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Veronica is a visual artist and arts educator who works from her studio in Tathra on the South Coast of NSW. She has been artist in residence in many places throughout Australia recording and painting the narratives of place. She also worked as the court artist for the ABC for the duration of the Lindy Chamberlain trial. Her collection of 182 drawings from the trial were purchased by the National Museum of Australia and are housed in Canberra at the National Museum.
In 2020 her large painting “our land is burning” won the Hangers Choice and the People’s Choice awards in the prestigious Glover Prize for landscape painting.
Her current work is focused on still life painting and the pleasures of the shared table and the narratives of everyday tablescapes. Her still life painting is about elevating the ordinary into something beautiful.
She has exhibited widely throughout Australia and has been in many major prizes for her still life paintings- the National Emerging Art Prize 2022/23, Dutch Still life Painting at West End Artspace Melbourne and at the Affordable Art Fair Melbourne 2023.
Currently she is exhibiting at Project Gallery 90 Paddington Sydney and at The Hive Gallery Ocean Grove Victoria.

Veronica O'Leary: Meet the Artists


Veronica O'Leary: Exhibitions


MA Visual Arts, BA Fine Arts, BA Hons, Dip Ed

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Abundance and Rarity  Project Gallery 90 Paddington Sydney

2023 Nurture the Soul The Hive Gallery Ocean Grove Victoria

2022 Aristology The West End Art Space Melbourne

2021 Paintings and Drawings of Australian Flora. Ivy Hill Gallery

2020 Impressions of King Island.  King Island Cultural Centre.

2019 Bloom. Ivy Hill Gallery. Wapengo

2019 Immersed. Paintings of sea sky and fire. Tacit Galleries. Melb

2018   Wild, Remote and Intimate. Paintings. Ivy Hill Gallery.

2017   Swept Away.  Paintings from King Island. Tacit Galleries. Melbourne

2016   Skyscapes. Ivy Hill Gallery. Wapengo

2014   Weeds to Wildflowers, Ivy Hill Gallery
2012   Exhibition of 182 Chamberlain Court Drawings commissioned by  the ABC and acquired by the National Museum of Australia. Canberra


2024 Finalist The Next Big Thing Toowoomba Art Gallery

2024 Inside this Box The Corner Store Gallery Orange

2022/23 Finalist Tacit Still Life Art Prize. Melbourne

2023/2022  Finalist National Capital Art Prize. Canberra

2021 Finalist Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award. Lethbridge Gallery Brisbane

2021 Finalist Works on paper Award. Stories. Blackstone Gallery. Newcastle

2020  Finalist. Glover Prize. People’s Choice Award and Hangers’ Choice Award.

 2020 Highly Commended. Works  on paper. Tastes of Art Rutherglen Art Prize.

2011/2010   Finalist The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize Exhibition, SA Museum, Adelaide

2014   Finalist Noosa Art Awards, Noosa Regional Gallery
2013   Finalist Mosman Art Award Exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions

2024 Small works Project Gallery 90 Paddington Sydney

2023 Spring Garden and Falling Flowers Grainger Gallery Canberra

2023 Coast Sutton Village Gallery Sutton

2023 Oysters and Champagne Project Gallery 90 Paddington Sydney

2023  AMB Selects National Emerging Art Prize

2022. Birds and Blooms. Village Gallery Sutton. NSW

2022 National Capital Art Prize Finalist Exhibition.. ACT.

2022 The Dutch Project. West End Art Space. Melbourne

2022  Still life paintings. The Corner Store Gallery. Orange

2020  Place and Identity. Group exhibition Spiral Gallery Bega

2020 Bloom. Ivy Hill Gallery. Wapengo

2017 Fresh Salt. Paintings from the Four Winds Land Art Project. ANU Gallery. ACT.

2012    Salon De Refuses, Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, 

2011   Images of Gulaga, Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo 

2010   Eight Artists Paint Gulaga, Bega Valley Shire Regional Art Gallery


Immersed. Veronica O’Leary

Tacit Galleries. 2-27 October. 2019.

“As If Dropped From Another Planet”

Issue 14, Art and Design, The Planthunter. 12.12.2014.

Lindy Chamberlain, Witch or Madonna? Northern Territory Perspective. NT  University. Vol 19. No 1. 1996.

A Celebration Of Colour. Australian  Artist.No 186. Dec.1999


2020  King Island Cultural Centre. Tasmania.

Mulgara Gallery, Sails in the desert, Uluru. N.T.

Canberra Boys Grammar. Canberra.

Seven Spirit Bay, Cobourg Peninsula. N.T.

Milton Park Estate. Bowral.

Club Med Lindeman Island.

ABC Court Artist The Chamberlain Trial. NT Supreme Court. Darwin.

In 2012 The National Museum of Australia purchased the 182 drawings from the Chamberlain trial and 10 drawings from the subsequent Colonial inquest

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