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2020 Artist in Residence – Odessa Mahony de Vries

Odessa Mahony-de Vries has a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) Degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2018. Her artistic practice focuses heavily on abstract expressionism, where she uses a wide range of mixed media on large scale canvases. Often her work is described as layered, haptic, colourful, playful, sophisticated and possessing a strong physical presence.

Her paintings are constantly developing as she enjoys having a spontaneous and playful art practice that is influenced by her surroundings and life experiences. Odessa’s current artworks have been greatly influenced by her recent travels to India and Nepal, this can be observed through her use of fabrics, string and various mark making processes.

She has had residencies at Testing Grounds in Melbourne Victoria and The Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre in QLD. The past year was particularly busy for the young artist when she won Best Painting at the Immanuel Arts Festival and was included in many group exhibitions, a highlight being her duo show with Amanda Bennetts titled ‘Experience Colour’ at the Old Ambulance Station Arts Centre. This year she has been in group exhibitions at Cool Art in Coolum and the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, with plans of a solo show in the works.