Beverley BUDGEN / Alma Bay Headland 2004 / oil on canvas / 84 x 84cm / Reproduced by kind permission
Cairns-based artist, Beverley Budgen has spent her creative life capturing the scenes around her. From the prismatic light of north Queensland, to the brooding atmosphere of storms over the British coastline, Budgen’s artwork exudes effortlessness, a concept that artists in the Renaissance termed sprezzatura. Her spontaneous and gestural use of paint reflects the joy and energy with which she engages with the world. The paintings on display, spanning from 1980 to today, embody the familiar and distinctive landscapes of Queensland, seen through the lens of wit and charm.