Meet our Featured Artists
Donna Malone is a Brisbane-based artist who has been represented by Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery for over 10 years. Her practise depends on the persuasion and engagement of available materials
and the environment. The interplay of breath/spirit through drawing and paper collage informs her practise.
“For me Drawing is not just the art of measuring and putting down it is also the act of receiving. When the language of Drawing is open, I experience and respond to an energy coming from
behind the given set of appearances.
Collaging necessitates the paper being interrogated in an urgent and sensual way by marking, erasing, folding, gluing, shuffling, gauging and stapling it to exploit its surface.
Through both these processes, I am aware of a reciprocal energy moving towards me in an insistent and unspoken dialogue. By collaborating with this energy, I am participating in ‘a slice of the action’ as a series of marks and exertions are caught on the material and become the image.
The work is ‘done’ when the piece is still alive and conversing, when it hasn’t been laboured over or silenced, when I am still able to hear it breathe.”
Szczepan (Stephan) Urbanowicz is a Brisbane based, traditional watercolour artist. He has won a number of art awards for his beautiful renditions of land and seascapes. As an exhibiting artist, he is in high demand throughout South East Qld. Szczepan is also a respected teacher, happy to share his watercolour techniques with his students.
Szczepan’s use of atmospheric light effects in his work gives them amazing depth, allowing the viewer to immerse themselves in the scene.
‘Watercolour can be intimidating at times. It can also be extremely rewarding. I have often stopped to ponder an idea, contemplate an image in my mind and then gather enough courage to dive onto the paper with resolute conviction and confidence. Sometimes this “bravado” is short lived – and I find myself swimming in an ocean of muddy hues, superficial details and quickly drying pigments. Other times I am surprised by the ease with which an image appears before me…the economy of brushwork translating the environment around me…… a spontaneity in colour, in darks and lights – all to quickly capture the light, the mood and the essence of life around me – plein air.
So – this is my journey. A journey in watercolour where watercolour plays by its own rules, its own agenda and often providing exciting results. I am happy to pursue this challenge, to explore, to create, to be surprised and often frustrated by this illusive unforgiving medium.’
Peter originally studied to be an artist, back in the 20th Century. He spent 2 years studying vocational Fine Arts, three years undergraduate Fine Arts studies majoring in painting, then a Masters degree in Film and TV from the Royal College of Art in London.
For a number of years Peter worked as a stills photographer, cinematographer and film editor, then came to Australia to become a Producer of Educational Media for the Qld Govt. That eventually led to designing and producing multimedia and interactive educational software.
In the late 90s he began to draw and paint again, mostly at weekends, and in 2006 Peter Bull had his first solo exhibition. In 2011, he built a workshop/studio in Brisbane (‘The Shed’), and now, he’s a fulltime artist again. Peter is a multi-disciplined artist, continually experimenting with new and unusual media. His current series includes wire sculptures of the human form and limited edition block prints but there are some surprises to come!
Helena Jackson Lloyd
My practice is all about place. And I am interested in wild places.
My chosen wild place could be in a dry creek bed, a coastal mangrove swamp, or an open grassy plain.
In his book Landmarks, Robert MacFarlane writes: “The terrain beyond the city fringe has become progressively more understood in terms of large generic units (“field”, “hill’, “valley’, “wood”). It has become a blandscape. We are blase about place, ….meaning indifferent to the distinction between things.”
In a sense I am working against MacFarlane’s notion of a ‘blandscape’. In examining a place, I am aiming for connection; a return to a longing to be one with the landscape, fighting my own sense of dislocation, and alienation…. I am looking for enchantment within the landscape, and with place.
To study/connect with a place I work intensively ‘en plein air” (outdoors on location). Once I arrive at a place, I become present within the location and aware of my surroundings by walking, listening, feeling, surveying, and collecting things along my journey. Then I start making marks, loosely feeling the lay of the land with my pencil. I build up the surfaces with layers of mixed media and mark making, painting, scratching, erasing etc. Often using materials found on location such as twigs, branches, ochres.
People seeing Mark’s paintings for the first time are often struck by the colour, texture and size of his work. Mark’s semi-abstract landscapes reflect the starkness and colour of the Australian outback, with foregrounds that dominate the canvas in the vibrant colours of the Red Centre, or the strong greens and golds of Queensland’s far west.
The use of impasto on vivid foregrounds ensures they dominate Mark’s paintings, while pale atmospheric skies create an illusion of distance and space.
“I love painting in the field, for the sheer joy of sitting in a landscape among the kangaroos and birds of prey, or sleeping in a river bed on a clear night. I like to think this love of nature is reflected in my work. The only way to get the genuine feel of the landscape is to spend time in it and I hope that comes through in my painting.”
Mark has won a number of awards and prizes and has attracted numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
Originally from Gosford NSW, Llewellyn Skye now resides at the Gold Coast, with her young family. She can be found most days, painting in her studio, at the Dust Temple in Currumbin or at her home in Palm Beach. Skye, as she’s known to her friend’s, studied at the National Art School. Upon her graduation in 2005, she was approached by Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery in Southport where she continues to be represented to this day.
Skye exhibits regularly and has over 50 shows to her credit, including exhibitions in both Italy and France. Skye is a truly versatile artist, frequently experimenting with different mediums and styles. Her work is often playful, coloured and emotionally charged. She is inspired by the possibilities and relationships found through colour and her work is always bold and expressive.
