Bluethumb Team’s 2023 Xmas Wishlist
The holiday spirit is upon us, and Christmas is approaching. ‘Tis the season of gift-giving once again! At Bluethumb, our team has gathered their favourite artworks to inspire your Christmas gift choices. Continue reading to discover the Bluethumb team’s 2023 Christmas wishlist.
Charlotte-Aimee is a New Zealand-born artist whose oil paintings are characterised by an interest in the everyday. She works from photographs and observational sketches to create a narrative of place and specific moments. Charlotte-Aimee only recently signed up to Bluethumb. Shop her portfolio of original artworks or request a commission online today.
Alexandra: Floral Reflections: Elegance in Bloom by Yifei Xia
Born in Gansu to a family of artists, Yifei Xia’s journey into art began at an early age, influenced by his parents’ deep connection with Chinese traditional painting. He aims to communicate a sense of simplicity and serenity by distilling his subjects into their essential elements; he invites viewers to contemplate the inherent value of ordinary objects.
Vanetta Nampijinpa Hudson is a Warlukurlangu Artist. She paints her father’s Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa (Fire Dreaming), stories that relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to her by her father and his father before him for millennia. She uses pattern and colour to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
Christina: No Gas by Greg Mount
Greg Mount is a Melbourne-based artist specialising in photography and abstract acrylic paintings of items, places and people that inspire and delight. “I create those images to show their beauty, and that is delivered in a strong graphic nature, be it through colour or composition. I hope they engage you, delight you, calm you or entertain you,” says Greg.
Eden: Minyma Tjukurrpa by Sheryth Bronson
Sheryth Bronson is an Indigenous Artist from Kaltukatjara (Docker River). Sheryth paints important Tjukurpa (Dreaming) from around the Docker River area, particularly Kunga Kutjara and the dreaming of Kungkarangkaloa (Seven Sisters), known across the Australian continent. She enjoys living in Docker River, surrounded by many generations of her family.
Alex: I Wish I Was Here by Matteo Bernasconi
Morphing from figurative to abstraction, Matteo Bernasconi’s work is dynamic and engages the audience on different philosophical levels. His latest work investigates human conditions, focusing on unveiling something unseen beneath the surface, describing the hidden depths of humans rather than just their physical appearance. He likes to expose what the subject is, not only who the subject is.
Aylee Kim is a Brisbane-based artist with a bright, colour-filled palette. Aylee’s oil paintings often feature structured linework and shapes. The colour-blocking technique Aylee applies in many of her artworks has a quality similar to the suburbia scenes created by the late internationally acclaimed Australian artist Howard Arkley.
Dom: Afternoon Sun by Maxim Chikanchi
Maxim Chikanchi is a University of the Arts London graduate and has been creating visual art for the last 14 years. His murals, installations and artworks have been exhibited worldwide and in his hometown of Brisbane. Maxim’s artistic style is figurative, employing collage elements to convey a narrative of his experience and the world around him.
George: Pirlarla Jukurrpa by Peggy Napurrurla Granites
Peggy Napurrurla Granites is an Indigenous Artist based in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs. Peggy learned to paint by watching her mother and began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal-owned and governed art centre, in 1998. She paints her father’s Pirlarla Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Bean Dreaming) stories.
Rachel: Summer Lunches by Sally Dunbar
A finalist in the Bluethumb Art Prize two years in a row, Sally Dunbar is a mixed-media extraordinaire. Her playful animals and bright, patterned backgrounds add a touch of colour and playfulness to any wall. Having graduated from the ANU School of Art, majoring in Print Media and Drawing in 2002, Sally has developed a distinct style that collectors love.
Sarah: Lady of the Lake by Colleen Stapleton
Colleen Stapleton is a contemporary realist artist focusing on the figure, portraiture, and still life. With a passion for figurative oil painting, she paints to depict the beauty and complexity of life, objects and scenes. Give your friends and family a present that will last a lifetime this Christmas. Colleen’s work has an ethereal, timeless quality that captures the hearts of avid collectors and art lovers alike!
Kate: On This Occasion by Reeva Ashton
Reeva Ashton is an emerging Artist living and working in the Greater Melbourne region. Her artistic practice incorporates an early childhood interest in Photography and Graphic Design with her love for the painted medium. Complex and contradictory, her work explores the dynamic interplay between realism and abstraction in a harmonious composition. Reeva was named a Bluethumb Art Prize 2023 Finalist.
Amelia: The Goldern Path by Brad Holland
Brad Holland is an award-winning artist living in Adelaide, South Australia. His signature geometric artworks are inspired by 1970s and 1980s computer graphics, sci-fi visual effects, optical illusions, and pop culture. Originally a skilled figurative painter, Holland now utilises masking tape and hard edge techniques as a direct response to overcome the shaking in his hands due to a degenerative condition known as essential tremor.
Julian: Night Light by Sara Roberts
Sara Roberts is a contemporary painter based in Shoalhaven Heads, NSW. She is known for her unique approach to capturing the essence of thoughts, emotions, and responses to the world on canvas. Sarah recently won the Bluethumb Art Prize 2023 Landscape Category Award. Her textured works serve as a visual record of her lived experience, revealing her attempts to understand and make sense of the space she inhabits.
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