Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch, Australian professional abstract contemporary artist and educator, is creative founder, managing director and co-owner of Artropica Innisfail Studio Gallery, established in 1997. This retail business services the local community and provides: 1. Fine Art Supplies - an extensive range is available 2. Custom Framing - with quality & Conservation Care (especially for the FNQ tropical climate) 3. Restoration, Professional Artist & Educator Services 4. Local & Indigenous Tropical North Queensland Australian artists' original artwork & unique handmade giftware. 5. Artworker and Co-ordinator Services for Community Art Events, Workshops & Exhibitions
Biography: BIOGRAPHY MADSEN-PIETSCH, KERRYN 1956- Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch was born in Ararat and grew up on a country farm, near Hall's Gap in the Grampians, Victoria. Between formal qualifications Madsen-Pietsch worked and travelled interstate gaining life experiences. She settled in Innisfail, North Qld, 1985 to teach, raise a family with her Far North Qld indigenous husband Cliff Madsen (Kuku Yalangi clan) and has become an exemplary art role model in the community. Dr Irene Amos once described her as a missionary for the visual arts. Madsen-Pietsch has served voluntarily in her community in many art roles/positions i.e. as an administrator, steward, judge, organizer and coordinator to many professional development workshops, local exhibitions and more recent as curator and Flying Arts regional representative. Parallel to a long art teaching career is Madsen-Pietsch's continual commitment to developing her professional art practice in several directions. She has numerous drawing, painting, fibre and sculpture awards and regional exhibition achievements behind her. Madsen-Pietsch, self employed, is the founder, co-owner and director of Artropica Innisfail Studio Gallery, a retail art and framing business, which she has successfully run and operated since 1997. EDUCATION 2007 - 1989 Professional Art Development - Numerous art regional workshops with many professional art tutors 2003 Certificate 4 in Public Art, Cairns TAFE, FNQ 1982 Graduate Diploma in (Secondary) Education, Bendigo CAE, Vic. Majors: Art & Craft (D) 1977 – 1975 Diploma in Art & Design, Deakin University Geelong Vic. 1974 TOP Tertiary Orientated Program (equivalent Yr 12) - 8 x Art Subjects; Stawell Technical School, Vic. 1973 HSC Art, Luther College, Croydon, Melbourne, Vic. RECENT & UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2007 - 2008 Light, Time & Facade, Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan (Curated IAS Group Show) 2007 - 2009 Touring of 'Elevating the Spirit'; Sugarama Gallery ASIM, Mourilyan (just south of Innisfaill) QLD, July-October 2007; Umbrella Studio, Townsville, QLD, April 24 - May 31, 2009 (selected) 2007 Solo Exhibition 'Elevating the Spirit', Cairns Regional Gallery (selected) ABOUT THE ARTIST CLIFFORD MADSEN Cliff started painting seriously only after the age of 40, discovering his innate sense for bold and strong colours & patterns. However, he has carved and sculptured FNQ wood for most of his life. Born in Mossman, he grew up in the hills near Port Douglas before moving to the north of the Daintree River, where he, his parents & the siblings all lived off the leased land, 30 square miles of high mountain country. Since 1985 he, his wife & children, have lived just north of Innisfail. Cliff's very strong kinship with the land and natural environment of Far North Queensland is reflected in his images of the wildlife, the patterns, colours, the use of different wood types and grains that dominate his work.
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