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Merry Sparks Self Portrait

Merry Sparks – Self-Portrait

Merry Sparks

I am a visual artist based in Brisbane, Australia, and I am influenced by Pop Art, Street Art, Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams and John Olsen.

I have a wild imagination, a passion for nature and I paint a variety of subjects including motorsport; modern icons; cool “Australiana”; modern adolescents; distorted views of the world, playing with exaggeration of size; contemporary abstracts; and scapes with a little whimsy. All are painted with intrigue, eccentricity, sensitivity and beautiful colour sense.

Individual Exhibitions

ECC Lighting and Furniture, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Pullman and Mercure Hotels “In For A Quickie”, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – 2016, 2017
Ibis Styles Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – 2016
Tosari Galleries, Toowoomba, Australia – 2014
C Gallery “Merry Sparks Pops Australia”, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – 2012
Brisbane Art Expo, Queensland, Australia – 2012
Solo Exhibition at RM Galleries, Hamilton, Queensland, Australia – 2007
Guest Artist, Simon’s Gourmet Gallery, Chapel Hill, Queensland, Australia 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Solo Exhibition at Xotique, Milton, Queensland, Australia – 2000

Selected Group Exhibitions and Art Prizes

The Breslin Gallery – “Eclectika”, Melbourne, Australia – 2013
Sunshine Coast Art Prize – 2014, Finalist, 2015 – Finalist
Tattersalls “Outback To Ocean”, Brisbane, Australia – 2016
Ipswich Art Awards, Queensland, Australia – 2012, 2017 First Prize Contemporary 2013, First Prize Contemporary 2014, 2015
C Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – September 2012, November 2012
Clayton Utz Launch Award Finalist, Queensland, Australia – 2012
Lethbridge Small Scale Art Prize, Queensland, Australia – Finalist 2012, 2013, 2016
Grammar Art Show, Queensland, Australia – 2011, 2012, 2013
Hillsdon Art Show, Queensland, Australia – 2011, 2013
Nona Galleries, Brisbane Institute of Art, Queensland, Australia – “Ten Plus One” exhibition – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery – “Gallery Walk”, Queensland, Australia – 2008
Nona Galleries, Brisbane Institute of Art, Queensland, Australia – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Kiln Gallery, “Wonderland Exhibition”, Queensland, Australia – 2008
RM Galleries, Queensland, Australia – 2006, 2007
Tracey Keller Gallery, Queensland, Australia – 2005
Art Promotions Queensland “Bushstrokes”, Waterfront Place, Queensland – 2005
Art Promotions Queensland “Bluecare Exhibition”, Queensland, Australia – 2005
Indooroopilly Montessori Preschool Art Show, Queensland, Australia – 2004
Indooroopilly State School Exhibition, Queensland, Australia – 2001, 2003
Annual Courier Mail Home Show Exhibition, Queensland, Australia – 2003
Annual Pine Rivers Exhibition, Queensland, Australia – 2002
Red Works, Queensland, Australia – 2001
Corso De Fiori, Queensland, Australia – 2000
Black and Spiro, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia – 2000
James Renwick Gallery, Queensland, Australia – 2000
Annual Rotary Art Exhibition, South Australia – 1998
Blackwood Art Exhibition, South Australia – 1998

Other Art Prize Entries

Blake Prize – 2014
Animals With Attitude – 2014
Sir John Sulman Prize – 2013
Archibald Prize – 2009, 2012
Clayton Utz Launch Award 2013, 2014
Fleurieu Art Prize, South Australia, Australia – 2013
Moran National Portrait Prize – 2012
Sunshine Coast Art Prize – 2012
Gold Coast Art Prize – 2012
Churchie Art Prize – 2012
Mossman Art Prize – 2011

Charities Supported

Daniel Morcombe Foundation – 2014
Guide Dogs Queensland – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Butterfly Babies – 2013
SecondBite – 2012
Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Foundation – 2012
Redkite Foundation – 2012, 2013
St Peters Lutheran College – 2007
“Henry’s Tent” in support of Brisbane Royal Women’s and Children’s Hospital – 2005
Cancer Research – 2004

Publications

My Place Our Place Magazine – 2017
The Examiner – 2016
Porsche International “Woman With Drive” – 2016
Porsche Club Queensland – 2014, 2015, 2016
Epoch Times – 2013, 2015
Christophorus (Porsche International) – 2014
Toowoomba Magazine – 2014
Sunday Mail, U Magazine – 2013, 2014
Brisbane News – 2012
Courier Mail – 2012, 2016
Westside News – 2008, 2012

Artist in Residence

Ibis Styles Hotel, Brisbane, Australia – 2016

Public Art

Table Tennis tables at Florey Park, Birtinya, Australia – 2016

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Some people might mis-spell my name when trying to find me. Common misspellings may be Merri Sparks, Mary Sparks, Merry Sparkes or Mary Sparkes.

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