transition, Man  The Long, Long Road, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle


2012   Forsythes’ Collectors Care, also 2011) Front Room Gallery, Newcastle Art School TAFE
2010   Finalist, Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards, Bega Regional Gallery
2009    Unsung Heroes, Portrait Artists Australia, Parliament House, Canberra
2009 Newcastle by Name II, the final exhibition at John Miller Galleries, Newcastle
2008   Forsythes Collectors Care, Front Room Gallery, Newcastle Art School, TAFE
2007   Unlocked II, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle
2007 Forsythes Collectors Care, Front Room Gallery, Newcastle Art School, TAFE
2006  Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize – Land, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2005  The 10th Sydney Art on Paper Fair, Sydney, with John Miller Galleries
2005  Samaritan’s Collectors Care, TAFE Gallery, Newcastle
2004  Finalist John Leslie Art Prize – Art Refers to Environment, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
The Artesian Art Prize, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle
2003   Selections from the Anne von Bertouch Collection, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
2003 Wanderings, Selected Work by Maitland Artists, Maitland City Art Gallery
2003 Inaugural Exhibition, Portrait Artists Australia, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
2003 Collectors Choice,von Bertouch Galleries, (the final CC). Also 1993-2002
2002  Finalist Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Awards, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
Bridging the Divide, Maitland City Art Gallery
2001   Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2001  Centenary of Federation, MaitlandCityArtGallery, Maitland
2000   Newcastle – Ube 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Ube, Japan
2000  Brave New World? A Statement, Maitland City Art Gallery
1999   Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman City Art Gallery, Sydney
1999 Thoughts on the End of the Second Millennium, Maitland City Art Gallery
1998   The Elements, Inaugural Exhibition, Akky van Ogtrop Fine Art Gallery, Sydney
1997   Tyrrell’s Triumph – Another Dimension, Maitland City Art Gallery
1997  Tomago House, a Celebration through Art, Tomago House then von Bertouch Galleries
1995  Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1994    Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1994 Newcastle Bight Environmental Art Award, von Bertouch Galleries;
1994 Mosman Art Prize, Adjudicator’s Selection, Sydney                  
1993     Selections, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle;
1993   Aspects of Love, Kenthurst Gallery, Kenthurst
1993  Survey of Women Artists of the Hunter Region, Maitland City Art Gallery                           
1992   Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1992 Mosman Art Prize, Adjudicator’s Selection, Sydney  
1992 Nudes and other Animals, Duke of Wellington Gallery, Sydney


2011       Acquisition Award, Forsythes Collectors Care, Newcastle
2006       Tea Gardens Grange, Open Section
2004       The Banool Conservation Art Prize, Scone
2004  Artesian Art Prize, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle, Second Prize
2002   Sydney Royal Arts Show, Figurative Painting
1997   Maitland Art Prize, Print and Drawing Prize, acquisitive
1996   Newcastle Regional Art Prize, Drawing
Singleton Art Prize, Open Contemporary Section
1994    Scone Art Prize, Open Section
1994  Walkom Manning, Biennial Art Prize, Taree, Best Painting
1994 Singleton Art Prize, Open Contemporary
1994 Maitland Art Prize, Drawing Prize, acquisitive
1993   Northholme Art Prize, Drawing and Mixed Media



Maitland Regional Gallery; Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery; Forsythes, Newcastle; Donaldson Coal Pty Ltd, Sydney;
Coalbridge Pty Ltd, Newcastle; Ellemby Resources Pty Ltd, Maitland; ABN Amro, Brisbane;
Private Collections in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the UK and the U.S.A.



Donaldson Coal Pty Ltd, Ellemby Resources Pty Ltd, various commissions for private collections.