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Teelah George

Teelah George draws upon archival information as a departure point for art making. Her woven and painted surfaces are built in response to oral histories, photographs and fragmented timelines. As her works accrue detail, references to these histories become tenuous and abstract, reflecting what she calls the “the same entropic qualities” found in archives and forms of storytelling.

Much like an archive, George’s paintings reveal and conceal. Layers of paint unravel at the edges, giving glimpses of previous incarnations. A top layer of orange, soft yellow or deep blue-black reads as a final utterance that obfuscates what lies below. The trace of George’s meandering brush is like a trailing voice, or a story gathering shape and drifting into oblivion.

Teelah George (b. 1984) lives and works between Perth and Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours 1) from Curtin University. Recent exhibitions include THE BOXER  IS THE LOVER WITH THE FLOWER IS THE NAKED MOTIF, Gallery 9 Sydney 2020, The Weight, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2019), Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Gallery 9 (2019), Melbourne Art Fair, Neon Parc, Sydney (2019), A soft gap, Gallery 9 (2018)Primavera: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2017); the Ramsay Art Prize, Art Gallery of South Australia (2017); Our Studio Selves, Artspace, Sydney (2017). In 2015 she was a studio resident at Sydney’s Artspace. George is represented in the collections of the MCA Collection, University of Western Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Cruthers Collection of Womens Art, City of Joondalup Collection, Art Gallery of WA, Macquarie Bank Collection, Monash University Collection and Artbank.

Selected works

TEELAH GEORGE
A harp 2020
bronze
110 × 90 × 5 cm

Photograph Bo Wong

TEELAH GEORGE
Cloth piece 2021
Oil and thread on linen
67 × 61.5 cm

TEELAH GEORGE
Pillion 2021
Oil and thread on linen
61.5 × 56 cm

TEELAH GEORGE
Sky piece (sample) 2021
Oil and thread on linen
42 × 35.5 cm

TEELAH GEORGE
Slight verdigris 2021
Oil and bronze on linen
42 × 35.5 cm

TEELAH GEORGE
Sweetly holding 2021
Oil and bronze on linen
42 × 35.5 cm

TEELAH GEORGE
The Grecian border in Ireland 2020
oil paint, canvas, thread, cotton twine
46 × 40 × 3 cm

Photograph Bo Wong

TEELAH GEORGE
The smell of fresh mulch, on the golf course, in the evening 2021
Oil on canvas
61.5 × 56 cm

TEELAH GEORGE
Waterfall 2017-2020
oil paint, canvas, linen, thread, bronze
46 × 40 × 3 cm

Photograph Bo Wong

exhibitions

GROUP SHOW
22 November – 21 December 2021
GROUP SHOW

BOOTH H07 | SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2021 AT GALLERY 9
11 November – 27 November 2021
GROUP SHOW

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS 2020
01 October – 31 October 2020
GROUP SHOW

THE BOXER
IS THE LOVER WITH THE FLOWER
IS THE NAKED MOTIF

12 August – 05 September 2020
TEELAH GEORGE

GEMS FROM THE FAIR AND THE STOCKROOM
18 September – 12 October 2019
GROUP SHOW

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2019
12 September – 15 September 2019
GROUP SHOW

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2018
12 September – 15 September 2018
GROUP SHOW

A SOFT GAP
21 February – 03 April 2018
TEELAH GEORGE

NEW STROKES
30 June – 23 July 2016
GROUP SHOW

News

TEELAH GEORGE – GOOD WEEKEND
03 September 2020
TEELAH GEORGE

TEELAH GEORGE – VIDEO TOUR
21 August 2020
TEELAH GEORGE

LOVE IN BRIGHT LANDSCAPES
17 August 2021
TEELAH GEORGE

CV

Teelah George

b.1984, Perth WA

Solo exhibitions

2020

  •  The Boxer is the Lover with the Flower is the Naked Motif, Gallery 9 Sydney

2019

  • The Weight, Neon Parc, VIC

2018

  • A soft gap, Gallery 9, Sydney, NSW

2017

  • Lovers’ Ponytails, Orexart, Auckland, NZ

2016

  • Yellowing, Feltspace, SA
  • The Changing of the Valves, Shcoolhouse Studios, VIC
  • Sleazy Vignette, Rubicon ARI, VIC

2015

  • Face Vase and Rag Painting, Bus Projects, Melbourne, VIC
  • Between the objects to be fastened, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2014

  • Daily exercise, PICA studio 1, Perth, WA
  • Use to stop doors from rattling in frames, Venn Gallery, Perth, WA

