I paint familiar shapes coupled with an abstract approach and a plan to create visually uplifting works inspired by the natural beauty, colours and patterns found in the environment.
I begin with three layers of Gesso to give my work a solid base. The first layer is grey followed by two white. My next step (in many but not all artworks) is to freely cover the entire canvas with overlapping colours using a variety of paints, my favourite being Atelier flow and Interactive. As I work I am thinking of balance, colour, contrast, harmony. Once I am satisfied with the overall effect, I then search for interesting colour combinations, that I keep and form into whatever shape I am working with. The rest I paint over. In many of my paintings I use touches of reflective media including real gold leaf before enhancing some of the designs with high gloss resin. Lastly I sign my artwork and apply a protective seal.
I am particularly inspired by my time spent around the coast, both on land and underwater. The combination of my studies in Art and Design, experience working as a designer, clay modellor and dive-master has all helped to influence and form my full time art practice.
My intention is to create works that evoke memories of places and time or just create an uplifting feeling. I work with a purpose of forming interesting colour combinations, complex and varied within my shapes.
Irene was born in Melbourne where she studied Art and Design. She is a qualified Industrial Designer and a PADI Divemaster.
Irene has recently returned to Melbourne (2014) after living in Tropical North Queensland for 27 years.
Art in Tune, Mornington Art Exhibition,
Colours and Contrasts (Solo Exhibition) Eagles Nest Gallery, Bayside Art Show, Surf Coast Arts Exhibition, Moonee Valley Art Show, Bundoora Homestead Art Show, Mornington Art Exhibition,
Linden Postcard Show, Surf Coast Arts Exhibition, Bayside Art Show, Camberwell Art Show
Bayside Art Show, Camberwell Art Show
Oct 2013 Tanks Art Centre Cairns, Artists of the North 'Circle of Life' AWARD: Grand prize winner
Dec 2012 Cairns Regional Gallery, CAS 66th annual exhibition
Surf Coast Arts
Anglesea Art House
1977 - 1981 Ford Motor Co. Automotive Clay Modeler
1982 Channel 9 Studios Set Designer
1983 - 1986 Ford Motor Co. Automotive Color and Trim Designer
1987 - 1990 Mike Ball Watersports PADI Divemaster
1990 - 2014 Irene Majer Designs Mother and Self employed Artist producing art, textiles and ceramics.
Irenes works are held in many private collections around the world.