Grace Garton is an artist based in Tasmania. Originally from Sydney, she relocated to Hobart in 1992 to further her studies in art. Having been involved with the animation industry for over 27 years, working for various Australian studios Grace decidedo take time of from work to pursue her art carreer and started painting and making small cloth dolls. These works have sold locally and internationally through galleries, retail outlets and online.
Her current work of hand painted dolls are simple shapes in the form of sporting figures. Grace also paints using mixed media and is an artist in residence at Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, 2018/19.
BOXERS BOXING IN BOXES
by Grace Garton
“Larger than life, hairy and sweaty men in tights, Mario Milano, Killer Karl Kox and King Curtis were household names, loved and watched by thousands across the suburbs of Australia during the 60s and 70s. At our home in the western suburbs of Sydney it was no different. My brothers and I would watch the wrestling with our dad every Sunday morning while our mum prepared the Sunday roast. Wrestlers of the 1970s were predominantly migrant men imported to establish and promote Australian wrestling. Along with the inventive stage names came extravagant personalities and colourful dialogue. The flamboyant choreographed fighting was as creative as the titles given to particular holds and moves. My dolls are fabric, stitched, stuffed, hand painted and boxed. Their shapes are stylized action figures capturing the theatrics of wrestling and painted in a manner of vintage sideshow posters.”