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Teelah George - Lovers' Ponytails

Teelah George - Lovers' Ponytails

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  • Tue 4 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 5:00pm


Orexart, Level 1, 15 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission



Lover’s Ponytails. Paintings by Teelah George.
Opening Tuesday 4 July 5-7pm.

Teelah George is Australian, born in 1984, of Irish descent. After majoring in textiles at Curtin University in Perth she ‘ran away’ to Belfast for three years to try to understand something about her creative journey. She started to sculpt, then paint.

“Now I treat the paintings as a tactile object, something responsive and malleable. Throughout the painting process I go back and forth as a way to challenge the painting, and myself. My paintings are an exercise in this very process. There is something inherently personal in that it is potentially unfathomable and equally wonderful. They are somewhat paradoxical, both permanent and always changing. Making art seems like a bi-product of my existence.”

Teelah has held numerous solo exhibitions, undertaken international residencies, and entered the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the University of Western Australia, along with the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and a growing number of private collections.

In 2013 she was a finalist in the Rick Amor Drawing Prize, then the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. In 2014 she won the Joonalup Invitation Art Award. In 2015 she was winner of the Freemantle Print Award as well as being a finalist in the Bankwest Invitation Art Prize and The Guirguis New Art Prize.

In 2016 she was a finalist in the John Stringer Prize, and in 2017 she is a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize, one of Australia’s richest ($100,000) prizes for artists under 40.

Of Lovers' Ponytails George says, "This body of work has emerged from my engagement with the oral history and transcript of Althea Dorris Barber (1896-1990), a charismatic storyteller with a prolific memory. Recorded in 1979, when Dorris (as she preferred to be known) was in her mid 80's, the recording offers a glitchy timeline through the remembered everyday personal history of her life in Katanning, Western Australia.

The paintings and textile works pick up on and respond to words and snippets from this history, offering portals that at once suggest and subvert narrative."

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