2013

  • Meatworks Men’s Qrtrs, OK Gallery, Northbridge, WA

Selected group exhibitions

2020

  • Greenworld, Bayside Gallery, VIC

2019

  • Here and Now: Material Culture, LWAG, WA
  • Ritual, There is, WA

2018

  • No Second Thoughts, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, WA
  • Sydney Contemporary, Gallery 9, NSW
  • Melbourne Art Fair, Neon Parc, VIC

2017

  • Groupie, Sullivan + Strumpf, NSW
  • Paint17, Artereal Gallery, NSW
  • Spring 1883, Neon Parc, The Establishment Hotel, NSW
  • Primavera 2017: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), NSW
  • Ramsay Art Prize exhibition, AGSA, SA
  • Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007 – 2017, NSW
  • Our Studio Selves, Artspace, NSW
  • Anna Calder-Teelah Geroge-Fiona Schoer, CAVES, VIC
  • Project 17: Radical Immanence, Anna Pappas Gallery, VIC

2016

  • Methods for making eye contact, First Draft, NSW
  • New Strokes, Gallery 9, NSW
  • All-Seeing Eyes by the Beige Garden Bed, Pet Projects, WA

2015

  • Epic Narratives, PICA, Perth, WA
  • Getting Things Done, Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2014

  • Horizon: Exploring the west coast with The Clipperton Project, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA
  • Summer show, Venn Gallery, Perth, WA
  • WIN/WIN, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, SA
  • Will to Keep, 107 projects / Archive Space, Sydney, NSW
  • Painting is dead; long live painting, Melody Smith Gallery, Perth, WA
  • Thematic Mapping, MOANA Project Space, Perth, WA

Residency

October - December 2015 Artsource Artspace Residency, Sydney, NSW

September- November 2014 PICA AIR Program, Perth, WA

June 2012 – June 2013 AIR Program, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Collections

Artbank, MCA Collection, University of Western Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Cruthers Collection of Womens Art, City of Joondalup Collection, Art Gallery of WA, Macquarie Bank Collection, Monash University Collection.

Awards

2017

  • Finalist, The Ramsay Art Prize AGSA, SA

2016

  • Finalist, John Stringer Prize, WA

2015

  • Winner non acquisitive prize, FAC Print Award, WA
  • Finalist, Biennial Guirguis New Art Prize, Post Office Gallery, Ballarat, VIC

2014

  • Overall winner, City of Joondalup Invitation Art Award, WA
  • Town of Victoria Park Art Awards, Finalist, WA
  • Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Finalist, VIC

2013

  • Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Semi Finalist, NSW
  • Fremantle Print Awards, Finalist, WA

Education

BA Arts (Fine Arts, first class honours) Curtin University of Technology 2007

Selected Bibliography

Chloe Mandryk, The boxer. Is the lover presenting the flower.Is the naked motif, Art Almanac, April 2020

Jane O’Sullivan, Alternating Currents, Art Collector, #89, July 2019

Jane O’Sullivan, Reverse Archaeology, Art Collector MAF August 2018

Gemma Weston, Catalogue essay, Primavera catalogue July 2017

Kylie Maslen, Hang me up on a wall –invisible illness reflections and the Ramsay Art Prize, Fineprint issue #12 2017

Briony Dawes, What next, Art Collector Jul-Sep 2017

Ted Snell, Profile feature, Artist Profile, Issue 35, May 2016

IMPRINT magazine, Feature cover artist, March 2016

Ted Snell, ‘Artist to Watch’, SCOOP Homes and Art, Summer 2015

Lauren Rogers, ‘Progressive Printmaking’, IMPRINT Vol 50 #4

Sarah McNeil, ‘Banner’s final flutter’, Post Newspaper, Sep 26th 2015

Gemma Weston ‘ Getting Things Done’ Broadsheet, September 2015

Gemma Weston ‘Getting Things Done’ catalogue essay, August 2015

Maura Edmond, ‘Interview, Face Vase and Rag Painting’, PRIMER, 7 June 2015

Glenn Barkley ‘Catalogue essay, Win Win, September 2014

Sarah Werkmeister ’Preview: Win Win’ Art Guide, September-October 2014

Gemma Weston ‘Catalogue essay, Use to stop doors from rattling in frames’ July2014

Jasmin Stephens / Elli Walsh ‘Platform’ ARTAND, May 2014

Sarah McNeill, 'Artist re-creates obscured memories' Post, 2013

Kate Mullen, 'A Navigation of Negative Space' Thematic Mapping catalogue 2013

Laetitia Wilson, ‘Unease on the brink of doom’, West Australian, 2013

Christina Chau, ‘Teelah George: Meatworks Mens Qrtrs’, The Ugliest Man Competition 2013