Five Badass Queensland Artists To Follow Right Now
On the hunt for upcoming and established artists in Queensland? These female creatives are making magic, right here in the Sunshine State.
According to Jenny Wren over at Catalyst, we as humans are biologically predisposed to appreciate art. We can’t help it - it’s in our genes.
“Humans like art. We like seeing art, we like hearing art, and we like making art - art stimulates physiological responses, suches as changes in brain chemistry. Art exposes it’s audiences to a realm of new ideas, concepts and ideologies.”
So basically, art is not only cool - but it’s good for us. As women, it’s also good for us to support each other. If you love to see fellow Queenslanders succeed as much as we do, here are some of our favourite Queensland artists to check out for some visual inspo.
Toowoomba is in the midst of a creative renaissance, and one of the local emerging artists to watch is Mariska Fenner. As a multidisciplinary artist, Mariska uses anything and everything from acrylic paints, collages, watercolours and even ink to bring her work to life. Armed with a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Southern Queensland, Mariska’s work has been featured in a wide range of local group exhibitions and artist exchanges.
RIMAAD | Rachel Ireland Myers
RIMAAD - or Rachel Ireland Myers Art and Design - is the brainchild of Cairns based creative Rachel Ireland Myers. Weaving colour and nature together, Rachel paints her abstract and impressionist works with inspo sourced from the wildlife and plants of tropical North Queensland. In her own words, her artistic practice today is “a response to the colours, textures, energies and composition of my daily life”.
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In 2015, proud Bundjalung and South Sea Islander woman Kimberly needed a creative outlet after the birth of her first child. While juggling #MumLife, Kim has slayed the illustration scene with her style of digital lettering - think prints, diaries and even greeting cards. Even with two kids, every single purchase receives a hand written “thank you” note. As one of the warmest artists that you’ll likely find on the ‘Gram, Kim is passionate about women supporting women.
Although Tina has had many careers (think interior styling, IT and even a professional renovator) - all paths have always led her back to art. Tina’s contemporary artwork combines big textures with big colours, and has been a finalist in multiple Queensland artist awards. Even with her work featured on House Rules and Bluethumb, Tina admits that she is at her happiest when creating magic in her Brisbane bayside studio under the trees.
With her formative years spent in Ukraine, Toowoomba based artist London Heir has been very busy contributing to the local art scene “up the hill”. Favouring watercolours, London’s work predominantly explored the female body in its natural form and shys away from the glitz and glamour traditionally associated with women. Despite her tender age, she’s a long term resident of First Coat Studios, and hosts workshops for other regional creatives.
Want To Know More Queensland Artists?
Follow #QueenslandArtists - Up and coming creatives are likely to use social media to get their work out there (it’s free).
Visit Your Local Gallery - This especially goes for regional and rural areas in Queensland. There art scenes are out there thriving, even in the country.
Observe The Walls - We mean look out for murals, art featured in local cafes, and even at your friend’s house. Don’t be afraid to ask who created the piece, as word of mouth is life!
There’s no denying that times are tough right now, especially for local arts communities. Since we’re spending more time at home now than ever, it’s worth sourcing local works for your abode as opposed to mass produced prints sourced on the cheap.
When you shop local for art, there’s someone out there that does a happy little dance every time a sale goes through - trust us, we know. We do it on the reg here at Angie Illustrates, and we’re not sorry about it either.