Genevieve Bessell-Browne

Genevieve creates intricately detailed works. Kitsch ornaments and patterns inspired by vintage fabrics predominate in a loving exploration of retro nostalgia.

In her ‘Mexicali’ series, cacti are rendered with the faithful eye of the botanical artist. Genevieve has always had a love of nature and finds great inspiration in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, particularly amongst the primal, ‘sculptural’ forms in the cacti garden; ‘cacti are fascinating, they are survivors!’

Genevieve paints with acrylics on beautifully constructed locally made canvases. The acrylics allow her to create an incredibly smooth finish and her depiction of vintage patterns and botanical subjects is almost photographic. Flattened renderings of fabric backgrounds suggest tableclothed surfaces, from which potted cacti visually project in a three-dimensional display. This juxtaposition of flattened graphic patterns and realistic flora is something to behold; her small-sized canvases beckon you in for a closer look.

Genevieve’s studio is decorated with an amazing array of vinatge ceramics and fabrics, and it is not hard to spot characters and patterns that feature in her work. Decorative pots and donkey figurines nuzzle-up to Clarice Cliff porcelain and cute 50s ceramic children. Kimonos, vintage teatowels and scarfs are draped over the backs of chairs. These are particuraly inspriational and often versions of these fabrics find their way into the background of Genevieve’s paintings.

In her 'City vs. Nature' series, Genevieve plays with the concept of the city souvenir by utilizing the aesthetic of vintage souvenir scarves in designs of her own making. Here, floral and cacti imagery is incorporated into her city scenes within the graphic, pared-down style of vintage fabric patterns. These cacti and flowers float above the icons of cityscapes in juxtapositions of nature and the built environment; yet, a shared aesthetic unites these disparate elements: harmony is found in design.

Genevieve usually creates small works and enjoys working up-close, focusing on one aspect of the canvas at a time. This careful approach is recognisable in the incredible detail in her works.

Genevieve has attained a BA/Dip Education, majoring in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney, as well as an MA in Applied Linguistics and a Diploma in Digital Graphics. She currently works part-time doing botanical illustration and designing and editing publications.

New Works!

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Mexicali

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City Vs. Nature

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