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Feature artist, Amanda Mcgahan

Meet Crystalbrook Bailey's feature artist, Amanda Mcgahan

We're delighted to welcome Amanda Mcgahan to Crystalbrook Bailey as our February - March feature artist.

Mcgahan’s exhibition, titled 'Pooch and Hooch' is a celebration of our furry, four-legged friends. Her exhibition will be on display from Tuesday 1 February until Monday 28 March in the lobby.

Working with mixed mediums, the installation features ceramics and oil-based paintings with timber frames. The ceramics are made from raku handbuilding clay with varied decorative techniques including underglazes and stains. Mcgahan’s work is inspired by interactions between humans and animals. “My work aims to replicate a moment, an expression or a feeling of the animal and to mirror that feeling in the audience, whether it be humour, love, empathy or recognition”, Amanda Mcgahan.

'Pooch and Hooch' features paws and pups of all shapes and sizes. Mcgahan’s work gently reminds us what we can learn from our paw pals. To enjoy life, play daily, love unconditionally, be yourself and wag your tail. “I have two dogs and love their quirky characteristics and mannerisms and their close similarities to human gestures”, Amanda Mcgahan.

Meet the artist

Mcgahan is a visual artist who studied at TAFE Cairns, completing her Diploma of Visual Arts in 2017. Mcgahan specialises in clay figure sculpture, portraiture, drawing and painting and has exhibited locally for many years. Mcgahan supplies works to The UnderArt Gallery in Cairns and last year set up her own Gallery and non-profit organisation with business partner Craig Edwards, called The Kite Gallery, 133 Grafton Street, Cairns, neighbouring Crystalbrook Bailey.

Mcgahan is the Co-Founder and President to Inspired Community Support Services INC and The Kite Gallery. Here, Mcgahan is a mental health worker supporting clients on the NDIS. Mcgahan runs and coordinates inclusive art programs and exhibitions at The Kite Gallery, operated by inspired Community Support Services Inc. Mcgahan offers clay sculpture programs for everyone, beginners welcome.

Interested in a sculpture of your pet or furry friend? Mcgahan is available to take commissions of your beloved pet. Enquiries welcome here

You're invited to join us for the exhibition opening night and artist talk on Friday 4 February from 6:30 - 7:30pm. It's free to attend with nibbles and a paid bar available.

Other key dates

  • 1 February: Exhibition opens
  • 4 February: 'In conversation' artist talk with Amanda Mcgahan at 6:30pm in the lobby at Crystalbrook Bailey, RSVP here.
  • 28 March: Exhibition closes

Artwork from the exhibition are available for sale here.

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