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Artist & designer Didi La Baÿsse represents a smiling and free-spirited dab of French Polynesian influences in Kuranda - the heart of Far North Queensland’s (FNQ) World Heritage-Listed Rainforest. From her art Studio & Gallery in Kuranda, a world-renowned tourist destination above the FNQ air and seaport of Cairns, Didi, in her mid-40s, has already established an enviable Australian and international reputation as an artist.

Didi La Baÿsse was born of French parents on the beautiful French Polynesian Island of Tahiti in 1971. Her family moved to the city of Cannes in the south of France in 1976, then immigrated to Australia when she was 10 years old. Didi has been living in Kuranda, a little scenic village up in the Rainforest mountains of Cairns, for over 26 years where she creates her collections. Didi is an established artist since 1990 having an enviable Australian and international reputation as an artist............And it continues to grow.

Her desirable acrylic paintings, generous with paint slashes and humour, marry her rainforest surroundings with colourful Polynesian influences and a whimsical imagination. Didi has a natural flair for bold simple structures and the use of brilliant colours. As well as her Fine Art paintings, Didi is also gifted with the knack of hand building 3D sculptures from terracotta, forming nude figurines and wildlife creatures to compliment her creativity. Incredibly, Didi handles the ever so delicate and prestigious silk textile, taught by Melbourne and Adelaide French Silk artist/designer "Marie France" Frater, among her early tutor. Didi is equally adept on cotton fabrics, favouring the heliographic sun printing technique to best convey the uniqueness of her Polynesian influences.

The results on canvas and silks are often addictive, finding their way into many private collections in Australia and worldwide. From delicate silks, practical cotton to Contemporary Art, sculptures, silver/goldsmithing..... Didi is truly diverse.

Though growing up in Australia, Didi's education mixed her French, Australian and Tahitian influences, and after completing her studies she travelled often between these countries. She also was invited as a "guest artist" on board numerous Pacific cruise ships for the Holland American Line. Other artistic ventures included providing her originally designed silks and cotton textiles for fashion parades - from Cairns' Pier Marketplace to 'Marchettis at Palm Cove Australian Tourism promotions, solo textile exhibitions and having her work featured heavily in Kuranda village's own international promotional material. In 1996 Didi was proudly representing her country as a Miss Universe Australia 1996 pageant, as well as having her silks "shown off" during the Miss Universe Australia 1996 swimsuit choreography.

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Education

1971 - Didi La Baÿsse was born and educated in Tahiti

1978 - Lived in Cannes, France.

1982 - migrated to Australia with family - Travelled around Australia. Lived in Adelaide.

1984 - Travelled up to Far North Queensland Cairns, High School from 8 to 12 grades.

1989 - Private Tutoring by Marie-France Frater - Fabric and Fashion Designer - Melbourne

1990 - 1994 – Started own Business “Didi Hand painted Pure Silks”

1990 - 1994 – Trading at the Pier Marketplace, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Cairns Marina.

1991 - Assistant at Paragon Jewellers, Radisson Plaza Hotel Cairns Marina.

1992 – Travelled to Tahiti, studied the Heliographic technique on cotton, then travelled to USA

1994 till 1999 – Aboriginal Art Co-ordinator artist Gary Creek & Bernard David from the Pamagarri Dance Troupe, Colin Jones from Tjapukai Walangari Jakamarra. For Allders Int. (ships), Fort Lauderdale, America.

1995 – Travelled to France for 8 months

1996 till 1999 - Active Member of the Kuranda Arts Co-operative, Kuranda

1997 - Guest Artist at Smithfield High School, Cairns

1997 - Member Queensland Artworkers Alliance

1998 - Craftmark Australia Accredited

2003 till 2009 - Wandjina Jewellery Collection – manufacturing Jewellery from award-winning designer Jeannette Lewis and Kai Hagberg.

1999– mid 2010 Trading as Didi La Baysse at “Forest Art Gallery”, (Director) Kuranda

Studies

1975 – 77 - L'école primaire de Paofai – Papeete, Tahiti.

1978 – 81 – Ecole de la Croisette – Cannes, France

1982 – 83 – Year 6 & 7 – Seaview Downs Primary School – Adelaide

1984 – 88 Yr 8 till 12 – Smithfield High School – Cairns Qld

1989 - Private Tutoring by Marie-France Frater - Fabric and Fashion Designer - Melbourne

2007 - Open University - Introduction to University Learning - Murdoch University– Result CREDIT

2007 - Open University – Legal Framework – Curtin University of Technology - Result PASS

2007 - Open University – Introduction to Law – University of SA – Result PASS

2008 - Open University – Family Law - Curtin University of Technology - Result DISTINCTION

2010 – Recognised Responsible Service of Alcohol [RSA] Certificate no 680332

2010 - Real Estate Salesperson - Certificate of Registration – no 168510

2011 – Certificate IV I Training & Assessment TAE40110 - no 11/1129

2011 – Statement of Attainment BSBITU302B – Create electronic presentations – no 11/1130

Guest Artist / Fashion Parades of Didi’s Collection - Holland American Line ☆☆☆☆☆ FIVE STAR Cruises Lines invited by Allders International (ships), Fort Lauderdale, America.

