Pam Tippett – Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

In News November 28, 2019


“In June 2019 Pam Tippett was artist-in-residence at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. The subjects of the paintings resulting from the residency were chosen by the artist from the re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio.” – Ingrid Hedgcock, MOAC Curator and Collections Manager





“It was a thrill to be able to enter the MOAC and choose from the 21,000 gorgeous objects collected by Margaret Olley over many years. It was like entering a kind of Aladdin’s cave – magical, cluttered and full of treasures.” – Pam Tippett


Pam Tippett’s current exhibition Here and There II showcases the artist’s deepening explorations into the relationships we have with the items that surround us.

Tippett’s remarkable technical skill allows her to create radiant, smooth surfaces without visible brushstrokes. Her highly distinctive works possess a glorious luminosity, rich colour palette and a satisfying simplicity of composition.

In this body of work, Tippett deftly recreates the intricate visual details as well as the profoundly engaging resonance of the objects that filled the studio of celebrated painter Margaret Olley.

In complement to the objects belonging to Olley, Pam has painted an outstanding series of items from her own home, gathered over the years through world travels, local garage sales, friends, family and neighbours. 


A glazed ceramic vase, a chipped enamel milk jug or a simple arrangement of cumquats may resonate with the viewer as familiar, yet when presented through the perceptive eyes of the artist they become elevated; rich, vibrant and utterly enthralling.

Pam Tippett is pictured in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Photography by: Justin Ealand, Bushturkey Studio