Raised in Brisbane, Cynthia is a graduate of the Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited continuously since 1980 but in earlier years spent time as a graphic designer, a principle illustrator for the University of Queensland Press, lecturer in Illustration at the School of Art University of Tasmania, and exhibition designer for the Queensland Museum, winning numerous industry awards across these disciplines.
Cynthia has been devoted full-time to her painting practice since 1991. She has held over 35 solo exhibitions around Australia, and participated in numerous group and ‘by invitation’ exhibitions around Australia, in Tokyo, and California.
In 2004 her ﬁrst international solo exhibition was held in California where her work was featured on the cover of a major magazine. Cynthia is a ﬁnalist in the 2018 Salon des Refusés. She is also a 6-time ﬁnalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award (Australia’s most prestigious award for female artists) as well as a ﬁnalist in the Mosman Art prize, the Paddington Art Prize, Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA). Cynthia has been represented by Gallery One since late 2014.
24+ in Gold Coast, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart
38+ in Brisbane, Sydney, California, Tokyo.
1979 – 1991 University of Queensland Press : Paintings & drawings for book jackets 1994 University of Central Queensland Press : 12 paintings for Shadows of Utopia – A History of Australia, Manfred Jurgensen
2013 Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award, Salon des Refuses, E H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1999 Sunday Mail Art Prize, Brisbane
1998 Caloundra Art Prize (Painting)
1996 Still Life Award, Redcliffe Art Show Caloundra Art Prize
1994 Noosa Art Prize Sunshine Coast Art Group Prize
1993 Maroochy Art Prize
1986 Printmaking Prize, Redcliffe Art Show, Brisbane
1980 Gold Coast City Council Acquisition Prize, Concurry Art Prize, Toowoomba City Council Acquisition Prize.
Tweed Regional Gallery; Ipswich City Council ; Rockhampton Art Gallery ; BHP Billiton ; News Corp ; University of Qld Press; Tattersall’s Club Brisbane ; Tim Fairfax Collection; St Albans Gold Coast ; Suncorp Collection Brisbane; Tamar Collection,Tasmania. Private Collections in Australia, NZ, Asia, USA, Germany, UK, France & United Emirates