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“I surround myself with works that I want to spend time with – works that challenge me, inspire me and expand my thinking world on a daily basis,” says artist and writer Hayley Megan French. “I spend most of my time at home here in my office-cum-studio space.”
Top left, a painting by painter and ceramicist David Usher. “I swapped with David for this work after he exhibited it AIRspace Projects in 2018.” Diagonally below is a work by Alana Hunt, “part of a series of collaged-polaroid photographs from an exhibition I co-curated at Penrith Regional Gallery in 2017”. Alana is currently featured in Griffith University Art Museum Lockdown Studio series. “Above me is a painting by Gija artist Churchill Cann. Spending time with Churchill at Warmun Art Centre had a huge impact on me as an artist and a human. It was an honour for me to write about his final body of work with Alana Hunt and Anna Crane in 2015.”
Behind, an ochre monochrome on linen by Tarn McLean. This work was a special wedding gift from a dear friend”. Painting on the far right is by Western Sydney local Marikit Santiago, “who I met through Parramatta Artists’ Studios. I fell in love with Marikit’s painting while working on the New Sacred exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery in 2018. The photograph above is by Sarah Ryan whose work reminds me to breathe”. See more of Sarah Ryan and David Usher’s work through Alexandra Lawson Gallery.
Photo: Jacquie Manning
French’s The Pipeline (A Suburban Painting Project) is on at Sydney’s Galerie pompom until 21 June 2020.
In the living room, large canvas on the left by Gija artist Kathy Ramsay. “I bought this work from Warmun Art Centre in 2015 after a relief-stint as Gallery Coordinator.” In the corner is a favourite print by Nongirrnga Marawilli who works out of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre and is represented by Alcaston in Melbourne.
“I bought the Tim Price painting to its right from Gallery 9 in Sydney over Instagram in 2016 because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.” On the far right, a small canvas by Miriwoong artist Peter Newry who works out of Waringarri Arts. “I’ve loved his work for many years before buying this one through a favourite gallery @raftartspace in 2019.”