Gabby Malpas

Gabby Malpas

  • Artist’s Statement

    SOLO EXHIBITION “Painted Garden”(1 May- 31 August 2020)

    I've always loved the gardens of all types. To me, they are magical places that provide a welcome respite from the world and troubles. As I am a studio painter who strives for her arrangements to be plausible many of my garden images are of plants and flowers arranged in a variety of Chinese porcelain - a nod to my heritage and of my training as a potter.

    During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, I hope you find solace and beauty in my collection of painted gardens and flora.

    Stay safe, stay well and thank you for stopping by

    Gabby Malpas April 2020

  • Biography

    I am a NZ artist who has called Sydney home since 2003 after living in the UK for 14 years. You may be familiar with my still life images: flora and fauna viewed and grown in NSW Australia with more than a hint of chinoiserie.

    My work could be interpreted as purely decorative. By using allusion and symbolism, I weave stories into my work based on my experiences as trans-racial, Asian adoptee: joyful and chaotic assemblage of blooms and fruit displayed with a collection of ceramics from anywhere and everywhere but with a narrative that draws the viewer in for a second look.

    The result is a collection of pictures combining unexpected elements to create strangely familiar images. There are stories to each of my works that lift them from the purely decorative into a narrative piece.

  • Influences

    Many of Gabby's images are of things she has bought, eaten and picked in Sydney: items familiar to most viewers but with a subtle twist. A joyful and chaotic assemblage of blooms and fruit displayed with a collection of ceramics from anywhere and everywhere but with a narrative that draws the viewer in for a second look.

  • Awards

    Finalist, Mosman Art Prize 2016
    Finalist, Fleurieu Food and Wine Art prize 2016
    Linden Postcard Show, Melbourne Australia 2015/2016
    Finalist, North Sydney Art Prize, Sydney Australia 2015
    Selected to exhibit: James Kiwi Watercolour Prize, 2012, 2014, 2016
    Highly commended: Westmead Hospital Art Prize 2012
    Finalist: Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize – Still life 2011
    Highly commended, Watercolour: Blacktown City Art Prize: 2011 & 2012
    Selected to exhibit: National Trust Harper’s Mansion Art Prize – Still life 2011
    Selected to exhibit: Hornsby Art Prize 2011

  • Exhibitions

    Exhibitions:
    May 2020 - Painted Garden @ArtSHINE Gallery
    October 2019 Culture Crash Group Exhibition
    June 2018 Bloom Group Exhibition
    December 2017 - Magic Garden @ArtSHINE Gallery
    November 2016 - Chasing the dragon @ArtSHINE Gallery
    May 2013
    ‘Bringing the Sydney Garden Inside’,
    St Vincents Hospital

    October 2012/2013
    Sydney Art Expo 2012/2013,
    Fox Studios, Sydney

    October 2011
    Sydney Art show 2011, Sydney

    March 2011
    ‘Pictures to make you smile’
    St Vincent’s Hospital,

    November 2010
    Art Sydney 2010,
    Fox Studios, Sydney

    February 2010
    ‘Sydney Pictures’,
    Art at Home Gallery, Balmain, Sydney

    October 2009
    Art Sydney 2009, Fox Studios, Sydney

    Oct-Dec 1997
    Liberty Store Art gallery,
    Regent St London

    February 1992
    Gabby Malpas: Christchurch Society of Art Gallery, New Zealand


    Group Exhibitions

    2014 November
    "in the beginning"
    Group Show
    ArtSHINE Gallery, Chippendale

    November 2011, 2012 & 2014
    Balmain Art & Craft Show, Balmain, Sydney

    July - Sept 2011
    I’ll Bring cake:
    Gordon public Library, Sydney

    June 1994, 2010 & 2012
    Annual Plunket art exhibition
    Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru New Zealand

