Joy French with her exhibition Flowers for the Risen at D'Bar Gallery.
Joy French with her exhibition Flowers for the Risen at D'Bar Gallery. John Gass

Loss of loved ones inspires art

THE month of October is Joy French month at D'Bar Gallery where the Burleigh Heads based artist exhibits her Flower for the Risen art show.

It combines Ms French's portrait works with her love of sacred geometry symbols in an effort to "connect, communicate and gain a deeper understanding of myself and others' pains, desires, passions and the roles we play in society".

Ms French uses exaggerated facial aspects to show a subject's physical features and employs her trademark splashes of colour to demonstrate personality from "the soul of the eyes".

Spanning over 11 years, Ms French's career started at an art foundry where she created sculptures before her passion for contemporary portrait works flared and she started painting portraits with acrylics and royal pastels.

Ms French said following her mother's death from cancer and the death of her partner in a car crash she felt an overwhelming need to paint and picked up a paint brush to heal.

The sacred geometry symbols she includes in her paintings are images related to rituals, dogmas and deities which different religions meditate on.

"The symbols come through in my art consciously or subconsciously because I find them inspiring," Ms French said.

However, sacred geometric symbols aren't the only inspirations in Ms French's art.

"I find everything inspiring but mainly people and music, all the senses through taste, sound, smell, touch, feel and of course visual and the love of life and its adventures."

Ms French has exhibited her art from Melbourne to Brisbane and at the moment shows some of her works at the Shallow gallery in Sydney's Bondi Junction.

"I also do a lot of live art installations when I turn up with a blank canvas and paint 'live' while listening to music."

Ms French's exhibition will remain at the D'Bar Gallery, at Duranbah, until the end of the month and her paintings are available for sale at the gallery.

Ms French also paints on commission and anyone interested in hiring her for a piece can contact the gallery or visit her website at joyfrenchgallery.com.au for more details.



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