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MIRELLA  PROLONGEAU  ARTIST

Margaret River Artist
Mirella Prolongeau

ABOUT MY ARTWORK

I'm an Australian artist based in Margaret River, Western Australia best known for my aerial landscape paintings inspired by the colours of the Southwest Region capturing the patterns and colours in the landscape.

 

I have enjoyed art ever since I can remember, giving drawings away as a gift to family and friends was something I have done from a young age. I have studied fine arts on and off throughout my life, but I am mainly self-taught.

 

Since moving to Margaret River in 2010 I have taken the time to harness my skills.  My artwork focuses on the natural elements of the Margaret River region, from the towering karri trees to the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean.

I love going to the beach and exploring places with my family.  Walking on the ancient rocks that have evolved over millions of years and having a connection with the land gives me a sense of belonging.

 

Transferring those observations onto the canvas is a fascination for me.  Watching the materials dance on the surface and allowing them to meld and yield the unexpected.  It's the cathartic process of both reflection and contemplation that I am connecting with.

 

Starting with charcoal I mark the canvas with shapes of the rocks and coastline until the drawing appears complete.  I then add the colour with highly pigmented ink acrylics.  Using the wet surface of the canvas I can manipulate the colours to blend and create its own movement and shape.

 

My works are significant to the surrounding landscapes I have seen through my life or moments that relate to a feeling of being free and alive. Staying present in the moment is difficult to maintain at times and I like to focus on the important things in life - looking after yourself mentally and physically.

I have a passion for creating art that is unique, bold and powerful.  My style is constantly evolving and I'm always pushing myself to explore new techniques and materials.  My hope is that my paintings will bring you joy and a sense of connection with the natural world.

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Save the Date

 

Margaret River Region Open Studios7-22 September 2024

 

Australia's largest free arts event of its kind. Explore the creative studios of artists from across the region, including Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Cowaramup, Augusta, Margaret River and everywhere in between.

 

Mirella will be back for the 10th year of Margaret River Region Open Studios in 2024.

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