10 EMERGING ABSTRACT ARTISTS FROM AUSTRALIA
Ben Tankard is an iconic abstract artist.
Ben Tankard has a reputation for creating non-figurative pieces inspired by classic Penguin covers and other pop culture icons. I create my abstract art by layering acrylic paint. Although I have an image in mind, I usually get it done with 5 to 6 coats of acrylic paint. There is always some chance of a mistake with drips or spatters. The more texture the final surface, the better. Sometimes my paintings look neat. They are also chaotic and distorted, but they all fit into the same series because of their subject matter.
Ben is most well-known for his Unpopular Penguin books, but his Monopoly works are close behind!” Penguin paperback books and classic board games such as Monopoly have influenced the last few years. Jasper Johns, a 20th-century artist who transformed everyday imagery into abstract, large-scale, richly textured art, was the inspiration. In the future, I would like to create paintings that are based on old paint tubes, poker cards and 80s video games.
Ben, an abstract pop artist, hangs in his studio one of the pieces.
Dinah Wakefield is an abstract artist who freely flows:
Dinah Wakefield is another artist who has a unique style. Her preferred colour is cool tones like olive greens and teals. Dinah says, “I use a lot of water in my paint so that it flows and moves across the canvas.” As this allows me to express myself freely, I prefer to paint large scale. But even with all this freedom, there is still a sense of sensitivity. Fine lines indicate subtle edges and contours. An abstract is my preferred working method because I’m more interested in creating experiences for viewers than in representing landscapes.
Dinah states that her recent move to Noosa from Sydney was “very stimulating for my art practice.” This region’s beauty has been an integral part of my painting. The beauty of the surrounding landscape inspires me daily and lifts my spirits. I love how the light affects different elements like the ocean, trees, and stones.
It’s no wonder that pieces by Dinah like Gaia Alla Aqua have become a favourite of interior designers.
I paint instinctively,” says Dinah. Dinah says that she has been meditating for many years. My paintings are an expression of what I see in my meditation. Each painting begins as a leap into faith, a jump in the unknown, a feeling of colour or a form that leads to a finished piece. Each step is guided instinctually by my inner vision. The painting becomes a point of reference for me in my daily life.
An Abstract Artist’s Expressionism: Maggi McDonald
Maggi McDonald describes her style as an “abstract expressionist with strong gestural feeling.” My artworks reflect my feelings and perceptions about the world and its place. I’m equally attracted to brightly coloured palettes and black and white.
My style evolved from simple surface design marks to more complex, layered, and textured mark-making. I’m always experimenting with new paint effects and mediums. I love to see what paint can do and where it wants my work to go.
“Another day in this beautiful country we call Australia…surrounded by natural beauty and abundance.” Another Day in Paradise By Maggi McDonald. “Everything around me inspires me,” Maggi says. “Colour is a constant source of inspiration in my work. I am always in awe of nature, especially the ocean. It’s difficult not to be inspired every day by the natural beauty of Australia. I love to travel, and I am fascinated by the legacy of tribal art. As a South African native, my black-and-white artworks reflect the shapes and lines of African and Peruvian art. My husband is also of Peruvian descent.
Sharon Monagle: Abstraction meets Figurative
Sharon’s Mirage represents an imagined landscape she conjures in her mind.
How can a medical professional manage a demanding workload? Sharon Monagle has found the perfect balance in her artistic practice. Sharon is best known for her abstract expressionist style and portraits. She works primarily with acrylic paint but occasionally experiments with ink, oils, and collage.
When grief swallowed me is our emotional heart. It captures a feeling of our true heart. Despite the grief, the heart pumps, blood flows, and the pulse continue. It is a picture of great sadness but also great love and hope.
Sharon’s work explores human rights, social justice and feminism, and encourages self-inquiry. My work is influenced by personal, political, and aesthetic influences. While I can paint landscapes, portraits, and abstract paintings, my favourite genre is figurative art. My work will include themes such as body language, storytelling, and the diversity of the human experience.
