michele courage – artist
Art for the Soul
LARGE ABSTRACTS ARE MY FIRST LOVE ………
I have been involved with art all my life – I grew up with both of my parents being artists. My father John Dunn was a well known ceramist and potter in South Africa who together with my mother Tina Dunn (wildlife and collage artist) and Tim Morris (potter) and Mickey Korzenik (sculptor) started the Crocodile Arts and Crafts trail – our studio was open the first weekend of every month and it was here that I first started exhibiting my work around 16 years of age.
I now live in a beautiful part of the world (Wellington, New Zealand) but I have also been fortunate enough to experience part of my life in Africa. I grew up in South Africa surrounded by art and artists – exhibiting at the internationally known Rosebank Rooftop market and my love of exhibiting and promoting myself is heavily influenced by both my parents who always had their own home gallery/studio open to the public and my previous experience in advertising. I am passionate about helping others tap into the wonderful ‘space’ created when you zone everything out and just enjoy the simple pleasure of creating something and run regular art workshops and retreats.
My work has been a journey for me and since coming to New Zealand in 2009, it’s been linked to my spiritual growth. The realisation that colour has healing properties and that paintings created with that intention are extremely powerful, sees me moving in a new direction with my art which is much more spiritual.
What others say
“Upon closer inspection of Michele’s abstract work, it becomes evident that the viewer is pulled into the vast expanse of the two-dimensional picture plane only to step into a world of three-dimensional sensation. It is in her paintings, within the undefined borders of the abstract world that the sweeping lines created by motion of paint renders a visual expression of space, time and energy.” Gallery Owner
“Michele’s artworks are emotional channels to a greater insight into life and what life has to offer and experience. Within her paintings are small moments that can transport the viewer to a magical and calming place. There is an energy within Michele’s paintings which simply put, can be uplifting.” Gallery Owner
I have exhibited my work in group and solo exhibitions both in South Africa and New Zealand and because of my advertising background I have always done my own marketing of my work and my clients and artworks are dotted around the world.
- 2017 – Art Fusions Auckland, Exhibition @ Art By Rosie Tauranga
- 2016 – Private Exhibition Wellington, Nelson Art Expo, Original Art Sale Auckland
- 2015 – Private Exhibition Wellington
- 2010 – Solo Exhibition at Wellington Academy of Fine Art, Group Exhibition Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington
2004 – 2009 – Exhibitions in South Africa including Decorex, Private, Rosebank International Market, Home Expo
Michele Courage, Art for the Soul