Natasha Zraikat is a prize-winning imaginative realist oil painter based on the Gold Coast.
Finalist – SBS Portrait Prize 2021
Finalist – Dean Cogle Portrait Prize 2020
Finalist – Lethbridge 20000 Art Award 2020
Finalist – Art Lovers Australia Art Prize 2020
Finalist – Dean Cogle Portrait Prize 2019
Finalist – Lethbridge 20000 Art Award 2019
Finalist – Neumann Dust Temple Portrait Prize 2018
Semi Finalist – Lethbridge 10000 Art Award 2018
Winner – Get Inked Feature Artist – Raw Ink Magazine 2013
Finalist – Lethbridge 10000 Art Award 2012
Finalist – Metro Gallery Art Award Melbourne 2010
Finalist – RASGO Open Art Awards 2010
Finalist – Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize 2010
Featured Artist – Vegas Spray Online Gallery 2009
Featured Artist – Inside Solo Magazine Volume 12 2009
Winner – Citywide Art VIII Competition, Florence, Italy 2008
Natasha’s work brings us to a place where realism and imagination meet. Through brilliant, oil-painted sky scapes, narrative portraiture, allegory and symbolism, her works offer an insight into the artist’s innermost musings. A lifelong affinity with animals has seen Natasha grow into a passionate environmentalist and these themes have begun to spill into her work in recent years as her concerns about the state of the natural world continue to intensify.
Natasha is a largely self-taught artist, having taken one year in Florence, Italy for informal artistic development, during which time she won Best in Show in the City Wide Art VIII Competition for her work Jason. She was a finalist in numerous other renowned art prizes, including the Metro Gallery Art Award, SBS Portrait Prize, Lethbridge Art Prize, Dean Cogle Portrait Prize, Substation (formerly Williamstown) Art Prize and the Art Lovers Australia Art Prize. Natasha currently works from her studio on Australia’s Gold Coast (Yugambeh Country). Natasha’s work has also been seen in House & Garden UK and featured in Precinct Magazine, Raw Ink Magazine, Inside Solo Magazine and Gelmag.
Building upon previous years in contemporary portraiture, Natasha’s more recent works look beyond the physical subject – diving into the realms of deeper consciousness and the human relationship with the natural and spiritual worlds. Thoughtful compositions, glowing palettes and painterly brushwork combine, blurring the lines which often define realism and inviting the viewer into a dream-like state where intuitive meaning triumphs over physical reality.
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