Marnie McKnight, Artist’s Message to Happiness and Peace
Marnie McKnight is an artist who uses positive and playful interpretations of natural elements. I started with just a few acrylic paints and the desire to paint. Over time, I developed my style by trying new brushstrokes, challenging myself with different colours, and sometimes incorporating minimal figurative work.
Marnie features her distinctive style of abstract painting. We feel calmer already!
Marnie says, “I am inspired by mood, light, and nature.” She adds that she tries to convey happiness through every painting so that, while it may be strikingly coloured, its brushstrokes are calming. I enjoy playing with light and shadow to create drama in my artworks. I also love drawing colours and shapes from the natural world. So far, my collections have been inspired by the sky and the sea. Australian coral reefs inspire my latest series.
Talk about chic! Marnie’s artworks take pride of place here.
Brendan Kelly: The Unconventional Abstract Artist
Brendan Kelly was an adult when he discovered the art world. His story has a heavy narrative but an air of inspiration that ultimately helps to influence his artistic practice.
A visible recurrence in line characterizes his acrylic work. This creates form and composition. Brendan’s raw and simplified style makes it easier to understand the ideas behind his work.
Cameron Holmes, an abstract artist, learning to let go:
“If I had to label it, I would refer to my work as contemporary abstract expression,” declares abstract artist Cameron Holmes. “My style evolved through my ability to grasp colour and other aesthetics over the years. Another important development was letting go during the making of work. It’s not my style to create a plan, so it’s been an important development to let go of a more logical mindset.
“My inspiration comes all around me. It doesn’t matter what form you choose. It can be a variety of media, including film, music and literature, or it could include experiences or conversations. My greatest inspiration is my personal human experience and how I can be objective enough so that the artwork is relatable to others.
Amanda Krantz, Artist’s Organic Psychedelia
Amanda Krantz describes her complex, free-flowing art as ‘Organic Abstract’ or ‘Organic Psychedelia. She says it was born out of a love of the varying physical characteristics of the paint and the way that, left to nature and exposed heat, they mix and flow to create effects that mimic elements found in nature.
Amanda’s painting style draws inspiration not only from nature but also from the act itself of painting. Amanda says that painting is an endless source of inspiration as a medium.
Karen Lee, Abstract Artist Inspire by Environment and Heritage
Like many artists on Bluethumb, Karen Lee draws inspiration from nature. This is evident in her work. Karen’s unique interest in colour and patterns in nature, combined with symbols common to Aboriginal art, is what sets her apart as an emerging abstract artist. An intellectual curiosity about the history and scars of the landscape.
“My goal is to create artworks that are bright and beautiful but also have ambiguous meanings and stories from the past. I love historical stories or people’s personal stories. I believe that the past and the present are intrinsically connected.
Tides tell the story of change. There are many experiences we have as we go through our lives. Sometimes it is easy to get stuck and feel like life is stagnant. But, just as a tide, life is constantly changing.
Australia through Abstraction: Tulika das
We’ve seen Tulika Das, an emerging artist, grow from strength to strength in the short time with Bluethumb. Tulika, an Indian education, notes that she has learned a lot from Australia. She has also acquired a certain level of technical ability and technique.
Tulika’s intuitive use of colour and soft shapes is reflected in the composition of her abstract pieces like Fiesta.
Tulika says that Australia is a great place to be an artist or a lover of art. There is art everywhere. Fascinating murals found on narrow side streets, giant iconic sculptures scattered throughout the city, and sweeping landscapes of endless fields and glowing beaches that are dotted around the suburbs of Victoria… These images strike a chord and make me want to grab my paintbrushes and start expressing my thoughts on canvas. It’s my escape and my addiction.
Tulika frequently moves between subjects within the landscape, people and nature. Abstract, semi-abstract, or illustrative subject matter are the mainstays of Tulika’s work. She primarily uses Acrylic on canvas. Each piece is created after I have spent daydreaming and planning the layout. Inspirations come from all walks of life, including nature, cracks in road markings, and anything that catches my eye for a second and then fades, leaving behind a blurry impression.