St Clair artist hits big time

JOEL Beerden has already tackled the New York art scene.

Now the former St Clair resident will have work featured in the Australian government’s art rental collection.

His painting, Still Waters (number three), was acquired by Artbank, a corporate leasing organisation founded by the government in 1980 to support and promote contemporary Australian art.

The collection has more than 10,000 works in a range of mediums.

Beerden said he felt ‘‘privileged’’ to have his work selected.

‘‘It’s a good collection,’’ Beerden said.

‘‘Just to be featured along with the calibre of artists already in the collection . . . it just made me feel proud to be amongst that.”

Beerden’s work caught the attention of Artbank senior curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham during a recent visit to Parramatta Artists Studios.

‘‘There are so many artists out there doing great things and we wanted to get a sense of what was going on out there,’’ Cunningham said.

‘‘We saw Joel’s, which appealed to us.

‘‘It was a pleasant find.’’

Cunningham said people have already commented on how great an artist Beerden is.

‘‘His art practice has a sense of maturity for someone so young and emerging,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a very beautiful work and has a wide appeal.’’

Artbank already has a number of Parramatta Artists Studios works in their collection.

Selected artists include John Spiteri, Heath Franco and Tom Polo.

Beerden is working towards his next exhibition, which will be shown at the Damien Minton Gallery, Redfern, in November.

Joel Beerden

Joel Beerden

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