Vanessa Perske Paintings
Vanessa Perske, Australian Artist

Vanessa Perske

Well established Maleny Artist, Vanessa Perske, packed her bags and literally 'took her art on the road’ for the entire year of 2018. 

Perske’s fascination with nature and its complexity have become an emphasis in her recent work after completing a ‘Big Lap’ around Australia gaining a personal insight into the wonders of this beautiful country. 

Her travels and exploration of Australia are reflected in her paintings through detail of texture, patterns and layering and she continues with her distinctive use of intense colour. She loves to capture Australian landscapes and Australian animals, native trees and flowers. 

Perske is known for her use of bright colours, whimsical style and energy she portrays in her painting. She is meticulous in the preparation of new work and can spend hours researching the subject and appropriate materials she will use together with an instinctive ability to perfectly compliment the colour palette for each piece. 

Having completed a Bachelor of Education degree, Perske had time away from her creative practice. After a few years of teaching in the classroom, she quickly realised that her passion remained with paint and canvas. She has followed that passion ever since and in 2009 she became a full time professional artist. 

For Perske, artwork must be joyful, colourful and really make you feel good when observed. Perske’s work is often described as versatile and adaptive. She loves to keep the spark in her creations and continuously evolve to maintain her enthusiasm and sense of fun. Perske proudly contributes through her artwork to the Love Your Sister Charity, Samuel Johnson’s challenge to banish Cancer, famously recognised characters of ‘Barry the Emu’ and ‘Gerry the Giraffe’. Perske has held four solo shows and twice entered the prestigious Archibald Prize.   

Residing in the beautiful Queensland Hinterland with her husband Wayne and two children, Perske creates from her home studio and is Owner/ Curator at Maleny Art Direct Gallery in Maleny. Vanessa Perske is a well-established self-taught Australian Artist, with many of her works and commissions in private and corporate collections throughout Australia, Europe, US and Asia. Her artwork is available nationally and internationally with shipping worldwide. 

‘I aim to deliver joy, happiness and warmth within my art’. 

Recognition & Exhibits

June 2019 “Red Dirt” Maleny Art Direct, Solo Exhibition
June 2017 “All Things Sacred” Art @ Links Hope Island, Gold Coast, Solo Exhibition
October 2016 “Locale” Art Exibition, Wynnum/Manly, compilation of 5 artists
July 2016 Manly Gallery Featured Artist Exhibition “When It Rains It Pours”
April 2016 Aspects Art Show Goondiwindi
May 2015 Art @ Links Hope Island Exhibition
Gold Coast Bulletin April 2015 “Art links wide selection of community”
Ocean Road Magazine May 2015 “It's all at the Links”
Channel 9’s Televison Program "Life Is Greener" September 2014
2014 Archibald Prize Entry “Adam Scott”
April 2014 Viva Le Femme Exhibition
2012 Archibald Prize Entry “Dick Johnson”
August 2012 Gainsborough Art Awards Shortlisted Finalist
August 2011 Gainsborough Art Awards
The Cootamundra Herald April 2017 “Where In The World Is Emu? Experiment “Artistic Bird In Town”
Quest Newspaper February 2017 “Where Is The Emu?”
Quest Newspaper October 2016 “Streets That Inspire”
Quest Newspapers August 2015 “Shy Peacock Taking Flight”
The editor Australian Golf Digest Sept 2014 'He's no oil painting, but Scotty makes a pretty good canvas’.
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