Welcome to Barbra Elvin Art:
It's great to have the chance to share with you about my journey in Art.
In these pages you can see my most recent works as well as just some of my earlier ones. Make sure that you check out the different Gallery's listed in the left panel as well as scrolling down to see other works.
I lived in the Redlands..(.Macleay Island and Cleveland)..South East Queensland since 1996 after moving here from Lake Macquarie near Newcastle N.S.W. and now have moved to Coombabah which is near Southport on the Gold Coast, Qld. where I have a larger studio space and a house without stairs and we are within a 10 minute drive to lovely beaches to walk and relax on. I am looking for a venue to hold some Art Classes as I really enjoy encouraging both beginners at Art and those who have never had much time to take up this great way of expressing oneself.
I trained at the Newcastle Art School and gained my Diploma of Art and Post-Graduate Degree in Painting there in the early '80's having previously been a Graphic Artist working with local Newspapers and Advertising Agencies.
I paint in a variety of mediums, acrylics, oils and pastels and use the landscape to draw inspiration from for my spiritually influenced works. For the past few years I have concentrated on Series Works about my life's journey – this really started when I commenced some paintings about my childhood which I entitled "My Father is the Gardener". The latest paintings I have been working on for the last few years I have entitled "Landscapes of Spiritual Journeying" and"The Journey of Surface Breakthrough". You can find more about that on "New Works & Works in Progress"
I hope you enjoy looking through my website and I would invite you to send me some feedback about my work.
For enquiries about purchasing works, please see my details on the contact page and availability and price details are to be found under the photos of paintings in the gallery.
Barbra Elvin Art Exhibitions and News
NEW WORK: Very pleased to say that my painting "Currumbin Rocks" was selected as a finalist in the recent Inaugural Morris Art Prize held at the Carrara Markets on the Gold Coast from 2nd to 11th March. A great showing of 200 works were there and the organizers did a superb job of all of the preliminary arrangements and the beautiful display of works which were all very well lit with each painting having space around it to allow no overcrowded feel for such a large turnout of works. The opening night was a huge success and some very worthy artists took out the top awards. Definitely will be trying for it again next year. Look for my painting on their Online Gallery.....unsold works are displayed on it for a month.....I will also include a photograph on this website.
ART CLASSES: I am pleased to say that I have been taking classes both last year and this year at the Gold Coast Art School in Margaret Street, Southport. Mary Toy is the owner and principal there and the School has been in operation on the Gold Coast for about 20 years. They have a good following and offer classes from Beginners to more Experience Artists. It is a great venue with a very Arty feel about the place with lots of little and large rooms with or without air conditioning...some off street parking....and space for storing works and a library of reference material. The class I have been running since we resumed in February is for Beginners..an 18 week course touching on many aspects including gestural drawing in pencil & charcoal..proportion...tonal values....colour mixing...still life painting....it is very enjoyable for me to teach and encourage people who may have always wanted to "take up art" so to speak and have never before either had the time..nor thought they "were good enough" to do so. It will be great to take this group even further on their adventure after the 18 weeks have finished. I am also still teaching a small group of students who were under my care last year. Wonderful to see how people grow.
Here are some photos of my exhibition held in September 2014 at the Aspire Gallery in Paddington which is a lovely new gallery with a good vision for the future and according to their Newsletters is doing very well promoting artists at a time when good venues are hard to find. My aim for that exhbition was to show some of my realism works (perhaps 4 or 5) alongside of my most recent works which show the transition from realism back to the more contemporary abstract style that I used to follow a few years back. I have come to realize that although I felt I was becoming stale in my works....they were really a necessary period for me to dig deep into the landscape which I know seems to parallel my own particular personal landscape (journey). I can now draw from them and move on. The name (part thereof) "....Surface Breakthrough" is important to me as I am now digging deeper within the rocky terrain, to show the life within....both past and present. I am excited about this new transitional stage and looking forward to the upward climb.
Below are some paintings "in situ" at the Hillier & Skuse Gallery during 2015/16 Some of the paintings are on this website in the section New Works & Works in Progress. Prices are available by contact the artist through the email address shown in Contact section.