Margaret Gurney

QUALIFICATIONS: Dip. Art., Post Grad.Com.Ed/Dev., VAS

Artist Statement

In my art I endeavor to create something which has meaning to me.

Drawing and painting are my lifelong passions! Landscape and Nudes are my interests. I love the challenge of drawing the human figure. To capture the essence of the person’s femininity or masculinity, form, psychological and spiritual being.

Working outdoors and is a part of my art practice. I really love working with wet mediums such as ink and watercolour, managing them and letting them flow to achieve a result which is spontaneous, sensual and exciting!

I find when I am painting or drawing on site my work is more representative. Back in my studio I like to develop this into more powerful and abstracted images that remain figurative. I feel experiencing from life gives my work more authenticity.

I often paint in remote areas of Australia and love the colours of the outback. It is these stunningly beautiful regions that are often the inspiration for my work.

Living near the Bay in Melbourne provides me with constant inspiration. I love the changing light, subtle colours and moods of the sea. Depicting this complex beauty in my paintings, expressing the vibrant colour, form and spiritual atmosphere I aim to create’ a sense of place.

The National Film and Television Archive interviewed me in January about my years working in television as a Graphic Artist in the  mid 1960s at ATV0 now Channel 10. File no. 1523867 Oral History interview.


My painting ‘Femme Scape’ has been selected for the exhibition ‘Life Abstracted’ at Cambridge Studio Gallery opening Sunday July 1 2-4pm until July 15.


Solo Exhibitions– 23 ,  (selected)


2013/14 – Contemporary Watercolours- Yering Station

2013- One Woman’s Art- Kingston Gallery

2011- Italian Mosaic- Without Pier Gallery

2010- Inland- Cambridge Studio Gallery

2008 – Nude, Skepsi Carllton

2006- Fabulous Five at Fawkner-MARS Gallery

2005- Strips by Gurney and Gurney- Skepsi Carlton

2004-Catching Waves, Jeffery Malesa Gallery

2002- Tropical Delights, Port Douglas Fine Art Gallery- Artist in Residence

2002- Margaret Gurney Rocks around the Kimberley- Bayside Corporate Centre

1999- Antipodean Dreaming, Greek Festival Melbourne- Artist in Residence

Group Exhibitions-( Selected)

2010 & 11- International Masters , Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

2009- Florence Biennale, Florence Italy

2000-Semi Finalist Yosemite Renaissance, California

2017&15 – VAS Contemporary Exhibition (Highly Commended)

2016- Brighton Art Society- ( First Prize)

2014 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (Winner)

2013 &02- Finalist National Outback Art Award- Broken Hill

2005- Melbourne Savage Club Invitation Art Prize

2001 Alex Gurney- Peoplescape Federation Art Installation Canberra

Collections 2016 Hodges Real Estate:2014 Bayside Library Collection; 2013 State Library of Victoria;2011 Museum of Fine Art Nevada USA; 2006 Mentone Girls Secondary School; 2005 Melbourne Savage Club; 2004 Mentone Grammar; 2003&1- Bayside Corporate Collection; 2002 Melbourne Greek Community