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Marrickville’s Dorothy Kolentsis’ Advice To Aspiring Artists

Dorothy Kolentsis. Photo: Mahn England.

By Jarrod Wolfhunter

Dorothy Kolentsis wears many different hats in Sydney’s and more specifically, the Inner West’s art community.

Dot is a painter, sketching artist, ceramicist. Her role as Art Program Co-ordinator at the Art Gallery of NSW has Dot organising workshops for fledgling and emerging school-aged artists. Dot’s most recent exhibition was at Studio W in Wooloomooloo, and she is heavily involved in the Annual Charity Exhibition at Camperdown’s Chrissie Cotter Art Gallery.

Domestic Still Life Sketching has punctuated the artist’s well-established catalogue of work, with Kolentsis stating that she recently sold a still-life sketch of a can of coconut water that held a specific appeal to the buyer. Dot is rarely seen without her sketchpad, and admits to taking pleasure in drawing everyday items that can be found around her house, like, washed dishes, glassware, vacuum cleaner, and cutlery.

Kolentsis is using this break in routine to gather enough work and inspiration to hold another exhibition in 2022, but she is keeping her cards close to her chest on what exactly that might involve.

Dot’s message to budding local artists trying to gain purchase on a sometimes tricky and elusive Sydney arts scene is to focus on producing content; attend workshops and short-courses – The Julian Ashton Art School at The Rocks, and National Art School in Darlinghurst are great! And importantly, look for networking opportunities; speaking highly of “simpatico relationships” she has encountered along the way.

Lastly, in addition to a 2022 exhibition, Dot is planning on delivering workshops for children and adolescents in the Inner West.

You can see more of Dot’s work on Instagram.

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