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13 Australian Abstract Artists whose Work You Need to Know About

Eager to support some Australian abstract artists by hanging some of their work on your walls? I’ve got you covered in today’s post. I just hope you’re prepared for all this talent.

Boy do I love me some abstract art. I feature it in so many of my interior design projects. It’s so easy and versatile to work into a scheme and it really creates a focal point in a space. And it’s even better when you know the artist is a local who is truly appreciative of your purchase, don’t you think?

I’ve featured a number of these divine Aussie artists on the blog in the past. You know that I’m all about supporting our talent. But there’s possibly a number of Australian abstract artists you’ve never discovered before. Until now! I’m lifting the lid on 13 of my faves below. I’d love for you to let me know if there’s an Aussie artist I’ve missed in this list.

The art in the hero image above is from the super talented Michael Bond, who I’ll fill you in a bit more on below. But in the meantime, let’s not waste another moment taking you inside the list of my fave Australian abstract artists.

Oh – and if you need advice on how to choose art for your home, click here for my expert tips.

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1. Prudence Caroline

The artwork above is one of many you can score from Prudence, whose work is packed with colour and interest. She describes her work as scruffy and haphazard, but I’d describe it more as truly magical. I would sell my first-born child to secure some of her work for my home. Check out more of Prudence’s creations here.

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2. Leah Bartholomew

Leah’s work is influenced by her time in nature, in and around Northern NSW and the Gold Coast. It’s wonderfully optimistic and created using torn pieces of paper; put together in a collage style. The results speak for themselves and are truly eye-catching. You can explore more of Leah’s organic-inspired artwork here.

australian abstract artist catherine hiller in st kilda studio

3. Catherine Hiller

Catherine is my new fave artist. I’ve actually commissioned a piece from her for my Murrumbeena interior design project. It’s going to be the eye-catching feature moment in the living room. Catherine is a highly emotive artist and I love that the longer you look at her captivating works, the more intriguing they become. Visit Catherine Hiller online here or visit her in her St Kilda studio.

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4. Rowena Martinich

Known for her radiant use of colour, Rowena Martinich is a Melbourne artist whose work has been spotted in multitude of destinations, from residential spaces to commercial ones, and even on building facades. She’s even travelled to isolated outback communities to create works for the locals there. Check out her amazing art here.

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5. Jessie Rigby

You’ve seen her work on The Block in recent years, and she’s definitely taken the local market by storm ever since. I’m such a big fan of Jessie Rigby’s abstract art that I got a piece for my Camberwell client to display in the hallway. Jessie’s work is inspired by the Victorian countryside and works with mixed mediums including acrylics, oil pastels, gouache, and metallic pigments. Definitely an Australian abstract artist to get behind.

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6. Ruchi Rai Art

Ruchi Rai is an abstract artist based in Sydney. She works mainly with acrylics, washes and sometimes inks, and her pieces are truly spectacular. Ruchi loves to create art for real homes, so that each piece can resonate and connect with the homeowner who’s lucky enough to have it on their walls. If you want some of Ruchi’s work for your space, see more here.

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7. Maggi McDonald

Vibrancy is at the forefront of what talented Sydney artist Maggi McDonald is all about, and the result of this love of colour is a treat for the senses. An artists and surface designer by trade, she’s available for commissions and collaborations and has a slew of killer pieces on her website for sale. To explore them further, just click here.

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8. Georgie Wilson

Some Australian abstract artists are all about in-your-face colour, but Mornington Peninsula creative Georgie Wilson prefers a more subdued approach to hue. The subtle tones in her work are soothing and calming, and her pieces have featured in residences both here and overseas. To see more of her tranquil artworks, click here.

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9. Sabi Klein

Sabina Klein spent years in the corporate world before she realise that she needed to give her artwork a chance to truly flourish. The leap paid off. The Melbourne-based artist has featured on The Block and her work has since run out the door. As you can see, Sabi focusses on creating bright, bold and punchy artworks, more of which you can see here.

