Award winning artist; Jacky Murtaugh, returned to painting after moving to Australia in 2009. Since then she has built on her reputation for the unconventional and extraordinary, becoming known for her vibrant and richly coloured paintings of nature, sparkling renditions of water and blinding representations of sunlight.
She captures the fleeting moments and a sense of the ephemeral.
Her current work deviates from the representational taking a symbolic direction.
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Jacky Murtaugh – Artist
Jacky Murtaugh is an Adelaide based contemporary artist working in oils and acrylics.
Inspired by a vibrant and unfamiliar landscape, Jacky has approached her art practice with the energy and adventure of a young child. Her paintings are an abstraction of her perception of Australia, creating a strong sense of adventure and new beginnings.
Natural elements are her reference material in which she uses the infinite patterns to communicate her message in her emotive and intricate art work. The symbolic use of trees describes life-cycles, time and distance whilst water is used as a symbol of purity, strength and change.
In many cases she has deviated from traditional composition, purposely emitting the land and only focusing on the reflection. The impression of movement evokes life and energy and is intended to promote a reaction and a connection to the natural environment.
Paintings in oil or acrylic are made up of layer upon layer of colour and shape; each layer offering a glimpse of what lies beneath. The linear forms suggest perspective and changes in direction, sometimes completing a full circle other times losing sight of the journey’s end. Focusing on colour and emotional content all are vivid and powerful as is the Australian landscape.
Murtaugh’s work has been described as leaving the real world bland and radiating off the canvas. Her notoriety for her strong use of colour and unusual perspective has helped her achieve successful exhibitions interstate and recently awarded The Austral Emerging Artist Award 2013
>2013 Let Them See (Queen St SALA)
>2013 Doors of Perception (Glenelg Art Gallery)
>2012 Illuminate (Suzie Wong’s Room)
>2013 Lancashire Lasses (National Wine Centre)
>2013 Lifescapes (Geoffrey Stapleton Gallery)
>2013 Artfuly Launch (Somedays gallery, Sydney)
>2013 Dance (Geoffrey Stapleton Gallery)
>2013 Evolution (Black Diamond Gallery)
>2013 Creative Collusion
(Foyer Gallery – Mitcham)
>2013 This is Australia (Geoffrey Stapleton Gallery)
>2012 Everything You Can Imagine Is Real
(Suzie Wong’s Room)
>2012 Waters Vicinity (Glenelg Art Gallery)
>2012 Five Ways (Garden Gallery)
>2012 SALA @ Stamford (Glenelg Art Gallery)
>2012 Edge of Reality (Gallery One)
>2012 Bike Art Adelaide (City Realty)
>2011 Andamento (Gallery One)
>2012 Mylor Art Weekend
>2011 Port Art Prize
>2011 Golden Grove Art Show
>2011 Blackwood Art Show
>2011 Campbell Town Art Show
>2010 Port Art Prize
>2010 Adelaide Cathedral Art Show
>2010 Royal Adelaide Show
>2013 Winner: Austral Emerging Artist Award (SALA)
>2012 Finalist: Austral Emerging Artist Award (SALA)