Art at BGS
Art at Brisbane Grammar School is more than just classes. The Art Department, with the support of the BGS Art Support Group, conducts Artist-in-Residence programs, wine and cheese nights, and much more.
Information on these events and how you can get involved will be updated regularly on this page and through the BGS Art Support Group social media.
The Brisbane Grammar School Art Department is led by passionate and leading teachers, who outside of their teaching responsibilities are accomplished artists in their own right. Learn more about the team at the Art Department headed by Kimberley Kovacevic.
In a world where everyone is a consumer, Kimberley Kovacevic’s multi-disciplinary work challenges contemporary audiences, encouraging viewers to be discerning when presented with imagery.
Kimberley's artwork provides an opportunity to engage and appreciate the natural world; her work is often tactile, organic, and sensitive. Retrospectively, Kimberley has always had an appreciation of nature, which is reflected in her choice to work in mixed media and her use of tactile, organic shapes and sensitive studies of the natural world.
Discovering in her adulthood that her family was of Indigenous heritage from K'gari (Fraser Island) has greatly influenced Kimberley's visual art practice. Kimberley is spiritually drawn to Fraser Island and has reconnected with Fraser's beautiful coastline, wilderness, and wildlife every summer vacation for the past 25 years. A regular camper, Kimberley spends summer holidays camping across Queensland with her sketchbook and watercolours, reconnecting her to the land and sea.
Kimberley's creative and practical affiliation with texture began when studying a dual degree (Creative Industries – Visual Art and Bachelor of Education Sec) at Queensland University of Technology and continues today through her ambitious renovation projects – restoring character homes in Ipswich. Moreover, Kimberley is passionate about education and has a great love of teaching the importance of Visual Arts as a 21st-century skill to boys at Brisbane Grammar School. Kimberley challenges and inspires students, providing opportunities for the boys to experience, reflect and engage in the artmaking process.
Liam Herne is an artist originally from Watford, UK who predominantly works with photographic media and video. Liam studied Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire and after graduating in 2008 exhibited his work around the UK before moving to Australia in 2013. Since then, he has been continuing to his show his work nationally and internationally.
As well as his role as Teacher of Visual Arts at BGS, Liam works as a workshop facilitator for Flying Arts Alliance and Hands On Art. He is currently the coordinator of The Incubator, an art exhibition showcasing the talents of young emerging artists based in Brisbane. This year Liam will also be coordinating the Creative Generations Visual Art exhibition for the Brisbane Metro Region.
The triptych Liam is displaying in Embrace – The Art of Togetherness is entitled Bouquet. The work continues the artist’s interest in exploring how nature and our everyday surroundings can be subverted and reinterpreted using technology – in this case an iPhone.
"I love exploring the notion of 'journey' through my work."
Renee Coombe is a searcher and a traveller; for the last 20 years, Renee has spent most of her adult life working and travelling abroad and has lived in two different countries.
Not surprisingly, Renee's passion for travel has been seminal in her artwork, and her latest works explore the notion of the journey and returning home.
Returning to the cattle farm in Canungra, where she grew up, Renee has always appreciated the land and its resources. Renee has often sourced clay from creek beds, and her approach to making art is direct – straight to the objects in her immediate and natural environment. Found objects, paspalum and grasses became the media of choice as she effortlessly mixes and weaves them into the clay.
Renee enjoys pushing the boundaries of the materials to create mixed media pieces. She has an instinctive vision and creates personal, abstract and unique assemblages. Her artwork is enduring with an earthy beauty reminiscent of her childhood on the cattle farm. Influenced by the natural environment and the materials in her immediate surroundings, Renee's work is an extraordinary journey of discovery, renewal and return, underpinned by unwavering confidence in her intuitive judgement and skill with clay.
A love of photography took Renee to the UK after completing a dual degree at QUT (Bachelor of Creative Industries and Bachelor of Education). Renee taught Art, Media Studies and Photography (traditional darkroom techniques and Digital Photography) at an all-boys school in St Albans, Hertfordshire. It was here that curiosity leads her back to ceramics that she had dabbled with at University. This newfound knowledge and a move to New Zealand saw Renee start her own ceramics business, and for eight years, she wholesaled to gift shops and galleries around New Zealand before making her way home to Australia.
A passion for ceramics and a love of teaching brought Renee Coombe to Brisbane Grammar School.
"Curiosity and creativity have taken me all over the world. As a facilitator and guide, I nurture curiosity and creativity in each of my students. I provide a safe environment where my students are challenged to try new things and take risks through hands-on activities."
"Creating art has been a passion for most of my life."
Lindy's artwork has explored many mediums, but she currently favours painting in oils. "I have always had a fascination for figure drawing and, in particular, the interplay between light and dark," she says.
