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Welcome to the Art of Gillian Govan

I have been creating art since childhood and I enjoy the full process of creating  although I don’t think of it so much as a process as an evolvement that begins with the submission to the first seed of an idea to be developed manipulated and built upon.

I paint in a studio, and at home and make sculptures in my shed and in a huge shed on a farm in a beautiful inspiring part of country Victoria.

I completed a diploma of Art and Design at Moorabbin Tafe in 1992 and Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in 1995. This training helped me to look at and understand the work of other artists, past and present and encouraged me to follow my instinct with my own work.

It is difficult to pin point specific influences, as my work is so diverse in subject matter and the mediums I use. It is so varied that many artists and styles have influenced and inspired me, but mainly I draw on my own intuition and inner drive. Art is my passion but life is too short to do all I would like to do. Passion for making art does not always reap rewards but gives a wonderful inner satisfaction.

I have had many turning points but I think the most significant was when I commenced my formal art education and was able to diversify my styles and make sculpture as well as paintings thus accepting that art is not specific to one particular form. Art is Creating.

"In art nothing is the result of pure will.  Everything comes about through docile submission to the forces of the subconscious..." – Odelon Redon



Here are some upcoming opportunities to see Gillian's sculptural artworks...

Abbey Trinca - memorial sculpture

I was recently asked by Shane Trinca to make a memorial sculpture of his daughter Abbey who unexpectedly and tragically passed away in America on 27th February 2017 at the age of 21 years.

She was a passionate and aspiring golfer who was studying at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on a sports scholarship. She died of natural causes. I was honoured to be asked to do this piece.

Photo above: Artist Gillian Govan 's bronze sculpture of Abbey Trinca - see Gillian's 'Bronzes' Gallery for more images...


Toorak Village Art Walk

I have 3 paintings made on my recent visit to Arnhem Land in Central Australia exhibited in the TOORAK VILLAGE ART WALK this year. See my Landscapes Gallery for images of all three paintings.

Gillian's oil painting 'Escarpment, Arnhem Land' - one of 3 in this year's Toorak Village Art Walk Exhibition

The Australian National Brooch Show 2018

See brooches by Gillian on display at:

1. Fitzroy Library , 128 Moor St. Fitzroy 6th July – 31st August 2018 Try and Buy : Saturday 7th July 11am -1pm

2.  Gallery 314, 314 Church St. Richmond 10th-23rd Sept 11am-6pm daily

More info on the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria's website HERE.