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

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  • Gabby Malpas

    Peranakan dreams: the painted garden - Unframed
    100 x 150 x 3 cm watercolour and gouache on canvas $12,500.00
  • Gabby Malpas

    Sarah's garden 31 - Unframed
    149 x 100 x 4 cm watercolour and gouache on canvas $12,000.00
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    Midnight in the garden of my imagination - Unframed
    140 x 100 x 4 cm Watercolour, gouache and ink on canvas $11,500.00
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    Sarahs Garden 29 - Framed
    94 x 63 x 4 cm watercolour and gouache on canvas $6,100.00
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    garden of eden 9 - unframed
    113 x 56 cm Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper $5,700.00
  • Gabby Malpas

    Balinese night garden - Unframed
    76 x 61 x 3 cm Framed: 77 x 62 x 3 cm Watercolour, gouache and acrylic on canvas $5,100.00
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    Sarah's Garden 17 - Unframed
    60 x 50 x 4 cm watercolour and gouache on canvas $2,995.00
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    Sarah's Garden 18 - Unframed
    60 x 50 x 4 cm watercolour, pen and gouache on canvas $2,995.00
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    Sarah's garden 19 - Unframed
    60 x 50 x 4 cm watercolour, pen and gouache on canvas $2,995.00
  • Gabby Malpas

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