Celeste Chandler is a Tasmanian born artist, based in Melbourne. Her practice is concerned with the representation of the human body, autobiography and the language of painting.
“My artwork explores the experience of embodiment – the intersection between the internal and external worlds that meet in the visceral sensations of the body and, specifically, how this can be expressed in painting. The autobiographical body, intimacy, touch and the instability of identity are themes central to my practice.”
Celeste has held numerous solo shows and exhibited in many curated exhibitions and prizes throughout Australia. She has twice been awarded an Elizabeth Greenshields Scholarship from Canada, won the R&M McGivern Prize for painting, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, been awarded an Australia Council Emerging artist grant, recently won the inaugural Windsor Art Award and has undertaken residencies in Australia and overseas. Celeste has received an Australian Postgraduate Award and a Melbourne Research Scholarship and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her work is included in public and private collections including GOMA in Brisbane, The University of Queensland Art Gallery, Redcliffe City Gallery, Queensland and Maroondah Art Gallery, Victoria
Celeste has taught painting and drawing at the Tasmanian School of Art, The ANU School of Art, The Victorian College of the Arts, the Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne and The Art Room.