Born in Western Australia, currently living and working on the Sunshine Coast, figurative artist Michelle Selway Lampard infuses emotion in allegorical subjects with the richness and complexity that is synonymous with the human experience.
Adopting a practical approach that combines blending, building, edging and scraping, the artist uses abundant negative space in order to establish composition.
Integral to her interpretation of subject, Lampard uses physical traits as foundation with which to tell a story of the more intimate representations of personality or circumstance. This narrative is often portrayed in what appears to be a mundane scene, yet the moment is pertinent to the translation of the emotion at hand.
The artist states, “With a background in management, I have come to appreciate the complexity of communication through passive means such as posture or gesture, including what ‘isn’t said’…I hope my work presents the strength and provocation for personal interpretation.”
Among her successes, Lampard has illustrated books for leading publishing companies, including Scholastic Australia, Harper Collins and Five Mile Press. She was a finalist in the Cowra Calleen Art Prize.
1996 – 1998 Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, University of Westminster UK
2016 – Current – Visual Contemporary Artist
2007 – Current – Illustrator/Designer for Australian Giftware and Souvenir business.
2007 – Current – Children’s book illustrator for leading publishing companies including Scholastic Australia, Harper Collins and Five Mile Press.
1994 – 2007 – Human resources Manager/ Consultant to various organisations in London, UK and Australia.
2019 Finalist – Clayton Utz Art Awards
2018 Finalist – Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award (High Commendation)
2017 Finalist – Cowra Calleen Art Prize
2017 Category Winner – Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award
2017 Finalist – Manning Art Prize
2017 Finalist – Clayton Utz Art Prize (High Commendation)
2017 Entrant – Archibald Portrait Prize (Alan Mackay-Sim) – painting donated to Griffith University.
2019 Threesome International Group Show, 19 Karen Gallery, Mermaid Beach QLD, AUS
2018 Group Exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery , Bulimba QLD