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10. Michael Bond

Michael is a Noosa-based artist. Completely self-taught, he loves to create artworks for real homes, and is constantly evolving his unique way of drawing the observer to see what’s beneath the canvas. His pieces are bold, bright and have depth and character. You would have seen them in Bianca and Carla’s Block dining room (above), amongst other places. If you’re eager to see more of this talented man’s work, click here.

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11. Chalie Macrae

The image above is from my recently completed Hamptons project and you can see Chalie Macrae’s stunning work adorning the wall in the dining room. Isn’t it just the most captivating piece of art you’ve ever laid eyes upon? Chalie shuts herself inside her Yarraville studio for days at a time to produce her gorgeous abstract creations. She works with oils and acrylics, and gravitates towards a palette that is inspired by nature. So soothing, so chic.

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12. Fern Siebler

Another amazing Australian abstract artist whose work you would have seen on The Block in 2019 is Fern Siebler. A self-taught creative, Fern is certainly not afraid of colour, using her talents with hue to create artworks inspired by the fluidity and movement of the earth’s elements; water, air, fire and smoke.

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13. Carolyn O’Neill

Melbourne artist Carolyn O’Neill draws, sculpts and creates mixed media collages. But her true love is painting. I’ve interviewed this intriguing creative on the blog before (read more here) and I love her work. A former nurse, Carolyn’s work is represented by galleries in both Victoria and Queensland. She’s truly one of the best Australian abstract artists out there. Check out her website here.

Over to You! Who are your fave Australian abstract artists? Are there some I’ve left out here? Don’t be shy; drop a comment below and tell me all about them so we can all check them out.

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

COMMENTS
  • I love abstract art problem is I’m running out of space on my walls at home!

    17 March, 2017
  • I love all of these artists and follow each and every one of them on IG but I think you’ve forgotten the talented Deb McNaughton. Definitely worth checking out her home studio too. Brilliant.

    20 March, 2017
  • Meg

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    Diana Miller’s work would also have to be up there- http://dianamiller.me/ 🙂

    20 March, 2017
  • I love Felicity O’Connor (http://www.felicityoconnor.com.au/) and Joanne Duffy (http://www.joanneduffy.com.au/) and I would love to be up there with the greats one day 🙂

    21 March, 2017
  • Anna Kenny

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    What a great representation, my fav. would have to be Elena Martorella, that circular piece above just makes me keep looking – its like being in a fantasy, every time I look I see another image, just beautiful — have you checked Amanda Brooks, she is a fav. of mine if you like nature, birds and joyful colour, was lucky to receive one of her prints for Christmas —https://www.artbybrooks.com.au/

    24 March, 2017
  • Can’t forget the incredible Melbourn artist, Sarah Kelk! sarahkelk.com

    27 March, 2017
  • You definitely missed Lindsay Blamey, he has been on the block just about every year and we have one of his pieces, everyone comments on it. http://Www.lindsayblamey.com.au

    17 June, 2017
  • Tim Stevens

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    I think you’ve missed a great Abstract Artist in Fran O’Neill Australian born and bread. Showing in Australia and Internationally.

    31 May, 2018
  • JULIE GRESSWELL

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    Mariana Mezic – oh wow you must check her out marianamezic.com

    15 August, 2018
  • Patricia Cooke

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    You definitely need to look at Felicity O’Conner’s and Eva Frengstad’s beautiful abstract works too. They definitely have a place on your wall.

    21 May, 2019
  • Gail Taffe

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    I have been trying to track down 2 artists but have had no luck.1 is by t.sawyer and l have 5 by Mitchell .in trying to track them down l came across another abstract artist named paul Franklin and l loved his work l think he is very talented.l think he signs his art franko.lm thinking of buying one.cheers Gail

    16 January, 2020
  • Kerry

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    Couldn’t agree with you more! I have two Fern Siebler works in my home. One, a large canvas that takes pride of place in my open plan living/dining area. Will no doubt add to the collection in due course.

    3 March, 2020
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