Colley Whisson

“Better paintings begin when you are totally captivated by the subject. I have a strong belief that painting is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas.”

Sorrento Marina, Italy, 18x14, oil
Sorrento Marina, Italy, 18x14, oil
Colley Whisson $2600
The Covered Bridge, USA , 10x07, oil
The Covered Bridge, USA , 10x07, oil
Colley Whisson $1150
The Small Crop Farm, USA, 7x10, oil
The Small Crop Farm, USA, 7x10, oil
Colley Whisson $1150
Tennessee Light, USA, 7x10, oil
Tennessee Light, USA, 7x10, oil
Colley Whisson $1150
Near St. Mark's Square, Venice • 14x18, oil
Near St. Mark's Square, Venice • 14x18, oil
Colley Whisson • $2600
Sunday Morning - GA, USA • 12x16, oil
Sunday Morning - GA, USA • 12x16, oil
Colley Whisson • $2000
The Formal Lounge • 14x18, oil
The Formal Lounge • 14x18, oil
Colley Whisson • $2600
Three's a Crowd - USA, 7x10, oil
Three's a Crowd - USA, 7x10, oil
Colley Whisson $1150
San Gimignano, Italy • 16x12, oil
San Gimignano, Italy • 16x12, oil
Colley Whisson • $2000
A Quiet Retirement, 7x10, oil
A Quiet Retirement, 7x10, oil
Colley Whisson • $1150
His First Ride, 7x10, oil
His First Ride, 7x10, oil
Colley Whisson • $1150
Collecting Flowers - Texas • 7x10, oil
Collecting Flowers - Texas • 7x10, oil
Colley Whisson • $1150
A Quiet Conversation - Australia, 9x12, oil
A Quiet Conversation - Australia, 9x12, oil
Colley Whisson $1400
Eternal Charm, 19x22, oil
Eternal Charm, 19x22, oil
Colley Whisson • $4150

Colley Whisson Bio

Colley Whisson was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1966. He grew up in semi rural surrounds which gave him an appreciation for nature and the outdoors, enjoying every opportunity he had been given to study and appreciate its nuances. In 1985 he had a brief stint as a picture framer which now looking back upon was an excellent introduction to the art world as a young adult.

After giving him all the necessary fundamentals required in becoming an artist his father Eric encouraged and guided his early artistic direction.

Colley has long believed “It’s not what you paint but how you paint it”. With this in the fore-front of his mind he dedicated himself to developing his skills to the highest level possible. Colley’s aim is to tell a visual story with clarity and sophistication but he is also driven to distort and abstract the image as much as possible while still maintaining a realistic image. Being in high demand to hold exhibitions, tutoring appointments, judging and demonstrations in Australia and abroad, he looks forward and relished every opportunity. He is happy to carry the tag as one of Australia’s finest young Impressionist painter’s. With books, magazine articles and demonstration DVD’s to his credit he feels that he has begun to make his mark in the Art World.

Colley aims to share his knowledge and joy of painting with like-minded artist’s world-wide. Throughout his career he has been blessed to be able to share this wonderful artistic journey with his wife and two young sons.

This journey is ongoing and he looks forward to each time he returns to his easel.

Artist Statement

“I have always felt I was a painter of light, but now believe if my paintings are to succeed I need to be a good painter of shadow as well. When I am on my travels searching for painting subjects the signal that tells me I have discovered something worthwhile is when I am so captivated by the scene that recording my response to it is more important than anything else. At that moment nothing else matters. But it doesn’t have to be a direct response to the landscape that captivates and inspires me. It can be anything. It can be music playing in the studio. For instance, ever since I was a kid I’ve loved the music of Roy Orbison. When I play his music in my studio and hear him sing I believe my fascination with his voice propels my work to greater heights. Love, in whatever form, can be an enchanted moment that helps me when I paint. It might be remembering the first time I saw my wife’s face in the crowd or the smile on my young sons’ faces…it can be an innocent or everyday thing that lifts my work to another level. Once you understand how your mind works you will see that there is more to painting than making a straightforward technical response. Better paintings begin when you are totally captivated by the subject. I have a strong belief that it is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas.”

