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About

Sandy painting live at Cottesloe Beach in 2017

Sandy Gaskett is “Gasbombgirl”, born in the 60s and the youngest of 6 children, living on the coast of  Perth, Western Australia.

With a childhood full of family trips to the small seaside town of Lancelin I’ve always had an affinity with the ocean.  This naturally spills over into my artworks, where I will combine the happiest of colours, in an assortment of patterned designs. Many of my pieces are reflective of nature, and the West Australian coastline.  

I was an avid surfer in my early years and even helped form the first all girls surfboard riders club in the late 1980s, called the Gidget Surfriders.  We had over 40 members of varying levels which carried on to the mid 90s, when the club finally petered out.  

My love of the ocean is a huge influence in my latest pieces and I’m now experimenting fully into this new direction since the middle of last year – 2016.

So why the name – Gasbombgirl ?

The fact that I love a good joke shows up in the choice for my art name “Gasbombgirl”! I’ve copped some pretty funny nicknames from friends in the past, with my name being warped into quite a few different versions of hilarity.  It just seemed to capture the fun nature of my carefree designs and artworks, so I figured, “why not?!” – so “Gasbombgirl” was born.

How long have you been painting for?

I’ve produced art, like most people, since I was a child with  scribbles,  doodles  and splashes of paint.  It’s all been about having fun in expressing myself.  I’ve been involved with various art courses thoughout the years, in fact I’ve done countless workshops and courses, from a stack of different venues and teachers.  There is no better way to improve than just getting stuck into it and taking note of what works and what doesn’t.  Also YouTube has some great tutorials if you’re ever looking for help!! 

Check my favourite list below of  YouTube Art Channels that I follow for hints and tricks!

What inspires you?

Being a surfer and avid lover of all things oceanic, you’ll find many of my latest artworks are observant of this.  Nature and the blues of the ocean make my paint brush jump with anticipation.  Exploration into portraiture has been something I’ve always loved to partake in, keeping along the lines of pulp, pop and naïve art.  A certain fun ‘kitschiness’ has been a part of my work for many years, some of my wave art still contains this style. 

What are your favourite mediums

I love immediate results, so I’m a big fan of acrylics the most, but definitely love using oils and water colours as well.  Also favourable mention should go to “Fluid Acrylics” which are the relatively new kid on the block, which if you haven’t tried you really should give it a try, they’re lots of fun!  Visit “Riot Art and Craft” to see what they sell, if you live in Australia.

Do you do commissions?

Yes most definitely!  I’m big on doing portraits, but have now branched out into abstracts and seascapes.  If you have an idea of what you’d like me to do,  I’m keen to work together in creating something unique just for you!

Do you have Social Media?

I sure do!  – Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Flickr.  Just search @Gasbombgirl – and you’ll find me ready for a good stalk’n!    

Exhibitions

  • Hydrocryl – Paint Off  – Sponsored live painting at Cottesloe beach – Jan 2018
  • Coogee Live – Live painting on the beach – Media Release – March 2018
  • 2018 – “Show off 14” – City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2017 – “Show off 13” – City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2016 – “Show off 12” – City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2015 – “Show off 11” – City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2014 – “Show Off 10 – City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2013 –”Show Off 9″  – City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2012 – “Show Off 8”,  City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2012 –  “Perth Illustrators Group exhibition –  “Bestiolas”,  Little Creatures, Fremantle
  • 2011 – “Feast your Eyes”, Fremantle Arts Centre Theme: City Scapes – Live artist for the evening
  • 2011 – “Future Imperfect”, Swancon/Natcon, Hyatt Regency, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2011 – “Show Off 7”, City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2010 – “Show Off 6”, City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2010 – “Little Creatures RSPCA Exhibition, Fremantle, Western Australia
  • 2010 – “Artzplace” Exhibition, Memorial Hall, Hamilton Hill, Western Australia
  • 2009 – “Show Off 5”, City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2008 – “Show Off 4”, City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2008 –  “Clothespeg Exhibition 2”, Lala Orange, Perth, Australia
  • 2007 – “Show Off 3”, City of Cockburn Artists Exhibition
  • 2007 – “Clothespeg Exhibition” The Cracked Gallery, Behind The Monkey, Highgate, Western Australia

Book Illustrations / Public Commissions:

2010 – “Bush Christmas” – selected by Avant Cards as Christmas theme Post card

2010  – Road side Christmas Banner for City of Cockburn, size: 1.5  x 2.9 metres – “Bush Christmas”, North Lake Rd, Bibra Lake – view banner

2010 – Illustration/painting of Characters for book “Fury” by Shirley Marr

2001 – Illustrations for “Debt Buster” by Margaret Bertling

1998 – Illustrations for “The Budget Club” by Margaret Bertling

Collections:

City of Cockburn Art Collection, Western Australia

Press:

2010 – Cockburn Gazette – “Canvas support bid” –  25/5/10 – View Article
2012 – Cockburn Gazette – “Paintings that are such a Gas” – 1 May 2012 – View Article
2012 – Cockburn Gazette – “Drawn to Winter”- dated 26 June 2012 – View Article 

My favourite YouTube Art Channels

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