Antoinette Murray

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 18th June 2012

Work on paper by Antoinette Murray

Antoinette Murray in her Hampton studio – styling by Julia Green, photograph by Armelle Habib

Work in progress by Antoinette Murray – styling by Julia Green, photograph by Armelle Habib

Melbourne-based artist Antoinette Murray (maiden name Ferwerda) creates large-scale acrylic paintings (some 3 metres long!) for corporate offices and private homes… but it’s her works on paper that have caught my eye recently.   These more delicate works explore mixed media, using acrylic paints, airbrush textas, splattered ink and metallic highlights. Super simple, but so striking and pretty.

Antoinette originally studied Graphic Design at RMIT, but spent 13 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, balancing her art practice with a corporate career.  Eventually after many years selling her paintings to friends, family and clients, Antoinette took the plunge, and launched her business, Ferwerda Art, under which name she now creates a great variety of work – from paintings and works on paper, to vibrant painted palm pods, and wall murals which combine collage and paint.

Antoinette is based in Hampton in Melbourne, where she worked from her home studio, often happily interrupted by kids Tehya (5) and Lawson (3).

Antoinette’s work can be commissioned directly (contact via her website), or found at retail stockists including Assembly Hall in Willimstown, Page 8 in Hampton, Something Different in Rockhampton, and Stone and Grain in Ocean Grove, Victoria.

Details from Antoinette’s studio – styling by Julia Green, photograph by Armelle Habib

Antoinette’s studio – styling by Julia Green, photograph by Armelle Habib

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 18th June 2012


  • Emski 2 years ago

    Hi Lucy – just wondering if you can direct me to the website where I can buy that rainbow colours hanging that features in Antoinette’s lovely studio? I know you featured it in the kids week but can’t find it on your site anywhere now… thanks so much!

  • Lucy 2 years ago

    Hi Emski, the rainbow wallchart is by Blink Designs – thanks! x

  • Emski 2 years ago

    Thanks so much! x

  • Ingrid Weir 2 years ago

    I love seeing artists’ work spaces. You can’t be a real paint splashed patina!

  • Graine 2 years ago

    I love the use of colour in her artwork. Brighten up my Monday!

  • Jenny Tranter 2 years ago

    Lovely seeing Antoinette’s work on The Design Files. Love the bright colours in her work!

  • pippi 2 years ago

    very interesting post, i like your blog!

  • Alison 2 years ago

    Love that yellow stool Antoinette has in her workspace, where is it from?

  • Julianne 2 years ago

    I love her beautiful work, her studio and the counter stool! Where are could I find a neon stool like that? thanks so much!!

  • Great web site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find high quality writing
    like yours nowadays. I really appreciate people like you!
    Take care!!

  • Guad 5 months ago

    Just wondering where you can buy the raised easel or something like what Antoinette is using in her photos? I keep smudging my work having it flat on the table!

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