Louise Feneley

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Louise Feneley

ARC Associate Living Master TM

21 artworks


Born - 1949


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Diary of a Wave

Oil on Belgian linen

36 x 176 cms | 14 x 69 1/4 ins


Endless Beginning 1

Oil on Belgian linen

153 x 92 cms | 60 x 36 ins


Lamenting the Still, Glassy Sea

Oil on canvas paper

13 x 17 cms | 5 x 6 1/2 ins


Last Hours of Sunlight

Oil on Belgian linen

40 x 50 cms | 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins


Listening for the Soft, Still Water

Oil on canvas paper

21 x 12 cms | 8 1/4 x 4 1/2 ins


Listening to the Sound of the Bleaching Sea

Oil on canvas paper

18 x 14 cms | 7 x 5 1/2 ins


Looking to the Sea 1

Oil on canvas paper

10 x 12 cms | 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 ins


Lost Mother

Oil on Belgian linen

137 x 198 cms | 53 3/4 x 77 3/4 ins


Memories of Winter - August

Oil on Belgian linen

92 x 102 cms | 36 x 40 ins



Oil on Belgian linen

40 x 50 cms | 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins

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Light as a metaphor for the numinous has been the foundation of Louise Feneley's work. 


web: https://www.louisefeneley.com 


email: 2211ocean@gmail.com

email: lfstudios@adam.com.au


At age 4 Louise Feneley stated she was going to be an artist and this has been her lifelong focus.

Initially taught by her mother, a trained artist and teacher, she attended full time art school as soon as possible and graduated with distinction. She worked as an artist for some years but life took an unexpected turn and she was unable to pursue her painting career for 21 years – even though she continued to draw and teach - after which she returned to her passion and later attended Adelaide Central School of Art to re-connect with other like-minded painters. 

 Her teaching life began at age 19 and she continues to teach in the Atelier Programme at Adelaide Central School of Art.




Painting Masterclass - Steven Assael - New York

Advanced Drawing Masterclass - Steven Assael - New York

2005 Drawing Masterclass – Godwin Bradbeer

Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours

Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood, SA

2001 Advanced Diploma of Visual Art

Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood, SA


Bachelor of Fine Art – Painting

SA School of Art, North Adelaide, SA



2017                                     Hill Smith Gallery, SA

2014                                     Hill-Smith Gallery, SA

2010                                     Hill-Smith Gallery, SA

2009                                     Harrison Galleries, Sydney

2008                                     Melbourne Art Fair (Hill-Smith Gallery)

2007                                     Hill-Smith Gallery, SA

                                             Mossgreen, Melbourne

2006                                     Harrison Galleries (formerly Brian Moore Gallery), Sydney       

2005                                     Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

  Hill-Smith Gallery, SA

2004                                     Hill-Smith Gallery, SA

1973                                     Sydenham Gallery, Norwood, SA

1971                                     Young Collectables, Melbourne

  The Skillion, North Adelaide, SA

                                             French Cultural Centre, SA





2018                                     “Imagine” Inaugural exhibition of new Gippsland Art Gallery,   


                                             China Exchange exhibition, SASA Gallery, Adelaide.

  Finalist, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

                                             Finalist, Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize


2017                                     Dashun Gallery, Jinan (Shandong) China

                                            “Trace”, women artists, Hill Smith Gallery

2016                                     “Length & Breadth”, New Acquisitions from the Parliament House Art   Collection, Canberra

“Still” Adelaide Central Gallery

                                             Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award

                                             Finalist, Heysen Prize for Landscape

2015                                     Semi-finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

                                             Finalist, Kennedy Prize

  SALA exhibition, Hill Smith Gallery

‘Lay of the Land’, Hill Smith Gallery

 Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award,

 Finalist, Manning Art Prize, ‘Naked & Nude’

                                             Finalist, RSASA Portrait Prize

                                             ‘Provenance’, Adelaide Central Gallery

2014                                     Melbourne Art Fair (Hill Smith Gallery)

                                             Eutick Memorial Still Life Award Touring Exhibition

                                             Finalist, Kennedy Prize

                                             ‘Gematria’, Adelaide Central Gallery

2013                                     ‘Roll Call’, Hill Smith Represented Artists, SALA

