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
The Clayton Utz Art Partnership is now in its fifth year, and our ninth Sydney exhibition features local artists Oliver Watts and Peta Minnici.
Oliver is a contemporary painter whose work delves into the historical, psychological and material possibilities of
painting. The paintings equivocate between high seriousness and the farcical; between historical
genres and pop; between tableaux and painterly surface.
Peta's work encompasses oil painting, drawing and watercolour. Selecting
subjects based on personal memory, her subjects range from humble figurative portraits and still life images to familiar
landscapes and interior settings.
Artists: Oliver Watts and Peta Minnici
Oliver Watts often
represents familiar scenes, or painterly genres, and undermines or retells them to create images for a more anxious
state of politics and society. The paintings equivocate between high seriousness and the farcical; between historical
genres and pop; between tableaux and painterly surface
Trained as an art historian and curator, Watts has consistently exhibited his paintings. He received his MFA from SCA
in 2016 for a series entitled Cordelia/Fool which featured Eryn Jean Norvill as the main protagonist. Watts often uses
actors to pose in his works and to collaborate as writers as well as models to help generate gestures and poses that
animate the narratives. Watts sometimes uses literary sources from Shakespeare, to Kafka, to Country Road
Advertising, that help describe how our identities are created in a contemporary society, and what pressures help form
our relationships with others and produce our own self-identity.
Oliver was a lecturer at SCA between 2011-2017 and is
now a curator at Artbank.
Peta Minnici selects subjects based on personal memory, her subjects range from humble figurative portraits and still life images to familiar
landscapes and interior settings
Peta deconstructs imagery creating a time-lapse effect which draws attention to the materiality of painting and
drawing. Her drawing focuses on mark making, employing a labour-intensive process of vertical or horizontal hatching,
which is formed intuitively over time, while her paintings comprise of numerous layers of thin paint which aims to
undo the representation of each subject into small brush strokes of tone and colour. Shifting between representation
and abstraction these processes parallel the nature of time, the recording of personal memory and the complex nature
of viewing time
Her work is held in private and public collections throughout Australia.