Pamela Gough … Australian narrative Landscape Artist
“Beneath what we can see, are the dreams and plans of those who have gone before us, those who lived and loved and built up the place that we are blessed with today.” ©PmGough2006
Pamela Gough's contemporary cityscapes are historical narratives featuring character houses and historical maps. Inspired by the stories behind the houses and the patterns in the landscape, Pam’s paintings scratch at the surface of life to reveal the spirit of a place, especially in her own backyard of Brisbane, Queensland.
Often embedded with the illustrative detail of antique maps and ancient symbols, her works make connections to the past and look for direction on the everyday map of life. From the whimsical houses dancing on ridges; the texture of corrugated roofs and palings to the triangles of red and white roofs and the ever present calming blue skies, her works celebrate life and spirit and invite the viewer to take a deeper look at what’s in their own backyard.
Born in Brisbane, Pam has a Diploma in Visual Arts and has studied a wide variety of art forms since the 80s. From iIluminated manuscripts and European traditional Art (storytelling and symbolism) to Associate Diploma in Creative Arts - taught by Australian Artist Bill Robinson. In the 1990s Pam built and ran her own decorative art business "Final Touch-decorative art” and painted “house portrait” commissions, and taught art.
She returned to study in 2006 and when researching and illustrating her project book “My Brisbane”, she discovered the joys of being “a tourist in her own town” and what little she knew about it. From that turning point, her art blossomed with the BCC community project and series “Mitchie Turns 150”, in 2007. That energy and creativity, combining history and landscape, expanded through to her "Qld 150" series in 2009 with "Impact on Moreton Bay" unveiling Pam's work as a Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize Finalist.
Pam continued to explore more deeply the spirit of the places she visits. The "My Town" 2011 series in the aftermath of the Brisbane Floods celebrated community, and "Coast to Home" 2012 explored Queenslanders' love affair with the beach. Being a tourist in her own country was inspiring and endlessly rewarding, and her 2013 solo exhibition “Take Me There” summarised that.
“In My Backyard”2014 was a closer look at Brisbane character housing and 2015 finds Pamela connecting closer with her celtic heritage in her far-reaching exhibition “The Way Back Home”, after her first trip to Europe & Ireland. She was forced to cancel her 2016 & 17 exhibitions due to a hand injury, and shoulder reconstruction surgery, but her love of maps, scouting around and the healing powers of nature saw Pam back on board for the 2018 exhibition of new and retrospective “historic” pieces to celebrate the places that have captured her heart and soul “Around the Place 2018”.
Pam continues to paint Commissions or House Protraits, capturing the story of a family, their home and their special place which provides an opportunity for her to travel other journeys and experience shared stories.
2019 Feature Artist – Queensland Homes Magazine April- Sept issue
2018 MORETON BAY FOUNDATION adopted image.“ Outback to Moreton
2016 Finalist STANTHORPE ART PRIZE ,
2013 2nd Prize Contemporary Painting, Nundah Village Festival 2013
2012 Sunday Mail "U on Sunday" full page article "From the Hills to the Sea" re upcoming solo Exhibition
2010 Emerging Artist Prize, Nundah Village Art Festival 2010
2010 People's Choice Award - Bluewater Festival 2010 & "Artscape" Sandgate Town Hall & St. Patricks College
2009 FINALIST TATTERSALLS 20th ANNIVERSARY LANDSCAPE ART PRIZE
2006 Highly Commended Green Dragon Art Competition - Brisbane
PAMELA GOUGH Brisbane Narrative Landscape Artist SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022 “GROUNDED” IMPRESS Printmakers GALLERY, Wooloowin, Brisbane
2020 “ROAD TRIP ” to Hill End cancelled due to Covid …on-line instead
2018 “AROUND THE PLACE” Graydon Gallery, New Farm, Brisbane
2015 “BRISBANE’S STORY” Commissariat Store ,Royal Historical Society of Qld,
2015 “THE WAY BACK HOME” Graydon Gallery, New Farm, Bris.
2014 "IN MY BACKYARD” Graydon Gallery, New Farm , Brisbane
2013 "TAKE ME THERE" Graydon Gallery, New Farm, Brisbane
2012 "COAST TO HOME" Art Factory Gallery, South Brisbane
2011 "MY TOWN " (Brisbane Floods) 2011 Art Factory Gallery
2010 "ALONG THOSE LINES" Art Factory Gallery, South Brisbane
HIGHLIGHTS - AWARD & ACHIEVEMENT & EXHIBITION as at 2023
2023 Group Exhibition – “BRISBANE THREE WAYS” with Jan Jorgensen and Debra Hood, Gallery 6.31, Bowen Hills
2020 March – Toowoomba Grammar School Art Exhibition – on-line
2019 Sep - Tattersalls “Brisbane River” Exhibition Waterfront Place
2019 - Pop Up Exhibition – BCC Gaythorne Community Festival
2019 - Rotary Spectacular Art Awards finalist,Central Plaza, Brisbane
2019 May - Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards Finalist Pine Riv. Gallery,
2015 Guest Artist at Queensland SEPARATION DAY Celebrations at the Commissariat Store, RHSQ.
Finalist MORETON BAY REGIONAL ART AWARDS Exhibitions 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
2017-2009 TATTERSALLS annual Exhibition, Tattersalls Club and Waterfront Place, Brisbane
Rotary Art Spectacular Group Exhibitions – Riverside Centre, Brisbane 2011,2012,2013, 2014,2016, 2017
2014 Radio Interviews with 4BC and 4MBS regarding solo Exhibition “In My Backyard” 2014
2012 Feature Artist “Artspace” Art Exhibition, Padua College 2012
2012 "Our House” Exhibition with Elisabeth Lawrence & Randel Breen, Pine Rivers Gallery
2011 Feature Artist "Love Ya Brisbane" Hillsdon Community Art Festival 2011
2010 Group Exhibitions at Martin Galleries, Nundah
2009 Finalist in the "RQAS Artstate" Awards – Exhibition, Parliament House, Brisbane 2009
2009 Finalist - BARI Festival Exhibition Kiln Gallery, Paddington
• 2009-2011 Sanctuary Cove Art Festival Group Exhibitions, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland
• 2009 Latrobe Terrace Paddington “Gallery Walk” Percolator Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane
• 2006 Highly Commended in the Green Dragon Art Competition Central Plaza , Brisbane
Aspire gallery, Paddington
Pam wrote and illistrated the book "My Brisbane" 2006
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