balmain studios

balmain studios was established in July 2007 in response to the demand for artist working spaces. The high cost of commercial property rental combined with the scarcity of warehouse/studio spaces in and around Sydney set one+2 Studio Director, Rogerio Blanc-Ramos, on a mission to find a new property to establish additional working spaces for artists of fine art.


Balmain studios, located in the old Sydney University Film School, provided the opportunity to develop and house new artist working spaces. This studio now holds 32 established artists in a warehouse space. Like its sister studio in Rozelle, the Balmain studio offers privacy while at the same time providing an environment conducive to professional development via the interaction between its residents.



Artists include:

Jennifer Mattiussi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rogerio   
Monday, 25 September 2017 15:33

Jennifer is a Sydney based artist. She completed her Visual Arts degree at Sydney College of the Arts in 2004 and since then has exhibited in many group shows.


“My interest lies in colour and texture, both in abstraction and figurative work.


The conceptual underpinning of my abstraction, is the signifier: a suggestion; a symbol; a sign … a mark. The mark is symbolic of a language used at another time in my life, namely, shorthand. A method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes or outlines to replace letters and words. I enjoy being able to make marks that aren’t immediately obvious, but give my work a deeper meaning, enabling me to leave my individual ‘mark’ on each work.


I also enjoy working with subtle, blended, almost realistic grounds, with an ‘edge’ or ‘line’, which can be a simple brush stroke, or paint dragged across the canvas with a palette knife, creating a certain tension, leaving those that engage with the work to … imagine.


My current works are more figurative with an exploration of ‘surface’, ‘light’ and ‘shade’.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 15:32
Nuha Saad PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rogerio   
Monday, 18 July 2016 17:08

Nuha Saad is intrigued by how our thoughts and behaviour are influenced by often unconscious reactions to spatial and colour stimuli.

Her practice has for some time explored how the visceral response we have to colour – its immediacy, apparent irrationality and intensity – interrelates with our embodied experience of spatial delimitations, both the general way in which architecture guides and moulds our movements, but also our perception of specific places cathected with memory and particular identities.

Her explorations have taken the form of sculptural ‘paintings’ (or painterly installations) that combine household interior design elements such as skirting boards and balustrades, and graded colours, ‘diluted’ with white....In Saad’s works, ordinary architectural elements are decontextualised and reworked to explore how spatial features and colour work together to construct a sense of place, a cultural identity even. Thus, what might at first appear to be work predominantly concerned with questions of form and the nature of painting opens up broader social and political dialogues.

(Essay (extract) by Dr Jacqueline Millner, Associate Dean, Research Sydney College of the Arts From 'Our Lucky Country (Still Different)' Exhibition Catalogue)

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 17:16
Jo Meisner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rogerio   
Friday, 10 June 2016 19:59

Jo Meisner is an emerging artist based in Sydney. In her interdisciplinary practice she investigates aspects of the individual in contemporary society with emphasis on the alienation of the individual.


For Meisner process is an important extension of drawing and painting, as well as printing and photography. By using colour separation and layering it simultaneously heightens the distinction between the digital and the hand crafted. An illusion of space is created within the reflective quality of the work as it extends and resonates back to the viewer.


Through investigation and process the work has a recurring motif, which emphasises the rear view of faceless individuals. A cinematic use of saturated hues and subverted coloration has emerged from the creative process. The use of transparency of the surface and the luminous and varying scale of the work has allowed the viewer to view a spectacle.


Observing people from behind allows the viewer to use their stories to relate to the visual concept. Time seems to unhinge and suggests several different temporalities simultaneously: the actuality of the photograph as a modern technique of representation joins with the past tense of the pose, the references to traditional painting answered by the time disjunction of something breaking and whose meaning suddenly is disrupted, determined by the shutter release.


Meisner revisits the age-old response of artists to the dilemmas of humanity, which gives her a new perspective on contemporary society’s preoccupation with material objects at the expense of the individual.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2016 20:02
Julie McConaghy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rogerio   
Saturday, 28 February 2015 14:27

Julie McConaghy makes semi abstract oil paintings and mixed media drawings that reference the natural world. Ongoing themes of her work are the landscape and water. Julie combines traditional oil paints to build up textures and translucent layers in her paintings that become almost sculptural in their finished state. Her drawings also possess a 3- dimensional quality developed through the playful mixing of a variety of materials including torn paper, gouache, ink, acetate and oil stick.


Julie has been included in important exhibitions, including the Dobell Prize for Drawing, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize and the ANL Maritime Art Award. She has participated in group and solo shows, including at Charles Hewitt Gallery and Gaffa Gallery.


Julie lives and works in Sydney.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 February 2015 14:35
Christophe Cornard PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rogerio   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 01:28

Throughout my life I have always loved "making things" with different materials.


For my present project I was inspired by an anemone whilst diving. The thinking process started and I realised the only medium I could use was glass. I contacted the glass college and signed up for a course with Mark Eliott in lamp work glass blowing. Slowly I was getting better at controlling the molten glass.


In view of the time that I must dedicate to my professional business, I can only spend a limited time at the studio practicing this art form. Nevertheless over the last few years I’ve blown over 350 bulbs which will be mounted onto a perspex shape.


Slowly but surely  my first ever glass/perspex sculpture is taking shape.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 01:47
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