Monday, August 3, 2015

leaping rabbit, hidden butterfly - styling shots

Dear Frooters

I've neglected the blog lately but it's not for lack of projects.

Platform72 are now starting to promote my forthcoming show: 'leaping rabbit, hidden butterfly' which is due to open on 20th August.

Some gorgeous styling shots were taken over the weekend of the large two canvases.

Photography and styling by Meredith & Pablo

Monday, May 25, 2015

Exhibition images: Breathing colours 19-31 May 2015

It was  fabulous afternoon and I was honored to have so many guests for afternoon tea.  I was particularly thrilled to meet some fellow adult adopted persons for the first time.

The catalogue is online here and prints are also now available of my work here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gabby Malpas exhibition at Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain

Dear Frooters

As a client once said: I've been busier than a one-legged man in a butt kicking competition...

But I'm delighted to announce the first of my 3 shows for 2015 at:

Breathing Colours Art Gallery446 Darling St,Balmain, NSW 2041

There is a catalogue for my works online here: all enquiries to the
Phone: 02 9555 8543
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm
(and by appointment)

I would love you to come to the opening on Saturday 23rd May from 4pm - 7pm.  I will be baking for the occaison: the world-famous Malpas sausage rolls will be in attendance.

Here are the four gorgeous invitations by design guru and my brand guardian: Miss Emma Harris, now of Auckland town...


Monday, April 20, 2015

Peranakan ceramics

A selection of Peranakan and Chinese ceramics for forthcoming shows and projects.  I am enamoured by the beautiful colours of Peranakan ware, made especially for the Straits Chinese communities of SE Asia.

I reference the patterns and shapes through books and google - seriously, if I had these at home I'd be worth a fortune!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

New images for forthcoming shows

I didn't have a Christmas or NY break, instead I've been working on a lot of new projects and images for forthcoming shows.  I have three booked in for 2015 so have to work while the mojo is hot.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tigermom - work in progress

Soon after New Year, I took a trip to Hillandale Gardens & Nursery in Yetholme to spend the day with my chum Sarah, talk about the new seed varieties I need to paint for this year's crop and enjoy the countryside.

Of course I came back with armfuls of flowers: Hydrangeas and tigerlilies so I set to, and started working on this image: 'Tiger mom', a gentle parody/protest at that term for overtly pushy and ambitious Asian mothers.  I have put the tiger lillies into some very colourful Peranakan pots - these beautiful porcelian pieces were used at weddings amongst the Straits Chinese community in Singapore and Malaysia and I've been a huge fan ever since I came across some in a museum in Penang around 1988.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gabby Malpas for Armuseli, Spain

I am delighted to be collaborating with the team at Armuseli, Spain on their capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2015.

I spied first photos of a garment featuring my 'Hope' butterfly a week or so ago and below are links to various media pieces after the launch.

I particularly love the youtube video of the team and guests having high tea - that is exactly the sort of scenario I set up for my own gallery openings!

Blog post from: Back To Trendy

Blog post from:

You Tube video by Sin Magazine - see the Gabby Malpas labels!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Gabby Malpas: new cushion covers arrived

These just landed this week.  This is the final print run of cushions for the year and these, like everything else I produce, are limited edition.
Each cushion cover is 100% cotton, machine washable and numbered as a limited edition print.  I'd recommend keeping them out of very direct sunlight and outdoors.
The pattern depictions shown here are the front and back of each cushion.

42 of the spanish poppy (dark purple), and hellebore cushion covers were made and 45 of the poppy and acid begonias cushion covers (with purple piping).

These are in my online store at, and will be coming soon to Platform72 and Breathing Colours Gallery soon...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CoSydney: Artshine's new art space

Vinh Van Lam is an art mentor of  mine and is currently training me in art licensing.  He is a true supporter of artists - he and his partner have put their money where their mouths are and have opened a beautiful new artists' space in Chippendale, Sydney.

The opening night is Next Thursday, 6th November.  All welcome

The Artshine website is here - it's a fabulous resource for artists and buyers alike

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Photos from the show: Where are you from? at Platform72

It was a wonderful night and I was overwhelmed with the support of friends, family and complete strangers who came.
Adoption agencies took an interest and there were representatives from AdoptChange, the Benevolent Society and others.  Helen McCabe, who is on the board of directors at AdoptChange opened the show and was so generous with her time.

Platform72 were just wonderful as always