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Thursday 25 April 2024

North of the Silver Phoenix

15 March - 28 April 2024

North of the Silver Phoenix

Odessa Mahony-de Vries

Odessa Mahony-de Vries, Join (detail), 2024, Acrylic and oil, 150 x 460cm. Photograph: Christine Hall. 

North of the Silver Phoenix is distinguished by the bold brushwork and vibrant colours of Maroochydore-based artist Odessa Mahony-de Vries. The exhibition is comprised of recent abstract expressionist paintings on unstretched canvas and paper, expressing fluidity, mark making and energy. Mahony-de Vries is propelled by the materiality of paint and colour, channeling them into an active exploration of process. She works quickly and engages in immediate responses, navigating the interplay of painterly gestures and dynamic compositions to find resolve. Often creating colourful borders within the canvas, only to later disregard and dismantle them by extending the paint and blurring lines. 

Exhibitions launch
6pm Friday 15 March 2024
Read the full details here. 

Umbrella Floortalks
9:30am Saturday 16 March 2024
Join exhibiting artists Wren Moore and Odessa Mahony-de Vries at Umbrella as they speak about their art practices and respective exhibitions. Read more here.

Push Painting Workshop
11:30am - 2:30pm Saturday 16 March 2024
Join exhibiting artist Odessa Mahony-de Vries for a workshop focused on abstract expressive painting using drawing techniques and layering. Read more and book here.

Odessa Mahony-de Vries is a multidisciplinary visual artist who works across painting, drawing and sculpture. Mahony-de Vries has a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with a major in Painting from RMIT. Her exhibitions include Betwixt at Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane in 2021, PAINT at Noosa Regional Gallery in 2022, and a solo exhibition titled 15 Steps above the Silver Phoenix on the Sunshine Coast, 2023. Her interests lie in the materiality and physicality of paint.

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