Tonight’s episode of Australia’s most popular house renovation TV show, The Block, featured the work of Gold Coast’s own Courtenay Kay McCue.
Courtenay’s artwork ‘LIFE’ was featured in Sarah and George’s room reveal in House Two, and definitely gained the attention of the judges and the audience.
‘LIFE’ is one of three artworks in a black and white series inspired by 1930 to 1960 film photography and the rock and roll era. It is a mixed media, black and white, multilayered canvas artwork inspired by vintage advertisements and the 20th century popular culture photography magazine ‘LIFE’.
Courtenay used the collaging technique with references to the royal family and Freddie Mercury to create more depth within the artwork and to give the audience something new every time they look at the piece. If you look closely enough, you may even spot some of Courtenay’s friends collaged throughout the piece.
“We see art in our everyday surroundings constantly, whether in logos for businesses, billboards or street murals. Art is a voice to celebrate, to start conversations or perhaps, to
criticise,” explains Courtenay.
The Block has partnered with online gallery and artist community, Art Lovers Australia, in its 16th season to celebrate and incorporate original art by Australian artists in the interior design of the five family homes created this season in Brighton, Melbourne. Last year saw Gold Coast artists Jeska Valk and Kellie North featured on the popular home renovation show thanks to their relationship with Art Lovers Australia.
Courtenay also goes by the alias ‘CRT’ which has become an ever-present symbol within the visual embodiment of her work. She regularly exhibits in group exhibitions including Swell Sculpture Festival, Melbourne CAMArt Show, Art Gallery of NSW Belle Art Prize and Sand Safari. Visit her Art Lovers Australia profile.
IMAGES (c) Gold Coast Artist Ella Fitzgerald