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Ingrid Russell



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Ingrid was born in Graz, Austria, in 1956. Her parents migrated to Australia in 1960 and settled in Sydney's west.

From an early age she was always painting, drawing and creating crafty objects, and continued this fascination through high school.

 

In 1976, after moving to Goulburn in the Southern Highlands of NSW, she began her teacher training. In her final year she started an Associate Diploma in Fine Arts. On finishing teacher training, she moved to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, where she became teacher-in-charge of the local pre-school, and secretary of the Tennant Creek Branch of the NT Crafts Council.  Her love of art flourished in the outback, where she painted the earthy colours, the huge skies and marvelous landscape.

Eventually she moved to The Blue Mountains in NSW, and settled. She continued teaching, and although her painting career was on hold due to starting a family, she still dabbled in craft, silk painting and water colours whenever she could. In 1999 she started oil painting again, and in the following years she explored landscapes, still life, florals, and portraits.

 

Ingrid’s work is represented in private collections in Australia and Europe. She regularly exhibits in group exhibitions in the Blue Mountains and elsewhere in NSW.  Her work has been published in The Australian Artist Magazine.  In 2007 she won the people’s choice award in the Annual Friends of Braemar Exhibition and her work has been regularly chosen as a finalist in the Blacktown Art Exhibition, achieving a Commended award in 2009.  Also in 2009, Ingrid held a very successful solo exhibition at The Event Horizon Gallery in Katoomba.

 

Ingrid  works mainly in acrylics in more abstract and contemporary styles, focusing on colour, line and perspective.  “I am interested in the juxtaposition of 3D and 2D and the optical illusion of perspective on the picture plane.  I love to play with colour and often let the painting take its own course, my hand being the conduit for my imagination, and I will often look at a work for days before it deciding what it wants to be.” Presently Ingrid is developing a series of works loosely titled "Looking Up", which focusses on the canopies of Australian gum trees.

In 2016 Ingrid completed her Double Degree in Fine Art and Visual Culture at Curtin University.

She has also created a line of hand painted wearable art and hand crafted jewelry under the label Iggiruss Designs.  

 

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