Emma Gale

Portrait In Gold

Wholesome #2

Only The Lonely


Andy Takes A Trip


1972 Born Sydney, Australia
Currently resides in the village of Bangalow in Northern NSW


1991Screen Printing and Textile Design – East Sydney Technical College
1991-89Julian Ashton Art College Sydney – Fine Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2014Patterns & Pathways, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2014Cultural Crossroads Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2013Wanderlust Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne
2012Crazy Sexy Cool Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2011Popstars Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2008Men Monkeys & Mexico Byron Fine Art Gallery, Byron Bay
2007Ten minutes by Tractor Byron Fine Art Gallery, Byron Bay

Group Exhibitions

2014Miniatures – A Christmas Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, QLD
2013The Colour Red Christmas Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art Qld
2012The Artist Revealed Christmas Self Portrait Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
20118 Days Before Christmas Our Artists’ Special Christnas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2011Walk On The Wild Side Harrison Gallery, Sydney
2010Christmas Portrait Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2010Young Guns Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast
2010Carnies, Kooks & Clowns Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay
2010First Anniversary Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
200940 x 40 Special First Christmas Show Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach, Qld
2009Group Show at Byron Fine Art Gallery, Byron Bay
2009Chick Chick Boom, Joshua Levi Galleries, Brisbane
2008Men, Monkeys & Mexico Byron Fine Art Gallery, Byron Bay
2007Group Show at Byron Fine Art Gallery, Byron Bay
2007Ten Minutes By Tractor Byron Fine Art Gallery, Byron Bay


2015Finalist, Kogarah Art Prize
2012Finalist, Border Art Prize
2011Finalist, Art Felt Art Prize
2011Finalist, Prometheus Art Prize
2010Winner, Border Art Prize,Tweed River Regional Gallery, NSW
2009Finalist, FEHVA Art Prize

Industry Experience

2007-93Worked as a graphic designer
1993-91Established the Tukul Craft Workshop in Cairo, Egypt
A non-profit organization set up to train Sudanese refugees the techniques and skills in textile screen printing and design. Traditional African designs and patterns were created and a range of products including bags, belts, cushions and tshirts were made.


2014 Winkelen Magazine October pg 44  https://issuu.com/winkelen/docs/winkelen_october_2014/0
2013 Homes – Neon Tropics, Real Living Magazine, Issue 91, Sept
2013 Livingetc UK, (front cover) Sept Issue
2012 Crazy, Sexy, Cool – Emma Gale, Artworld, Paradise Magazine, Gold Coast Bulletin Oct 19
2012 Adore Magazinehttps://issuu.com/adorehome/docs/adorehome_augsep2012_flip?mode=window
2012 Profile Artist, Kylie Jackes blogspot
2010 Byron Shire News, Bangalow Artists Takes Out Top Prize
2010 True Art & Media Byron Art Diary
2019 True Art & Media Byron Art Diary

Artist Statement

My work demonstrates and celebrates a deep love of pattern and colour colliding with text and form. Inspiration comes from everywhere; objects that surround my daily life, thoughts that come into play, words that send a message or direct a theme, all draw my attention. I draw on a subject not simply to show its quirkiness or beauty but to tell of its existence. My work draws from the rural landscape igniting my imagination and creativity on a daily basis.
Having a background in textile design, pattern plays a large part in my work. Inspiration comes from the world over, from tribal motifs to floral textiles, I like to use them in a context where they may not be usually seen, putting the soft pattern with the hard subject, forming new boundaries.
Typography lets me say on the canvas what I see, and forms like a wallpaper as the letters form patterns amongst themselves. Its simple and direct. To state the obvious is sometimes expected and with that I like to be playful and provocative.
By simplifying and stylising the subject I am attempting to create a sense of personality and iconic strength. The mix of imagery with text is a way for the viewer to interact with the artwork and the story. My work tends to be sometimes arousing, sometimes  narrative, sometimes obvious. It’s the simple things, the objects that surround our daily lives, the ones we see everywhere, the mundane, that interest me to transform on canvas in a way that makes us look at them differently, as important, and rather iconic.
The personification of the commonplace from tractors to cows, to people and places; buildings and vintage machinery, is in itself putting them into a space where they become more than the sum of their parts; objects of desire, thus creating a unique story and character for each subjects.
My observation of pattern and shape in everything I see, is compounded by my vision of life in the most inanimate of objects.
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