The Clayton Utz Art Partnership

The Clayton Utz Art Partnership brings together a unique collaboration between two outstanding Australian artists and our firm.
Read more about this collaboration in an article recently published in Issue 43 of Artist Profile.

Each exhibition presents an opportunity to showcase the work of two contemporary artists in the offices of Clayton Utz. Our exhibition space offers a unique visual art experience for clients to get up close and personal with an amazing array of artwork. The uniquely curated program allows both artists to explore and display their work in one of Australia's leading corporate environments. Guests visiting the exhibition will have an opportunity to explore the artwork in an intimate and innovative environment.

Complementing the exhibition is an Artist-in-Residence experience within the Clayton Utz offices. This opportunity provides both artists and Clayton Utz a collaborative platform to explore the artistic process and allows us and our clients exclusive access to the artist and the creative process.

The Clayton Utz Art Partnership is a truly exciting initiative and demonstrates our pride as an Australian firm committed to the cultural sector, and the broader creative communities in which we live and work. We hope you enjoy being part of it.


Current Sydney Exhibition

In the eighth exhibition of 'The Clayton Utz Art Partnership', we’re pleased to again be featuring two locally based artists Zoe Young and Noel McKenna  Both artists derive inspiration from their surroundings, everyday objects, animals and human interactions. While McKenna delivers sophisticated and restrained minimalist paintings, Young’s approach is to immerse her imagery in richly applied acrylics and colour.

Artists: Zoe Young and Noel McKenna

Zoe Young
Noel McKenna

Zoe Young is a rising talent who uniquely applies her sculpture studies at the National Art School to portraiture and still life painting. Young applies paint to her canvas from a sculptural perspective; her works are built upon sold structural foundations and she carves the surface with expressive strokes to create picture planes that curve and block like three-dimensional sculptures. The result: beautifully expressive works that play on nostalgia.

Zoe is a decorated artist and recently won the Calleen Art Prize in 2020 and was awarded the Portia Geach Women’s Art Prize and the Mosman Art Prize in 2018. She has been a finalist in some of Australia’s top art prizes and featured in the exhibitions of the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize and Salon De Refusés, to name a few.

Noel McKenna poetically and humorously depicts everyday scenes, people, animals and objects. An observer of daily life and suburban culture, the construction of McKenna’s works engagingly hint at a story beyond the picture plane. The narrative may be as varied as suburban life is in Australia, however McKenna’s drawings, prints, sculpture, painting and ceramic ware are created with a central purpose: to create art that provides a set of everyday images and ideas that make us question our own sense of self.

Noel is represented by a handful of high-end galleries and over the last 30 years, he has staged a number of solo exhibitions at leading Australian art museums such as the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and the National Art School Gallery, Sydney; as well as international shows in London, New York, Dublin, Hong Kong and Auckland. The artist has also participated in group exhibitions and fairs at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Basel Miami and his works are included in the collection of both eminent museums and private collectors. McKenna is a regular finalist for major art prizes - he has been a finalist in the 2021 Dobell Drawing Prize and has previously been awarded the Sulman and Wynne Prizes, as well as the Mosman Prize.