As 2019 draws to a close, I am delighted to announce that my next exhibition will be at Gallows Gallery in Perth in August 2020, showing alongside fabulous glass artist Margaret Heenan.

I held my first solo show ‘Little Pieces of Me‘ at Gallows Gallery in February 2018, where it was such a pleasure to work with the director Kathryn Stafford.

Kathryn is a second generation art dealer with over 30 years’ experience in the art industry in both WA and overseas. With a strong passion for Australian art, Kathryn took over the reins of the business in 2010 with one simple goal in mind. “I wanted to create a gallery that redefines the way in which Australian art is bought and sold. A space where artists love to exhibit and buyers love to visit…” .

Gallows Gallery is certainly a beautiful space with a light filled gallery, stockroom and courtyard. It’s nestled in Mosman Park, a western suburb in Perth, almost on the isthmus between the Swan river and the Indian Ocean.

I am proud to exhibit at Gallows Gallery as Kathryn represents some of Australia’s most prominent artists and many leading Western Australian artists.

Save the date!
Tracey Harvey with Margaret Heenan
13th -30th August 2020
Gallows Gallery

53 Glyde Street Mosman Park WA 6012
08 9286 4730
www.gallowsgallery.com/

Opening Hours: Tues to Fri 10am – 4.30pm, Sat 12pm – 5pm, Sun 2pm – 5pm.

LOVE BARCELONA!

The minute you arrive in Barcelona you feel the vibrancy of this beautiful city. People are everywhere and there’s a heady pulse that is so inviting. (Or is that the copious cups of Vermut and Sangria being consumed in the Bodegues?) Art is everywhere, in the streets, in clever galleries tucked away and also the food is such a delicious work of art.

Of course, Barcelona is the home to Gaudi. This incredible architect was so ahead of his time. My favourite Gaudi building is Casa Batlló.

The front lounge and dining room were inspired by an underwater grotto. The ceiling looks like the inside of a spiral cone shell and is also hand painted with delicate fine lines of gold. There are many stunning architectural achievements too like the windows that slide up and down; very ahead of their time, let alone the shape of them!

Another incredible feature is the light well that is five storeys high. Gaudi meticulously adjusted the depth of the blue tiles from top to bottom gradually getting darker towards the top to balance the effect of the light shining down so that when you look up the whole stairwell actually appears to be one shade of blue.

I think he may have been a tad OCD and that’s before we get to all his incredible mosaics on every building. There are more than 10 different buildings in Barcelona and the most ambitious of all is the Sagrada Familia which is still being completed today. I am inspired by the way he really broke all the boundaries especially in such a traditional era.

STREET ART BARCELONA

While in Barcelona we did a two day street art tour, walking all over the city. There is such a diversity of style, and variety of local and global political comments. The use of Augmented Reality is super-cool. Think the Pokemon craze. You can download an app, hold it in front of the street art and it will come to life. A lot of fun.

I also enjoyed seeing some small emerging galleries, as well as some of the most prestigious galleries in Barcelona. The contrasts were interesting and also the collaborative approaches that some galleries have adopted in the different ways to use a gallery space. Some have several rooms that can be adapted to purpose, e.g. for co-working, conferences, as nightclubs, and cinemas, and also with more traditional gallery spaces that can be hired for social events – all in the one gallery!! Very cool in the old city.

Presenting my first solo show at Gallows Gallery in aid of Osteogenesis Imperfecta in February 2018 was a mighty under-taking, but it was so rewarding on many counts. Not only was I able to raise vital funds to support families suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, but the Bone Clinic, which we contributed to, is up and running now. Thank you to everyone who supported me on this ad/venture.

My god-daughter Claire performed for TV and shone even more brightly as a result of the whole experience. She even scored a commission and I’ve been kept busy with the year’s worth of private commissions that the exhibition generated!

When Claire was asked to paint a commission piece by a friend of mine after seeing her work at my exhibition, I helped Claire set up with the basics and gave some guidance along the way. She has produced a very special piece. So special she entered it in the UWA Young Artist Awards and I am very proud to say she is a finalist. Very exciting. (The winner will be announced in January 2020.)

Commissions can be nerve-wracking

The challenging part of painting commission pieces is the hope that you can adequately meet (or preferably exceed) the client brief.

I always offer a full consultation service as most people are not very sure of what exactly they are after – so we discuss size, colours and suggestions for compositions and work from there. The client is always closely involved in the process of producing their commission piece.

Even if somewhat nerve wracking, I really enjoy the commission process; it is tremendously rewarding. I’ve had so many lovely clients call me to say how much they are enjoying their piece, which I so love to hear.

Cost-effective workplace deco

I also continue to lease paintings. It is a very cost effective way for a businesses to brighten up their work spaces.

You can read more about my Commissioning and Leasing process on the webpage.

Contact me if you are interested in leasing or commissioning a painting.

This is a proud mumma moment! I am so proud of my 15-year-old son Lucca whose self-portrait was selected for the annual Young Archie Awards at the Art Gallery of NSW! It was exhibited at the Art Gallery for several months in conjunction with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition, and you can view it online too.

Lucca wrote this about his work:

This is the first painting I’ve ever done in watercolour. I decided to work in watercolour as over the summer I got tired of using the same medium. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and bring back the excitement of doing something new. So as a first piece, I decided to paint myself because in the likely event of messing it up I didn’t want to hurt another person’s feelings.

