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Local Artist List

The Great Pause has us moving into our vast inner space of thoughts and imagination, reaching for books, images, photographs, media, art of all kinds to fill the sticky days of corona stretching around us. We are all seeking ways to ignite a sense of beauty, inspire hope for the future, combat the boredom, make sense of the nonsensical and maintain our connections to community. 

One of the ways we can connect to our community is through supporting our local artists. Many of whom have a true passion for making our community a better place to live through their artwork. 

There are many ways to support local artists, you can share their work on social media, attend their digital workshops, and if you are contemplating filling a blank wall, adding a new piece of jewellery, sculpture, clothing, writing, music, or any other creative experience to your collection look at your local options first.

With that in mind we have begun to curate a list of local artists of all persuasions which you can find here.

Please note this is a list in motion and is intended to be expanded and added to. Please get in touch with us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be added to the list. Local Artists of all kinds welcome. 

 

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Tracey Roberts

    
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Tracey Roberts

Tracey is a visual artist and music-colour synesthete (one who involuntarily sees colours and shapes when listening to music). Through her own diverse journey as a musician and performer, and with many years of varied experience in the music arena, Tracey's images are rich, colourful depictions of a multitude of musical themes. Many of her art exhibitions include a musical performance, which is, of course, intrinsically part of her work and she is always happy to discuss her music and artwork and how they are inextricably linked. In 2013 she released her first video music / art release on Blu-ray which is a 30 minute instrumental improvised piano concert and small interviews about music and selected artwork pieces.

 


Image credit: Tracey Roberts, 'Regeneration in A minor', 2009

 

 

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Jacqui Christians

    
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Jacqui Christians

Jacqui is a painter and multi disciplined artist. She has recently been exploring vivid landscapes of the flinders ranges in large bold works with colour and expression. Still life’s, botanica, pods and seeds or birds and pattern all feature in her artistic collection.

 


Image: Jacqui Christians

 

 

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Steven Firman

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Steven Firman

Creative individual, currently Artist in Residence at Box Hill Community Arts Centre for 2020. Steven immersed himself in German culture, whilst living there for three years with his family (2011-2014). During this time she travelled widely throughout Europe. Since returning to the Dandenong Ranges, he has begun a new series of painting, under the working title, Tree Change. Inspired by the natural world, with a nod to Escher and Magritte, Steven's paintings seek to capture the irrational world of a child where real places become the setting for magical things to happen. Completing a short Picture Book -My Little Monster, short film Egg3, graphic novel Turtle Girl, and his website!

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Steven Firman

 

 

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Mike Lane 'aka Chalom'

    
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Mike Lane 'aka Chalom'

LARGE SCALE statement artworks made sustainably. "...BOLD GESTURAL ART..." Chalom (KAH-LOMM) AKA Mike Lane: 1. Dreamer 2. the entanglement of ideas during sleep when they are free of the rule of the intellect. Abstract artist in Melbourne, Australia. Sustainable art with reclaimed canvas and found materials

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Chalom

 

 

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Trish Campbell

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Trish Campbell

Trish Cambell's art is dedicated to interpretations of natural environments at home and abroad. A recent trip to Nepal and India is reflected in current subject-mater in painting, photography and printmaking. This year Trish’s art shows a new direction into portraiture.

 

 

 

 


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Chris Lawry

    
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Chris Lawry

Chris Lawry is a Printmaker working principally on Lino cut. Her prints are traditionally printed by hand on an etching press - between metal rollers, or by rubbing the back of the printing paper over the hand carved block with a wooden spoon or burin.

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Chris Lawry

 

 

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Heather Bradbury

    
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Heather Bradbury

Heather was born in Rochester, Victoria, Australia in 1966 and currently lives in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. (also lived in Tasmania for 18 years) She is a mother of four boys and has worked in the media and graphic design industry for around twenty-six years, connecting with people from all over the world. She loves drawing and painting large photo realistic images inspired by nature, reflections and water droplets. She is the Managing Director and owner of KAPI ART SPACE, a Studio Gallery in the Dandenong Ranges, Australia, where the mission is to bring individuals and groups fully alive in their creative dreams!

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Heather Bradbury

 

 

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Helene Campbell

    
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Helene Campbell

Helene Campbell is Tall Trees Studio. Working from her studio to individually hand craft each piece, matching stones with differing metals and techniques.

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Helene Campbell

 

 

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Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan

    
  

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Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan

Jessie is a French and Australian practising Melbourne artist and works with a vast range of media, from ceramics, printmaking and sculpture. through to painting. Her current work reflects and draws from past connections and experimentation with Crockery, Collage and Sculpture. Jessie's sculptural compositions of repurposed crockery are a celebration of nature and lavish tableware. Fables, birds, music and willow pattern all feature in her sculptures. As a French-Australian artist and Fine Arts educated on both shores - Jessie's work reflects her personal narratives of migration, belonging and cultural heritage.

