Academic journal article Hecate

Cover Artist

Academic journal article Hecate

Cover Artist

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Davida Allen's immediate, expressive paintings frequently reflect on her experiences as a wife and mother, and on the sometimes fraught nature of domestic life. In Peta Reading to the Babies (1984), Allen has captured her four daughters in what was perhaps a rare moment of peace, with her eldest, Peta, reading to the younger girls. Despite the children's quiet poses, the vigour of Allen's brushstrokes lends the work urgency, and suggests the stillness will not last long; even as they sit, the two younger girls appear poised to scamper away. Allen's thick application of brightly coloured paint and her faux naif style are reminiscent of children's art, and suggestive of childhood memories. The girls float in a sea of blue and this lack of context gives the painting a surreal quality.

A prominent Australian artist, Allen was born in Charleville, Queensland, in 1951 and studied with Betty Churcher at Stuartholme Convent, Brisbane, and at the Central Technical College (now Queensland College of Art, Griffith University). Allen lives and works in Purga, a rural Queensland community just outside Brisbane. In addition to her art practice, she has written books, and wrote and directed the film Feeling Sexy (1998). Her work has been included in significant group exhibitions, including: Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1985), and Federation: Australian Art and Society 1901-2001, National Gallery of Australia and touring (2000-2002). …

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