Alumni artist Nyah Isabel Cornish was excited to learn that her paintings had received international attention. A few months on she is preparing for her first ever solo exhibition in Berlin.
A big part of choosing to study at RMIT was that they provided their students with studio spaces. This really allowed me to explore my practice and having access to these spaces on weekends meant it was easy to balance work life and university life.
“I have always loved drawing and painting, creativity has been a huge part of my life and I knew I would end up creating art in some form.”
“The location of RMIT is fantastic, being so centrally located meant easy access to some of the best galleries in Australia.
“My painting lecturers at RMIT encouraged me to experiment, and think outside of my comfort zone. I was shown how to use paint in new ways, introduced to a range of artists, influences, ideas and concepts. These influences led me to develop my own unique style, which enabled me to create some of my most successful works.
“In my third year of studying, a Melbourne based gallery discovered the paintings I was making as part of my course work. They asked me to participate in an art fair that showcased unrepresented artists.
“I was completely shocked when I arrived on the night of the fair to find that all of my works had sold out prior to the exhibition opening! From here I was given more opportunities to exhibit my work across different galleries in Melbourne and Sydney.
“During my Honours year at RMIT, a gallery in Berlin noticed my work online and before I knew it I was preparing for my first ever solo show! Having my work shown overseas felt like a dream, it is something I never expected to happen while I was still studying.
“It was such a busy and exciting time for me. I was distracted by my anticipation to be showing at a huge art fair, but also knew I needed to focus on developing my course work for Honours and my thesis at the same time!
“It was daunting to know my art was going to be showcased alongside some of the biggest artists in the world. I’ve never travelled to Europe so it is quite a strange feeling having my first solo exhibition there. I never expected my paintings to travel before me!”