Vicki Varvaressos – currently exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

In News November 21, 2023

Image above: Still Life: West Australian gum blossoms  1985  synthetic polymer paint on hardboard  122.7 x 91.5 cm

Vicki Varvaressos, a renowned Sydney based expressionist painter has been exhibiting since 1975 and has presented over 35 solo exhibitions. Working in both figuration and abstraction, Vicki’s style is distinct and unique, depicting contemporary life and her internal world.  A selection of Varvaressos’ paintings is currently on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales brick vase clay jug exhibition, curated by Glenn Barkley.

brick vase clay cup jug
on view until 7 January 2024
Art Gallery of New South Wales
South Building Lower level 2
To view the exhibition online click here

Guest curator Glenn Barkley selected the artworks in brick vase clay cup jug by typing the words of the exhibition title into the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ online collection database, retrieving objects linked only by a word or medium. Unlike the typical approach to making an exhibition, where works are grouped conceptually according to meanings or historical associations, this selection process is non-hierarchical and echoes the random groupings seen in gallery storage. Usually guided by pragmatic considerations – maximising space and access or caring for the collection – these incidental groupings can create inspiring and surprising links between disparate objects, art-handling equipment and exhibition furniture.Barkley has then taken cues from these search results, either aesthetic or conceptual, to cast a wider net through the collection, creating new connections – many of which are personal, visual, intuitive and emotional – between artworks.

‘I paint the things that interest me, that’s what I’ve always done regardless; whatever the content. It’s what I’m involved in and what I’m interested in at the time.’ – Vicki Varvaressos, 2015


You can view Vicki’s works at the Art Gallery of New South Wales lower level 1, 20th century galleries and Members’ Lounge.

We are delighted to announce that Vicky Varvaressos’ solo exhibition with Australian Galleries Sydney will be held from 10 – 29 September 2024. 

Please email with all enquiries

To read more about Vicki Varvaressos and view a selection of the artist’s work, click here