I am also influenced by the uniqueness and individuality of suburban residential architecture, particularly by the vast variety of housing styles, patterns and details. I have faithfully recorded these patterns and details via en plein air drawing and photography. I also use other means including Google Street View and real estate guides, both printed and online.
In 2018 I was the first artist-in-residence at Newcastle Art Space and I now have my own studio. My studio practice has developed as a result of having a stable workspace. My artistic process has included making detailed drawings of suburban interiors and exteriors, swimming pools, cruise ship interiors, shopping centres and cafes. I have also become interested in the inclusion of the classical figure in my works. My artistic process includes drawing, collage, tracing of human figures and detailed drawings and watercolours of man-made environments.
My use of vibrant colours in my artworks reflects the influence of artists including Howard Arkley, David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield and local artist and long-time mentor Peter Lankas.
Painting & Mixed Media
Throughout her postgraduate studies, Annemarie taught as a sessional academic in the undergraduate painting and drawing program at UON. Upon completion of her RHD, she continued her role as a lecturer and also undertook postgraduate supervision. Currently, Annemarie is the course coordinator in Visual Art for the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, Ourimbah and facilitates masterclass workshops in Melbourne and Newcastle.
Annemarie continues to develop her practice-led research interests and intercultural collaborations in the field of Migration and also maintains an independent studio practice.
Screen printing & Ceramics
In her most recent work, Ali features images of the local Newcastle landmarks she loves and adores and is also in the process of creating an installed tile mural in Hamilton featuring the gorgeous Gregson Park. Her recently published brochure, “Bespoke Ceramics”, offers a range of customised handcrafted branded products featuring images and logos. She is keen to continue exploring the concept of home by creating memories and connections both for her local community as well as internationally.
Painting & Collage
The final piece representing the bright thread of hope that is built out of darkness. Monochromatic washes compete with Prussian blues, fluro pinks and other punk like juxtapositions. Painted works are often finished with a final, feverish layer of repetitive patterns, scrawled in charcoal, pastel or posca. There are stories and themes behind each of my works, but I prefer to leave them abstract and ambiguous, encouraging the viewer to create meaning for themselves – transferring authorship of the work to the observer.
“My works ask a lot of questions; I don’t like to give the answers.”
When Frances is not creating feverishly in her studio, she teaches drama and art classes to children. She loves to give them a welcoming space, encouraging them to make mess and explore their creativity.
In 2020, she was selected in the NAS (Newcastle Art Space) Emerging artist mentorship. And was also a finalist in the BLUE art prize with Blackstone Gallery in Newcastle.
“ Virginia Cuppaidge addresses one of the principle tenets of abstraction: the experience of nature is more than the eye can see - the cosmic realms and the microscopic world also can be realized through abstracted images.”
Noted art historian Joan Marter,professor at Rutgers University
His images have been published around the world and won several awards, and have been shown in two solo shows in Newcastle, “Film Noir – story telling with photography” and “Beauty and Smoke” as well as in many group exhibitions. “Equivocal”, the inaugural exhibition at the new NAS Gallery, featured his images alongside his two fellow photographers from Studio 10.
Print making & Textiles
Remnants of silk, linen, cotton and old laces, mostly white and creams are eco dyed and printed on mixed media giving texture, layers and depth to the work. Many years of collected imagery from my photography, drawings, art work and poetry are exposed on photopolymer plates then printed and displayed in a variety of ‘containers’ artist books, wall hangings, framed and unframed artworks.