Lindy's work captures and articulates mood succinctly, depicting people in everyday situations in an uncomplicated style as she delicately describes the effects of light on a subject. Light is a recurring theme in Lindy's paintings, and her work displays mastery of capturing the way light falls upon a subject and carefully depicts the interplay between light and dark and the mood created.
In terms of subject matter, Lindy focuses on painting people, reflections and objects that hold meaning for her. Dabbling in abstract art, many of her paintings have been figurative with some narrative suggestion depicting a moment in time. Lindy's paintings invite the viewer to participate or to enquire. Still-life painting is also of interest to Lindy, who often draws and paints objects that hold significance; while her landscape works have often been more abstract in nature, she shows great attention to detail in her still-life painting.
Lindy is passionate about education and has a great love of teaching drawing and painting. Lindy inspires students to see things differently, providing students with opportunities to experience and fall in love with creating and making art.
Originally from Johannesburg, Lindy completed a Bachelor in Primary Education majoring in Art and English and completed a Bachelor of Education focusing on Mathematical Thinking and Reflections on Teaching.
Additionally, Lindy has conducted art classes and workshops from her home and ran a design and manufacturing company, designing her own clothing range. As a passionate artist and educator, Lindy has belonged to different art studios over time and has exhibited her work in numerous group exhibitions.
Currently, Lindy is a practising artist and teaches Visual Arts at Brisbane Grammar School and describes herself as a ‘figurative oil painter, fascinated with reflections’.
Amanda Stuart was born in the United Kingdom, growing up in a small country village in Kent. Amanda immigrated to Australia in the 1980s and attended Queensland College of Art, studying painting and sculpture.
Amanda grew up in a creative family: her father a musician; her grandmother a professional dancer, comedienne and variety artist; her aunt an author and the Manchester City Art Gallery's Pre-Raphaelite curator. Additionally, her uncle was an author and curator of Britain's National History Museum, where as a child she would spend hours roaming its great halls.
Amanda has been passionate about art, music, and nature from a very young age. She is a daily surfer and her artwork often suggests sentiment for her local surroundings of Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
Amanda Stuart's artwork is characterised by symbolism and allegory and is often multi-layered. She expresses a personal connection to people, places, and objects. Carefully placed symbols give the viewer clues to metaphorical meanings often connected to her life experience.
After a successful career in teaching art and holding senior roles, Amanda decided to devote more of her time and energy to pursue her passion for art. She now divides her time equally between teaching Visual Arts at Brisbane Grammar School and working in her home studio at Moffat Beach.
Amanda has attracted the interests of gallerists and curators. Her artwork can be in private collections and at local Brisbane art gallery, Tiny Tree Cafe. Her works have also been shown in regional art galleries in Noosa and Caloundra, Queensland. Amanda Stuart was selected to exhibit in RAW Natural Born Artists, an international company that facilitates showcases to support visual art, music, and design. In 2019 and 2021, Amanda exhibited the MADS art gallery in Milan, Italy.
Influenced by artists including Margaret Olley, Rosalie Gascoigne and Chris Ofili, Amanda's sculptures and paintings are bright, colourful and eclectic, mixing ideas and images from different contexts and creating whimsical creatures or paintings that tell a story.
Brightly coloured and patterned, Amanda's work can at times be whimsical and humorous or dramatic and atmospheric as she explores her imagination and life experiences.
Maxim is a freelance documentary photographer who is currently experimenting with and exploring the process of cyanotype prints. Cyanotype is a 19th-century photographic printing process. The cyanotype process is related to the natural world, science, and blueprints. A deep shade of Prussian blue characterises the prints.
Maxim's imagery is empathetic, and his prints are strongly reminiscent of the ephemerality of the natural world and the process of capturing memories.
Maxim's latest prints are atmospheric, layered and quietly celebrates the beauty in nature. As with all non-digital photography, there is mystery and chance with each new print, and the process of creating these works is highly experimental. There is a joy in this kind of experimentation that can be felt when you view Maxim's work as he continues to push this media's boundaries.
Maxim studied a Bachelor of Photography at the Queensland College of Art and currently tutors photography at Brisbane Grammar School. Additionally, he has prepared entries for the Camera Obscura GPS Photography Competition.
Maxim works at Brisbane Grammar School in the Art Department as a Teachers' Aide. He assists Visual Arts teachers with lesson preparations, organising classroom materials, practical classwork, and photographic support. He also takes photography for class activities, artwork documenting and promotion.
Maxim has exhibited at the Queensland College of Art galleries, and the Brisbane Grammar School and Toowoomba Grammar School Art Shows.
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