                                             Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize

                                             Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award

                                             Finalist, Fleurieu Water & Environment Prize

2012                                     Finalist, Whyalla Art Prize

                                             Loreto Exhibition

2011                                     Finalist, City of Albany Art Prize

                                             Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize

                                             Finalist, Nora Heysen Centenary Prize

2009                                     Finalist, Sulman Prize

2008                                     ‘Face to Face’, National Trust SALA exhibition

2007                                     Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

  Shades of the Real, ACSA Gallery, Adelaide

  Blake Prize Touring Exhibition

2006                                     Finalist, Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery, QLD

  Finalist, Blake Prize for Religious Art

 Art Sydney 06

2005                                     Finalist, ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award

 Art Sydney 05

 Blake Prize for Religious Art Touring Exhibition

2004                                     Finalist, Blake Prize for Religious Art.

 Finalist, 33rd. Alice Prize.

 Drawing Today, Surveying recent work by South Australian artists, SALA Week, Adelaide Central Gallery.

                                             Expressing Spirituality through the Visual Arts, St Peters Cathedral.

  Loreto Exhibition, Adelaide

                                             Sydney Affordable Art Fair

2003                                     Entwined, 3 Artists, Adelaide Central Gallery, SA

                                            Helpmann Academy Maestros and Apprentices Auction

Sydney Affordable Art Fair                                      

Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Adelaide

Loreto Exhibition, Adelaide

2002                                     Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Adelaide

                                           8”x8”, ACSA Gallery

2001                                     Prescriptions for Pleasure, Promenade Gallery, SA

                                          A3, Collaborative Drawing Project, Light Gallery, Adelaide  

                                          Fragmentation, ACSA Gallery

                                           Notations, SALA week exhibition, Adelaide Central

1999                                   Barossa Fine Art Exhibition, Barossa Vintage Festival

1993                                     Himeji Sister City Exhibition, Himeji, Japan

1988                                     Selected for National Women’s Art Award

 Silk, Gunyulgup Galleries, Yallingup, WA

1986                                     Prominent Women Artists of Western Australia, Bunbury City Regional Art Gallery, WA 

1976                                     Rose Skinner Gallery, Perth, WA

1971                                     Art Gallery of SA., ‘Outlook 71’

  3 Young Contemporaries, Contemporary Art Society, SA   






2013 - current                    Lecturer, Atelier and Short Course Program, Adelaide Central    School of Art

2010-current                       Independent, private painting teacher

2009                                   ART Workshops Australia, painting teacher

1999-current                       Independent studio practice

1994-2001                           Drawing Workshops/Summer Schools, Louise Feneley Studios

1992                                     Summer School, Mittagong, NSW, Drawing Teacher 

1986-93                              ‘Louise Feneley Studios’, SA; Director, Designer

1975-85                               Balinga Valley School, Balingup, WA, Art Teacher

1973-74                               University of WA; Tutor, External Studies, Fine Art  

1971-77                               Independent studio practice




The Imago Mundi Collection, Italy

Parliament House, Canberra

Shurniak Art Gallery, Canada

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SA

Bussleton Art Gallery, WA

Bridgetown Hospital, WA

Colin D. Rowe, Accountants, SA

Private collections - Australia, Japan, Malaysia, USA




Elizabeth Fortescue, ‘Louise Feneley – A Mystical Luminosity, Daily Telegraph, 6 April 2005, p57

 Southern Centre of Theosophy 1977.  Devas and Men, The Theosophical Publishing House, Madras, India, pp frontpiece, 216




Australian Art Collector, exhibition preview, Samela Harris, issue 28, April – June  2004.       p 207

The love of colour, edited by Di Teasdale, 1991, Silk Painting, Kangaroo Press, NSW. Also pp 6, 10, 11, 14, 15, 70




2002; Student representative, Adelaide Central School of Art Academic Board

2018                             'Highly Commended', Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize

                                    'Highly Commended', Fleurieu Biennale

2015                             Arts SA Grant for Research & Development of New Work

2014                             The People’s Choice Award, EMSLA at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

2011                             Arts SA Grant for Research & Development of New Work

2011                             People’s Choice Award – Nora Heysen Centenary Prize

2007                             Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize – Peoples’ Choice Award

2004                             Tammy Kingsley Award - 33rd Alice Prize exhibition

2003                             Helpmann Academy Mentorship Grant

1986                             Bussleton Art Gallery Prize

1970                             Liddums Art Gallery Prize

1970                             Royal South Australian Society of Art Prize for Composition

1967-70                        Commonwealth Scholarship, SA School of Art

1968                             Osborne Art Gallery Prize for Drawing

Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia