Collaboration selected as finalist in the Inaugural Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize 2016

December 04, 2016

I recently collaborated with Melbourne artist Robert Fenton to create this piece for the Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape painting 2016.

The pre-selection panel consisted of artist and Queensland College of Art Fine Art programme advisor, Julie Fragar, multi-disciplinary artist Chris Bennie, and director of Griffith Artworks Angela Goddard. Pre-Selection Judge, Chris Bennie, said the standard of entries to the 2016/17 Bermingham Prize was very high. "I am confident my colleagues and I have finalised an exhibition that successfully communicates the currency of watercolour as a significant, engaging and developing medium within Australian art," he said. We are also pleased to announce artist Michael Zavros as the Principal judge for 2017. Michael is a leading Australian artist whose work has been exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. His exceptional painting skills and extensive knowledge of contemporary Australian art will be of immense value to the judging process. The selected artists will have their artwork showcased in the finalist exhibition opening on the 9 February 2017. The Major Prize ($20,000) and two Highly Commended Awards ($2,000 each) will be announced at the opening event on Friday 10 February 2017, open to the public from 6-8pm.

It is entitled Forma et Situs Agri – Marking our Path

2016  watercolour, ink, resin on paper on board

The pre-selection panel consisted of artist and Queensland College of Art Fine Art programme advisor, Julie Fragar, multi-disciplinary artist Chris Bennie, and director of Griffith Artworks Angela Goddard.
Pre-Selection Judge, Chris Bennie, said the standard of entries to the 2016/17 Bermingham Prize was very high.

“I am confident my colleagues and I have finalised an exhibition that successfully communicates the currency of watercolour as a significant, engaging and developing medium within Australian art,” he said.

We are also pleased to announce artist Michael Zavros as the Principal judge for 2017. Michael is a leading Australian artist whose work has been exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. His exceptional painting skills and extensive knowledge of contemporary Australian art will be of immense value to the judging process.

The selected artists will have their artwork showcased in the finalist exhibition opening on the 9 February 2017. The Major Prize ($20,000) and two Highly Commended Awards ($2,000 each) will be announced at the opening event on Friday 10 February 2017, open to the public from 6-8pm.

 

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Shortlisted Grace Cossington Smith Art Award 2016

October 18, 2016

My work entitled Sticks and Stones – Migrant Bee Eater has been selected a a finalist.

The $15,000 Grace Cossington Smith art award winner and finalists will each be awarded $1,000. Finalists’ artworks will be displayed at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery at Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga from 5 November to 10 December 2016.
Artists were invited to submit original two dimensional artworks reflecting the theme of Making Connections. The winning entry will form part of the permanent collection of Abbotsleigh’s Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.

The selector/judges for the 2016 Grace Cossington Smith art award are:

Rhonda Davis senior curator of Macquarie University Art Gallery and

Dr. Andrew Frost researcher in science fiction, cinema and contemporary art, art critic for Guardian Australia and a lecturer in the Dept. Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University.

 

Sticks and Stones - Migrant Bee Eater 2015 watercolour 46 x 61 cm

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Finalist Redland Art Awards 2016

My work entitled Terra Australis 2 was shortlisted from over 400 entries to be a part of an exhibition

at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland until 27th November 2016.

Judges were Judy Watson (artist), Jose Da Silva (senior Curator QAGOMA), Emma Bain and Stephanie Lindquist (co Directors Redland Art Gallery)

Terra Australis 2  2015  82  x 102 cm watercolour and oil pencilweb

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Joint exhibition at Lorraine Pilgrim gallery

August 09, 2016

The Quiet Observers  is a joint exhibition of 3 artists whose works are thoughtful observations of the world around them.

Exhibition is being opened by Susi Muddiman OAM at Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery, Southport on the 8th October, 2016

 

Lorraine-Pilgrim-The-Quiet-Observers-Exhibition-Invitation

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Graceville Wunderkammers

July 15, 2016

My bronze sculptures entitled the Graceville Wunderkammers have been installed as part of a Brisbane City Council Suburban Centre Improvement Project at Honour Avenue, Graceville.

I was commissioned by the Council Urban Planning Dept to collaborate with the local community to create two artworks which reflected the curatorial rationale of ‘Showtime’.  Emerging in the 16th century, the Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities) included objects belonging to natural history, geology, social history, religious or historical relics, works of art and antiquities. It was regarded as a microcosm or a theatre of the world, and a theatre of the memory. These cabinets served as a status symbol, provided entertainment, were precursors to museums and receptacles of a people’s history both imagined and real. These Wunderkammers are filled with objects belonging to the social and natural history of the Graceville area and it’s people. It is meant to invoke memories, engage conversation and summon narratives of both past and present. There are stories hidden in each object.

Huge thanks to Chalkos Fine Art Foundry for their expertise and collaboration. Photo credits Carl Warner

 

Graceville Wunderkammer 1 - Deb Mostert 2016 Bronze

Graceville Wunderkammer 1 – Deb Mostert 2016 Bronze

Graceville Wunderkammer 1 - detail Deb Mostert 2016 Bronze

Graceville Wunderkammer detail Deb Mostert 2016 Bronze

Graceville Wunderkammer detail Deb Mostert 2016 Bronze

Graceville Wunderkammer 2 Deb Mostert 2016 Bronze

Graceville Wunderkammer 2 Deb Mostert 2016 Bronze

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Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016

May 23, 2016

The idea of a migratory bird burdening itself with a collection of vintage airline bags is ridiculous. But then so is the thought that a migratory bird should not be allowed to make a journey with all its meagre possessions from its land to another land, so it can raise its young in safety.

 

The opening for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize is 1st September and the exhibition runs until the 2nd of October at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra.

'We travel a lot so collecting these made sense' Bartailed Godwit Vintage Airline bags 46 x 61 cm watercolour

‘We travel a lot so collecting these made sense’ Bartailed Godwit Vintage Airline bags 46 x 61 cm watercolour

 

 

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Finalist Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards 2016

Terra Australis watercolour 46 x 61 cm

Terra Australis watercolour 46 x 61 cm

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awarded best painting Ipswich Art Awards 2016

'I collect to impress the girls' Greater Bowerbird Sticks and Stones  46 x 62 cm watercolour

‘I collect to impress the girls’ Greater Bowerbird Sticks and Stones 46 x 62 cm watercolour

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overseas travel

February 17, 2016

I am heading to Ukraine for 3 weeks in March and The Netherlands for the 4 weeks of April. It will be both a challenging and recharging time and I hope to do much drawing and documenting while travelling. You can follow along if you like on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Drawing Dogs for Ukraine fundraiser

the whole story is here….. 20 days, 104 dogs and a few cats later

https://debmostertartist.atavist.com/drawingdogsforukraine

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