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan

 

 

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Lauren Pitt-Trewin

    
  

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Lauren Pitt-Trewin

Inspired by texture, colour, natural phenomena, folklore, fairytales, childhood imagery, the local environment and cycles in nature.

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Lauren Pitt-Trewin

 

 

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Gerard Russo

    
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Gerard Russo

Handmade illuminated wall art by Gerard Russo. Gerard is located in the Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne's Backyard. He is responsible for every element of every light box, from sourcing and milling the recycled timber to wiring, etching, constructing and of course, the artwork that goes on them. Each light box utilises LED lighting within its custom enclosure. The artwork itself is forthright, where even the texture of the brush-strokes can be seen in the etched sheen of the metal surface. Unlike a traditional frame, the copper faceplate is mounted before the finishing of the walls takes place, creating a genuine cross-section design of copper, light and timber. A number of pieces are usually for sale and/or on exhibition in various locations.

 

 

 

 


Image credit: Gerard Russo

 

 

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Anthony Breslin

    
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Anthony Breslin

Anthony Breslin's career in spans over 24 years in a myriad of creative and artists pursuits including painting, performance, poetry, design and production. Now after battling blood cancer and surviving a bone marrow transplant Anthony's career veers back to its roots of visual art, drawing and painting.

 

 

 

 


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Jude Craig

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Jude Craig

Natural dyes frame moments of magic, captured on yarn.

 

 

 

 


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Cameron M. Semmens

    
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Cameron M. Semmens

Cameron is a Melbourne-based, award-winning poet and performer, with 15 books and 4 CDs of his poetry published to date. He makes his living through words: running workshops, writing books and performing live throughout Australia. Cameron is a 'Vision Artist' with World Vision Australia. He lives in the Dandenong Ranges with his 2 young children. He has also created a new podcast called The Persian and The Poet – Cameron and Ramak share poems of love and wonder in English and Farsi.

 

 

 

 


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Lisa Hass

    
  

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Lisa Hass

Lisa Hass aka Lasercut Australia makes personalised acrylic jewellery which appeared on the "Hot or Not" segment of the Living Room TV and worn by Miguel Maestro. It received a HOT! She also makes personalised etched bread boards with quotes or company logos, and porcelain jewellery.

 

 

 

 


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Stephen Glover

    
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Stephen Glover

With scribbled line and formal shape Stephen’s artworks respond to experiences and memory of both people and place. Formed as a visual dialogue between gesture and geometry, this ever changing place is expressed through a symbolic language of emotion and reason. This is a response to the shifting nature, and impermanence of living each day. Stephen has exhibited widely for over three decades, and his work can be found in a number of collections around Australia, as well as India, Denmark and the UK.

 

 

 

 


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Rain White

    
  

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Rain White

Rain's practice explores the elemental energy of earth. Our existence is ephemeral and groundless, and for her nature holds eternal comfort and stability. Rain's art is a development of a personal symbolic language and motifs. She is inspired by philosophy, life experiences, natural forms, many artists, Sumie ink painting and research into ancient cultures, their sites of significance and symbols as a method of communication. She is interested in the notion of the icon and symbol, to universally resonate a sensation of quiet and profound power and stillness. Symbolic forms resonate through the passage of time beyond words and tap into our collective unconscious and what it is to be human. Having majored in Printmaking and choose to let ideas dictate the medium. She is primarily two dimensional based but find three dimensional forms increasingly enticing. Rain enjoys the challenge of working with a diversity of materials combined with exploring the emotional and visual impact of colour. Ink, oil and collage are favourite means of expression for her. As Rumi has said; 'The day you were born, a ladder was set up to help you escape from this world'. Art has been this ladder for her.

 

 

 

 


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Dave Thomson

    
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Dave Thomson

Dave Thomson (Lost Few) is a sound artist focusing on the translation of spatiality in both natural and urban landscapes by means of physical and sonic transformation. The solo project of Dave Thomson (Melbourne, Australia), Lost Few serves as an exploration of sound design, video installation and audial journeys that seamlessly provoke and push audiences.

 

 

 

 


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Ches Mills

    
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Ches Mills

Currently Ches uses acrylic, ink and gouache on either canvas or paper to create her vibrant, detailed works. Her works range in size from an impressive 1.5 square metres to more delicate 30 square cm. Her subject matter varies from the purely decorative, abstract, and landscapes, to figurative representations of her personal interpretation of the world and its issues. Ches takes commissions and can usually accommodate size, colour and subject matter to match your decor.

 

 

 

 


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