Erin Sullivan resides in the beautiful South West of Western Australia.
Drawing and painting has been a passionate part of Erin’s life since childhood, with the earliest and most joyful memories being of the large blackboard and coloured chalks in her cubby house as a little girl. It was here she had the freedom to experiment, make large coloured marks across a board and immerse her delighted friends in the make-believe games of ‘artist’ and ‘teacher’. It seems only natural that Erin should eventually become both an artist and a teacher, qualifying with a Diploma of Fashion Design (Perth Technical College) and Bachelor of Education (Edith Cowan University).
Making art brings great joy to Erin’s life… happiness, passion, energy, creativity, relaxation and reflection and although her artistic style has grown and evolved over time, she has never stopped enjoying the process and immediacy of mark making with soft pastels. She feels there is something beautiful in pastels...the colours, the texture and the way they can be used in direct mark making. More recently, Erin has enjoyed experimenting with acrylics and oils, finding pleasure in the challenge of a new medium.
On a recent trip to Europe she became inspired by the boats on the Meditteranean Sea and the beautiful reflections of colour and light in the rippled water. These paintings are an expression of her love for vivid colour, organic shape, sensuous line and creative beauty. The abstract patterns of the reflections and the timeless tranquility of the boats on the water can offer a sense of serenity to the viewer. Likewise, Erin finds great beauty in the human form, often representing this as bikini clad women underwater with reflection forming an important part of the artwork.
Erin’s influences are what she sees around her. She loves nature, birds, the Australian bush, people, fashion, architecture, the ocean and the work of other artists. She particularly enjoys the works by Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Edgar Degas, Wassily Kandinsky, Armedeo Modigliani, Frida Khalo, Margaret Preston, John Brack and Georgia O’Keefe.
‘Every day I look forward to the joy of creating and I am thankful for the talents I have been blessed with. Thank you for taking the time to view my work.’
Perth Technical College, Diploma Fashion Design, 1979
Edith Cowan University, Bachelor of Education, 2008
Wise Winery, 2015
Vasse Art Award, 2013, 2009
WA Fashion Design Awards, 1979, 2002, 2003 – Finalist
Sunday Times Reader’s Choice Fashion Design Award, 2003 – Finalist
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre McBeth Costume Competition, 2002 – Winner
Arica Gallery, Dalkeith, 2000
Ric’s Gallery, Dalkeith, 1997
Cyrillian Gallery, Dunsborough, 1995 - 1997
Zonta Club Christmas Card Design Competition, 1997 – Winner
Witch Art Worx, Witchcliffe, 1997
Old Church Gallery, North Fremantle, 1996
Margaret River Gallery, 1989
Bay Gallery, Claremont, 1989
Harvey Art Award (People’s Choice), 1988– Winner
Old Courthouse Gallery, Busselton, 1987
Cleo National Fashion Design Award, 1978 – Runner Up
Private Commissions locally & overseas
Designer – Stoneage Ceramics, Living Art (homeware/tableware)
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