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rika                     jammer

young canberra contemporary artist, canberra graphic designer, young canberra artist, mural artist, illustrator, young pencil artist, drawing commision, commision art canberra

I'm a young self-taught pencil artist based in Canberra. My name is Rika but as an artist I go by my middle name, Marlee. I'm currently studying architecture and am inspired by the sensory details of the built interior and often feature perspectives of places particular to personal experiences.


I work predominantly with graphite and wax pencils on large paper canvasses, I'm also looking to further experiment with video and installation work. I want to communicate a sense of place with dark monochrome tones and deep interior perspectives, accentuating the way light can bring both energy and a kind of stillness to a space. My most  recent work has featured scenes from my experience as a chronically ill teen, during long hospital admissions and days dealing with debilitating symptoms. My practice in the past has been an experimentation with realistic portraits and figurative drawing and painting studies. A notable exhibition was at the 100 Canberra exhibition with the centenarian portrait project by teenagers, my work 'Laurie' in a green monochrome won the people's choice award. 


2023   Winner: People's choice award at 100 Canberra | The National Exhibition with Laurie, Belconnen Arts Centre

2022   Winner: National Summer Art Scholarship with In time and place, National Gallery of Australia 


2021   Winner: Belconnen Youth Centre X Headspace ACT youth art prize with Aquinas virtue ethics, Belconnen Youth Gallery


2021   Highly commended: 2021 Staedtler youth art prize with Neurology consult, Staedtler Online Gallery

2019   Finalist: 2019 Young Archies with Fynn, Jakob, Art Gallery of New South Wales


2023    Open garden | Old Barn Gallery, Pialligo, ACT

2023    100 Canberra | The National exhibition with Laurie, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT 
2023  Step into the Limelight with The Gym, M16 Gallery Griffith, Canberra, ACT 
2022   Melba Copland Open night with The Gym and Tuesday morning, 8:25pm, Bob Ross Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2020  Step into the Limelight with One, M16 Gallery Griffith, Canberra, ACT 
2019   The Young Archies with Fynn, Jakob, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

2018   Step into the Limelight with Manfred, M16 Gallery Griffith, Canberra, ACT


'Golden Oldies' article on the story behind Rika's portrait of Laurie Horace Hancock, a relationship with an 82 year age gap. 

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