The rainforest setting of Kuranda has been and continues to be an inspiration for artists. Over the years, Kuranda has attracted some great artists to reside in or near the village.
Although Kuranda's population only represents 2% of the Far North Queensland population, it is the lifestyle home to 16% of the Region's artists.
Angela Meyer - Fine Artist
Angela Meyer grew up in the rainforest of Kuranda and still calls Kuranda home. Her work is in many public and private collections.
David H Stacey - Fine Artist
Acclaimed artist, David Stacey, has lived in Kuranda since the 1980s.
Mollie Bosworth - Cermamic Artist
Contemporary studio porcelain is the main focus of her
current practice. Mollie Bosworth is a member of the
Kuranda Arts Cooperative.
Shona Ballantyne - Fine Artist
Shona Ballantyne is a member of the Kuranda Arts Cooperative
Toni Rogers - International Photographic & Fibre Artist
The image pictured to the right is a 2009 award winning fibre
piece entitled 'Ohaka Tapu' (Sacred Nest). Toni Rogers works
through her Cantata Studio in Kuranda. Toni draws heavily
from nature recognising the importance of natural images in
conservation and education.
Toni has exhibited her photography and fibre art since 1974 and her artworks are held in private collections throughout the world. Toni's fibre work is described as 'Oceanic Art'. She uses sculptural fibre and works with extremely broad definitions of fibre. Toni considers weaving fibre as an art of assemblage and juxtaposition; the satisfaction lies in making an inventive whole out of disparate parts. Toni Rogers is a member of the Kuranda Arts Cooperative.
Peter Thompson - Woodfire Potter
Peter Thompson was initially self-taught in ceramics through the 1970s and early eighties using Anglo-Oriental influences of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada.
Formal and informal study was carried out in Australia, China, USA and Japan. Study in the USA provided direct exposure to ceramic artists using influences of Abstract Expressionism in their work. Contact with a number of North American and Australian artists from several disciplines has reinforced and directed his own tendencies toward gestural and expressionist line and form.
Peter Thompson's studio practice began in Kuranda in 1975 and concentrates on simple abstractions of classic vessels, which have evolved from a functional base into a purely aesthetic dimension. Relying on the interplay of surface and form, craftsmanship and the control of accidental effects, the work is intended to express elements of inspired clumsiness and directness of approach, within a simple vessel format and to reflect a ceremonial or ornamental presence.
Peter Thompson has concentrated for some years on the use of local raw materials. A reliance on unrefined local materials must be worked with and impurities accepted. A familiarity with the medium evolves, encouraging spontaneity and directness.
Peter Thompson has exhibited widely and is represented in international, national, private and public collections.
Téval (Henri Hunsinger)
Téval is the name used by visual artist Henri Hunsinger for his more figurative works. Born in 1938 in Paris he has exhibited in several countries in South and North America. In 1989 he established his
studio in Kuranda, Far North Queensland. He draws inspiration
from his tropical surroundings. Henri Hunsinger is a member of
the Kuranda Arts Cooperative.
Irene creates original paintings, as well as hand painted ceramics. She studied art and design in Melbourne, where she was born and is a qualified industrial designer and Padi divemaster. Kuranda has been Irene's home for many years and she gains inspiration for her artwork through the colours, shapes and movement found in the environment. Corporate gifts also available. Irene Majer is a member of the Kuranda Arts Cooperative.
Born in Germany 1952, Klaus Brucksch has studied and
worked for many years as a scientist in Germany. When
he migrated to Australia in the mid 1980s he conducted
his own business as a stained glass artist, specializing
in ecclesiastical designs and restorations. In the early
nineties he developed a new form of glass fusing and
created glass ornaments and jewellery with striking
colours and great individuality. In 2005, Klaus moved
from a 20 years Tasmanian experience, where most of
his stained glass art windows can be observed, to Kuranda, another rainforest paradise. Today Klaus produces his unique fused glass pendants in a market shop in Kuranda from where they go to all corners of the world.
Major stained glass commissions
'Path of Life' (6 windows) - Strathhaven Retirement Home Chapel, Strathglen, Hobart, TAS
'Kirby Memorial Window' - St David's Cathedral, Hobart, TAS
'History of Time' (before settlement till now, 8 pieces)
Public Bar 'Knopwood's Retreat', Salamanca PLace, Hobart, TAS
'Rainforest Scene' - Forest & Heritage Centre, Geeveston, TAS
'McDougall Memorial Window' - St Patrick's Church,
Sandy Bay, TAS
6 Individual Memorial Windows - Catholic Church,
St Marys, TAS
'St Barbabas' Path of Life' & 3 Memorial Windows - St Barnabas
Church, Scottsdale, TAS,
6 Individual Memorial Windows, Catholic Church, St Helens, TAS
'St Mark's Window' - St Mark Church, Bridport, TAS
10 years participation in the yearly 'Deloraine Craft Fair' - 1996 to 2004
Feature article in the 'Craft Arts International' No. 36, 1994
and a link to his other works click here http://qualitygemsminerals.com/my-fused-glass-work-ezp-6.html
Margaret Genever's work consists principally of drawings and prints, including the traditional forms of relief and intaglio, as well as combinations of old and new print mediums such as photopolymer and archival pigment prints. She makes the occasional foray into installation
and other art forms. Outside of exhibition themes, works emerge from a range of experiences and situations. In the main though, social and environmental issues are a principal focus. Her images often include humanimals created from domestic dogs or wild animals, and are ironic or occasionally more whimsical reflections on human relations with animals, domestic and wild.
Margaret is a member of the Kuranda Arts Cooperative.
Image details: McFood for Fishers, 2011, 26x37cm,
archival pigment print from orignal drawings and
Buck Richardson has been active across many art forms since arriving in Tropical North Queensland in 1980, such as photography, graphic art, fabric printing, writing, publishing and theatre. In recent years he has gained prominence as a digital artist winning many awards.
Buck’s visual work has always been influenced by his love of the natural beauty that surrounds us, from the monumental to the minute. Over recent years he has taken a special interest in the amazing moths of our region.
He published his book, Mothology : Discover the Magic – Moths and Moth Art from the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics of Queensland Australia, using his photographs of over 500 different species. Buck is a member of the Kuranda Arts Cooperative.
Artist and owner of Din Din Aboriginal Arts
Contact: Briana Enoch
Mobile: +61 (0)478 102 017
Terry is a glass artist and one of the founders
of The Kuranda Arts Cooperative.
Contact: Terry Eager
Phone: +61 (0)7 4093 7492