Tracey Gibbs is a contemporary printmaker from Perth, Western Australia. With roots in wildflower country in the south west of Western Australia her fascination with botanicals is long-standing. Raised in a resourceful and creative family, her interest in art specifically took hold in high school, especially when she was first exposed to both Fauvism and especially Pop Art. Lurid, almost unnatural colour remains an obsession and features prominently in her work. After high school she studied a short art course at TAFE and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Curtin University.
Tracey started her design career as a book designer and excelled in the field for over a decade. She relished the versatility of book design, and within a few years of beginning her graphic design career, Tracey started out on her own; freelancing within the publishing field. She loved the challenge of running her own business and grew a solid client base. She also had the opportunity to illustrate a few children’s books which had been a long-time goal of hers.
In 2018 Tracey took the leap into a long-held dream of hers; producing self-driven art. Printmaking, specifically screen printing has been a love of Tracey's from the first time she was exposed to it in high school. Tracey’s experience in design and love of nature continues to influence her creative direction and she is excited to explore detail and joy in all its forms.
I have always found a meditative space in the natural environment. I find value in the detail; there’s a wealth of repetitive pattern, geometric shape and unexpected colour ways to be discovered. It is always informative and often surprising. I grew up in wild-flower country and have early memories of being astounded at the volume and intricacies of nature’s design, that awe continues within me. My work explores these forms and tones. I hope to encourage the viewer to look closely at their surroundings, to appreciate the detail and the minutiae of life. For myself, I am conscious to choose joy; of pattern, of colour, of form. These are the motivations that fuel my practice; a deliberate optimism for work that feels fulfilling and life affirming.
photograph by JC LEMON PHOTOGRAPHY