Gemma Rasdall

Gemma Rasdall

Gemma Rasdall literally grew up on the water, raised in Pittwater, she raced, sailed, swam and inevitably painted her harbour home. A rare example of an immediately successful young artist Rasdall won many prestigious art prizes and broad press before taking on her formal art training at COFA. Her work uses acrylic paint, charcoal and recycled sailcloth to create works that reflect on her roots in sailing culture. The raw evocative texture of the weathered sails (donated by family, friends, local sail-makers or rescued from the side of the road) compliment the watery rivulets that runs in expressive lines down through the veils and layers of paint. Painting in her studio during the week, and restoring her own yacht with any time off, Rasdall represents a new generation of Australian harbour and sea painters, following in the footsteps of Peter Kingston and John Firth Smith. Her approach to her work is as relentless as it is poetic: ” There’s a quote by Vincent van Gogh that I love that is something like; We know the seas are rough and the storm is wild, but that has never been sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”

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