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Elizabeth Primmer


Believing that art can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, the impossible into the possible, Elizabeth Primmer creates a world of exotic dreams and artistic whimsy with her distinctive figurative style.

A narrator of characters and stories reminiscent of the softly colored images that fill the pages of vintage childhood books, the lost art of storytelling is revived in her depictions of friendly, curious characters, ethereal animals, big skies, floating forms and rural landscapes all inhabiting a world with few boundaries. Weaving personal touches such as her Highland Bull, MacTavish, the family ginger cat, Jack and childhood piano teachers, Sisters Cecily and Joachim, into her works, Elizabeth’s boundless world exhibits a playful interaction between fictional personas: “Strong female characters prevail in many of my paintings and the use of pets and farm animals, many of which are my own, helps me add another dimension and personal expression to my stories.”

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Love and loss feature prominently in her rich narrative pieces and art masters like Chagall have inspired her use of allegory, creating characters who challenge the laws of gravity to encapsulate human emotion. Moved by the story of Chagall and his amour, Bella, who died of a virus and left her lover heartbroken in New York, she often paints souls soaring through the skies as a symbol of their grief-tinged love and elation.

Light hearted and humorous, her scenes elicit feelings of unbridled freedom and display touching vignettes of marriage, motherhood and memories, taking the viewer on a journey into the surreal imaginings of our childhood realm.

Elizabeth feels a deep personal connection to her work, a connection which is linked to the primary human desire for stories that transcend daily life. Many contain imaginative, far-fetched tales of far-flung places and vivid images, like those that are forged in the dreams of our youth. Most of all, Elizabeth crafts images which prompt a smile, a sense of nostalgia or a memory long buried in our adult minds, truly creating that sense that anything is possible and the ordinary can be extraordinary.



My surroundings have a huge influence on my work, having lived between the hunter valley and the coastal areas of Newcastle, Port Stephens and Casuarina Beach on the North Coast as well as 18 years in the rural central western plains of NSW. These diverse landscapes and related experiences feature prominently in much of my work.


2013 | Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize
2013 | Finalist Mission to Seafarers ANL Maritime Art Award
2012 | Finalist Hunter’s Hill Art Prize, Sydney
2012 | Finalist Calleen Art Award


2006 | Macquarie University, Sydney
2006 | Monash University, Melbourne
2005 | Commenced full-time practice as a professional artist
2002 | Charles Sturt University, Bathurst
2000 | Trison College, SA
1991 | University of Technology, Sydney
1985-2004 | Teacher, Business Studies


2014 | Affordable Art Fair May, Singapore
2014 | Asia contemporary Art May, Hong Kong
2014 | Affordable Art Fair March, Hong Kong
2014 | Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014 | Affordable Art Fair, Milan, Italy
2014 | Affordable Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
2013 | Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2013 | Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013 | Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany
2013 | Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 | Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2013 | July-August Solo Exhibition, Twig and Moss Gallery, Maitland
2012 | December, “Garden Party and Other Stories” Solo Exhibition, Twig & Moss Gallery
2012 | October, “Storyboards” Solo Exhibition, Weswal Gallery
2011 | September – Frances Keevil Gallery, Group Exhibition
2011 | July – Frances Keevil Gallery, Group Exhibition
2010 | Frances Keevil Gallery, Christmas Show
2010-2011 | Astras Galleries, Marina Mirage, Gold Coast
2010 | “Out from Down Under and Beyond Exhibition”, Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York
2005 | “Women of the Plains”, Dubbo Indoors Gallery


2008-2012 | Represented in private collections in the UK, Southern France, New Zealand, Canada, USA and both public and private collections within Australia


2012 | NBN TV North West Region
2012 | Interview, 2TM, New England
2012 | Interview, ABC Radio, New England
2012 | Northern Daily Leader Newspaper, October
2012 | New England Country Living Magazine, Vol 8, Spring
2011 | New England Country Living Magazine, Vol 2, Autumn
2010 | Personal Review “ARTisSpectrum” Magazine, Vol 23, USA
2010 | Review, “Gallery and Studio” Magazine, USA
2010 | Press Release Agora Gallery

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