Artist on a high over off the wall break

A TWEED artist with a passion for fashion has secured a prestigious place at the Off The Wall exhibition in Sydney.

More than 300 emerging artists from across Australia applied to take part in the exhibition and Erin Flannery was one of the talented 12 accepted.

Miss Flannery combines her obsession with fashion and art with a wicked sense of humour to create her stylish paintings.

She describes herself as a lover of all things black, white, weird, wonderful and fashion-related, and her paintings reflect those loves.

“I do a fashion, street art combo on canvas,” the 26-year-old explained yesterday.

Miss Flannery's art is described as a highlight of the exhibition by promotional material, which says her work “creates clever female narratives with paint, stitching and found objects on linen”.

Miss Flannery has been involved in a number of exhibitions.

She has had her work displayed at the Tweed River Art Gallery Cafe and it also adorns a wall of Coolangatta's trendy Neverland Bar, but Off The Wall is the highlight of her five-year professional career.

“It is amazing, especially being from up here and being able to go down to Sydney; it is a good opportunity. For an emerging artist to have that experience is pretty special.”

Miss Flannery says she has always been surrounded by creativity and admits life as a professional artist was something she almost fell into.

“It honestly just happened; I started HSC art work at Mount Saint Pats then trained in industrial design and I started painting, which eventually took over,” she said.

As well as linen, she also paints on broken skate decks, ping pong bats, and cuts designs into vintage fairy tales.

She said the Anthea Polson Art Gallery at Mariners Cove also supports her work

Off The Wall is described as a major feature of Art Sydney and is dedicated to the promotion of independent and unrepresented contemporary emerging artists.

Co-ordinator Cash Brown said it was a rare opportunity for the work of undiscovered artists to be viewed by thous- ands of active art buyers, influential gallery owners, curators, and the media.

“Getting your foot in the door of commercial galleries can be the most difficult step an artist has to take,” he said.

“Off The Wall provides a great opportunity not just to sell work, but also to get noticed by some of Australia's best galleries, curators and consultants.”

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