• Sarah Kelly and Gemma O'Brien

    Sarah Kelly and Gemma O'Brien

  • Gemma O'Brien

    Gemma O'Brien

  • Amanda Paradiso and Kelly McGufficke

    Amanda Paradiso and Kelly McGufficke

  • Jane Easthope and Vivien Mitchell

    Jane Easthope and Vivien Mitchell

  • Claudia Harrison McKee, Anna Brunato, Kae Imsirovic, Rebecca Crouch and Liz Ivers

    Claudia Harrison McKee, Anna Brunato, Kae Imsirovic, Rebecca Crouch and Liz Ivers

  • Bec Cuzzillo, Fran Tapia and Hannah Watts

    Bec Cuzzillo, Fran Tapia and Hannah Watts

  • Zoe O'Donnel and Jade Hansen

    Zoe O'Donnel and Jade Hansen

  • Zlata Pavelic, Larissa Hrstic, Beata English and Tess Godkin

    Zlata Pavelic, Larissa Hrstic, Beata English and Tess Godkin

  • Craig Barry and Liz Tatham

    Craig Barry and Liz Tatham

  • Melisaa Crowther and Penny Coningham

    Melisaa Crowther and Penny Coningham

Magical by Gemma O'Brien @ The Canberra Centre

15 December 2015

   

I love a sense of opulence with Christmas decorations and living in Washington the favourite tour for ladies with not much to do and all day to do it was a whip around the homes of some highpowered Washingtonians to have a peek at  their decorations. And that was wow stuff. As were the Christmas trees in the Smithsonian. But the one in the White House my daughter photographed at a party for the international coterie of kids at the embassies with Nancy Reagan handing out the lollies was stunning.

The ambience of the Christmas season does make for a ritual of sorts for all families in their decorating whether traditional or on trend as the collected treasures are unwrapped and placed back on the tree yet again. It’s putting them away that’s boring.

The Canberra Centre has followed a magical route this year endeavouring to distract from the hoardings that hide reconstruction of great swathes of former shops for an upmarket new look and for one fromer shopfront they invited artist Gemma O’Brien to use her skills in lettering, illustration and typography to create an exquisite ‘Magical’ mural. It’s on the ground floor near David Jones where a shop I now can’t remember used to be.

What a talented artist she is. She studied law for a year but the urge to draw took her to art school and today she’s in demand for murals that are eclectic and beautiful, dramatic and whimsical. To meet and watch Gemma at work, a lovely late afternoon champagne and canapés event at The Canberra Centre was arranged with an interview  and reveal of the ‘Magical’ mural.

With a plethora of graffiti in the urban environment that has its place but is not always pleasing, to utilise this talented artist for some exciting murals is surely a no-brainer for The Canberra Centre, and I can think of a few areas she could enhance.

Check out samples of her work online.