‘Over time my work has developed more and more into colour and abstraction. I get really excited about trying new colour palettes and exploring paint with the use of layers and lots of energy. I find that abstraction allows me to be as colourful and as expressive as I can be. I’m inspired in so many ways, my mind is constantly thinking about paint and colour and what I want to paint next.’
Hayley Wills is an Everton Park artist who works most nights to keep up with the demand for her vibrant and abstract and botanical works. “I usually have four to six paintings on the go at one time, so they are laid out all over our bed and leaning up against every free wall,’’
While Hayley has painted all of her life, she only started selling her work late last year at the suggestion of her husband. Her work was immediately snapped up and Hayley, who formerly worked in management, suddenly had a new career.
Hayley is often inspired by the bright palettes favoured by her children and favours streamlined designs, focusing on a hero colour and a single flower or branch.“I’m inspired by a neighbour’s banksia, my mother-in-law’s gum blossoms or a tiny flower my daughter has picked at Nan’s place.”
Wendy began painting in 2011 – her works were immediately popular with local, national and international buyers. She found a ready market for her work in the resort city of Annecy, France (a short drive to Geneva, Switzerland).
Taking her inspiration from a childhood in Canberra, world travel, Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters, her style has been described as “Sergeant Peppers meets the French Masters for a picnic.” Nadine Prisset – Gallery owner Annecy, France. Her popular works are known for their vibrant colours and can be seen in business establishments and homes across Australia and with European collectors in France , Switzerland and the U.S.
In July 2013 Wendy left her corporate PR job and began pursuing her art as a fulltime practice. She travelled to France in October 2013 and found a ready market and for her work in the city of Annecy where she completed exhibiting The Art of Wendy Donellan In France in June and July 2014. The exhibition was a stunning success with works sold to Swiss and French art collectors (including Martine Russet) as well as some Australian online buyers.
On October 22, 2016 Wendy adopted the use of her brand – E.R. Stein using her middle name (Elizabeth), Grandmother’s name (Ruth) and the name of her Great Grandmother (Stein) in recognition of her Jewish heritage and in preparation for further expansion into the U.S. market. The triangle at the base of the brand echoes the Star of David and is also the symbol for Water.
Louise is a local emerging visual artist living and practicing in Brisbane. She attended Griffith’s Queensland College of Art in South Bank, graduating from a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with academic honours in 2009. The primary focus of her studies was centred around drawing and printmaking disciplines, however she also studied painting, sculpture and graphic design. Over the last few years she has been exploring the additional mediums of hand cut and digital collage, and now she embraces whatever form of mark making best communicates the desired feel in her mixed media pieces.
Her work is inspired by the movements of Dada and Surrealism, but also draws from a number of contemporary styles including street and commercial art.
“While my practice is still eclectic and continues to evolve as I hone my skills as an artist, I plan to continue my experimentation with new forms of image construction. I aim to create works which strike the perfect balance between chaotic movement and cohesive stories, between intricate detail and striking focus.”
Pasquale is a Brisbane based abstract painter with a formal art education, graduating with the Trevor Lyons Award from Griffith Uni- Queensland College of Art 2003. With a background in commercial screen printing and graphic design, Damien also enjoyed a short music career performing at many Melbourne venues. From his early days of group exhibitions in the growing Geelong art community, Damien’s style has evolved, creating bold monochromatic and layered compositions. Drawing inspiration from everyday objects and architecture, the artist’s heavy use of black, contrasted against white is sometimes combined and blended with vivid colour pallets.
‘There is nothing tentative about the work of Damien Pasquale. Using rugged but controlled brush strokes, Pasquale explores gestural movement and architectural structures in his layered compositions.
With a nod to luminaries Willem de Kooning, Jack Tworkov and particularly Franz Kline, his bold monochromatic paintings pay homage to the origins of abstract expressionism in that their essence is the spontaneous nature of their creation.
These are works that celebrate the action painters of the past with their textural inconsistencies, brush movements and visible records of the artistic process, but also look towards contemporaries such as Pierre Soulages, whose mastery of black pigment is fundamental to his practice.’ –Liesl Wharton
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Carley is an emerging Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Her contemporary works are beautiful, colourful and full of energy. Carley has strong feelings towards the way humans treat animals. This inspired her to use her work to highlight the influence of human population and greed on the environment. Each piece she creates holds a special meaning, hidden in the flowers, the insects, birds or animals. Carley’s pieces contain references to endangered fauna, extinct animals and wildlife at risk.
Carley likes to use her work to get people to think about how their actions affect the environment. Her other passion has been sourcing recycled frames and surfaces for reuse. Not only is she reducing the impact her practice has on the environment, she also loves that she is adding to the history of the frame and giving it a new life. Carley uses bold colours to provide a glimmer of hope and to help people realise that we as individuals can make a difference. She also uses transfers as she feels the image represents the fragility of the situation, it shows how endangered species are here but also almost gone.
Carley is currently represented by Retrospect Gallery in Byron Bay and Retrospect planet, a touring sister of the gallery in Byron Bay that takes Carley’s art all over the world to International Art Fairs and events. Her work has been sold in London, Sweden, Brussels, Milan, Hong Kong and Singapore. She was Retrospect’s artist of the month in May 2013 where her show sold out on the opening weekend. Throughout the past 4 years Carley has been a finalist in numerous art awards, and received a highly commended award in the Noosa Art Awards. She has been painting for over 25 years and holds a degree in Fine Arts painting from RMIT.