I am an expressionist painter coming from a small coastal location of the Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia, and coming to a large, busy city. I use found objects as canvases, making combines and incorporating my own personal view of the city through portraits. I make abstract portraits of people I see in the city, my own identity, the journey of inner change and the influence of city life. A strong focus on the fears and anxieties of the city and the contemporary world. I have a strong fascination with urban forms, observing the built environment and the people who make up the city, the beauty and the ugly. An attempt to show the reality of one’s inner emotional journey being surrounded by people in a fast city lifestyle and to capture the ephemerality and speed of the modern world.
In spending just two weeks in Berlin and the influence of the city I have seen a change in my works. Berlin is like nowhere else I have ever been and is full of creativity and inspiration yet it is a difficult being a 21-year-old woman alone in a big city and the fears I have and sometimes feelings of being lost in translation.
Shae Gregg is a contemporary visual artist who works in a range of media but primarily paints with acrylics and oils. Often expressionist portraits of herself, her friends or imagined characters her work relates to the human condition and fears within the contemporary world. Her paintings show faces seen grinning intensely or with a more contemplative, somber demeanour. Her works perhaps reminds us of characters met in a youthful dream or nightmare. A scenario which plunges the viewer into a destabilised, surreal situation where good and bad have become one.
BFA (Visual Art), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Certificate III in Visual Art, Sunshine Coast TAFE
Group pop-up show, Rokkstar, Los Angeles
Solo show, Solbar Music, Sunshine Coast
Group show ‘Femme et al’, Greaser Gallery, Brisbane May
Solo show ‘Behind the Mask’, Swampland studios Sunshine Coast, Australia
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