Wayne Roberts, Australia


Wayne Roberts, Australia

Awards in art, literature & music. Exhibitions, collections, bibliography

Major art awards

Winner of the Paul Schwartz Memorial Award, 1996, American Watercolor Society, New York

'Top Fifty Prizewinner', 1996 Lana International Competition for Works on Paper, San Jose, California

Accepted Wynne Prize, 1996 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Winner of the Winsor & Newton Australian Art Awards, 1994 Sydney, sent the artist to London

First Prize, Watercolour, A. M. E. Bale Art Awards, 1994, Melbourne, Australia

Overall winner, "Statuette Award", Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts, Australia

Published Top-fifty Finalist in two sections, the '95 The Artist's Magazine USA competition from field of 9,500 entries


winner of 30+ national and international art awards from 1977 to the present.



2004, NSW Writer's Centre, Sydney (Non-fiction category) for self-published books, Highly Commended,

Principles of nature: towards a new visual language   ISBN 0975-090356. A thesis of more than 200 pages, 200 technical diagrams and 25+ colour plates.
It is the first publication of two new mathematical theorems discovered by the author.



Honours, Violin, A.M.E.B. Level: 8th Grade

Honours, Musicianship, A.M.E.B., Level: 7th Grade

First Level (3-unit) music, top decile, Higher School Certificate, N.S.W. Australia. 1976


FInalist, international music composition competition:
Sounds of Mattter
. University for Music & the Performing Arts Vienna, and, Univ of Vienna (Faculty of Physics),
Two compositions accepted from among 100 finalists and 36 countries.

Music studies under:

Lead violinist, Reading Symphony Orchestra, UK

Violin Reader, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sr Cecilia, Armidale, Australia (Violin & Musicianship)

Mrs D Rickards OAM.

Composition: classical and experimental works, electro-acoustic sound synthesis, and, multimedia.
Current interests in music performance include solo improvisations on acoustic and electric violin, and in small ensembles in a range of genres. Has performed with other musicians for a number of charitable causes.


Current other areas of interest include independent research in the fields of cancer, neuroscience, autoimmune diseases, immunology, and cell biology.
Has created animated illustrations for tertiary medical education.

Invented a ultra-high-definition 'stethoscope' with applications in the study of cardiac rhythms and dysrhythmias, including the neuro-acoustics of music and rhythm, music therapy and appreciation



Los Angeles, 1990. Exhibition also featured a recital of music by renouned Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel on the opening night.

Sydney: 1996 & 1999 solo exhibitions Porters Gallery

Canberra 1997, solo visual artist as part of gala arts evening event: art/music/dinner (Hyatt Hotel Canberra) including concert by The Australian Chamber Singers, The Albert Hall, Canberra

Ongoing exhibition of artworks at Gold Creek Gallery from 1992 - 2005 (when the gallery closed).

Wynne Prize exhibition, 1996, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney



Australian National University, TMP Worldwide, Winsor & Newton/Jasco Australia, ACTEW Corporation, Tommy Emmanuel. Represented in numerous corporate and private collections nationally and abroad.

Art for medical research

Donation of artworks to assist medical research, especially research into cancer.

Maintains a strong interest in cancer research, neuroscience, autoimmune conditions, metabolomics, epigenetics and related fields.

Other awards

Web: 2002. Professional Certification Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 Developer

Mathematics: Distinction, Calculus, 1993, Canberra Institute of Technology
                         Top decile, 4-unit mathematics, HSC, NSW 1996



Gage, J, Colour in Art, Thames & Hudson, London, 2006, pp 76-77  (referenced art)

James, W, The varieties of religious experience, Penguin Classics, 1985, New York, 25th reprinting, originally published by Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902  (The watercolour Antipodes was reproduced on the cover of this reprinting from the Penguin Classics edition)

Ottley, D, Grace Crowley's contribution to Australian modernism and geometric abstraction, (M. Phil) Department of Art History and Theory, University of Sydney, 2007, p. 121 and Appendix 2, (A detailed geometric analysis of Grace Crowley's Painting 1950 is provided by Wayne Roberts in Appendix 2 of this thesis by D Ottley.)

Roberts, W, Principles of Nature: towards a new visual language, W A Roberts P/L, Canberra, 2003

Yelland, P, Music of the Mind, Sydney Morning Herald and The Melbourne Age, 22 Nov. 2002

The Canberra Review, the watercolour The Look was published on the front cover of the June 1996 edition


American Watercolor Society 1996 Annual (Catalog featuring watercolor The Lifeboat by Wayne Roberts, winner of the Paul Schwartz Memorial Award

The Artist's Magazine, 1995 Art awards, (finalist in two sections of annual art competition)

Web publications

www.wroberts.com.au Designed and published by the artist circa 2000. (This is to be redesigned soon.)

www.principlesofnature.com (a dedicated web site for the book Principles of Nature: towards a new visual language. Published by the artist in 2003, and to the web 2004. (Also scheduled for update soon)


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