Naomi Downie

Sydney, Australia

Artist, Poet when the mood inspires, Co-founder of Johnston St Jazz; community run jazz venue

Quote by Erik Wahl

The purpose of art is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art – but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless.

Artwork should be an active verb (a lens by which to view the world) not a passive noun (a painting that sits dormant in a museum). Creativity lies NOT in the done but in the doing. Art is active and incomplete. Always shifting, always becoming. Art is a sneak peak into the future of potential, of what could be. Not a past result of what has been already done. Art is a process not a product.

Art is a human act. Art is Risky. Generous. Courageous. Provocative. You can be perfect, or you can make art. You can keep track of what you will get in return for your effort, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.

  • Joined: May 2008


art exhibition- sale

Having a great exhibition in Chippendale at the moment in Harrington / St gallery. / During the opening night my piece sold within the first 30min. unheard of in my art practice. / I really believed in this work and knew it belonged with someone and deserved a life beyond my bedroom. / I invited lots of people from work and different groups I am in. extended the nets wider then I have before. S…
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My ARTist CV

My ARTist CV / Feb 11, 2017 / Personal Details: Naomi Downie (b. 1974 Melbourne, Australia) / Art Education / Studied at Ron Hartree’s Art Studio, Newcastle in Painting and Life Drawing 1990-96 / Studied Fine Arts at Newcastle TAFE 1997 / Studied Dip. Of Transpersonal Art Therapy- Phoenix Institute Melbourne 2005-6 / Studying under Marita Brahe at the John Orburn Studio, Glebe 2014- Current / Gr…
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group show

have 2 works in Chippendale gallery. the group show has a theme ’by bread alone" I explored art & music as the things I do that give enrich my life. the opening night was magic with lots of friends coming. afterwards a new wine bar then a late sitting at a fab restaurant.
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Group exhibition

I have a new oil painting in a show in Chippendale at the moment. the group show is a very supportive environment for an artist. Getting back into painting and into a artist community again is so right for me. building that strong network of people local and connected though art to inspire & uplift the gift that for me had gone dormant as I was into my paper mixed media for a number of years.…
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