Michelle Teear has recently joined as a Gallery 139 Artist, after participating in several group exhibitions with the gallery. She is an emerging artist, producing raw gestural landscape paintings, and working with natural fibres to make woven sculptures and to extract plant colour onto textiles. Her work celebrates the vibrancy and character of the Australian landscape.
Currently based in Lake Macquarie, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design in Sydney in 2005. Since 2015 she has developed a regular studio based practice with frequent research trips throughout Australia to conduct research through en plein studies. Additionally Michelle provides education in natural crafts through her business Michelle Leilani.
In 2019 she won the Packers Prize for her painting ‘Bongon Depths’ in the Newcastle Emerging Art Prize (Newcastle Art Space) and is currently developing her next solo show in response to a recent three month research trip throughout the Northern Territory completed in mid-2019, where she investigated the desert landscape, its intense colour and culture. This exhibition is planned for 2021 in the new Gallery 139 artspace.
Michelle works directly from the landscape through a combination of visual en plein studies in gouache and oils, and experiments with found materials for mark making and pigment sources. Plants provide another valuable source of materials for the extraction of natural dyes and as a fibre source for weaving. Her way of working allows Michelle to completely immerse herself in a landscape and respond to it by incorporating it physically in the work. This research forms the foundation of her studio based practice where she produces work for regular shows. She makes her own oil paint and mediums, using the techniques of the old masters, with a preference for earth based organic pigments.