Gabby Malpas

Gabby Malpas

Artist’s Statement

SOLO EXHIBITION “Magic Garden”(1 - 29 December) - As we become more and more urbanised, the gardens we remember from our childhoods become rarer. This is an unashamed escape to the gardens of our memories, imaginations and fantasy. A garden can be anywhere: underwater, after dark, in a jar. They are all precious to someone.

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 have 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. 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.

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

Solo Exhibitions
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

    “Don’t ask me why” #1 - Siamese fighting fish series

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    28 × 23 cm

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  • Gabby Malpas

    “Don’t ask me why” #2 - Siamese fighting fish series

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    28 × 23 cm

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  • Gabby Malpas

    “Don’t ask me why” #3 - Siamese fighting fish series

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    21 × 16.5 cm

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  • Gabby Malpas

    “Don’t ask me why” #4 - Siamese fighting fish series

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    21 × 16.5 cm

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  • Gabby Malpas

    “Don’t ask me why” #5 - Siamese fighting fish series

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    21 × 16.5 cm

    $135.00

  • Gabby Malpas

    “Don’t ask me why” #6 - Siamese fighting fish series

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    21 × 16.5 cm

    $135.00

  • Gabby Malpas

    “Don’t ask me why” #7 - Siamese fighting fish series

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    21 × 16.5 cm

    $135.00

  • Gabby Malpas

    (Framed) Your choice 1 : poison

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    41.5 × 24.5 cm

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  • Gabby Malpas

    A fish out of water 2: love the cray cray

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    70 × 45 cm

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    Amaryllis study

    (Framed) Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

    79 × 49 cm

    $990.00