ANNABEL TULLY is arresting attention as a contemporary landscape artist. She explores deeply all that is naturally raw… above, before and below the horizon, to demonstrate her strong kinship with the land.
She was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1972 and on the urban fringe the courtship began between artist and homeland with mud fights in the dam and secret hideaways in the scrub. Her career in primary teaching, and as a principal of small schools, led her to many outback destinations. Traveling extensively throughout Australia and taking working holidays on rural properties, she experienced sensory overload. Throughout the nineties, every opportunity was taken to experience life on the land and to continue interests as an artist.
In 1999, she met and married Stephen Tully – 5th generation Channel Country pastoralist. Encouraged by Stephen’s deep relationship with the land and fellow outback artists, she began to draw energy from the vast landscapes and channel her message onto canvas.
After working under the tutorship of internationally renowned landscape artist, Mandy Martin, Tully was encouraged to investigate Martin’s use of ‘colour, mark and texture to become signifiers of special places’ within the landscape. She now places an emphasis on the use of found ochre to create a sense of place in her works. Her latest works reflect her feminine connection with the land as subtle landscapes of central Australia, subtly infused with an evidence of human habitation.
Recent achievements include finalist Norvill prize for Australian landscape painting, 3 prizes in the Winton Outback Art Prize, Qld, ABC Television’s Painting Australia series and twice toured with Qld ArtsLink touring exhibitions. Annabel’s latest series of work “Channel Country” celebrates the extraordinary country that forms the lifeblood Lake Eyre catchment and its inhabitants.
ANNABEL TULLY currently lives and works on a sheep and cattle property in the Channel Country of far South-West Queensland. She & Stephen host Bunginderry Artist Camp held on the family property to foster greater development and appreciation of the Arts in remote areas of Australia. For this contribution, they were awarded The Regional Achievement & Community Awards from Awards Australia in 2009 and Arts Queensland Arts Queensland Regional Arts and Culture Creative Spaces and Places Award in 2011. Most recently, Annabel has joined the 2012 finalists or the RIRDC Qld Rural Womens Awards and QRRRWN Leadership Awards which enabled her to add a new initiative to her arts practice “Creative Cowboys” arts workshops for mental health and well being. Annabel travels extensively throughout rural and remote areas of Australia spending endless hours with pigment and dirt on her hands as she paints en situ.
Tully’s works are held in private collections in Australia, London, Hong Kong and France.
Tully is represented by Eagle Gallery, Quilpie, Queensland, Australia and art2muse.com