Nepean Art Society Inc.


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The Nepean Art Society was officially formed in 1967 by a small group of dedicated people. The enthusiasm of the current members continues.

Our aim is to provide a friendly environment where local artists can meet to learn, practise and exhibit their work.

The Society offers a variety of teachers, classes and demonstrations. Exhibitions are held twice a year to showcase and sell members' work.

We have over 100 members and welcome new members. Join us!

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how to become a nepean art society member

If you would like to join our Society please do so by going to the MyNAS page from the menu above and follow the steps listed. Membership fees are $30 for a full year from January to December. There are no discounts for part year membership.

latest news

Our next committee meeting will be at 1pm on Saturday, July 21st 2018 at The Studio (Old Council Chambers), 129 Henry St, Penrith.

All members are welcome to attend.


Our next demonstration will be held on Saturday July 14th 2018.

Demonstration July 14th

The Nepean Art Society feels very fortunate and pleased that our next demonstrator Richard Chao has agreed to demonstrate his skills for us. Richard has been highly acclaimed in many countries and has excellent credentials. We look forward to his demonstration. Richard Tiejun Chao is a Sydney-based watercolourist. He has an M.A. in Oil Painting and is a Master member of the International Watercolour Society.

What is exciting for him is to apply realistic technique to experiment with the possibility of watercolour in depicting the subject’s innermost being. His subjects are mainly the common people in life. However, every one of them is a manifestation of their own cultural background, religious beliefs and life experiences. They are from all walks of life, living in different corners of the world.
In this sense, each of them is unique. What Richard is looking for is the core of their uniqueness. That is, their hope, purity, devotion, happiness or hardship.

Achievements in last 3 years:

  • Winner, 1st Universal Watercolor Exposition Online Contest, IWS Global, 2018 
  • “Top3 Awards” by Daniel Smith, IWS Bangladeshi Biennale 2018
  • 1st Prize Winner, ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’, IWS Canada Watercolor Competition,
  • 2nd Place Winner, Harmony through Watercolor, 2nd IWS India Biennale, 2017
  • 2nd Place Winner, IWS Ecuador Biennale, Quito, Mar. 2017
  • Juror’s Selection Award, 8th Continental Watercolor Art Hua-Yang, Taiwan, 2017
  • Portraiture Top 10, IWS 2016 Albania Biennale Finalist,
  • Representative Artist of Australia, “Fabriano in Acquarello 2018”, Fabriano, Italy, Fabriano, Italy
  • Finalist in “Heritage @rt International Watercolor Exhibition, Indonesia, 2017
  • Finalist, NWS 2017 Member’s Exhibition, California, USA, June 2017
  • Finalist, “The World of Watercolor--IWS Slovakia International Watercolor Exhibition 2017”, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017
  • Finalist, Hunter’s Hill Art Exhibition, Hunter’s Hill, NSW, Australia, May, 2017
  • Finalist, Light Watercolor – 1st International Watercolor Festival IWS Portugal, 2017
  • Finalist, IWS HK  International Watercolor Biennale, Hong Kong, China, 2016
  • Finalist, IWS Canada Biennale, Vancouver, Canada, March 2016
  • Invited Demonstration & Guest Exhibiting Master, “Spring International Watercolor Festival”, Tirana, Albania, May, 2018
  • “Looking into the Sky”, Cover Painting, “Understanding Our Uniqueness”, interview article, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France, Mar 2017
  • Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Aug. 2016
Demonstration Details

It will be a demonstration on portrait painting and will take 1.5-2  hours. 
I will manage to finish it and display the painting steps, which includes washing, wet on wet, dry brush and multi-layers technique to build up a detailed work.
During the demonstration, some thought of expressing personalities of people will be shared.

I will also be bringing a few pieces of my work with me.

For more details and how to register, please go to the Demonstrations page or click on this link:
Demonstration – Richard Tiejun Chao

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Address: 129 Henry Street, Penrith, NSW, Australia 2750

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