Cel Pallas - Hones
As any artist, I am passionate about what I do. I will not make this a 'flowery' description of what makes me do what I do, but instead, I will just tell it like it is.
Firstly let me just say, I love art. I love form. I also love the freedom art gives me to express myself. Over the years my style has changed. I was trying to find a genre that fit me. A style that made me challenge myself.
I have been using acrylics for the convenience of its quick drying capabilities and this was a brilliant learning medium for me. I now do a lot of my work in oils. This has allowed me to take my time to develop my technique.
I get my inspiration from what is around me at the time. I have no set formula as to what my subjects will be, I just paint what I feel at that moment. Having said this, a lot of thought process happens with what I put to canvas and for this reason, I tend to do a lot of research into my choice of subject.
Born: Melbourne - 1957
Educated: Tafe - NSW Sydney Institute, Ultimo: 1994 to 1997
First in Floral Art and Design, 1994 and
Completed Floristry Course with Distinction, 1997.
Jannali Girls High: 1971 to 1973.
Brighton Technical College, Melbourne, Victoria: 1968 to 1970.
Work History: Freelance Window Dressing: 1987 to 2002
Freelance Graphic Art Work: 1979 to 1985
Window Dresser in Women's fashion Industry: 1974 to 1979
2008 I was commissioned to provide artworks for Hones La Hood Lawyers at North Sydney NSW. Twenty contemporary works were completed over an eight month period and provided as requested.
2010 - Wedding Invite M&M
2011 - GFC 2
2011 - Passion Nectar of the Gobs
2013 - Untitled - beach sunset scene
2013 - Trees
2013 - Dandenongs
2017 - Sophia
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2013 - Semi-finalist
Mosman Art Prize 2013 - Finalist
Gainsborough Greens Art Awards 2012 - Finalist
Art Toppling Tobacco Art Prize 2012 - Finalist
Scope Gallery Warrnambool Art Prize 2012 - Finalist
Mosman Art Prize 2011 - Finalist
The Art Hall Group Annual Exhibition 2017
The Paddington Art Prize Salon Show 2013
City vs Nature Group Exhibition 2013
Love Moments Group Exhibition 2012
Eclettico Solo Exhibition 2011
I was born in 1957 in Melbourne, Victoria. I am one of eleven children, of a strict Catholic and musical family. My Italian father liked to paint. From a young age I recall his painting of red underpants on a clothes line against a backdrop of a typically grey Melbourne suburban scene. This scene with its contrasts impacted on me greatly and even at this young age, I knew I wanted to be an artist.
At age 13, I moved to Sydney with my Mother and two younger siblings. When I left school, I was employed as a Window Dresser and this was a benefit to me, as it gave me a real understanding of design and colour.
After a lengthy career in design and display, I decided I needed a change and took up Floristry, but soon realized this wasn’t what I really wanted to do, there was this underlying need to do art. I wanted to become a painter. Whenever I had the opportunity I would draw or paint and when finally time and finances allowed, I was able to take up art on a fulltime basis.
As a self taught artist, I follow my own philosophy on art and have forged my own style to express on canvas what I see and feel. I now describe myself as a Visionary Realist Artist, with a Contemporary edge.
I will continue to challenge myself with artistic techniques which push the boundaries and hone my skills as an artist. I want to look back at my art and feel fulfilled in my life's work.