|Black Vase with Pear
|Blue Vase with Pear
|Pomegranate with White Bowl
|Pears with Glass Jar
About Vicki McInnes
Vicki McInnes Artist’s Statement
Vicki McInnes is a Melbourne painter skilled in realistic painting and drawing, working across various genres, and known primarily for her still life paintings in oils.
The low key, non-narrative imagery she employs allows the attention to dwell on the formal and material aspects of representational painting, that is, to the arrangement of forms and tonal variance along with choice of subject and qualities of the paint itself. Her aim is to produce a more reflective and considered visual experience.
Vicki has a strong connection to home and memories of childhood and family. The family home was set in a rambling garden, and she grew up with a strong awareness of the seasons: the changes of fruit, vegetables and flowers signaling the year’s progress. This everyday and familiar harvest has a strong presence still, and is the source of themes she explores in paintings and drawings.
Having studied Tonalist painting for quite a few years with Melbourne painter Don James at Montsalvat, Vicki follows this classic approach in painting, with no preliminary drawing, and always working directly from the subject.
about the artist
Vicki McInnes is originally from Alphington in Melbourne’s inner northeast. Her parents’ house was built not far from the home and studio of her grandparents: William Beckwith McInnes who was awarded the Wynne landscape prize in 1918 and the first four Archibald portrait prizes in 1921-1924, and went on to win it a further three times, and Violet McInnes who also had a successful career as a highly regarded painter.
Having attained a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University in 1974, in the following three decades Vicki worked in fashion design and development, retail and manufacturing management and more recently, interior design.
She first exhibited at Montsalvat in 2013, then held another solo exhibition at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham, and at Malvern Artists’ Society in September 2016. Awards include Best Oil Painting Brighton Art Society 2017, Best Oil Painting Malvern Art Society 2016, AGRA Medallion 2012, Highly Commended Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2013.
She teaches and runs workshops in drawing and painting, and continues to exhibit regularly at The Victorian Artists’ Society, Malvern and Brighton Art Society and selected art shows.
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