BRANCHING OUT: Red Rock artist Carmel Debreuil.
BRANCHING OUT: Red Rock artist Carmel Debreuil. TREVOR VEALE/ The

Unique art receives accolades

FIRST Sydney and now Brisbane - local artist Carmel Debreuil is taking the Australian art scene by storm.

The artist, recognised for her quirky paintings of children on ply, is making her Brisbane debut in a huge solo with more than 30 pieces.

"I'm so excited to finally have a chance to bring my work to Brisbane," Carmel said.

"It's such a vibrant city with a cool arts and culture scene. Queensland has so much colour and life and I think the kids in my paintings will feel right at home."

In the last two years alone Carmel has participated in an incredible 17 group shows, seven solo shows, a variety of art fairs and juried competitions including the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize and the Wilson Prize in which she was a finalist.

She has created well over 250 pieces and is in constant demand. Debreuil's work has been profiled in magazines and online blogs including The Bubble out of the UK, The Design Tribe by Katrina and Aimee from the Block, Mamamia and Brisbane's very own Scenstr.

With a cast of children whose stance and attitude is full of the bravado, nonchalance and swagger of youth, Debreuil's work has a sense of nostalgia and humour.

"I see kids as these amazing creatures that are perfectly imperfect. I love that they want to hang out with a giant squirrel while wearing a Viking helmet and cowboy boots."

Debreuil has shown her work in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan and creates original pieces for gallery shows and private sales and commissioned pieces.

Carmel's work will be showing at the Brisbane Modern Art Gallery from July 8 to 25.



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