    December 2002
    Group Christmas show,
    Pipper Graber, Dulwich, London

    March 1996
    ‘Underwater escapade’,
    Amalgam Art, Barnes London

    December 1993
    Amalgam Art Christmas show,
    Amalgam Art, Barnes London

    February 1993
    ‘Brush and Spitsticker’,
    West Oxfordshire arts association

    August 1992
    Art and craft New Zealand,
    Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran Wales

    August 1990 & 1991
    Summer show, Anna Mei Chadwick Galleries, Parsons Green, London

    July 1991
    Amalgam Summer show,
    Amalgam Art, Barnes London

    May 1991
    Southland Potter’s annual
    exhibition, Winton, New Zealand

    May 1990
    Timaru City Art Gallery annual
    exhibition, Timaru, New Zealand

Showing 1–30 of 56 artworks

Gabby Malpas

The Octopus’ Garden
79 x 79cm Watercolor, gouache and pencil on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

The nine koi of longevity fell from the moon
79 x 79cm Watercolour, gouache and pencil on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Words to live by Series “Integrity"
20 x 15cm Watercolour, gouache and pencil on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Blue Nasturtium
45 x 33cm Watercolour, gouache, and pencil on archer paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Iceland Poppies
28 x 23cm Watercolour, gouache and pencil on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Forest Strawberries
30 x 25cm Watercolour, gouache and pencil on a fragment of an antique french marriage contract Sold

Gabby Malpas

Nasturtiums
31 x 31cm Watercolour, gouache and pencil on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Storm in a teacup # 1
60 x 41cm Framed: 60 x 41cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Storm in a teacup # 2
60 x 41cm Framed: 60 x 41cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

(Framed) Your choice 1 : poison
41.5 x 24.5cm Framed: 41.5 x 24.5cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Your choice 2: poison
41.5 x 24.5cm Framed: 41.5 x 24.5cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Little garden # 1 “Camelias"
15 x 11cm Framed: 15 x 11cm Watercolour and ink on canvas Sold

Gabby Malpas

Little garden # 2 “ Begonias"
15 x 11cm Framed: 15 x 11cm Watercolour and ink on canvas Sold

Gabby Malpas

Little garden # 3 “Orchids"
15 x 11cm Framed: 15 x 11cm Watercolour and ink on canvas Sold

Gabby Malpas

A fish out of water 2: love the cray cray
70 x 45cm Framed: 70 x 56cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Garden Eden # 3
52 x 43cm Framed: 52 x 43cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

“Don’t ask me why” #1 - Siamese fighting fish series
28 x 23cm Framed: 28 x 23cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

“Don’t ask me why” #2 - Siamese fighting fish series
28 x 23cm Framed: 28 x 23cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

“Don’t ask me why” #3 - Siamese fighting fish series
21 x 16.5cm Framed: 21 x 16.5cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

“Don’t ask me why” #4 - Siamese fighting fish series
21 x 16.5cm Framed: 21 x 16.5cm (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold

Gabby Malpas

Gardens by the Bay #2 - Unframed
41 x 28cm watercolourand gouache on Arches paper $1,100.00

Gabby Malpas

Gardens by the Bay #1 - Unframed
33 x 28cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper $900.00

Gabby Malpas

Camellias and songbirds: springtime happiness - Unframed
45 x 28cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper $1,300.00

Gabby Malpas

Rise above it: Bonkers - Framed
33 x 28cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper $950.00

Gabby Malpas

Rise above it: bonkers - Framed
33 x 28cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper $950.00

Gabby Malpas

The Coal Loader garden - Framed
41 x 29cm Framed: 57 x 47cm Watercolour and gouache on paper $1,200.00

Gabby Malpas

Bright star - Unframed
38 x 28cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper $1,100.00

Gabby Malpas

Blue floral 1 - Unframed
28 x 21cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper $700.00

Gabby Malpas

Night Jungle - Unframed
28 x 29cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper $850.00

Gabby Malpas

Strawberry thief - Unframed
16 x 19cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper Sold