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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Championing her love for light, shape, reflection and nature, Antoinette Ferwerda is a renowned Australian artist largely recognised for producing a bold collection of fine artwork that joyfully explores the geometry of shape inspired from the earth below to the stars above.
Antoinette’s backstory reads like something out of an adventure series. Residing in remote pockets of Papua New Guinea, Darwin, and extended periods of time travelling throughout Europe exploring her family heritage, then settling back in Melbourne for her formative years.
Her signature work is abundant with colour and texture, resulting in a transparent quality. Adaptable to any palette with a diversity of spectrums and mediums. Sun soaked, muted and ethereal, metallic, vibrant or monochromatic.
Antoinette’s themes include abstract and metaphysical interpretations of life and the natural world as she explores the magic of her Australian surrounds, season-to-season.
THE GALLERY
Her fine art and bespoke designs can be viewed in her working studio and gallery in Brighton East, Victoriawith collections selectively available through a range of galleries and retailers both nationally and internationally.
ARTISTIC PROCESS

Antoinette's mixed media paintings are produced using the highest quality artisan products and processes.   

Professional acrylic polymer paints, oil pastels, inks and layers of hand-cut and hand-painted collage are applied to the highest grade, cotton canvas.

Antoinette also likes to explore and experiment with different materials such as cotton rag art paper and claybord.

Every original painting is finished with multiple layers of professional art sealant, to fortify, protect and ensure the longevity of your painting. 

 Click here to read how it all began over on The Design Files.

THE TEAM

Antoinette Ferwerda, better known around here as 'Nette', is our Principal Artist and Gallery Director. 

Her abstract paintings are somehow familiar and represent personal interpretations of things around her, including the natural world, landscapes, stars, flowers and urban structures. Painting empowers her to connect with a deeper part of herself; something that is instinctive, magical and unique. 

"Art connects people. I love what I produce. If what I paint resonates with people, then that is a powerful, human connection." - Antoinette Ferwerda
  

Pip Thompson, General Manager at Antoinette Ferwerda Gallery is affectionately known as our ‘Director of First Impressions’. Pip brings a wealth of design, customer service and high end retail experience to the Gallery.


A Graphic Designer by trade, Pip previously owned her own creative businesses, and over the years has managed a number of boutique retail homeware stores in Melbourne. Pip has an innate ability to help select the right art for any interior, helping create beautiful spaces and experiences that are warm and ambient.


With years of experience in interior design and client relationships, Pip brings a trained eye and professional knowledge to both residential and commercial projects.

"Art is so subjective. In my experience, the right piece finds you. It'll speak to you and somehow evoke an emotion." - Pip Thompson 

 

In a true moment of creative timing and serendipity, Celina joined the team at Antoinette Ferwerda Gallery. An Artist herself and an RMIT Fine Arts graduate, Celina is our Studio Production Manager, working closely with Nette in the studio and Pip in the gallery.

Being part of the AF team means Celina draws upon her diverse skill set and vast knowledge of art production methods, materials and art history which makes her a great asset. This combined with a passion and enthusiasm for visual arts means she is always ready to adapt to whatever tasks are required including studio production, marketing and photo shoots to name just a few. 

Visual art is so fascinating to me, it is like getting a peek into someone else’s head. I am so grateful that I get to be surrounded by art everyday” - Celina Klohk

 

 

SUPPLIERS & COLLABORATORS 
Antoinette Ferwerda wishes to thank the following professional suppliers:

State of the Art Framing
Greg O’Shea - greg@osheahouse.com.au

Print Workshop
Thomas Farinacci -  info@printworkshop.com.au

Lantern Printing

Karl Stamer - hello@lanternprinting.com

Tim Clarkson Art Transport

0422 137 657
tim@arttransport.com.au

Hung By Cam
Cam Bishop - hungbycam.com.au 

Shop Antoinette’s latest pieces or brief a custom commission today.