Becc Orszag in her studio

BECC ORSZÁG
lives + works MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

 

Becc Ország is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly within the medium of drawing. Ország’s practice is primarily an investigation into sacred space and religious experience, in which she explores the practice of idolatry, the relationships between the man-made monument and concepts of the holy, sacred and divine. Her work addresses the fine line between Utopic and Dystopic ideals by critiquing widely accepted political, religious and social belief systems.


EDUCATION

2010       Bachelor of Fine Art (with Distinction), RMIT University, Melbourne
2005      Diploma of Art (Graphic Art), Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Melbourne

 

SOLO + two person EXHIBITIONS

2018
• 'Fantasy of virtue / All things and nothing', Stockroom, Kyneton
• 'Mirror Drawing' Becc Ország + Matthew Allen, The Neon Heater Gallery, Ohio, USA

2017
• 'The Myth-Makers', Becc Ország + Jeremy Blincoe, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2016
• 'Sanctuary', Nicholas Projects, Melbourne

2015
• 'Linden Projects: Paper', Linden New Art, Melbourne

2014
• 'The land, the way and the wall', dianne tanzer gallery + projects, Melbourne
• 'Improbable Journey', Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale

2012
• 'The Promised Land', dianne tanzer gallery + projects, Melbourne

2011
• 'Autocue', Daine Singer Gallery, Melbourne

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
• ‘Analogue Art in a Digital World’ - RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

2018
•  '65th Blake Prize' - Casula Powerhouse, Casula
• 'Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing', Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney
• ‘Imagine' - Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
• 'Mixed Tape' - Stockroom, Kyneton
• 'This Wild Song' Exhibition and Fundraiser, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2017
• 'Into the Wilderness' - Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
• 'First Site 21st Birthday' - First Site Gallery, Melbourne
• 'Incinerator Art Award - Art for Social Change', Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne
• 'Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award', Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea  

2016
• 'Dark Symmetries', PS Projectspace, Amsterdam, NL
• 'Drawing to an End', MARS Gallery, Melbourne
• 'Paul Guest Prize', Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo
• 'National Works on Paper', Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington
• 'Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing', Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney

2015
• 'Inaugural', Nicholas Projects, Melbourne
• 'Incinerator Art Award - Art for Social Change', Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne
• 'Flux Control', Contemporary Drawing Survey, House of Bricks, Melbourne
• 'Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award', Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea

2014
• 'JADA Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award', Touring Exhibition, Australia
• 'Only Human', First Site, Melbourne

2013
• 'The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize', Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane

2012
• 'NotFair' 1000£ Bend, Melbourne
• 'Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards', Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Swan Hill

2011
• 'Point of No Return', dianne tanzer gallery + projects, Melbourne
• 'Rick Amor Print Prize', Montsalvat, Melbourne
• 'Launch - Graduate Showcase', Brunswick Arts, Melbourne

2010
• 'Drawing Twenty Ten' Graduate Exhibition, Building 4 RMIT, Melbourne

2009
• 'Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards', RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
• 'Stories Told', First Site Gallery, Melbourne

 

AWARDS + GRANTS

2019
• Dobell Drawing Prize - Finalist

2018
• 65th Blake Prize - Finalist
• Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing - Finalist

2017
• Incinerator Art Award for Social Change - Finalist
• Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award - Finalist

2016
• Paul Guest Prize - Finalist
• M Collection Art Award - Finalist
• National Works on Paper - Finalist
• Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing - Finalist

2015
• Incinerator Art Award for Social Change - Finalist
• Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award - WINNER EMERGING ARTIST PRIZE

2014
• JADA Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award - Finalist

2013
• The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize - HIGHLY COMMENDED
• Lethbridge 10 000 Award- Finalist
• Australian Council for the Arts, ARTSTART Grant RECIPIENT

2012
• Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards - Finalist

2011
• Rick Amor Print Prize - Finalist

2010
• Brunswick Street Gallery Works on Paper - Finalist

2009
• Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Travelling Scholarship- WINNER
• Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Acquisition Prize - WINNER

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Simon Gregg, ‘Imagine’, Gippsland Art Gallery, Imagine Exhibition Catalogue & Essay, 2017.
Simon Pericich, ‘All the things you see now will soon be gone and the things we can't see will last forever’, Art + Australia, Issue 2 (54,1): ‘The Plague’, 2017.
‘First Site Turns 21’, RMIT Link Arts, Exhibition Catalogue, 2017
Alex McCulloch, The Arts Show, 'Radio Interview: Becc Orszag and Jeremy Blincoe', 2017.
Ashley Crawford, 'The Myth-Makers', Gallerysmith Exhibition Essay, 2017. 
Louise Lakier, 'Creatives at Home, Artist Becc Ország in her converted garage studio' Houzz.com, 2016.
Sam Leach, 'Inaugural Review' The subMachine, 2015.
Katie Paine, 'In Conversation with Becc Ország' Nicholas Projects In Conversation series , 2015.
Art Smitten, SYN Nation Radio ‘Interview: Peta Clancy & Becc Ország’, 2015.
Simon Gregg, 'Becc Ország and the Splice of Life', Gippsland Art Gallery 'Improbable Journey' Catalogue, 2014.
Camille Serisier, Churchie National Emerging Art Prize Catalogue, Griffith University, 2013. 
Gene Flenady, 'State Philosophy' Perita Reperta V, Dawn Press, Drawings by Becc Ország, 2013.
Ashley Crawford, ‘Debutants’, Australian Art Collector, Jan-Mar, pp.153, 2012.
Ashley Crawford, ‘Undiscovered’, Australian Art Collector, Apr-June, pp.124-125, 2011.
Ashley Crawford, ‘The Ország Codex’, Autocue exhibition essay, Daine Singer Gallery, 2011.
Damien Mason, 'International Superheroes of Drawing, Illustration and World Domination', 2009.
‘Voiceworks’ Magazine Issue 77: Postscript, 2009.
‘Curvy 5’, Paper Tiger Media Group, 2008.
‘Voiceworks’ Magazine Issue 73: Carnival, 2008.
‘Voiceworks’ Magazine Issue 72: Harvest, 2007.

COLLECTIONS

Artbank, Gippsland Art Gallery, Siemens Australia, Private Collections in Australia, UK & Scandinavia.