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Artist

Artist Toni-Maree Savage

Artist biography

Born 1972, Australia
Lives and works in Brisbane

Toni-Maree Savage is currently studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited her jewellery and paintings in Australia and online group exhibitions. Recent group exhibitions include The Australian National Brooch Show, Art Society of Victoria, Melbourne (2021); Academics in Pandemic, Ethical Metalsmiths, Cincinnati [Online Exhibition] (2020); A Florist's Delight, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane (2020); and Australian Botanical, Inala Art Gallery, Brisbane (2020). She has twice been a gallery finalist in group exhibitions of contemporary paintings, including Trending 2020, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane (2020) and A Florist's Delight, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane (2020). Her work is held in private collections throughout Australia.

Artist statement

Toni-Maree Savage makes art that explores psychological and emotional connections and experiences through reflections on autobiographical relationships and childhood memories. Working primarily in jewellery design and painting, her philosophical belief in art's power to play a vital role in everyday life by improving mental health through its intrinsic properties penetrates her work. Purposely, her jewellery designs have a protective quality for the wearer, and her contemporary expressionistic paintings offer a reprieve against the stress and anxiety of modern life.

From her Brisbane-based studio, Toni-Maree incorporates the surrounding natural environment into her designs and compositions, resulting in a uniquely Australian verve. Her ecologically sustainable silver and copper jewellery exude the textural patterns and forms of native Australian flora and coastal regions. Her recent ring and choker neckpiece, Coral Persistence, features oversized pierced, cut, and highly polished copper sheet worked by hand into organic coral forms. Aligning with a belief in the influential power of jewellery, the pieces involve a public participatory element aimed at motivating wearers and viewers to consider the ongoing need to protect coral reefs. Similarly, her still life and figurative paintings envelop the viewer in Australian landscape colours. Recent oil on canvas paintings, including Waratahs in Red Vase and Wattle in Glass Vase, involve personally symbolic still life compositions featuring native Australian flora. The works are rendered in a modern style with vivid colours and thick brushstrokes that reveal the artist's hand.

Education

2022 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2022 Graduate Diploma of Writing, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
2007 Master of Arts in Media Production, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2003 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Honours), The University of Queensland, Brisbane

Awards

2020 Gallery Finalist, Trending 2020, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2020 Gallery Finalist, A Florist’s Delight, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane

Group exhibitions

2021 The Australian National Brooch Show, Art Society of Victoria, Melbourne
2020 Academics in Pandemic, Ethical Metalsmiths, Cincinnati [Online Exhibition]
2020 Trending 2020, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2020 A Florist’s Delight, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2020 Australian Botanical, Inala Art Gallery, Brisbane

Bibliography

2020 “Inala Art Gallery holds Australian Botanical exhibition,” The Lake News, February, p. 11
2020 Sanderson, J. “Beautiful botanicals on show,” South-West Satellite, 23 January, p. 4
2020 Sanderson, J. “Glorious pictures with floral themes win hearts and minds,” The Courier Mail Online, 17 January

Collections

Works held in private collections in Australia