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Kara Mandel is an emerging artist living in Melbourne. What began as a therapeutic art practice years ago has evolved into an intimate platform of self-inquiry and devotion to conscious expression. Through a curious exploration of meditative practices, ritual and personal experiences as a woman, she has seen her inner and outer landscapes shift and as such, her work deeply influenced by these moments.

She has long held a deep fascination for the physical/emotional/spiritual body, and how each individual’s personal and collective experience shapes their perceptions of the world, creating the lens through which they define themselves.

The parallels between physical gestation and the incubation of ideas permeate her work, as well as themes of release, collective identity and creation.Utilising painting, printmaking, sculpture, and the body, Kara invites inquiry on behalf of the viewer. The works engage the audience to pause and observe their individual responses to the shapes, use of colour, and line work.

In 2014, she completed a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking at California State University, Chico. Since moving to Melbourne, Kara’s work has been shown in galleries around the city. Her works are in public spaces and private collections in the United States and Australia.




Kara Mandel's exhibition, Surrender / Uncover, is current 29 June – 15 July 2018.




Just a synthesis of the mind, recalling archetypes, gods or figures of disgrace? Works that merge fiber art, digital art, and lurid retro patterns, Richard McCoy’s practice looks at the unreal nature of reality, time and extreme change. After showing his Master's artworks at London's Tate Britain, and conducting the world’s first academic study hybridising 3D printing to cloth - McCoy exhibits internationally, working across art, fashion, and textile design. Like some white-hot past, a draped overlapping of dream, fear and dark joy, his work aims to suggest a broken time, moving and unfinished.




Richard McCoy's exhibition, Synthetic, is current 29 June – 15 July 2018.


Profiled Artist: Spencer Harrison AKA Spenceroni


Spencer Harrison aka Spenceroni is an artist from Australia known for his bold, colourful works. Inspired by his background in science, Spencer draws from the scientific method, building his practice around a methodology of questioning, experimentation and perpetual curiosity. Connecting with modernist movements of the early 1900s, his work explores the boundaries between abstraction, representation, logic and intuition. Developing series based around core ideas but not tied to a single medium, his works venture into painting, sculpture, printmaking and public murals.




Brunswick Street Gallery is proud to present Spencer Harrison aka Spenceroni's wall painting Interbeing in our new, ground floor exhibition space April – August 2018.



Isobel Rayson is an emerging artist based in Canberra, Australia.
 Isobel graduated from the Australian National University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) in Sculpture. Since graduating Rayson has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, participated in residencies and had solo exhibitions in Canberra, Geelong, Sydney and Melbourne. 

Rayson’s work explores mark making as a means to investigate and document ideas of presence and trace. The creation of her latest body of work involves completing daily rituals and routines based on physical mark making that follows a series of directives, including varying parameters, which Rayson establishes prior to commencing each work. The final works become relics that document these routines. With this research, Rayson hopes to examine how her ephemeral presence may be preserved through these traces.




Isobel Rayson's exhibition Time & Trace is current 9 – 22 May 2018.



Ashley McNeil paints from her own personal life experiences and is inspired by classical portraiture, vanitas and memento mori. Using oils, she strives to create paintings that evoke a sense of foreboding and intimidation in her audience and provide a new perspective to the modern day femme identifying form.

Originating from Canada and studying visual arts at the University of Victoria for three and a half years, McNeil ran away from home in search of a different way of life and living. Finding her niche within the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, she has been inspired and challenged by the multitude of talented individuals who contribute to the vibrant Melbourne art and music scene.

McNeil’s new portrait series strives to shine a light on mental illness and her personal experience of panic, anxiety and depression, illustrating what the feelings would look like if they were to be brought to the surface and transformed into physical visceral objects. 




 Ashley McNeil's exhibition Life, Death and Panic Attacks, is current 9 – 22 May 2018.