New Farm Squared

Artists: Andrea Higgins and Jane Grealy

Sunday 6th September – Sunday 4th October, 2015

Evocative artworks by two New Farm residents offer different insights into the Brisbane suburb, their works coming together to help us value the ‘overlooked extraordinariness of the ordinary’“.  Sheona Thompson, Houses, Issue 108 Feb 2016.

The images following are of Jane’s work.

1 James St_1200

“James Street” acrylic on board, 40 x 80 cm

2014 Observational Juror’s Award -Thom Payne, Architecture in Perspective 30, American Society of Architectural Illustrators


2 Brunswick St Carpark_1200

“Brunswick Street Carpark” acrylic on board, 40 x 80 cm

For this exhibition I am painting and drawing subjects of my choice – the less examined architectural fabric and detail of New Farm where I have lived for thirty years. I am interested in the remnant spaces and landscape between and behind buildings, and buildings that are unassuming, which may not even register with passers by. Are these places used and familiar to people or are they unnoticed, even abandoned?


Bowman_ ND morning

“Bowman Lane” watercolour, 28 x 14 cm    “Morning Next Door” watercolour, 28 x 14cm


3 Next Door, study_1200

“Next Door” watercolour, 14 x 28cm

2013 Award of Excellence, Architecture in Perspective 29, American Society of Architectural Illustrators

I live next door to a large block of flats that overlooks our house. The screening landscape between us has gone and our windows, balconies and verandas face each other. It seems to me both sides employ a discretion reminiscent to the one David Malouf describes of living in Queenslanders – that of “not seeing and not hearing”. Our discretion is not to look directly at each other, and to only occasionally acknowledge each other’s presence, to ignore outbursts, indiscretions. On long walks home from school as a child, I enjoyed looking at houses, assessing which was the most attractive, looking at the windows for signs of how those inside lived. Many of the paintings in this exhibition are views from my home looking out.


WElsby _ Other side

“Welsby Street” watercolour, 28 x 14 cm        “Other Side” watercolour, 28 x 14cm


5 Night Next Door, study-1200

“Night Next Door” watercolour, 14 x 28cm



E.P. Addict

Semi-finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2015

EP Addict 8mb-20+5

Well it’s all about me… and yeah, I’m a bit obsessive as well.

I am very interested in art and Pam Easton and Lydia Pearson are definitely in that category – and that expression is evidenced in their fashion label Easton Pearson, particularly in their special one-off pieces. I put on this coat of guinea fowl feathers and I am transported somehow, I feel better about the world. It costs a lot of money. I agonize for two weeks and run through the reasons for and against. Then I wake up at 2.00 am. I have to do a portrait, a self portrait – and I need the coat! It all makes sense. The family say it is an E.P. addiction – and I am NOT interested in rehab. I’m done with painting feathers though.

Acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 160 cm