Michele Deveze

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST

 

 

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Michèle was born in Melbourne, Australia, and, apart from 2 years living in Nigeria when she was 8 and 9 years old, she grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, attending MCEGGS, ERA and Camberwell State High School. Her young world was replete with the arts – literature, music and the visual arts. She benefited from her French expatriate father’s regular trips ‘home’ to Paris where she indulged her interest in the arts with prolonged explorations of the great, and lesser, galleries of Europe. Her mother was a practising visual artist, who introduced Michèle, while still in primary school, to life drawing and to oil and water colour painting, and, from an early age Michèle never doubted that her vocation was as a visual artist.

After finishing High School she spent several years roaming around Western Europe and Great Britain, visiting galleries, attending drawing classes, and amassing a large number of tutored and untutored drawings and impromptu life experience. She returned to Melbourne to take up formal Art studies, but after 3 Semesters went back on the road, travelling extensively throughout East Coast Australia and working variously as a prawn trawler cook, barmaid, train drover, and builder’s labourer, adding to her library of life experience.

After a vindictive house fire, which turned the first 21 years of her life into jealously guarded memories and shattered an already tenuous faith, Michèle finally ‘settled down’ acquiring a mortgage, a job in the Forestry, and, eventually, an undergraduate degree in botany; continuing meanwhile to harbour a yen to pursue her artistic practice, a passion that was restricted by circumstance. After 20 years as wife and breadwinner, and sporadic flirting with her desire to immerse herself in her art, she became ‘unsettled’, and, extracting herself from an intolerable marriage, returned seriously to her artistic explorations.

More by chance than by choice, in the early 2000s Michèle lived and worked in Townsville, North Queensland, and during this period spent some years as a full time artist, enrolling in, but again not completing, a Bachelor of Visual Arts. She also travelled extensively, testing herself as an artist with artistic residencies in a number of countries. Financial reality reared its ugly head however and she returned to full time work as a botanist and ecological consultant, and in 2006 returned to South Eastern Queensland, a meteorological and social climate she found conducive to her personal needs and to her artistic and “career” aspirations.

In 2012 she finally found the environment of her dreams in Peachester - a 16 acre farm with undulating hills, running creek and river, and views of the Glasshouse Mountains. Her present focus is on returning the farm to its original forested state, and returning to her art, but in the meantime she maintains a career as an ecological consultant, and spends her daily time with too many dogs, birds, and cats, surrounded by an eclectic miscellany of ‘stuff’ collected and hoarded over the yea
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ART EDUCATION

1979 to 2004: Bachelor of Visual Arts (incomplete), James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland. Diploma of Fine Arts (incomplete), Alexander Mackie College, Sydney, New South Wales, Diploma of Fine Arts (incomplete), Caulfield Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria.

1976: Victorian Higher School Certificate majoring in Art, Camberwell High School, Melbourne, Victoria.

My works express perceived and sensory rather than observed or analytical subject matter. Structures and objects attract me by their geometry and tonality and their implicit but obscured history - subliminal nuances of images, shapes, lines and textures expressing emotions and sensations. Collage provides a tonal underlay, an illustrative vehicle, or an intrinsic cognitive element. Layered compression and abstraction of space allows conceptual manipulation of memories, experiences and images, as well as technical and textural construction.

Enigmatic sensations, feelings and atmosphere are stimulated by developing dynamic tensions in the interrelationships between form, shape, line, texture, colour and tone, eliciting subliminal emotional responses.By stimulating lost sensory memories to resurface or by provoking curiosity about before, after, who, what, when, where, why and how, I tell stories without using words. The works essentially tack the subject to the now, while impressing that the now is a transient state between the past and the future.

