michelle hungerford

Michelle Hungerford lives and works in Tamworth NSW, Australia, as a full-time working artist who is predominately a painter of the landscape. 

Michelle commenced her formal Art Education in 1987 when she enrolled in a Fine Arts course at Tamworth TAFE.  After many years filled with part time study, painting and having children, in 2003 she graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Class 1 and was the recipient of the University Medal. 

Whilst at University, in 2002 Michelle won the Watt space student acquisitive prize, works on paper, and the National Tertiary Prize, 2D section, judged by David Boyd. Also in that year she represented Newcastle University in “Hatched” - the National Graduate show at PICA in Perth.

In 2003 one of Michelle’s works was chosen for the cover of the official Newcastle University Christmas card. This image drew the attention of a curator at the Cambridge University in the U.K. This led to an invitation to have one of her works included in the University’s New Hall Women’s art collection. This collection is the second largest collection of women’s art in the world.

In 2006 Michelle held her first international solo show at New Hall, Cambridge University. Following this a second of her works was purchased for the collection.  In 2009, she had her second solo show at Cambridge UK.

In 2015 after spending extended time painting and travelling in Germany and Europe, Michelle participated in a three person show at the Australian Embassy, Berlin, Germany. This show opened in June 2016 and finished September 2016.

Closer to home Michelle has exhibited in commercial galleries in Newcastle and Sydney and various Regional Galleries.  A finalist in many art prizes, Country Energy, Norvill, Parliamentary Plein Air, Gallipoli and highly commended and commended on numerous occasions.

Michelle taught for many years at Tamworth TAFE in Arts and Media. In recent times she teaches painting and drawing workshops at Tamworth Regional Gallery.

Michelle is represented by Weswal Gallery,Tamworth NSW Australia.

Michelle Hungerford Bio


Interview with ABC Radios Kelly Fuller

Michelle Hungerford’s paintings representing something seen as surely as something that has been felt. Hungerford’s painting has evolved from pure abstraction to figurations, from colourful and sharp-edged to gestural and subdued, to a current and fascinationg style that incorporates aspects of all these approaches.
— Andrew Frost - Curator