Natasha Bieniek creates miniature sized oil paintings which are painted with meticulous precision. These jewel-like works offer a contemporary take on historical painting traditions of illuminated manuscripts and miniature portraits of the 16th century. Their diminutive scale and glossy surfaces also reflect on the way we view images today, bringing to mind smart phones and tablet screens. Her most recent paintings explore the relationship between human beings and the natural world.
Natasha Bieniek won the Wynne Prize and the Portia Geach in 2015 and has been a finalist in the Archibald prize for the past four consecutive years. In 2006 she was the winner of the Nino Sanciolo Art Prize- a scholarship to study ancient painting in Florence, Italy. In 2012 Bieniek was the winner of the Metro Art Award (Melbourne) and was awarded runner-up in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (Sydney). Other short-listed prizes include The National Artists Self-Portrait Prize, The University of Queensland Art Museum (2013), The Redlands Westpac Art Prize (2012), The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2011) and the Royal Bank of Scotland Art Award (2010).
Bieniek’s most recent solo exhibition took place at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in September 2015. In 2014 Bieniek had a solo exhibition at the global art fair, Art Basel Hong Kong and her work was also featured at The National Portrait Gallery (Canberra) as part of the curated exhibition, In the Flesh.