Michelle Kettle / Details

“My current work explores details of buildings and scenes we move through every single day. In capturing these familiar yet sometimes overlooked places my aim is to amplify the mundane and celebrate these unique representations of a specific time and place. They are devoid of human activity yet are often manmade spaces, therefore the viewer can project their own emotions into the painting. The viewpoint places the onlooker directly in front of the subject. The barrier of a wall, door or window depicted, leaves one curious for what exists on the other side. I use photography as a visual aid in my process and use oils to soften or enhance light and form.”


“I have been painting with oils for a number of years despite having originally studied ceramics at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland, where I am from. Upon moving to Australia at the end of 2009 I was captivated with the local architecture and landscapes of Victoria, and so this naturally became the subject of my art. My daily inspiration comes from walking to my studio in Brunswick and observing how the light changes on the houses and buildings I pass. Curiosity makes me stop and examine closer details which I try to capture in my work. I think people often have a deep connection with the structures they move through everyday and I like to explore these ideas through painting.”- Michelle Kettle

Details runs from 27 April – 20 May. To see a full exhibition listing click here.