Gillian Haig

Gillian  Haig
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Biography:

Growing up on a sheep farm in East Gippsland gave Gillian her strong connection to land and nature, and she continues to be inspired by her environment, now working and residing on the Mornington Peninsula.

Studying painting at RMIT from1976 to 1980 brought her to an urban artistic haven, where she was inspired by artists such as Elizabeth Gower and Rosalie Gasgoigne.

 She began to look at ways to layer paint and colours, and develop a language of symbols of a gestural nature that gave her work energy ,form and strength.

 After completing her post graduate studies in painting she was awarded the RMIT Travelling Scholarship, where she was able to tour major European galleries and see paintings she had only ever seen in art books.

On her return, she moved from inner city Melbourne to suburban Ivanhoe continuing to exhibit in many group shows, producing semi-abstract expressionist subjects in landscapes, colourful and rambling flower paintings and striking stilllife paintings, loving a new found domestic enviroment .

In 1990 Gillian and family moved to Red Hill,where she began painting the beautiful vistas of the Mornington Peninsula. She was soon also inspired by the abundance of produce grown in the area, and for a period concentrated on still life watercolours ,oils and acrylics. Over time she established herself as a respected community artist, exhibiting her work widely, winning many local prizes, running a local gallery and shop and completing numerous commissions- private pieces, stationary, signage, prints and portraits.

Gill continues to experiment with new concepts, forms and materials.

 Her work is collected both locally and internationally. She enjoys the challenge of expressing the inner through the outer, and hopefully discovering beauty in the process.

Résumé:

 

Education:

1976-79: Bachelor of Fine Art Painting, R.M.I.T

1980: Post Graduate Diploma of Fine Art

1980: Awarded the R.M.I.T Travel Scholarship

1981: 5 months study/travel around Europe for educational purposes

1981-85: Practising Artist in a group studio, West Melbourne

1984: Diploma of Education, Melbourne State College

 

Exhibitions:

1979: Myer Gallery, Lonsdale St Melbourne, graduate show

1980: Brim Brim Art Gallery, Queenscliff, group Show

1987:  Caulfield Art Centre “Surroundings” group Show

1988: Linden Gallery, St Kilda “Push” group show

1990: Café Yartz, Northcote

1991: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. “Peninsula Artists”

1992: Red Hill Estate Vineyard,”Landscapes Of The Mornington Peninsula”

1992: MPRG. Group Drawing Show

1993: Fitzroy Gallery, Group Show

1994: First Settlement Gallery Sorrento and Art House Sydney

1995: A.R.T.Gallery Collins St, Melbourne.“Harvest Exhibition”, “Spring Exhibition”, and “Cornucopia”

1995: Papillion Jewellers and Gallery, Malvern

1995: Fitzroy Gallery group show

1996: Café La Strada, High St Armadale “Celebrating Life”

1996: The Art Shed “The Garden Party’

1996 :Noels Gallery “Spring On the Peninsula”

1997: The Art Shed, Red Hill ‘Fantasea”

1999-2014: Red Hill Cool Stores Gallery, represented.

2011: Manyung Gallery group show.

2011: Art Melbourne exhibitor.

2015: Red Artists Gallery group show

2015: Merricks House Gallery, joint exhibition

2017. Whistlewood, Shoreham, “Sense Of Place” group Summer Show

2017.Manyung Gallery, “Backyard and Veggie Patches”, joint exhibition

Events.

1992-98: Committee member Art Red Hill

1994:One of three women speakers for Art Event, Stephanie’s Restaurant, Melbourne

1996:One of three speakers for Art Event, Café la Strada, Malvern

 

Residencies:

1997: Artist in Residence, Rye Primary School

 

Commissions:

1994:The Seasonal Produce Diary

1995: Four paintings for Smokehouse Pizza Restaurant, Sorrento

1995: The Women’s Diary

1996: The Hairdressers at Balnarring. Large panel

1996: Painting Smokehouse Pizza restaurant Sth Yarra

1997: Series of four paintings for Spotless Services,Melbourne

 

Prizes:

1992: Best Watercolour, Hastings Marina Art Show

1994: Best Flower Painting,Flinders Art Show

1995:Best Painting,Flinders, Art Show

1996:Best Drawing,Hastings Marina Art Show

1998:Best Flower Painting, Flinders Art Show

 

Publications:

2017: Coast Magazine “From the Ground Up”

1999: Country Style Magazine “Savoring the Seasons”

Statement:

i work with a multitude of mediums to express my artistic ideas- they flow between still life pieces, realised with almost botanical accuracy, to abstract, painterly and layered expressions. My imagination is given scope and room to roam by moving between detailed work and loose naiveity, and further, through the diversity of artist tools and the materials I use- oil, acrylic, ink, water color, Japanese sumi brushes, hand made paper, charcoal and more. Whether it be a kind of contemporary realism or abstract scenes I see my work as visual landscapes, playful, vivid and alive.

Associated Exhibitions

Garden Month
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
2 November - 24 November, 2018
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Backyard & Veggie Patches
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
24 November - 6 December, 2017
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