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What do The Great Gatsby, flapper dresses and swing dancing all have in common? They are all great things from the 1920's of course! Another lady who knows how great the 1920's really was, is visual artist Derice Sharp. Her latest exhibition, The Lady in Red, features many 1920's inspired, and oh so glamorous, works of art.
The exhibit is taking place at one of Brisbane's latest and greatest galleries, the Art and Design Precinct located at 10 Bailey Street, West End. It is in their loading bay gallery that Derice's work will light up the walls, quite literally. Most of her work is large, bold portraits of beautiful women from the 1920's. Each portrait has been embroidered with intricate beading to re-create the very bling jewellery that era is renowned for.
I was fortunate enough to meet the artist herself. When painting 'the ladies' she always starts with the face, particularly the eyes. After all, the eyes are a window to the soul and I found it is this feature that did indeed 'bring the work to life'. Each portrait will definitely take you back in time for moment and make you indeed believe you are dreamily gazing into the eyes of a living, breathing woman … or least one that existed once upon a time. After the eyes and face are perfected all the other intricacies flow naturally from there.
The biggest question I had hanging over my head whilst I was taking in the exhibit is,what is her inspiration? And not surprisingly Derice creates these wonderful pieces from a personal love of the 1920's. She creates for her 'own personal pleasure and fulfilment' and if anything else comes from it, it is 'simply a bonus.' I found this refreshingly honest in a world where everything from university education to novel writing is geared to satisfy mass commercial 'needs'. Instead Derice paints from the heart, and what you will get is a bright, colourful and enjoyable snapshot of her imagination, which is definitely worth more than some mass produced piece of work that everybody owns.
But, all that being said, Derice doesn't just paint portraits. The exhibition did contain other pieces in different styles, which spanned over a variety of subjects, as Derice does work with mixed media. For instance there was a goose bump inducing snapshot of Venice, an earthy scene of the Australian outback, as well as a beautifully coloured beach sunset (to name a few of the many other art works on display); and each was painted with just as much heart and imagination as her portraits. All up her exhibition showcased her talent and ability to paint in many different genres and styles fluently.
A strong mention does also need to go out to the Art and Design Precinct who did a stellar job of showcasing her work. There is always a small fee to enter (well worth it!) but they always have music, nibbles, drinks and of course fabulous art you won't find anywhere else in Brisbane. Plus the precinct always have great exhibitions happening, any time of year, with the next big exhibit being the 'Barely There' group launch. For more details check out there website or keep in touch via Facebook.
So head to the Art and Design precinct and take a step out of reality and back in time, or to another place, by viewing 'The Lady in Red' exhibition. And make sure you get in quick because it is only there for one week! But if time doesn't permit, don't stress as you keep in touch with Derice's work via don't stress as you keep in touch with Derice's work via the Art and Design Precinct.