1994 - ms Maasdam, (Cairns to Tahiti) Grand Australia – New Zealand Voyage.

1997 - ms Nieuw Amsterdam 1997 (Darwin to Cairns) Grand Orient- South Pacific Voyage.

1998 - ms Rotterdam 1998 (Sydney to Cairns) Inaugural Grand World Voyage

1999 - ms Rotterdam (Sydney to Fremantle). Grand World Voyage

Modelling

1993 - Australian Geographic article by Roy Mc Guiness “ Lure of the Barramundi “

1996 - “Paradise Road” movie extra directed by Bruce Beresford, Village Road Show Production

1996 - Natural Compatibles Make Up, Cairns

1996 - Miss Universe Australia Finalist. Australian Pageant Contestant.

1996 - TV Commercial Irelands, Cairns

1996 - Barter Card, Cairns

1997 - Queens Court, Cairns

1997 - Shark Attack Label, Cairns

1997 - Reef House, Palm Cove

1997 - Film “ Sydney Skyride” Great Barrier Reef for Skyline Promotional Entertainment, featured at the Empire State Building, New York.

1998 - Reef Retreat, Palm Cove

1998 - Sunseekers, Jantzen & Moontide, Triumph labels, Cairns

1998 - Japanese Photographic Shot, Green Island

2004 - Cairns Colonial Club Resort, Cairns

2007 - Green Island Resort – Quicksilver Group & Co, Brochure www.greenislandresort.com.au Cairns

2007 - Smithfield Shopping Centre Fashion Week, Cairns.

2008 - Green Island Resort – Quicksilver Group & Co, Television /Promotional Video, Cairns

Fashion Parades Didi’s Silk Collection

1990, 1991, 1992, 1992 Pier Market Place, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Cairns Marina

1996 - Australian Pageant Contestant in the Miss Universe Australia 1996. Including Didi’s Pure Silk pareos featured swimwear parade

1997 - Marchetti’s, the Reef House, Palm Cove

1997 - “Queensland Country Model of the Future” Finalist, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon,

1997 – Simply Outrageous Fashion, Kewarra Beach

1997 - Villa Paradiso, Palm Cove.

Television Features/ Promotional Commissions Featuring Didi’s Collection

1998 - Australian Tourism Commission for a national and international promotion.

1998 - The Cairns Post Newspaper, “Styles meld in Kuranda” Display

1997 - The Cairns Post Newspaper - “Silken Rainbow of Colours”. Didi’s silk collection

1997 - Kuranda Arts Co-operative

1997 - I.T.V Marlin Cove Resort, Trinity Beach

1997 - Villa Paradiso, Palm Cove

1997 - Reef House, Palm Cove

1998 - Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns

2005 - Kuranda Village Promotions Program – TV Commercial, Web Site and banners.

2006 - Costume printing for the “Peter Pan” Ballet performance by the Dance House Academy, Cairns

2007 - Costume printing for the “Snakes & Ladders” Ballet performance by the Dance House Academy, Cairns.

Exhibitions

1997 - Solo Textile Art Exhibition “Rites and Ritual” Tanks Art Centre, Cairns.

2005 - Cedar Park Rainforest Resort – Kuranda

2005 - Finnish Embassy – S-exhibition, – Canberra

2005 - Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show 2005 . “Feeding Frenzy” Commended Award - Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach.

2005 - Kuranda Village Promotions Program – TV Commercial, Web site and banners.

2006 - Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show 2006 . - Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach.

2008 – Archibald and Wynne Prize Entrant, Sydney

2010 – Wynne Prize Entrant, Sydney

2010 – Tap Gallery, Sydney –The Real Refusés Exhibition

2010 – Altenburg Fine Art Gallery, Braidwood – Summer Exhibition - Paper and Silk

2014 - Exhibition d'Art at The Pullman International Hotel. - Alliance Française

2016 - Archibald Art Prize entrant, Sydney

2016 - Wynne Art Prizes entrant, Sydney

2016 - Black Swan Art Prize entrant, Perth

2016 – Doug Moran Portrait Art Prize entrant, Sydney

2016 – Kennedy Art Prize entrant, Adelaide

2016 – Portia Geach Memorial Award entrant, Sydney

2016 - Cedar Park Rainforest Resort - Solo exhibition - Kuranda

2017 - Torrid Zone exhibition - KickArts Contemporary Arts - Cairns

2017 - Doug Moran National Portrait Prize - Entrant

2016 – Portia Geach Memorial Award entrant, Sydney

2016 - Cedar Park Rainforest Resort - Solo exhibition - Kuranda

2017 - Torrid Zone exhibition - KickArts Contemporary Arts - Cairns

2017 - Doug Moran National Portrait Prize - Entrant, Sydney

2017 - Cairns Art Society Exhibition - 70th Annual Art awards. Exhibited at the Cairns Art Gallery

Influences

Matisse, Gauguin, Whiteley, Modigliani, Picasso, Chagall, Mirka Mora

101cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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50cm (W) x 60cm (H)
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$3,500
102cm (W) x 102cm (H)
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$9,600
122cm (W) x 122cm (H)
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