Wednesday, April 30, 2014

little mother's day show at Botannix

There is a little mother's day show up at Botannix Yoga Studio and cafe, Botany, Sydney.

A mixture of new work on canvas - with a kitchen garden and food theme... and some of my very limited edition canvas prints.  When I say limited edition - I mean one or two.

The boys at Botannix have championed my work since 2011ish.  They have wonderful gardens in Sydney and Mt Victoria that supply the cafe, and the food and coffee is very very good.

Have a lovely week frooters!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New big canvas with a personal story

Dear 'Frooters'

If you've been following the blog you'll know I've recently started working on canvas.  I wanted to do this to work on some personal stories that have been living in my head for years but until now, I wasn't able to communicate them in the way I wanted to. 

Until now.  Here is a finished work - the first I hope of more in this vein:  the title of this piece is:
'When did you find out you were adopted? (you're shittin' me -right?)'

I was born in NZ and adopted in 1966 at 10 days old into a white family with 9 children. My parents took me at an age when they should have been looking forward to an empty nest and in the days before there were support groups and help books. All my life I have been asked by people where I'm from or how old I was when I found out I was adopted. My reaction to these questions has mellowed over the years - from anger/frustration, to telling the full story within minutes and jokes about family resemblance.

This is an attempt to convey this with humour but also the love: the obviously different race mother and child, the chinoiserie, full moon and flying fish in the garden - nothing is quite what it seems.
The title: well, it jarrs a little bit with the image but that is also the intention - something so detailed, and painted with care - given a fairly crude, but what I hope is a humorous title.

 And here is the progress of the work.  It probably took a month - 6 weeks all up:

A lovely Easter weekend to you all!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gabby Malpas at Platform72

Yes!  My trays were featured in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 12 April!
There are 5 designs to choose from and they are a very limited edition.

I am delighted to be showing work at Platform72 in their 'small spaces' exhibition.  All works are priced under $500 (mostly in the range of about $250 - $400), and there are some lovely works for sale.  They are also available online from their website.

I took my niece along to the opening at Central Park, Chippendale on Friday night. 

I should also mention that my scarves and trays are available exclusively online from their store from now until 11 May - here at Platform72.