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Artist Profile

Bibi Ostermark

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Bibi Ostermark came to Australia in 1974 and has lived in Melbourne ever since. She is a keen observer and well equipped to capture the idiosyncrasies of life and its players. Her inspirations and ideas are drawn from everyday life, events, feelings and those special moments in life which comes close to fantasy.

My work is part abstract – part figurative, and part impressionistic. I’m labelled an “naive story teller” and I’m happy with that. It’s fair to say that I live in my own fairy-tale world,  with Hans Christian Andersen,  Brothers Grimm and now Alice in Wonderland.  Flights of fancy, with a touch of humour, could well be the title of many of my paintings. In my figurative works, my particular skill is capturing the expression of people’s body language, with which I can depict expressions of mood and feeling through form, without relying on the detail in faces. I use intense colours and strong shapes. I always seek communication with the onlooker, even if it is criticism, it is very important that they react to my work. Why do I paint?People would ask: Is it a passion? Is it a hobby? Is it a money-spinner? No – it is my life!!!!

I invented “Jasper the bookworm”  and are now working on “Charlie – The Blue Cat’ together with more Alice in Wonderland for exhibition
at Ryazanoff Gallery April 2021. I do paint EVERY morning between 4 am and 8 am,  according to my cat it’s good to get up 3 am, LOL.
My legacy are 2nd.Prize for my artwork “Black Hills of Dakota” and Judge Yvonne Audette Acquisitive Award for my artwork “Mr.C” in the Cigar Box Exhibition.

I am taking a part in active art life, being a Member of Art Society Member Contemporary Art Society of Vic. Inc., Beaumaris Art Society, Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery, Frankston Arts Centre, Oak Hill Gallery Mornington. I am always happy to collaborate with other artists in various Group exhibitions, held in  De Coy Restaurant Melbourne, A 4 Herring Island Festival, Members Exhibition Contemporary Art Society Richmond, Members Exhibition Oak Hill Gallery, Contemporary Art Society Herring Island Festival South Yarra, Little Archie’s Oak Hill Gallery, Deck the walls Oak Hill Gallery, Frankston Arts Centre Cube 37, Postcard Show Oak Hill Gallery.

1998

Solo Exhibitions:

Haven Gallery, Williamstown; Daring Gallery, Richmond; Suits Restaurant, Melbourne; Esplanade Gallery, Brighton; The Lounge, Swanston Walk, Melbourne

1999

Solo Exhibitions:

Big Mouth Restaurant, St.Kilda; CAS Space, Collins St. Melbourne; Carringbush Library, Richmond; Images Gallery, Richmond; Leanne’s Cafe, Sorrento.

2000

Solo Exhibitions:

Without Pier Gallery; CAS Space Collins St., Melbourne; Roar Studios, Fitzroy; Manyung Gallery, Mt.Eliza; Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin; Big Mouth Restaurant, St. Kilda; A Lange Gallery, Brighton; Custom Wharf Gallery, Williamstown; Swedish Church, Toorak; CAS Space Collins St. Melbourne.

2001

Solo Exhibitions:

Without Pier Gallery; Art Shed Gallery, Red Hill; Theatreworks, St. Kilda; CAS Space Collins St., Melbourne; The Danish Club, Melbourne.

2002

Solo Exhibitions:

Oak Hill Gallery; Own Gallery

2003

Solo Exhibitions:

Own Gallery, Seaford; Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington; Without Pier Gallery, Sandringham.

2004

Solo Exhibitions:

Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington; Own Gallery, Seaford.

2005-2011

Solo Exhibitions:

Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Own Gallery Seaford / Frankston: Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Own Gallery Seaford / Frankston

2012 – 2018

Solo Exhibitions:

Oak Hill Gallery Mornington, Ryazanoff Gallery x 2, Toorak House Toorak

2004

Solo Exhibitions:

Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington; Own Gallery, Seaford.

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