Nina Machielse – Hunt

Artist’s Statement

I love being alone in the landscape; walking, sitting, thinking, feeling and absorbing it. More aspects are revealed the longer one looks, actual, imagined or desired. I create large scale oil paintings and tiny little works on wood.

The small format suits working quickly out of doors leaning on my knee. For the many years I have lived in remote areas of the Northern Territory and South Australia. I would walk with a water bottle, basic art materials, and my two toddlers through new terrain discovering compositions and atmospheres to record.

I really enjoy drawing en plein air, however I use these scribbles essentially as a spring board and the initial observation tends to shift in the studio on larger canvas.

Recently I have settled with my family in the beautiful bush of Nth East Victoria. My basic tin studio is nestled in a valley amongst the gums, granite boulders, wombat burrows and the wedge tail eagles soar above. The whole area is steeped in Aboriginal and Gold history of one kind or another. Our very first summer here we were evacuated due to nearby fires. Thankfully the wind changed and then the rains came.

The original landscape I observe daily is reinterpreted with colourful oil paint mixed with bees wax. Subtle decisions and seemingly spontaneous brush marks begin to dominate. A very personal reinterpretation and response to the landscape is created through the push and pull of colours, the creation of varying textures and being resolute with abstractions.



Born 1973, Manly, NSW, Australia
Lives Woolshed Valley, North East Victoria, Australia

Selected Education

2001 Masters of Art Administration, College of Fine Arts University of NSW

1996 Bachelor of Art Education, College of Fine Arts University of NSW

1990 Life drawing/painting, Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney NSW

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Bushranger, Art Space Wodonga, VIC

2014/15 Grounded, Elvery Fine Art Gallery, Chiltern, VIC

2013 Seed and Drift, Jayes Gallery, Molong, NSW

2012 Recent Landscapes, Borrodell Cellar Gallery, Orange, NSW

2008 Walk a Mile in my Shoes, Borrodell Cellar Gallery, Orange, NSW

Selected Group Exhibitions


Vista, Artists from the North East, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, VIC

Pop Up I and Pop Up III, Muse gallery, Milawa, VIC


Imagining the Landscape, Old Stone Hall, Beechworth, VIC

Tango, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange NSW


About Alice, Muk Muk Fine Art Gallery, Alice Springs, NT

A Year In Reflection, Muk Muk Fine Art Gallery, Alice Springs, NT

Art Alfresco, Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW


Christmas exhibition, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW

Paint your Pet, Chop Art Shop, Millthorpe, NSW

With Senden Blackwood, Mim Montgomery, Chop Art Shop, Millthorpe, NSW


Soil to Sea, Landship Gallery, Mosman, Sydney, NSW

Millthorpe Visions, Borrodell Cellar Gallery, Orange, NSW


Christmas exhibition, Orange Regional Art Gallery, Orange, NSW


Harmonic Visions, Tamworth City Gallery, NSW

How Big is Small?, First Draft Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW

Lights Camera Auction, First Draft Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW

Xxhibition dissonance, Kudos Gallery, Paddington, NSW

Suspended, Australia Council windows, Surry Hills, NSW


Out and About, New Lands Gallery, Adelaide, SA and Broken Hill City Art Gallery, NSW


Out of the dark…into the Light, Broken Hill City Art Gallery, NSW

Outback Visions, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW


Graduate exhibition, College of Fine Arts University of NSW


A Summer in Paris, Orange Regional Art Gallery NSW

Art Prizes


Finalist – Hume Contemporary Art Award, Arts Space, Wodonga, VIC


Winner – Places section – Advocate Art Award, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT

Finalist – Central West Art Award, Cowra Regional Gallery, NSW

Finalist – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, PLC Gallery, Croydon, Sydney, NSW


Finalist – Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW