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Eleven Gold Coast artists making their mark
Charntel Cleveland | April 27, 2022
The Gold Coast is a hive of spirited creativity, as epitomised by these eleven talented local artists.
While our golden city is well known for its pristine beaches, fun attractions and stunning scenery, our resident artists help make our cultural canvas that much richer. Here’s a snapshot of just a few local artists who call the Gold Coast home.
Natalia Bertelli is an Argentinian contemporary artist based at Broadbeach, who creates large-scale painted portraits on recycled canvases, cardboard and metal.
“I feel that there is a kind of complicit association between the used objects—a poetry of its previous use that I perceive and it inspires me,” Natalia says.
“I remain attached to figurative painting. Beyond humanity, femininity is my favourite subject.
“Women—vulnerable, wounded, powerful, defiant, glamorous, seductive, pensive—have proved to be an inexhaustive source of inspiration.”
Painting in a loose, impressionistic style with watercolour and oils, Matt beautifully captures the mood and atmosphere of Gold Coast scenery.
“Being a local artist, I love to paint iconic beaches, creeks and scenes,” he says.
“I also love to reference old iconic pubs, hotels and venues of the Gold Coast that are now memories for many locals, such as the Playroom at Tallebudgera, the Patch at Coolangatta, or the old Currumbin Hotel on the creek.”
Libby Dyer is an intuitive abstract artist specialising in alcohol ink works that explore emotion, memory and nature.
“I am inspired by the sounds of nature, the ever-changing and majestic views of oceans, landscapes and skies and my evolving connections with them,” she says.
“I am inspired by life, past experiences, what’s to come and my loving and supportive friends and family.”
Libby’s work has been featured on The Block as well as Home Design magazine.
Natalia Bertelli poses with a piece of her work.
Matt Bozina painting plein air at Springbrook.
David Ardley is a local multi-award-winning artist who creates stunning ocean art on aluminium.
He describes his works as “a unique blend of modern contemporary realism using metal and oil paints to create mesmerizing artworks inspired by the natural environment”.
A master in his field, David has been painting for more than 35 years and has previously won the d’Arcy Doyle Art Award and the People’s Choice Art Award at the Swell Sculpture Festival.
Tracie is a contemporary artist specialising in acrylic and mixed-media works that are interpretive and abstract in nature.
“No painting is ever repeated or replicated in any way,” she says.
“My artworks use bold colours, texture and shine. All are very emotive, enticing and striking.”
Tracie has also been referred to as a ‘celebrity artist’ following her exclusive three-year commission to create bespoke artwork for Oscar nominees and winners, with Hollywood legends such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins and Charlize Theron owning a Tracie Eaton artwork.\
Tania Blanchard is a Burleigh Heads artist, who describes her signature style as hypnotic, emotional and deceptively transformative.
From afar her art looks impressionistic and minimalistic, but up close you can see an immense layering of coloured ‘impasto dots’ with an incredible sense of detail, texture, height and depth.
“Viewing the art from a range of perspectives offers an opportunity to appreciate the complexity and imagination of colour within the work,” she says.
Tanya’s artistic explorations have deep roots in the emotion of joy and a strong connection to colour therapy.
“While the world can be heavy at times, there is much joy and lightness and beauty to be found if only we can change our perspective,” she says.
You can see Tania’s works at her website, where you can also make an appointment to visit her studio.
“I always have a few artworks on display at Kira and Kira—a must-see iconic Gold Coast interiors store who are very supportive of local artists,” she says.
Ocean Blue Fish by David Ardley.
Tracie Eaton at her Marina Mirage gallery.
Tania Blanchard working on a piece.
Shaun Daniel Allen (Shal)
Shal is a Yugambeh-Bundajalung artist who is also well known as a tattooist and musician.
He recently held a solo exhibition, Balun, a Yugambeh word for river, at China Heights Gallery in Sydney, where he showcased an array of paintings that intuitively express the cleansing and healing nature of water.
“This current work, I would describe as intuitive mark making inspired by country, specifically the waterways and rivers,” he says.
A contemporary Burleigh Heads artist and photographer, Em Fennel creates bold, complex compositions on canvas using paint, pastels, pencils and chalk.
Her work is inspired by fashion, interior design and her childhood growing up in Asia, as well as the every day.
Boy Scouts is the alias of local artist Matty Nyhuis, who creates jaw-droppingly lifelike miniatures and dioramas.
His work is inspired by dreams and memories, with many of his dioramas invoking nostalgia and wonder.
Matty recently took out the People’s Choice Award at Brewing Local Artists—a showcase at Burleigh Brewing’s taphouse that celebrates the community’s emerging artists.
You can check out Matty’s amazing pieces at Boy Scout’s Instagram.
Specialising in realistic portraiture, Emma Harrison is a British-born contemporary artist who now calls the Gold Coast home.
Her original oil paintings and graphite drawings capture the nuances of people and still-life compositions while resembling the perfection of a photograph.
“My works offer a true-to-life representation, with careful attention to capture the nuances of the subject and delicate brushstrokes to breathe life into each painting,” Emma states on her website.
Well known for her Australian-inspired realist paintings, Gayle Reichelt hails from Yarram in Victoria and now resides at Tallai.
Working mainly in oils, watercolour and charcoal, Gayle artfully captures Australian landscapes and homesteads as well as abandoned houses, farms and sheds.
She also creates beautiful resin art as well as abstract paintings comprising an array of eye-catching colour and texture.
You can see the full spectrum of Gayle’s work at her website.