The Intersection of Culture, Time & Modernity

Michelle Jae Andrews is a Brisbane based artist whose work sits at the intersection of culture, time and modernity.

Michelle loves the aesthetics of old houses. She lives in a 100-year-old house, which is not old by European standards, but it has seen some history and has character. She loves the patinas of aged and peeling paint and wallpaper, the evidence of past colours and patterns. When she paints, Michelle imagines that she has wandered into an old chateau or manor house and discovered wonderful faded paintings on the walls. She tries to make my paintings look vintage and antique, rough around the edge and distressed. The patterns and flowers that populate these time-worn walls are inspired by Jacobean embroidery, 18th century chinoiserie and carpets and ceramics that might have been found along the Silk Road.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Griffith University | 2017
Bachelor of Visual Arts, Canberra University | 2017
Diploma of Visual Art, Southbank TAFE | 2014
Cert in Commercial Illustration, Queensland College of Art | 1981

Finalist, ‘Petite Pieces’ Competition, Aspire Gallery | 2020
First Prize (Acrylics), Brookfield Art Show, Brisbane | 2019
Finalist, ‘Petite Pieces’ Competition’, Aspire Gallery | 2019
Finalist, 8th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art ‘Scythia’, Kherson, Ukraine | 2017
Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Prize | 2016
Finalist, International Baltic Miniature Textiles City Museum, Gdynia, Poland | 2016
Finalist, Lethbridge 1000 Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery | 2013
Finalist, Churchie Emerging Art, Brisbane | 2007
Finalist, Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast City Art Prize, Gold Coast | 2007

‘Faded Boundaries’, Aspire Gallery | 2017

'Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi| 2021
'Inspire’ Cocktail Party & Art Show, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Brisbane | 2020
’Petite Pieces’, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane | 2020
Downlands College Art Show, Toowoomba | 2019
Dimensions, Nudgee Art Show, Brisbane | 2019
’Fancywork’, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane | 2019
Brookfield Art Show, Brisbane | 2019
‘Petite Pieces, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane | 2019
8th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art ‘Scythia’, Kherson, Ukraine | 2017
Stanthorpe Art Festival, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery | 2016
Progressions Exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery | 2016
International Baltic Miniature Textiles - City Museum, Gdynia, Poland; Textile Museum, Lodz, Poland; and Kunstlerhaus Gallery, Nuremberg | 2016
Lethbridge 10000 Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane | 2013
Churchie Emerging Art Award, Anglican Grammar School | 2007

’Bawshou Rescues the Sun’, Illustrating as Michelle Powell, Ashton Scholastic | 1991

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Michelle welcomes commissions.

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