Genevieve Montgomerie

Genevieve  Montgomerie
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About the Artists:

December 2015 and January 2016, we have invited Genevieve Montgomerie to display a totally new collection of her paintings in the reception area of the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort. Genevieve loves this area of our Western Australian coast and often holidays with her family in Bunker Bay. During these stays, Genevieve can be seen jogging on the beach drawing on the sights, sounds and the crisp clean smell of the ocean air in this region. This is how Genevieve creates paintings that draw you into the scene, you feel as if you could literally, walk on the sand. Her paintings have a mesmerising effect on you and I swear you can see the whiting swimming in the shallows.

Pullman Bunker Bay resort welcomes visitors to the resort and the exhibition. 
Located at 42 Bunker Bay Rd, Naturaliste, WA

Biography:

Montgomerie's style weaves effortlessly between social realism and a contemporary take on the techniques of the Old Masters. Painterly yet smooth, inviting yet intimately personal reflections... her works are a testament to the light, depth, moods, possibilities and energies of the cleansing 'Water of Life' she finds herself immersed in!

 

From the age of 7 it was evident that Genevieve Montgomerie's drawing demonstrated a child's talent for capturing what it was that she saw as opposed to what was in the mind's eye.

 

An unusual talent for a child of this age, her artwork drew great interest from her teacher and principal among others which in turn inspired Montgomerie to continue to observe carefully and sketch, render and layer – pencil, pastel and eventually paint on countless sheets of butcher's paper, notebooks and visual diaries.

 

In 1993 Montgomerie began 4 years at Melbourne University studying Visual Arts Education. Following graduation from Melbourne University, and prior to commencing as a secondary teacher at Sacred Heart College, Montgomerie travelled to Western Australia with her (now) husband. Discovering the incredible, intoxicating colour of the Indian Ocean and what magic it shed upon Perth's coastline, Montgomerie commenced sketching and painting Western Australia's coast. While Montgomerie did return to Melbourne to teach at the end of January, the great Indian Ocean had made a lasting impression – eventually drawing her back to the West at the end of 1997.

 

Montgomerie is probably best known for her intricate acrylic studies, capturing the quality of outdoor life shared by Australians indulging in the pleasures of coastal living. Her Western Australian works, in particular, are spontaneous and simple in subject yet recall for the observers a familiar perspective they cherish as particularly 'western beauty'. Having lived in Cottesloe, Swanbourne and Mosman Park for 16 years now, Montgomerie feels very much a part of the rich beach culture she reflects in crisp aqua waters and bold golden light of the 'Indiana' hemmed edge of Australia. Once described as 'technically traditional with a refreshing twist on the realist' Montgomerie's work is strong and vibrant with a determined expression of her national pride.

 

“A few years ago an Aboriginal spiritual healer friend said to me (about my creativity)...as though the voice of our creator was speaking through him... “stop wading in the water sister... come swim with me”... and from that point I have worried less about my weekly deadlines and people’s opinions of me.. and worried more about my need to watch and to capture, to dive in and reinvigorate - by breathing in all that is mesmerising about the waters that surround us and translating that with paint!

 

If at the end of this.... my friends words... “stop wading in the water... come swim with me”.... or in fact my works inspire you to stop and reflect on how good we have got it, surrounded by such beauty and endless opportunities to seize the day at the water’s edge... then your souls might be richer for it!”

-        Exert from Montgomerie’s Solo Exhibition,

“Water Of Life” at the Moores Building Fremantle.

 

Résumé:

EDUCATION

1993 – 1996                Melbourne University
Diploma of Visual Arts Education

1992                            Moorabbin College of TAFE, VIC
Certificate of Art and Design

1986 – 1991                Sacred Heart Girls College, VIC
Victorian Certificate of Education

 

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014, April                   Loft Space, Bill Brown Building, Bunbury

Group Exhibition

2013, October            ‘St Marks Art Exhibition’

Group Exhibition

2012, September       The Studio Gallery, Yallingup

"Spring Exhibition"

2011, December        The Studio Gallery, Yallingup

Group Exhibition “Twelve Studio Artists”

2011, November        Mosman Art Gallery (NSW)
“Ship to Shore” (Australian Society of Marine Artists)

2011, June                  Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery

Solo Exhibition “Water of Life”

2010, May                   Memorial Gallery Mosman Park

Group Exhibition “Between River and Sea”

2010, May                   Gadfly Gallery Dalkeith
Group Exhibition “Art for Africa”

2009, November        Iona Presentation College

Group Exhibition “Creative Tides”

2009, May                   Memorial Gallery Mosman Park
Group Exhibition “Between River and Sea”

2009, March               Atwell Gallery
Group Exhibition “Waterworks”

2008, May                   Atwell Gallery
Group Exhibition “Waterworks”

2005                            Malvern Art Prize Finalist

2003                            City of Stirling Art Awards Exhibition

2000 - 2002                 Cottesloe Beach Café
Solo Permanent Exhibition

2000                            Live Webb International, Inglewood
Group Exhibition

1999                            Camelot Gallery, Mosman Park
Solo Exhibition

1996, December        333 Collins St Melbourne
Group Exhibition

 

PUBLICATIONS/MEDIA

2014, June                  ‘The Post’

2013, Spring               ‘Scoop Magazine’

2013, July                    ‘House and Garden’

 

COLLECTIONS

Private Collections in UK, USA, NZ, NSW, VIC, WA.

Associated Exhibitions

IN THE REALM OF NATURE | Christmas Exhibition | 10 Artists
Mel Brigg, Herman Pekel, Britt Mikkelsen, Bronwen Newbury, Di Taylor, Jill Yelland, Norm Wilson, Genevieve Montgomerie, Rob Forlani and Wanda Comrie
15 December, 2018 - 4 January, 2019
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SAFE Charity Art Auction 6:30pm Sunday 21 January
An Art Auction raising money to secure permanent premises for Saving Animals From Euthanasia, held at The Studio Gallery and Bistro.
21 January - 21 January, 2018
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FEATURE ARTIST - GENEVIEVE MONTGOMERIE
4 November - 19 November, 2017
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Ocean - Artist's Inspiration
25 May - 25 June, 2017
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Christmas Exhibition 2016: 6 Studio Artists
Dorothy Davies,
Genevieve Montgomerie,
Joanne Duffy,
Jo Darvall,
Judith Paisley,
Malcolm Lindsay,
15 December 2016 – 2 January 2017
Special Twilight Evening
5:30pm Tuesday 27 December
14 December, 2016 - 2 January, 2017
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"Inside An Artists Mind"
Features a diverse and dynamic collection of self-portraits from a group of the gallery’s inspiring artists.
2 July - 20 July, 2016
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Christmas Exhibition 2015
12 Studio Artists Christmas Exhibtion
15 December, 2015 - 10 January, 2016
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Genevieve Montgomerie Pullman Exhibition
These amazing painting capture the full beauty of our Australian Coastline
28 November - 14 December, 2015
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