Only 10 finalists are selected for each of the four age categories to exhibit at the Gallery – and, in 2019, from 2100 entries, 74% were girls. We thank Lucca’s art teacher for nudging us to submit his painting. Ms Du runs art classes for students and adults at her DuFN Academy of Fine Arts on Stirling Hwy in Claremont, Perth. 

We are so proud of Lucca; the whole family travelled to Sydney for the presentation and to share in this amazing achievement at such a young age. (It also gave me the excuse to see the Archibald, which has been on my bucket list for years! So many amazing works. I hope you enjoy my snaps.)

Since then, Lucca has produced quite a few stunning portraits in water colour, so if anyone would like to commission him for a portrait or large wall mural over the summer break send me a message; he would love to do it.

After Sydney Lucca and I had the chance to also visit Brisbane, and visited the Gallery of Modern Art where we saw the incredible Ben Quilty / Margaret Olley exhibition. Stunning works. I didn’t realise that Ben has been a finalist 3 times in the Archibald; each time with a painting of Margaret Olley. All of them so expressive. It seems they had a very special relationship. I love Ben’s thick, expressive application of paint and his intense colour palate.

Scroll down for my snaps at the AGNSW and GoMA.

Refresh your home with colour and texture.

Earlier this year I decided to have a clean sweep of our home – with a complete colour and furniture makeover.

I have long admired the beautifully designed furniture that Mobilia in Perth represents. So – with my paintings in mind, I chose a new range of furnishings and wall paint colours. I think you will agree that these photos (see below or click on photo above) prove the uplifting impact that colour, texture and good design can have in the home. I am so delighted with the final effect.

All the paintings and drawings featured here are by me. I chose the furniture and selected my paintings to complement each other; even painting new very large works to amp up the drama.

Let me know if you are interested in commissioning one or more paintings, large or small, for your home. I really love creating works that ‘sing’ in concert with their surroundings.

Be stunned by the professional photography

A huge thanks to Dion Robeson who created these sumptuous, stunning photos – so I can share my ‘home’ project with you, to inspire you too to have a makeover or to be bold in your choices at your new home or workplace. There is so much comfort to be gained from beautifully designed surroundings and art.

Dion is an architectural and interior photographer based in Perth. He was so responsive and intuitive in his approach. Have a look at his Blog and Instagram feeds for inspo.

Let me know if you have any questions. And contact Mobilia if you are interested in any of the furniture displayed here.

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© All art by Tracey Harvey. Selected furniture and furnishings sourced at Mobilia, Perth.

At the first Art Upmarket (also my first art fair of this kind) earlier this year, I tested selling limited edition prints of my popular paintings. Prints are an affordable, lightweight and easily transportable option for art collectors. The response was great, so I have produced a range – based on my solo show earlier this year – that are accessible in size and format, and particularly great for presents.

Printed for me by Fitzgerald Photo, the Giclee prints are on sublime paper – Hahnemuhle textured etching fine art paper. The paper is specifically designed and made for fine art reproduction and complies with highest archival standards.

You can view the prints (and buy direct) in my Store. Happy shopping!

What are Giclée prints?

A Giclée (pronounce zhee-klay) is an individually produced, high-resolution reproduction printed on a special large format ink-jet printer. A Limited Edition Giclée is a numbered series of prints, produced from digital images of an original artwork. It is recognised as the finest method to accurately reproduce art. The Giclée print renders deep saturated colours and has a beautiful painterly quality that retains minute details and subtle tints.

Giclée printing is a specialised field that requires an experienced printmaker. Every Giclée is a work of art in it’s own right. A Limited Edition Giclée is often so close to the original that it is difficult to tell them apart.

Most people display a Giclée print on paper by framing, using a mount to archival standards and behind glass or perspex (possibly non-reflective.)

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Perth College has amassed an amazing collection of art, artefacts, jewellery, sculpture and objets d’art for its 33rd annual Art Exhibition ‘In The Moment’ .  I am pleased to say that four of my paintings are included.  It opens on Friday 23 March and is only on for the weekend. So hop along and I hope you find something you like to take home with you!

Open Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 March; 10.00 am to 4.00 pm; $2.00 Entry (children free)

See their Facebook page for info: https://www.facebook.com/fineartatpc/

Sleepy Hollow 2017, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80cm

Sleepy Hollow 2017,
acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80cm

 

Sometimes it’s more convenient to lease art. Maybe your office arrangement isn’t permanent or you are not sure what type of art you really want to live with at home. This is when leasing art, instead of buying it, can be a great way to keep your spaces bright and interesting while you are in a temporary situation or one of indecision!

Recently I leased two paintings to Nexia, through Artsource’s artLease program. According to Elli Gemmo, the consultant at Artsource, the Nexia folks love having my art on their walls.

When you lease my art your space is infused with colour. Pictured here is my painting in the Nexia office in Perth.

Art lease helps to sell houses too!

Interior designers and the folks who ‘style’ houses for sale often request short-term lease of my paintings. As we have all seen lately, the effect of beautifully arranged and well chosen artefacts and homewares make a world of difference when you want to photograph your home for realestate.com.au or one of those sites.

Choose a big enough painting

People often choose paintings that are too small! I know this sounds crazy but a small painting on a big wall has no impact. Be brave – and go big!

Or choose a collection of smaller paintings of varying sizes and ask a curator or art consultant about how best to arrange them on the wall.

If you have any queries about choosing the right painting for your space, contact me and we can chat about making the most of art.

You can also read more on my blog and on my Facebook page about how I go about leasing or commissioning artworks.