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Miranda Free

Painter

Miranda Free

Exhibiting in Blackwood River Arts Trail At:

The Eyrie Studio Gallery

42 Carey St, Nannup WA 6275, Australia

0411 045 006

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Miranda Free is an Australian artist based in a small town, Nannup, in the southwest corner of the country. After working as a scientist, teacher and communications professional for many years, Miranda trained through an atelier style school in Brisbane Australia.

She has been developing her art practice for nearly 25 years and practicing full time for the last ten years whilst living in Western Australia and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. She primarily paints in oils in a contemporary realist style, though she uses a range of other media in her practice. Miranda also works across various genre: landscape (especially plein air), still life, figurative and portraiture.

During 2015-2016 she circumnavigated Australia 100km at time and created landscape artworks en plein air of each location using a range of media. Since then she has produced larger works that are based on her these studies and that also respond to her memories, notes and photographs from the journey. In general, her landscapes tend towards the more impressionistic while her portraits and still life works are much truer to life in their execution. Many of her landscape series are about journeys, while others explore temporality and the constant changes inherent in nature.

Her figurative works are generally of women in which she explores ways of incorporating narratives about the lived experience of the subject within the works by "collaging'' together various aspects of import to the subject.

Living amongst the forests of the Southwest she is inspired by the abundance of native flora in the region and examples are frequently found in her still life works. She prefers to work from life and likes to create still life vignettes that are dramatically lit to create elements of mystery or drama and that include items of personal significance.

Miranda has had nine solo exhibitions and participated in over 30 group exhibitions. In addition to this current exhibition, JourneyWomen, she is participating in two other exhibitions later in 2023 (Floral Fiesta at Lost & Found Gallery Fremantle & Inspired by Margaret & the Tweed at Bond Store Art Geo Gallery Busselton).

She has undertaken six Artist Residencies in Australia and Internationally. She was Invited to participate in inaugural Für International Art Festival in Denmark in June 2020, this was sadly cancelled. Most recently she completed five weeks with the Nancy Fairfax Residency Program at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah.

Miranda has worked extensively in visual art education at all levels including teaching life drawing at the Griffith University School of Art. She has conducted and published research into the value of arts in education and written art programs both as a teacher and for a series of apps ‘Botanics” that were designed to enable teachers untrained in arts practice and education to deliver effective programs. Due to the fast pace of change in app development and other factors they are no longer available. She has also delivered numerous art workshops for adults, children and in professional development contexts for teachers.

Miranda is the founder of the Blackwood River Arts Trail which she coordinated in 2021 & 2022 but has stepped back to focus on her own practice and the Blackwood River Film Festival that is run in conjunction with BRAT.

Floral Sushi

Oil on timber

30 x 30 cm

$600

Feeling Tipsy

Oil on timber

30 x 40 cm

$800

Flavours of Provence

Oil on canvas

48 x 61 cm

$1600

The Front Door

Oil on canvas

30 x 30 cm

$500

Found & Sorted

Oil on timber

30 x 20 cm

SOLD

Jumping In

Oil on timber

70 x 65 cm

$1750

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