Wednesday, August 6, 2014


It was so great to be selected for this years Archibald prize! The support and love that I felt from all my friends family, and fellow artists was really an amazing thing. After trying 8 previous times, with one entry making it to the Salon Des Rufuses in 2011 it really was 9 nine times lucky!

I painted the artist Tim Maguire, and it was a great experience to go and draw, photograph, and hang out with an artist that I have respected for so long, and just have a look at their process, studio, and how they go about things.

As I found out Tim and I go about things in completly opposite ways. I am quite inituitive in how I paint, and just go with what feels right, where as Tim begins with specific colour layering, before the splattering.

I didn't want to give to much energy to this prize, and fuss around for too long on this painting, because there is nothing more devestating than spending weeks on  a painting....especially if it looks terrible, submitting it for a prize, and then being rejected, so I kept it fast and loose. This painting was done in 4 hrs, and I enjoyed every minute!

It seemed freeing my mind of any pressures, worked best, and the paintings organic nature, lack of a projector, like so many other's in there, and concentration on shabam colours really make it stand out!

Getting into a prize like this really takes your career onto another level, as the beautiful lady from the AGNSW said it's not that you have made it, it's like you are on the rim of the cup, and I'd loved that description.

While I was lucky to be there, there were at least a dozen artists whose work that I follow on instagram that I would have liked to have seen there too...we are so lucky to have that platform now, and the chance to connect with magazines and bloggers that being spoken about in either glowing or demeaning terms by an art critic isn't the be all and end all these days.

This photo above is me pictured at the AGNSW on the Archibald night with my painting of Tim Maguire entitled THE REAL THING.

As artists we have to enter these prizes that pit our work against each other, I titled my painting the real thing, because the only thing that's real,  it's enjoying yourself, and loving what you do.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Thanks to the awesome team at Real Living magazine who featured my work in their 100th edition cover art June edition alongside the legendary Gorman, Martine Emdur, Blacklist studio, Beastman to name a few! It was a such a fun project to do. I went right out there with it, and just cut up, spray painted, and drew all over 5 different styled up shots that Real living provided. This is what they selected! So fun to be able to let loose like that! Real Living also featured me on their instagram and in the July edition of Fave Finds!! So many thanks xxx

Also thanks to Yen Mag who did a feature on my current exhibition Night Queen on at NG ART GALLERY running to the 16th of August- 3 Little Queen Street Chippendale Sydney.

Huge thanks to everyone who made it out last wednesday to the opening! It was a huge turnout, and I couldn't have asked for a better night filled with all of my fav people and also meet a lot of new ones too with a great vibe! way to go!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Winter's Warming up in Wonderland!

Hi all,
Hope you’ve all been enjoying the beginning of winter. As much as I love summer you can’t beat winter for the chance to style it up with hats, and boots, and long winter coats!

I’m happy to tell you that our group show “Creatures Lovers and Wild Women” held in my studio with Shannon Crees and Lexi Land was not only packed with a great vibe, but was also successful! Special thanks to Jamie Parker our gorgeous Green MP who helped get the word out on his newsletter and facebook page, and Eastside radio station who kindly helped to promote our show.

That was only a little over a month ago but it feels like ages ago now, so entrenched am I in the next project, my brand new solo exhibition Night Queen, which will be held by NG Art Gallery in Chippendale Sydney on the 29th of July. Exciting!!

I can’t wait to show everyone my brand new work in the flesh! A vibrant mash up of Beauty Queens, Babes in Bikini’s and Beautiful Budgies, Welcome to paradise! But until that date I’ll be most likely painting my brains out!

Thanks to the wonderful who have featured some of my new work in their latest edition on pg 11, and to the ever amazing Real Living Magazine who invited me to create  a cover artwork for their 100th edition alongside 10 other superstars artist designers including Gorman and Martine Emdur, Beastman, This edition is out now!!

I’ve also found a new love…photography, that is taking photos on an iphone! I’m an instant kinda person so it suits me perfectly, goodbye dark rooms from yesteryear and college days! You can check out my efforts on my instagram page @miaoatley which is nearing 600 followers! Happy Winter everyone! xx

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sydney artists Mia Oatley, Shannon Crees, and Lexi Land are getting together to exhibit their visually stunning and expressive artworks for the first time ever.

Having met in their former creative lives as fashion students 15 years ago Mia Oatley and Shannon Crees were inspired to create a group exhibition of female artists after a catch up chat and cup of tea in the studio.

Lexi Land's vibrant and sensual mixed media photography taking herself as muse was a natural fit with the exhibition.

Sharing a common love of creating artwork inspired by the female figure and creatures both real and imagined CREATURES LOVERS AND WILD WOMEN presents a stunningly colourful experience.

The exhibition will take place in Mia Oatley’s beautiful Art Deco studio where visitors will be able to engage with paintings, drawings, photography, and limited edition prints in a warm and inviting artistic atmosphere.

Featuring the works of
Mia Oatley
Shannon Crees
Lexi Land

Music by Ivan De sousa
Drinks (sponsored) tba

OPENING DRINKS Sat 3rd May 4-6pm
The exhibition will also be open on Sunday
the 4th of May 1-6pm
5 THe Crescent Annandale, 2038, NSW

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Shannon Crees Awesome and beautiful works!! get ready 4 the show of the year x
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Dont forget everyone- if you share the event you will be in the running to win a spot in our VIP art workshop on the sunday. Everyone will get to create and take home a finished artwork : )
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Lexi Land's work is oh so lush and divine. We can't wait to see what she will create for this show xx
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We are all getting very excited about this lush show!! Here's a sample of some of the work that will be in it by Mia Oatley xx
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Getting excited about our exhibition! Yay!! Had a clean out of the studio yesterday and it's looking amazing. Looking forward to seeing you all SOOOOON!! XXX
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So excited to announce that Miss Lexi Land will be exhibiting some of her stunning works in Creatures Lovers and Wild Women!! Can't wait!
— with Lexi Land.
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Budgies xx
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