About Jeremy Strack
This emerging artist has a background in commercial art, having trained as an Illustrator at Curtin University’s School of Design. His talent was recognised with the award of best folio of his graduating class. Since completing his degree in 1998 he has completed a diverse range of jobs for a wide range of clients. During this time he also began to explore art as a form of self expression.
His background in Illustration clearly shows in his bold and stylised figurative work. The subjects are charismatic and emanate a quirky, cheerful quality.
Jeremy’s other foray is abstract art. His works feature strong juxtaposition of colour and texture. His choice of colours attempts to capture the essence of a feeling or mood and invoke an emotional response from the viewer.
“I sometimes find working for a client (with the aim of fulfilling their design brief) quite limiting, whether it be due to the parameters of the brief or the materials being used. I find interesting effects can be achieved by exploring the capabilities of the media I enjoy using most- acrylics, watercolours and gouache and the way in which these media can interact and compliment each other. My figurative work is strongly influenced my work in the Illustration field. I immensely enjoy being able to create ‘characters’ and being able to construct my own scene or story for them in these pieces.
My abstract artworks are inspired by colours observed in my surroundings – natural and man made. They could be sourced from a seascape, a leaf, a postcard, an advertisement for example. Hence the effect can be a harmonious one or a vivid synthetic dependant on the inspiration. The ratios of colour and differing textures used are intended to create a subtle ambience or a bold contrasting effect. Although there is usually a direct source of inspiration for my abstract pieces I enjoy that people take away different interpretations or find different forms, something that seems to be an innate part of human nature – like looking skyward and trying to find recognisable shapes in cloud forms passing by.”
2011 Hale School Art Show, August
2009 Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, July
2007/08 Gallery 360, Subiaco, including Artist of the Month, March 2007 and September 2008
2008 Mooks Artspace, May
Blue Duck Cafe, Cottesloe
Ba Da Bing Cafe, Woodlands
2003/04/06 City of Stirling Art Awards
2003 Rockingham Art Awards