Markus Viner is a watercolourist with a unique background in the arts. As curator , designer and arts administrator he has contributed mightily to the European and Australian art scenes. Long before his distinguished career however, he had an identity as an entrepreneurial teenage painter visiting homes in his neighbourhood offering to paint portraits of residences. This bespoke art practice funded his arts education and now, living in Tasmania he returns to his roots, describing the built environment with charm and a sure eye for the quirky.
Markus Viner – Artist statement
Always looking for the unexpected or forgotten in both urban and rural landscapes. Old
buildings are my thing and what they tell us about the past. I have been a watercolourist all
my life and spent many years as a professional theatre set designer in Europe. These days I
use pen and pencil, crayon and anything else I can find as well as my trusty watercolours.
EXHIBITING ARTIST Wollongong Art Gallery Watercolour Prize 2014 & 2016.
JUDGE, National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, 2012 &
CURATOR ‘Here by hand – 70 years at Sturt’, Sturt Gallery, Cottage and Archive. Oct – Nov
JUDGE, Alvaro Painting Prize, Bowral & District Art Society, 2010.
CO-CURATOR ‘The Enemy at Home – Australia’s WW1 German Internees’, Museum of
Sydney. May – September 2011.
Winner of the 2012 National Trust Heritage Award for Education, Interpretation and
EXHIBITING ARTIST Mosman Art Prize, Sydney. 2004.
EXHIBITING ARTIST John Copes Watercolour Prize, Berrima District Art Society. 2004,
2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015.
CURATOR ‘Made in Italy’ Museum of Sydney Forecourt, 2003.
CURATOR ‘Country With A Capital C’ Southern Tablelands NSW. 2000/2001.
CURATOR ‘A Sense of Place in the Southern Tablelands’. 1999.
CO-CURATOR ‘Sculpture By The Sea’ Bondi Sydney. 1997.
SOLO EXHIBITION ‘Watercolours & Sketches’ South Hill Park UK. 1996.
Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place