Spirit is a Bone II by Kirra Jamison, 2011. Acrylic, gouache, pen and vinyl on polyester, 183cm x 152cm.

Harper’s Desert by Kirra Jamison.  Acrylic, gouache and pen on polyester, 185cm x 152cm.

Cherry Blossom by Kirra Jamison, Acrylic, gouache, pen and vinyl on canvas, 152.5cm x 132cm.

I had the great pleasure of meeting artist Kirra Jamison recently – a bit of a *starstruck* moment, because I have been coveting a Kirra Jamison painting ever since first posting about her exquisite work all the way back here!  In person I must say Kirra was so super sweet and modest and quiet but very friendly… and I felt very lucky to have a little snoop in her studio and see some of the works in progress for her latest show!

The new exhibition, entitled Spirit is a Bone, opens next Wednesday at Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne.  Kirra is showing an incredible collection of vivid large-scale paintings on canvas, alongside her more delicate and intricate works on paper…. WOW so much amazing colour and magical detail – I LOVE the striking dark backgrounds, translucent white bones, colourful toxic toadstools and Charlie Harper-inspired wildlife!  What an amazing imaginary world Kirra has created… truly spectacular work.

Kirra and her partner Dane Lovett (also an incredible artist) are heading off soon for a residency in Tokyo… they’ll be gone for quite a few months and will almost certainly come back even more famous than they already are (!!), so NOW is the time to invest, people!

Spirit is a Bone – New paintings by Kirra Jamison
April 19th – May 14th 2011 (Artist’s reception next Wednesday April 20th).

Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert st
Richmond

ph. 03 9421 0857

Kirra Jamison looking SO CUTE (in my head she was a brunette!?).  Before you ask, that necklace is by Karen Walker(!).  Photo by Daniel Mahon.

Kirra Jamison in her Northcote studio.  Photo by Daniel Mahon.