Kirra Jamison – Locomotor + Melbourne Art Fair

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 31st July 2012

New paintings by Kirra Jamison – Tenon, 2012, acrylic on polyester,  185 x 153 cm

Kirra Jamison works on paintings for her upcoming show – photographs by Paul Barbera (see the full studio visit here!)

Our old pal Kirra Jamison doesn’t sit still for long.  It seems with every season she’s experimenting with a new style or medium, keen to keep things fresh and show her incredible versatility across painting, printmaking and collage.

After developing a small collection of screenprints on paper for ‘Total Control‘, her show earlier this year at Craft Victoria, Kirra was inspired to make a series of larger scale paintings with a similar feel, masking sections of canvas to create floating shapes of solid, vibrant colour.  The results are rather spectacular, and seem to signal a new phase for Kirra!

These new paintings have been created for a solo exhibition entitled ‘Locomotor‘, to be held at Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane next month.  HOWEVER Melbourne readers can get a little sneak preview this week at The Melbourne Art Fair!  Sophie Gannon Gallery (which represents Kirra in Melbourne) and Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane) have joined forces, and will be hosting a shared stand at the fair, showcasing work by ex-tattoo artist and recent recipient of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Leslie Rice, alongside works by Michael Muir, Danie Mellor and of course Kirra J.  You’ll be able to see Kirra’s recent Total Control screenprints (if you missed them at Craft Victoria), as well as a sneak peek at work for her upcoming Brisbane show!

The Melbourne Art Fair is at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton this Thursday August 2nd until Sunday August 5th 2012 – tickets are $30.00.

Kirra’s Brisbane exhibition, entitled Locomotor, opens on August 28th at Jan Murphy Gallery.

Mortise by Kirra Jamison, 2012, acrylic on polyester,  170 x 150 cm

Screenprints by Kirra Jamison from the Total Control series. Left – Ghoul, 2012 hand pulled silkscreen print on 640gsm paper, 76 x 56 cm, 21 screens, edition of 9.  Right – Callow, 2012 hand pulled silkscreen print on 640gsm paper, 76 x 56 cm, 9 screens, edition of 9.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 31st July 2012


  • Yanar 4 years ago

    Great artworks! More articles about homes would be great!

  • Leah Bartholomew 4 years ago

    Huge admiration for Kirra’s work. Her use of colour and shape is extemely well thought out and always work beautifully. It’s not easy doing this style of art and doing it as successfully as this, can’t wait to see the Brisbane show!

  • Victoria 4 years ago

    Love these more minimal works by Kirra – she is wonderful

  • Sarah 4 years ago

    love the colours, I’ll have to pop in to the Brisbane exhibition is Bris

  • Harriet 4 years ago

    her works are beautiful and buzzing with life, as always.

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    Love these. Colours are gorgeous!

  • Melanie 4 years ago

    One of my very favourite Melbourne artists! Swoon!

  • rat in my kitchen 4 years ago

    Amazing artworks. I love Kirra’s choice of color palettes.

  • beci 4 years ago

    your work never ceases to amaze kirra. the best!

  • Tania 4 years ago

    Kirra is one of my new fav artists,where in sydney can u see or buy her locomotor prints? I especially love her colour choices in her prints.Faboliscious!

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