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Bev Gannon’s paintings are mainly humorous, figurative pieces that
capture people and situations pertaining to the Australian way of life.
Her subjects range from the bronzed Aussie Surf Life Savers to the
glamorous women seen at Australian racecourses.
Influences from growing up in the country then being educated and living in the city emerge within her paintings.
Humorous, whimsical, witty and a deep sense of empathy with her characters.
Bev was born at Kellerberrin, Western Australia and grew up on a farm at Shackleton. She completed her TEE at Loreto Convent, Claremont and went on to study Fine Art at W.A.I.T. (now Curtin University) in the late 70’s. She then left to work in beautifully rugged Kimberley region of Western Australia. Bev worked as a bookkeeper at Moola Bulla Station, just out of Halls Creek, as a field assistant on Sally Malay Mining Camp, Turkey Creek and as a receptionist in the tourist towns of Broome and Kununurra. She accepted many commissions to paint and draw the region but it was her sketches of the colourful characters in their everyday lives that proved very popular.
On returning to Perth, she completed a Graphic Design course at Perth Technical College and in her own words …”pursued a very diverse career as a Graphic designer …”. Her work involved cartooning for the Western Farmer Newspaper, designing walk trails through the Karri forests of the South West, to designing top label children’s clothing for an import / export business in North Fremantle.
Bev married and moved to Broome for a few years but her family finally settled at Moonyoonooka, 12 kms east of Geraldton.
20 years on.... She now has a studio with the beautiful back drop of the Moresby Ranges and has returned to her great passion of painting and drawing.