b. 1993 -

Painter and sculptor Gene A’Hern (b. 1993), is a graduate of the National Art School and a hugely promising addition to the Sydney art scene. As an accomplished drawer and draftsman, A’Hern’s visual language is not a rejection of realism but its sublimation. His abstract works are an autobiographical illustration of his present thoughts and discoveries. They explore his spiritual mediations, the impermanence of time and reflect the importance of being present in the moment.

Install shot – Gene A’Hern – Building On Ruins, 16th August – 1st September 2018

A’Hern’s art-making process is intimately entwined with his dyslexia and discovering that the way he views the world is unique. Even after investing in dyslexia glasses, he chooses not to use them while painting, as the resulting work would be interpretations of a reality that is not his own. A’Hern’s dyslexia has taught him to embrace the uncertainty and vulnerability of his artistic expression without fear of imperfection.

Install shot – Gene A’Hern – Building On Ruins, 16th August – 1st September 2018

A’Hern uses symbols and motifs found throughout his sketchbook as the catalyst for his artworks. Through his artistic process of disinhibited, childlike automation the spiritual motifs evolve; they reveal or change their meaning. The resulting artworks are honest, emotive and spontaneous. They are full of light, vibrant colour and expressive mark-making.A’Hern instinctively combines spray paint, acrylics, oils, pastels and charcoal in an unprecedented fashion in the making of his works.

Catalogue, Gene A’Hern – Building On Ruins:


View Online catalogue: For Now (Solo exhibition) – 27 September – 14 October 2017



2018  Building on Ruins, Piermarq (solo)
2017  For Now, Piermarq (solo)
2016  Graduate Show, The National Art School
2016  Rodeo Sideshow, Piermarq Art Gallery
2016  Undergraduate Show, The National Art School
2016  Imitation Green Cordial, Stairwell Gallery, The National Art School


2016  Robin Gibson Gallery New Talent Award
2016  Parkers Sydney Fine Art Painting Award 3rd Year
2010  The Sam Griffin People’s Choice Award

Would you like to view more works by Gene A’Hern? Feel free to give us a call on (02) 9660 7799 or email us on [email protected]

Gene A'Hern in the studio, Katoomba NSW. Credit: Nick A'Hern
Gene A’Hern, Larn’s hill (2018) Acrylic, enamel, pastel & oil on canvas 100.5 x 150.5cm
Gene A'Hern, Home Light (2018), mixed media on canvas, 102 x 152.5cm
Gene A'Hern, Three Kings (2018), mixed media on canvas, 100.5 x 150.5cm
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