 
ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES

                                               

image001  2010: September ’30 Days Hath September’ mixed exhibition, Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
image001 2010: February ‘Transience’ solo exhibition, Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
image001 2010: January ‘From Red Gate Studio to Umbrella Studio’ joint exhibition, Umbrella Gallery and Studio, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2009: March ‘Transience’ shared exhibition, Maleny Artworks, Maleny, Queensland, Australia
image001 2008: ‘Michèle Devèze – Works 2004-2008’ published, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
image001 2008: September ‘Twelve Nudes and a Dog’ solo exhibition, Doggett St Studio, Newstead, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
image001 2008: August ‘BARI’ mixed exhibition, Kiln Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia     
image001 2008: June ‘Dialogue’ joint exhibition, Umbrella Gallery and Studio, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2008: March ‘Past Imperfect’ solo exhibition, mARTas Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2008: February The Red Door – and other myths solo exhibition, The Art Factory Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
image001 2007: September ‘The Red Door – and other myths solo exhibition, The Tanks Gallery, Cairns, North Queensland, Australia
image001 2007: October ‘The Red Door – and other myths solo exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
image001 2007: July, ‘The Red Door – and other myths solo exhibition, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, North Queensland, Australia
image001 2007: June, Curated and participated in the visual arts component of ‘See Hear Now’, an interactive multi arts festival, Townsville, North Queensland, Australia
image001 2007: May, invited to participate in ‘His & Hers’ interactive performance art, Townsville, North Queensland, Australia
image001 2007: May, selected to hang in ‘Waltzing Matilda Art Show’ Winton, Queensland, Australia
image001 2006: October, selected to hang in ‘Compact Prints’ Umbrella Gallery and Studio, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2006: September, selected to hang in ‘Flying Arts’ Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa, Queensland, Australia
image001 2006: September, invited to participate in ‘His & Hers’ interactive drawing exposition, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2006: August, ‘Fragmented Layers’ group show, Umbrella Gallery and Studio, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2006: Received ‘Highly Commended Emerging 2D Artist’ at Arts West 4th Biennial Exhibition
image001 2006: Provided digital image accompaniment for a component of Liquid Architecture 7 in Townsville
image001 2006: Conceived, curated and participated in the visual arts component of a 1 hour cross-arts event as part of the Riverway opening, Thuringowa, Queensland, Australia
image001 2005:  October, curated and performed in the visual art component of ‘See Hear Now’ cross-arts festival at Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa, Queensland, Australia
image001 2005: April, ‘things of flesh and stone’, solo exhibition, Townsville Art Society Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

‘…shows her drawing strength with charcoal by seemingly revealing – with too much ease and talent – the images that must already be lurking on the brown paper…it seems that they were already there, just waiting to be enhanced…’ Townsville Bulletin 08/04/05

image001 2005: March, invited to participate in ‘His & Hers’ interactive drawing exposition, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2005: January, Artists Residency, Le Four a Chaux, Casablanca, Morocco
image001 2004: December, Artists Residency, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
image001 2004: Selected to hang in ‘Birthday’, Umbrella Gallery and Studio, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2004: Selected to participate in C-Art – public access commercial zone visual art display
image001 2004: Selected to hang in ‘Compact Prints’ Umbrella Gallery and Studio, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2004: October ‘Chamber Music Prints’, solo exhibition, Townsville Art Society Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

‘…“capture the ecstatic frenzy and sublime pleasure of the musicians performing at the festival”. This she has done admirably and seemingly with ease…’ Townsville Bulletin 19/11/04

image001 2004: Resident artist, Australian Chamber Music Festival, Townsville
image001 2004: Townsville Art Society Awards; 1st Prize Miniatures Award

‘…Family Tree III had a sense of veiling, of overlay. The colours created the sense of drawing you in…’
Townsville Bulletin 20/08/04

image001 2004: ‘Bare’, Joint exhibition - selected drawings of four local artists, Umbrella Gallery and Studio, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

‘…the mark making in Nude 1 just about crackles and splutters with energy…’ Townsville Bulletin 02/07/04

image001 2004: Photojournalist contract for the Palm Creek Folk Festival of Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2004: Installation, ‘Ecofiesta’, Queens Gardens, Townsville City Council, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2004: Selected student works, Vincent Gallery, Vincent Campus, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
image001 2003: Arts tour of United States of America
image001 2003: Demonstration life drawing, Women’s Expo, Townsville

     

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