Bio: Every now and then I come upon an artist whose work is so striking I wonder how I could possibly have missed it. Grace Paleg is a case in point, and if I hadn’t picked up a copy of Pratique des Arts when in France this summer I would still be unaware, and the poorer for it.
Grace Paleg studied Graphic design at Swinburne in Victoria and life drawing and portraiture at East Sydney Tech. Studies followed with the late Lesley Sinclair and David Moore at Montsalvat and Allan Martin at his studio in Eltham. Grace's earlier work consists of over 300 commissioned portraits and in the past years she has diversified in subject matter to Life Drawing, Landscape and Still Life. With a young family Grace found it more and more difficult to juggle the busy lifestyle with the restrained requirements that go along with working in oil. When a friend and fellow artist introduced her to the medium in 1987 it solved that particular problem and she began exhibiting (and winning awards) in 1990; and she joined the Victorian Pastel Society in 1993. Grace is a member of the Australian Pastel Society, and of the Australian Guild of Realists Artists; and member and past President of the South Coast Pastel Society. In conjunction with these activities she has been an invitation judge at Art Shows and has been giving demonstrations and workshops for Art Societies throughout Victoria, N.S.W. and A.C.T.
After a move to the south coast of N.S.W. in 1994 with her family, Grace commenced work as a tutor with the Eurobodalla Adult Education Centre teaching portraiture. The Grace Paleg Fine Art Studio Gallery was opened in November 1996 and it is from there that Grace continues to work and teach. Her life and work was featured in Pratique des Arts Hors-Série Pastel in 2012.
Subjects: Life Drawing, Landscape, Still Life
Style: Representational. But this artist possibly wields her pastels in the most luminous manner that I have ever encountered. To see her rendition of nacre and mother of pearl in a nautilus shell is quite extraordinary. Her favourite support is Canson Mi-Teintes in the lavender shade; she supports the Australian pastels from Art Spectrum, but also Schminke. She achieves her unique effects by liberal use of her fingers, hands, fist and even arms to super-pose (never “rub”) layers of pastel in a fashion that she describes as “modifying the darks”.
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Gallery: Single page of thumbnails.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on a new page, and may be downloaded, but they all have a copyright watermark. There is no indication of the dimension of the original painting but they may be as large as 100 x 60 cm. according to the Pratique des Arts feature. (If you can at all find this issue, buy it tout-de-suite!) Grace's painting, Chicks, won the 2012 Terry Collins award for the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.Demo/Blog: No