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Prizes In Australia

    • 1992 Highly Commended Ascot
    • 1992 Highly Commended Caboolture
    • 1992 1st Prize Traditional Mackay
    • 1993 RNA 2nd Prize (Open) Brisbane
    • 1993 RNA 2nd Prize – Landscape Brisbane
    • 1994 Highly Commended Redcliffe
    • 1994 Highly Commended Nudgee College
    • 1994 RNA 3rd Prize Brisbane
    • 1994 Highly Commended Cloncurry
    • 1994 1st Prize Pine Rivers Shire Show
    • 1994 Highly Commended Ascot
    • 1999 Commended Camden (NSW)
    • 2000 Highly Commended Cloncurry
    • 2001 2nd Place – Landscape Cloncurry
    • 2002 2nd Place – Seascape Pine Rivers Shire Council
    • 2003 1st Prize – Traditional North Sydney Shire Council
    • 2004 Highly Commended Camberwell Rotary Art Show
    • 2005 1st Prize – Traditional Pine Rivers Shire Council

Exhibitions

    • July 1987 Whisson Family Show Mt Glorious (Qld)
    • Mar 1990 Whisson Family Show Dalby (Qld)
    • June 1990 First Solo Exhibition Buderim (Qld)
    • July 1990 Whisson Family Show Wynnum (Qld)
    • Nov 1990 Solo Exhibition Red Hill (Qld)
    • May 1991 Mixed Exhibition Wynnum (Qld)
    • May 1991 Nudgee College Centenary Art Brisbane (Qld)
    • Festival – (Feature Artist)
    • July 1991 John Paul College Art Daisy Hill (Qld)
    • Festival – (Feature Artist)
    • Dec 1991 Whisson Family Show Montville (Qld)
    • May 1992 Whisson Family Show Rochedale (Qld)
    • April 1993 Whisson Family Show Blue Iris (Qld)
    • Aug 1993 Dual Exhibition Red Hill (Qld)
    • Dec 1994 Solo Exhibition Montville (Qld)
    • Dec 1995 Solo Exhibition Montville (Qld)
    • Oct 1996 Dual Exhibition Red Hill (Qld)
    • Dec 1996 Dual Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • Aug 1997 Rising Stars Noosa (Qld)
    • Nov 1997 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • Feb 1998 Young Achievers Noosa (Qld)
    • Dec 1998 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • June 1999 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • Oct 1999 Solo Exhibition Camden (Sydney)
    • Nov 1999 Dual Exhibition Red Hill (Qld)
    • Mar 2000 Solo Exhibition Kew (Melbourne-Vic)
    • June 2000 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • June 2001 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • Oct 2001 Solo Exhibition Kew (Melbourne-Vic)
    • Mar 2002 Solo Exhibition Dromana (Vic)
    • April 2002 Solo Exhibition McGrath’s (Sydney)
    • July 2002 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • May 2003 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • Aug 2003 Dual Exhibition Canberra (ACT)
    • Oct 2003 Solo Exhibition Bowen Hills (Qld)
    • June 2004 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • Oct 2004 Solo Exhibition Bowen Hills (Qld)
    • Feb 2005 Joint Exhibition Bowen Hills (Qld)
    • Nov 2005 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • May 2006 Solo Exhibition Bowen Hills (Qld)
    • Nov 2006 9″ x 5″ Exhibition Wellington (N.Z)
    • May 2008 Solo Exhibition Noosa (Qld)
    • Sept 2008 Solo Exhibition Sutherland (Sydney)
    • Oct 2008 Feature Artist Scottsdale, Arizona (USA)
    • May 2009 Modern Impressionism-In-Action Brisbane (Qld)
    • Aug 2010 Solo Exhibition Melbourne (Vic)
    • Sept 2010 Solo Exhibition Adelaide (S.A)
    • Aug 2011 Solo Exhibition Brisbane (Qld)