Artist in Residency

Just before Covid 19 restrictions started to mean that life was changing and teaching was going to be different, I was delighted to spend 2 days a week for 4 weeks at St Margaret’s Anglican girls school with grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 students as we worked through a variety of art projects around their themes of ‘soaring’. I hope to return at some stage and see where their investigations took them.

Works selected for exhibitions

My artwork ‘Redemption Series Echidna’ was selected as a finalist in the 2020 John Villiers Outback Art Prize. The artwork will be exhibited in the finalist exhibition between the dates of 6th March to 8th May 2020 at the Outback Regional Gallery located within the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton. 

The gallery received a high number of entries from across Australia with 33 artists selected as finalists. Visiting guest judges were Henri Van Noordenberg and Lucy Culliton.

Sadly due to current circumstances this exhibition is closed.

Shark as Object was also selected as a finalist for the Muswellbrook Art Prize 2020.

This year they received 553 entries. After much deliberation by the selection panel 62 works were selected as finalists of the Prize. For the full list of finalists please visit the Muswellbrook Art Prize website.

This exhibition is also closed for now.

more new work

I’m very proud to be included in this current exhibition
http://onespacegallery.com.au/exhibition/shiver/
with this new work
Shark as Object  2019 watercolour 46 x 61 cm

This work has come about through my weekly visits to draw and document objects held at the Queensland Museum. A deep love and fascination of natural history and a long-standing practice within the genre of still life have collided to produce the perfect storm of subject matter and conceptual concerns. The ideas around the objectification of creatures has led to a d-evolution of the shark, from the valuable museum holotype skin of the Grey Nurse shark down to kitsch soap holders and shark suit–wearing Lego figurines. How do we feel about the various images of shark within our popular culture? From shiver to shudder, can it help our understanding and appreciation for the shark as an integral and important species? German mystic St Hildegard of Bingen said in the eleventh century “If we fall deeper and deeper in love with creation, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.” If this is the case, maybe even a plastic, grinning, dancing effigy of a shark can be redeemed.

Prints of this works are available through OneSpace either framed or unframed
Digital print on 308gsm 100% cotton paper, paper size 68cm x 48cm, Edition 20 (1-20 available), 

Brisbane Sketchfest was a huge delight

as hundreds of dedicated Urban Sketchers descended on Brisbane city and drew hard for 3 days. Thanks to the Brisbane chapter of Urban Sketchers International for organsing the event. It was so much fun to be with talented tutors from Asia, interstate and local and be drawing and documenting the city together with many enthusiastic sketchers.

Private Mural Commission

Bush stone curlews, kookaburras and shorebirds grace the walls of this property in Nelson Street, Ormiston, thanks to the generous actions of the owners who wish to raise awareness of local wildlife and share this with the neighborhood.

With my faithful offsider/daughter Meg, we sprayed and painted over a few days to have these characters emerge.

Bush stone Curlews are one of my favourite birds…
so much personality!
the team
shore birds flee down the fence wall
and take flight

Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum hosts Australien Future – tales of migration

Friday night 12th April – 25th May 2019

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Cnr Goondoon and Bramston Str, Gladstone

Monday – Sat 10 am – 5 pm

The gallery has acquired the work ‘First Home Gladstone’ for their collection and it’s very fitting it remain with the gallery as it depicts the house my dad’s family settled in on arrival from the Netherlands in 1955. The house no longer exists but it remains a part of the history of Gladstone. My family gifted the gallery with a copy of my Grandfathers film which documented the whole journey from Rotterdam to Gladstone and from which many of the paintings in this exhibition were based on.

Australien Future opening night!

Thanks to all of the 200 people who attended opening night at Redland Art Gallery… it was very lovely to share that with you. The Shore Birds exhibition also looked wonderful  and it is a lovely accompaniment as we discuss the vulnerability of our migrating shorebirds as well as our shared migration stories.

Thanks to Louise Martin-Chew for opening with Professor Richard Fuller, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland.

Please click link to read Louise’s speech

https://louisemartinchew.com/deb-mosterts-convergence-of-birds-and-people/

Exhibition runs until 20th January 2019

closed Monday 24 December 2018 – Tuesday 1 January 2019

Gallery hours Mon – Fri 9 am – 4 pm  Sundays 9am – 2 pm  closed Saturdays

Public Art, Ipswich

‘Cross Cut Kookaburras’ was painted over the weekend of the 7th-9th September as part of the Ipswich Fused Festival. With the support of the festival organisers and Ipswich City Council we have added the presence of a couple of large kookaburras into the River Heart parklands adjacent to the Bremer River.  Thanks to Kate Roberts and Meg Sweeney.

Finalist in Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing

“Amnesty Pine Parrots”

This work came late one night thinking about migrant pine trees, parrots and people and using the stencil sent to me by Amnesty International for their ‘be there’ campaign. Musings about what makes a person, plant or parrot be there or not.

The prize received over 220 entries from all over Australia and the judges have selected 26 finalists from a strong and diverse field of works.

FINALISTS EXHIBITION

Due to the recent sale of the Jugglers Art Space building, this year’s Finalists Exhibition will be held at the Queensland College of Art Project Gallery from Friday 3rd August until Friday 17th August 2018. The Major Prize Winner, Honourable Mention and Director’s Encouragement Award will be announced at the exhibition opening on Friday 3rd August.

The Project Gallery will be open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, for the duration of the exhibition.

All exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award and the winner will be announced at the exhibition closing event on Friday 17th August.

McGregor Winter School ‘Everyday Sketchbooks’ workshop

Just had a great 5 days and nights drawing madly with 12 enthusiastic and fun fellow artists/students at McGregor Winter School, USQ Toowoomba. It was another great creative experience where immersion for a week or more leads to breakthroughs and much progress. Thanks to Artworx at USQ for the streamlined organisation and great facilities.