Nature Is The Teacher Of Art Protea by Chelsea Gustafsson
10″ x 8″, 11″ x 9″ x 1.5″ with frame, Oil and Paint Pen on Wood Panel
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Foliage from September 5th to October 6th, 2015
Previous Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery:
- 3rd Year Anniversary Show from December 6th, 2014 to January 6th, 2015
Chelsea grew up in a small rural community in Australia, later moving to Melbourne to study painting and sculpture. Her love has always been for painting and she has had a varied creative career: working in a sculptor’s studio for a period of time, the art department in the film & television industry and in graphic design before having kids, which she now juggles whilst creating her art in the coastal town of Barwon Heads.
The flower is a continuation in my work that serves as a symbol of guilt for our indulgent and excessive lifestyles. I once thought of a vase of lush flowers as an unnecessary pleasure: no practical qualities and very short term pleasure. With our exposure to sensational and tragic daily news stories I think it’s quite normal to feel helpless and guilty for our privileged lives.
Ironically, because of this I think it’s therefore important to surround ourselves with beauty and all that inspires and motivates us, so that we can aspire to function at our best which has a positive consequence with how we communicate with and treat others. This piece focuses on the beauty of a single waratah flower. It’s head and collar of leaves are almost dragon like, rising proud and powerful.
Chelsea is an Australian artist, from Barwon Heads. Her delicately detailed works often explore themes around society and the environment.
2015 – With Love Your BIggest Fan 2, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
– BHPS Art Show. Barwon Heads, VIC.
2014 – 3rd Anniversary Show, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA.
– Group exhibition at Boom Gallery, Geelong.
– Solo exhibition at Boom Gallery, Geelong.
– Solo exhibition at Hut 13, Richmond.
2013 – Solo exhibition at Boom Gallery, Geelong.
2012 – Several group exhibitions, here and there.
2011 – Commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemists (UK) to produce a series of portraits (oil on canvas)
– Commissioned by TarraWarra Estate, in Yarra Glen to provide 25 paintings (oil on canvas).
2010 – a winner of the Linden Postcard Show.
Finalist in the 2009 ANL Maritime Art Prize; 2008 John Leslie Art Prize; 2007 Metro 5 Art Prize; 2006 ANL Maritime Art Prize… (and more)
Artist Website: http://www.chelseagustafsson.com/