Finding art for the home is a deeply personal act. Discovering a piece that you connect with, that has the ability to transform the mood and feel of a space is a power unique to the creative spirit of art. The Australian art scene offers variety, both in media and subject matter, with plenty of perspectives and palettes that are sure to satisfy your artistic taste. Whether you’re looking to select your own salon-hang feature wall works or the perfect piece to sit in that empty spot above the sofa or bed, our following curation of the best Australian artists will have you sorted.
Melbourne- and Brooklyn-based fibre art maker Maryanne Moodie weaves beautiful texture into her personality-packed, colour-happy creations. Australian art has seen an influx of woven works come onto the scene but what sets Maryanne’s woven wall hangings apart are the unexpected combinations of tone and texture that pay a nostalgic nod to the past. Maryanne also shares her weaving techniques through workshops and online courses. Her work is available through Fenton & Fenton.
Emma Gale’s connection and love for Africa informs her vividly realised work. Having lived in Egypt and worked for supporting an NGO in Ethiopia has given this Northern NSW-based creative endless inspiration for her layered paintings. Her instinctual use of colour, shape and texture is second to none, and brings another unique perspective to the Australian art scene. Not only is this talented creative with an artist’s palette, she’s also quite handy with clay, crafting shapely statement vessels.
There’s no doubt you will have spotted one of Kara Rosenlund’s incredible photographs on the walls of many a home in an interiors magazine, or even on the magazine cover itself. This beloved Queensland-based published author is one of the nations best-known lifestyle image-makers in the Australian art community. Her photographic work ranges from portraiture to still-life, and all are inspired by and celebrate Mother Nature’s work. Whether you’re after coastal scenes, wild horses or awe-inspiring landscapes from this great southern land, Kara has captured it through her lens. Her work is available in multiple sizes, and even in souvenir tea towel form.
Melbourne-based, self-taught ceramicist Kirsten Perry is known for her multi-faceted ceramic vessels, bowls and sculptures. The Australian artist is “attracted to flaws and vulnerabilities”, exploring Japanese aesthetics and the philosophy of wabi sabi, a way of thinking that celebrates the quiet and contemplative beauty of imperfection, through her pieces. You’ll find her delicate clay work, produced from her Preston home studio, at crafted design specialists Modern Times and Mr Kitly.
Sydney-based ceramic artist Odette Ireland’s highly sought-after mixed-media sculptures are crafted through a mix of slip-casting, press-moulding and slabbing processes from raku, stoneware and porcelain clays. Ceramic work may be having a moment in the sun right now as an approachable medium of Australian art, but Odette Ireland’s take gives clay another dimension. Inspired by Alexander Calder’s graphic mobiles, Odette’s work shares the same sense of intrigue and wonder through suspended movement.
Northern Territory-born Valma Nakamarra White comes from a family of artists and those ancestral roots run deep in her vibrant Australian art. She began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal-owned art centre in Yuendumu, back in 2013. She depicts her family’s heritage in relation to her homeland, Mijirlparnta (Mission Creek) through a bold and uninhibited palette to express a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
Illustrator Billie Justice Thomson brings both a nostalgic and effervescent spirit to everyday items, pantry staples and classic cocktails with her charming work. The beauty of the every day is this Adelaide artist’s specialty and the Australian art scene is all the richer for it. From pencils and plates, to flowers and food, these finely realised illustrations are available in art prints and original paintings on Perspex, available through Modern Times or for a fun take, oversized fridge magnets from her own website.
Geelong-based digital artist Kimmy Hogan is one of the leaders in accessible, bold and graphic Australian art. Instead of the broad stroke of a paintbrush, she uses a mouse as her creative tool, and carefully layers elements to produce each piece. Her work is primarily focused on nature, florals and still-lifes, delivered in a balance of deep colour, soft pastel tones and organic forms. The variety doesn’t stop there – you can also purchase limited-edition or open-edition prints or canvases, framed or unframed. Kimmy’s work is also available at Greenhouse Interiors, a great supporter of Australian art talent.
Australian art is full of variety and vibrancy. Adding art to your interior scheme is sure to bring personality, style and design to any space. From paintings to sculptures, illustrations to digital art, this exhibition Australian artists is sure to inspire your next decorating masterstroke. If you’re looking for more ceramic pieces to lend your home an artful touch, look to our pick of the best Australian ceramic brands.