DAILY IMPRINT writes: ‘Becoming a finalist in the Archibald Prize – on three occasions – had a big impact on the art career of Queensland-based artist Abbey McCulloch. “I really had no idea how much that sort of exposure meant, especially the first time it happened,” she says. Her paintings included portraits of actresses Naomi Watts and Toni Collette. But even early exposure of magazines such as Vogue Australiaand Harper’s Bazaar played their role, certainly in terms of feeling she was on the right path. “It sounds like quite a superficial triumph, but just the fact that I could be pulling up at a petrol station or somewhere and show my dad my image in an iconic fashion magazine – well it felt like a big deal,” Abbey says. There are a long list of accolades for her work, including Art Collector naming her as one of Australia’s “50 Most Collectable Artists” in 2009, 2010 and 2011. While she was born in New Zealand, Abbey has spent most of her life in Australia and lives in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. She has a Masters in Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art and is exhibiting at the Edwina Corlette Gallery in Brisbane until April 18. “I have just always loved communicating through images for as long as I can remember,” Abbey says. “Drawing was just something that I had to do, in a compulsive and almost therapeutic sense.”’
For the interview with Abbey McCulloch, follow this link.