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Tasmanian artist Michaye Boulter charts the paradoxical vastness and intimacy of the ocean. Having spent much of her life on the sea – due, in part, to her family’s sailing adventures, her father being a fisherman and her husband a seafarer – Boulter draws from a wellspring of experience in capturing the transformative and transcendent tenor of the endless ocean.

Channelling cherished memories and enduring affiliations, Boulter’s work visualises a profound synchronicity between the natural world and the human psyche. The works are an invitation into Boulter’s personal experience of self and landscape, an echoing of the internal within the external. ‘My paintings are about life and longing’, reflects Boulter, ‘about the intangible nature of beauty, the passing of time, and my attempt to find my place in it all.
— Elli Walsh

Michaye Boulter

Born in Brisbane in 1970

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Shelter – Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2018 The sea inside – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2017 Journey of Water – Arthouse Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2016 Messages – Handmark gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2015 Crossing – Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2014 Transience – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2012 Southern Ocean – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2010 Between Light and Dark – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2010 Cloud Sweep – Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2009 Fish Tales – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2008 Merging Worlds – Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2008 Distance and Intimacy – Libby Edwards Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

2007 Distant Places – Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2005 Love in the Darkening Air – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2004 Waterlines – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2003 Paintings from the Edge – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2001 Christmas Show Paintings by Michaye – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2000 Essence of Bruny – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

1999 Paintings: Bruny Island – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

1998 Island Paintings – Sidespace Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Reflections of a fading sky, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2018 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

2018 Penumbra” – Rosny Barn, Rosny, TAS

2017 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

2017 Design show – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2017 John Glover Art Award – Evandale, Tasmania

2015 Edge – Forestvale, Bruny Island, Tasmania

2015 Under the Sun – Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2013 Landscape Show – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2013 Handmark Artists – Studio Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania

2012 seastories – Carnegie gallery, Hobart, TAS

2012 Landscape Show – Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2012 John Glover Art Award – Evandale, Tasmania

2011 Alcorso Fund raising auction – Moorilla Estate, Berridale Tasmania

2010 Alcorso Fund raising auction – Moorilla Estate, Berridale,Tasmania

2010 John Glover Art Award – Evandale, Tasmania

2009 Artist from the Island – Adventure Bay Hall, Bruny Island, Tasmania

2009 Endangered – Drawing the line – Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2009 John Glover Art Award – Evandale, Tasmania

2007 Christmas Show – Handmark Gallery, Tasmania

2007 Water show – Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2006 New paintings [two persons], Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2006 Art fair, Melbourne,Vic

2005 On Island – Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport, Tasmania

2005 John Glover Art Award – Evandale, Tasmania

2005 Island Art Prize – Stanley Artworks, Stanley, Tasmania

2004 Eleven Artists from the Island – Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2004 John Glover Art Award – Evandale, Tasmania

2003 Painting Tasmanian Landscape – Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

1997 Two Views( two persons) – Sidespace Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

1996 Viewlandscape – Burnie Art Gallery, Burnie, Tasmania

1993 Trish Wilson Memorial Exhibition – Long Galley, Hobart, Tasmania

Awards

2019 Wynne prize - finalist

2017 Tattersalls art prize- finalist

2016 Paddington art prize finalist

2014 John Leslie art prize finalist

2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2017 - John Glover art prize finalist

2005 Island Art Prize finalist

1997 Trish Wilson Memorial Prize - Winner - Hobart, Tasmania

Commissions and collections

2018 Parliament House, Canberra, ACT

2017 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania

2016 The Maatsuyker Collection

2014 Burnie Dental centre, Tasmania

2010 Bruny Island Health Centre, Tasmania

2009 Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Hobart, Tasmania

2007 Tasman Island Cruises, Port Arthur, Tasmania

2001 New Norfolk Hospital, Tasmania

1996 Mures Restaurant, Hobart, Tasmania

Publications

2018 Art Collector, issue 83

2016 Tasweekend arts review, Mercury, Tas

2015 ‘Michaye Boulter, Tasmanian artist’- Brand Tasmania video

2015 Daily Imprint

2014 John Leslie Art prize catologue

2014 Journeys magazine RACT, Tas

2014 Tasweekend arts review, Mercury, Tas

2012 Seastories catologue

2012 Tasweekend arts review, Mercury, Tas

2010 - 2013 ‘Vineyard of Art’ vol.1 and 2

2010 Tasweekend arts review, Mercury, Tas

2009 Tasmanain Life magazine

2008 Stateline ABC - T.V

2008 ‘An island inspired’ - Tasmanian artist video by Ludger Kreutzheide

2003 Artlink v.23 no.2