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Courtney Brims
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Bio

Courtney Brims grew up in the outskirts of Brisbane collecting dead beetles, dressing up as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” and drawing pink unicorns and prehistoric birds. She graduated with a degree in interior design from QUT before becoming a fulltime artist and illustrator in 2008. Her pencil drawings depict a sweet and sour wonderland of stray creatures and lost girls, exploring a mishmash world of reality and make believe. Courtney had her first solo exhibition at Sydney’s Monster Children Gallery in 2008 as winner of the Mooks Artspace competition. Since then she has had solo shows at LA’s Black Maria Gallery and most recently at Brisbane’s Nine Lives Gallery as well as numerous group shows across Australia.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

When people view my drawings I like to think I fill them with a sense of curiosity and a feeling of nostalgia. Drawing is my way of storytelling where I can take the viewer off the winding path and into the deep woods reminiscent of a fairytale. I primarily focus on themes of displacement, abandonment and loss of self – telling tales of neglected creatures trying to find their place in the world.

EDUCATION

2003 – 2005 | Bachelor of Built Environment (Interior Design) – Queensland University of Technology – Brisbane

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 | Woolgathering – Retrospect Galleries – Broadbeach – QLD
2009 | It’s a Long Story – Nine Lives Gallery – Brisbane – QLD
2009 | Lost On the Way solo show – Black Maria Gallery – Los Angeles – USA 2008 | Of Wonders Wild – Monster Children Gallery – Sydney – NSW

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 | The Asia Contemporary Art Show Fall Edition, Hong Kong 2013 | Singapore Affordable Art Fair
2013 | Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair, The Netherlands
2013 | Hamburg Affordable Art Fair, Germany

2013 | Stockholm Affordable Art Fair, Sweden

2013 | Intricate Lines- Retrospect Galleries – Byron Bay – NSW
2012 | Affordable Art Fair Melbourne with Retrospect Galleries – VIC 2011 | Petits Travaux – Retrospect Galleries – Byron Bay – NSW 2011 | Petits Travaux – Retrospect Galleries – Broadbeach – QLD 2011 | Little White Lies – Kemistry Gallery – LONDON – Uk
2011 | Drawn From Fashion – Docklands – MElbourne – QLD
2011 | I Used To Skate Once 7 – The Zoo – Brisbane QLD
2011 | Woven Dreams – Retrospect Galleries – Byron Bay – NSW 2011 | Drawn Forth – Retrospect Galleries – Broadbeach – QLD
2011 | Hidden Worlds – Retrospect Galleries – Broadbeach – QLD 2011 | Fusion – Retrospect Galleries – Broadbeach – QLD
2011 | Nursery Rhymes – Urban Cow Gallery – Adelaide – SA
2010 | Back in 5 minutes – Monster Children Gallery – Sydney – NSW 2010 | Curvy – Nine Lives Gallery – Brisbane – QLD
2010 | Paper Tales – Nine Lives Gallery – Brisbane – QLD
2010 | I Used to Skate – The Zoo – Brisbane – QLD
2010 | Je Ne Sais Quoi – Studio Thirteen – Brisbane – QLD
2010 | Hairjacked – Retrospect Galleries – Byron Bay – NSW
2009 | Square – Monster Children – Sydney – NSW
2009 | Once Upon a Time – aMBUSH Gallery – Sydney – NSW
2009 | The Illustrators – Kiln Gallery – Brisbane – QLD
2009 | Curvy Launch – Nine Lives Gallery – Brisbane – QLD
2009 | Tuesday and Friday – Nine Lives Gallery + 19Karen
2008 | Curvy 05 – Sydney + Melbourne
2008 | Cream Coloured Ponies – The Grand Social – Sydney – NSW

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011 | Cover Art – Dvd Boix Set – Misfits – Uk
2011 | Yen Magazine #49
2011 | Semi Permanent 2nd Edition
2010 | The Beautiful Book – featured artist pages 78-79 – Gestalten – GERMANY 2009 | Down Under: Worldwide Graphic Design – Zeixs

Kingbrown Magazine No. 6 Frankie Magazine No. 29 Curvy 6
Curvy 5

Empty Magazine No. 15
Lanket Magazine No. 9 and No.16 We Are The Image Makers No. 16 Monster Children Magazine No. 19

CLIENTS

Zimmermann, Random House Books, Brancott Estate Wines Element Eden, La Marelle, Roadshow Entertain- ment, Play Lab, Hurley, Yen Magazine, Something Else, Pony Rider, La La Land, 1300 Flowers,
The Finders Keepers markets


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