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Ethereal : A Solo Exhibition by Melbourne Artist, Cheryl Petersen

Ethereal : A Solo Exhibition by Melbourne Artist, Cheryl Petersen

To celebrate our first Solo Exhibition at Tusk Gallery Camberwell (also known as Graphic Impressions) we asked Mornington Peninsula artist Cheryl Petersen whether we could feature her art. Cheryl was over the moon and “Ethereal” is about to become a reality.



Cheryl Petersen studied Graphic Design at Monash University in 1998 as a mature age student and majored in illustration where upon completing university she worked both as a freelance illustrator and a jewellery designer.

As an illustrator she worked on several magazines and books including “Willis and the Echo” written by Craig Wellington and published by Hyland House, ”Jack the Giant Killer” and a selection of Hans Christian Anderson stories published by Pan McMillan. Her portfolio of work also extends to various children’s poetry books and book covers for Reed Books and various magazines and brochures.

In 2007, Cheryl Petersen realized her dream when she opened her own gallery –
Cheryl Petersen Galleries, located in Somerville, Victoria. The gallery constantly has a broad range of colour and texture on display, where you will discover subtle hues and sophisticated brush strokes of the many diverse artworks for sale.

“Mostly I paint to my moods, it is the foundation for my inspiration. My best works seem to happen naturally when I am totally absorbed in the moment. If I feel like painting the whole canvas black I will and then I just see what happens next….no planning, no contriving…just letting it flow. I try not to control my work too much, I prefer to keep the spontaneity flowing. I think it’s very important to be a good artist technically, but it is just as important to be able to create freely and originally from the heart.”

Cheryl has become well known for her style of work, which includes a large array of vivid designs & enriching colour, full of beauty & joy. Her background is evident in the often whimsical portrayal of subjects in her art. It is this diversity that has led her gallery to become a one of a kind learning studio that offers a large range of art courses & workshops for anyone to learn from, including the absolute beginner to the advanced artist.




Cheryl Petersen 235x175cm (fiio)

Cheryl Petersen 180x150cm (bgio)

Cheryl Petersen : New Work September 2013

Cheryl Petersen : New Work September 2013

Mornington Penisula artist Cheryl Petersen has just completed 5 new paintings. This one (above) is called “Purple Maze” It’s 180x150cm (deoo).
Here’s a preview.


“Golden Birds” Cheryl Petersen 235x175cm (fiio)


“Meow Meow” Cheryl Petersen 120x100cm (hio)


“Simply Beautiful” Cheryl Petersen 235x175cm (diio)


“Orange Tree” Cheryl Petersen 180x150cm (bgio)

Here, There and Everywhere

Here, There and Everywhere

Tusk Gallery’s Latest Group Exhibition
Opening Wednesday 31 July at Tusk gallery, 438 Chapel St South Yarra

Why did we call our latest exhibition “Here, There and Everywhere”?

Having a name for a group exhibition really helps to set the mood and gives the curator something to work around.
Just before we came up with the name Melbourne Artist, Ralf Kempken called me about some new paintings he had just done. Ralf has been with Tusk Gallery since we opened our South Yarra Gallery in early 2006. Ralf paints iconic images of Melbourne. I spontaneously asked him if he would be interested in being part of our next exhibition.
Yes, he was interested.

Next up I contacted Mornington Penisula artist Cheryl Petersen about a painting of hers that we had just sold. We started talking and before I knew it I’d asked her to be involved as well.

For some strange reason The Beatles song “Here, There and Everywhere” came into my head and I couldn’t get rid of it. How could this fit with an art exhibition?

I then had a bright idea. I had recently set up a Facebook page and Website called “Art Space Australia”. I’d had this crazy idea one morning to help promote art from “everywhere”. By that night I’d created a Facebook page and had 200 likes, next day I created the website. The goal was to promote artists from all over the place, artists that were looking for more exposure. I started receiving e-mails from all around Australia and got really excited about the idea. By the end of the week I’d devoted over 40 hours to this new project. I started realizing that I may have bitten of more than I could chew.

So I had it. “HERE” local Melbourne artist, Ralf Kempken. “THERE” Mornington Peninsula artist, Cheryl Petersen and “EVERYWHERE” one painting each from artists all around Australia and South East Asia.

This is going to be a group exhibition that reflects Tusk Gallery’s eclectic outlook to art. There are artists from nearly all the states in Australia as well as a few from Thailand and hopefully one from South Africa and one from Indonesia.

It’s going to be like a “sample bag” of art, just like the ones I used to get as a kid at The Royal Melbourne Show. Once upon a time they were genuinely exciting as I’m sure this exhibjtion will be.