GOMA’s new Open Studio artist: Natalya Hughes

Step into GOMA’s Open Studio in the Pelican Lounge this month and you’ll find a new contemporary Australian artist waiting inside!

Open Studio is one of GOMA’s more recent activations, and it aims to celebrate the artwork of five chosen local artists over four-month-long residences.

Now replacing the gorgeous still lifes of John Honeywill (the Open Studio’s previous tenant) are the vibrant and vivacious works of Natalya Hughes!

Hailing from Sydney and now based in Brisbane, Natalya is renowned for her ability to transcend the barrier between nature and the fantastical with her grotesque paintings that often depict reconfigurations of organic patterns, animals, the body, and more.

Natalya’s art has been previously featured in major exhibitions at stunning spaces such as Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art, QUT Art Museum, and now GOMA.

See her great pieces first hand when walking through Open Studio’s artist space before wandering on into the Studio’s artist gallery, which is filled with further works revealing the inspirations, connections, and ideas that guide Natalya’s artistic processes.

In exciting news, guests to GOMA also have the chance to follow in Natalya’s footsteps with a special drop-in workshop happening on Saturday, November 9 between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

A family-friendly event, simply head into the Open Studio and take inspiration from her works before creating your own patterned works with materials provided by the gallery.

Natalya Hughes will be filling the space until January 27, after which the likes of Grace Lillian Lee, Madeleine Kelly and Abdul Abdullah will follow in her footsteps. If you would like to see her brilliant works for yourself, best head in soon!

We’ll see you there.

Natalya Hughes at GOMA

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