opens May 4th at The Condensery, Toogoolawah

official opening 4-6 pm,

exhibition dates 4th May-7th July 2024

Deb Mostert has used sketchbooks over the decades as a scaffold for her contemporary art practice. A Sketchbook Practice shares pages from over ninety sketchbooks dating back twenty years to prompt: ‘What does it mean to keep a sketchbook?’ and ‘How does your perception of the world change through keeping one?’. In the words of the artist: “Sketchbooks serve as a spare brain, a record of my personality and my growth and they are gleefully imperfect.”

Shown alongside Deb’s sketchbooks are those from artists local to the Somerset region. This collection of community sketchbooks displays both the depth and diversity of local artists, but also the day-to-day character of the region.


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Projected sketches!

Over a week in July a selection of my brown paper portraits of ordinary humans were projected onto 143 Brisbane Street in Ipswich as part of the Spark Festival 2023. From Thursday 6 – Sunday 16 July 2023 d’Arcy Doyle Place was transformed into a visual spectacle that profiled local artists, architecture and the nooks and crannies of this popular Ipswich meeting place.

Projectionist James Muller from Earth Base Productions worked with all 10 artists including Jacob Sarra, Chenaya Bancroft-Davis, Donna Davis, Eulalia Martin, Kylie Stevens, Eva D San Miguel, Jason McNamara, Mieke Den Otter, Renee Yates and LeAnne Vincent to have their works projected onto the building.

It was a fun time to get out and see local artists works featured over the nights of the festival. Thanks to Ipswich Festivals and Ipswich City Council and the Spark Festival.

drone footage courtesy of Earth Base Productions and featuring my own work plus Jacob Serra on St Paul’s Church and photographer Jason McNamara

Exciting new way to engage!

A virtual sketchbook!

People have been very kind, viewing my exhibition of 92 sketchbooks at Ipswich Art Gallery with much interest, and often wondering what is inside the other pages. We could only show one spread from each book of course, although we have videos playing in the gallery space showing me paging through half a dozen of the sketchbooks.

We thought it would be nice to make something more interactive and current. So this is a virtual sketchbook made up of my two sketchbooks that I am using right now. It shows what has been going on in the studio, in my life and in my head!

I wanted to make it honest, and real, so although it is not every page (that would be too long and boring!) we tried to show a good variety of what goes on in my practice. I worked with a videographer Tom Oliver, who followed me around the studio and home, a gig drawing at World Science Festival Brisbane and at the gallery, to offer extra hidden elements to the experience.

If you click on this link it will take you to the sketchbook and wherever you notice a white flashing box (it only flashes for a second!) you can click for more information.


This has been kindly supported by the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Photography/Video by Thomas Oliver www.thomasoliver.photo

Copyright © deb mostert April 2023

Latest Solo exhibition

Ipswich Art Gallery are hosting an exhibition of my sketchbooks

4 March – 1 May 2023

Decades of daily observations have been preserved through Ipswich-based artist Deb Mostert​’s  sketchbook practice, and she showcases her collection for the first time in Everyday Sketchbooks.

Deb makes works spanning painting, sculpture and public art, and the learning ground for these artworks is her disciplined commitment to an everyday drawing routine. Her sketchbooks are not only where she researches, investigates, and stimulates her artistic practice, but where she records her daily life.

Almost scientific in her approach to documenting and recording, Deb blurs the lines between artist, historian, and scientist in creating her own archive.

By presenting these private sketchbooks usually reserved for an audience of one, Deb graciously invites us to peer behind-the-scenes of her artistic practice and to consider the sketchbook as a way any person, regardless of ability, can reflect upon and document their life.  

Summer Salon with Lorraine Pilgrim

I have new works, both painted and sculptural, in this exciting group show with Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery, Southport.

Exhibition runs until 27th February 2023 at 87 Ridgeway Avenue, Southport

call Lorraine 07 5532 7170 for sales enquiries

Here is always somewhere else #1 2022 cast silver, driftwood, wooden box

group show postponed

I will have these works hanging as part of this group show

Waterbird Whistle Nest 2021
watercolour and gouache on watercolour ground on cradle
60 x 64 cm framed
Powerful Owl 2021 oil pencil and oil on monoprint
Powerful Owl juveniles 2021 oil pencil on monoprint on paper

The Powerful Owls have been nesting again down at our local creek. This threatened species are suffering due to habitat destruction and the loss of old growth trees for nesting hollows. A shy and secretive bird, they are the largest of Australia’s owls and the babies are simply gorgeous. I have been documenting their progress and was so pleased to see not one but two babies this year. These looser and more intuitive works have come since my time with my fellow artists on our art camp at Villa Rustica. There is always a lovely osmosis of ideas and ways of seeing that happen when artists work alongside each other.

Group show

Opening Saturday 17th April in conjunction with the new HOTA Gallery grand opening at Southport, Gold Coast.

These are some of the works I am offering to this dynamic group show.

Twelve Apostles
103 x 76 cm
watercolour and oil pencil on watercolour paper on timber cradle
Kingfisher as Object 2021 solid pewter and hardwood timber dimensions variable 18 cm high 1 of 6

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.

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


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

Afterimage Editions

To celebrate their first year, Onespace Gallery is excited to launch Onespace Afterimage Editions – a new platform in which they collaborate with artists to create limited edition digital fine art prints.

For the inaugural collection, Onespace has curated an exciting print range which includes a diversity of imagery and concerns by artists:

Michael Boiyool Anning, James and Eleanor Avery, Renata Buziak, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Jodie Connolly, Shara Delaney, Sebastian Di Mauro, Andrea Higgins, Georgina Hooper, Lucy Irvine, Rachael Lee, Fintan Magee, Sebastian Moody, Casselle Mountford, Deb Mostert, Matthew Newkirk, Lix North, Elysha Rei, Mandy Ridley, Brian Robinson, Donna Maree Robinson, Jackie Ryan, Samuel Tupou, Benjamin Werner, and Jay Younger.

The exhibition will be available to the public in the gallery and online from Wednesday, 6 December 2017 and will run until Friday, 22 December 2017.

Please join us for drinks with the artists on Saturday, 8 December 2017, from 6-8pm to celebrate our first year of exhibitions and achievements.

For a sneak peak of the collection: http://onespacegallery.com.au/collections/2017/

I have these two works available as a limited run. Please contact the gallery for purchase.

‘We travel a lot so collecting these made sense’ Bartailed Godwit Vintage Airline bags

‘Travel is our life and we love these so much’ Bartailed Godwit Vintage Suitcases

Arcadia opens soon!

Lorraine Pilgrim presents

Arcadia- Pleasures & Places

Venue: Studio 87, 87 Ridgeway Ave, Southport

 Saturday 9 December 2017 4-6pm
Exhibition runs until end of February 2018

To be officially opened by Tracy Cooper-Lavery – Director – Gold Coast City Gallery


To understand one place you need two places oil on birch cradle 2017 55 x 60 cm