Daily creative pursuits

New Works for August

art dolls, hand painted cloth dolls

Work in progress for August, Lightbox exhibition.

It's going to be a busy year 2019, with 4 exhibitions. Starting of in July at Nolan's Gallery at Salamanca Art's Centre with Elizabeth Barsham and myself filling the gallery with our dark and gothic art works to coincide with Dark Mofo. Then in August is the light box gallery..the glass box display cabinet outside the Salamanca Art's Centre. September at Deopard Gallery for another group exhibition then my end of year solo exhibition at Side Space, Salamanca Art's Centre.


Wrestlers Exhibition

WRESTLERS WRESTLING IN BOXES exhibition Larger than life, hairy and sweaty men in tights, Mario Milano, Killer Karl Kox and King Curtis were household names, loved and watched by thousands across the suburbs of Australia during
the 60s and 70s.
At our home in the western suburbs of Sydney it was no different.
My brothers and I would watch the wrestling with our dad every Sunday morning while our mum prepared the Sunday roast.
Wrestlers of the 1970s were predominantly  migrant men imported to establish and promote Australian wrestling.
Along with the inventive stage names came extravagant personalities and colourful dialogue.
The flamboyant choreographed fighting was as creative as the titles given to particular holds and moves.
My dolls are fabric, stitched, stuffed, hand painted and boxed.

Their shapes are stylized action figures capturing the theatrics of wrestling  and painted in a manner of vintage sideshow posters.

If you wish to purchase one of these fine fellows a catalog with price list can be found HERE


Exhibition works in progress

For a long time now I've been wanting to make hand painted fabric soft sculptures, so when the oppurtunity arose to join with fellow visual artists for a group exhibition at #Rosny Barn. The title "Follow Your Shadow" was the perfect theme for a series of work I started some years back and to create a few new pieces.


 Fabric toadstools in progress

 Little Red Cap

Bear in progress








Character Lighting final

colour version

Overall pretty happy with the final illustration, I loved using the texture brushes..defiantly will need to be doing this more.


Character lighting

Working on my lighting...not as easy as I thought it was going to be..great exercise to understand the contours of your characters face and body. I have dabbled a bit in 3D animation which I think helps a bit ..think I need to loosen up more..the last two were finished in less time than the first two and I like them better..I'll keep going...




Cyclosa Design By Nature / Sarah Schmidt

Maddy Rayward / Designer/writer/maker

Janelle Walker / Designer/photographer



 self portrait







Grace Garton is an artist based in Hobart, Tasmania.

After graduating in bachelor of visual arts at City Art Institute, Sydney in 1985, she took up as an assistant animator at Hana Barbera in Sydney. Between 1987 and 2016 Grace has worked for many animation studios around Australia and worked as a freelance illustrator for studios and individuals overseas.

Since 2006 Grace started her own small business making and selling her art and dolls and exhibiting her paintings and fabric sculptures. Her work has sold all over the world and has been published in several magazines.

Grace is currently a resident artist at Salamanca Art's Centre, she teaches art  and watercolour classes to children and adults at Nolan School of Art.

Her work can be found at the Nolan Gallery and Despard Gallery.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 October, Lightbox Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, Wrestlers Wrestling In Boxes

2018 August, Studio Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, A Tale Or Two From Pontville

2012 April, Rebecca Roth, SalamancaArt's Centre, ‘Boys Own’ series

2011, September, Rebecca Roth, Salamanca Art's Centre, ‘Childhood Memories’ series

2011 June. Rebecca Roth, Salamanca Art's Centre, ‘Enchanted Forest Series’

1998 Corner Hotel, Melbourne, paper collage


Selected Exhibitions

2018 Nolan Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, Nectar

2018 Studio Gallery, Salamanca Art's Centre, 40 x 40 Exhibition

2012 Catz Pyjamas Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne

2012 Feather Your Nest Exhibition, Gleaners Inc, Brunswick, Melbourne

2011 Winter Brooch Exhibition, Salamanca, Hobart, Rebecca Roth

2010 Rainy Days exhibition, Cube art & Design, Tasmania

2010 Dragonfly gallery, Hurstbridge, Victoria

2010 SJS Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Sojna Gallery, Tasmania

2001 Customs House Gallery, Melbourne

1992 Flora and Fauna Art Exhibition, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden

1992 Bett Gallery, Tasmanian Naive Art Exhibition, Hobart

1981 Fishers Ghost Exhibition, Sydney

1991 Battery Point Art Gallery, Tasmania


Private collections, Australia, United Kingdom, Wales, Spain, France, USA, Netherlands