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About the work ...

             Pamela Gough's  contemporary narrative paintings are embedded with stories and celtic symbolism inspired
by the patterns in the landscape, links to her cultural heritage and character houses, especially the Queenslander.  Often embedded with historical cartographical images which reveal the spirit of a place, Pamela's paintings search for authenticity by scratching at the surface to reveal these images - connections to the past ...stories full of texture and colour.
         " From the whimsical houses dancing on the ridges to the strong texture of corrugated roofs, fence palings  and ancient symbols, Pam paints a narrative on canvas. " Bill Metcalf - Brisbane History Group.  


My Story

                    Born in Brisbane, Pamela has a Diploma in Visual Arts and studied a range of art forms in the 1980's including partial Associate Diploma in Creative Arts at NBCAE with Art Teacher and Artist Bill Robinson.  In the 1990's Pam built a successful art business "Final Touch - decorative art", painting commissions, house portraits and teaching art.  She returned to study Visual Arts and Computer Graphics in 2005 and in the process renewed her love of painting on canvas.

                  Pamela wrote and illustrated her book "My Brisbane" in 2006, a project whilst studying for her Diploma.   When  researching and illustrating the book she discovered the joys of "being a tourist in her own town" triggering a desire to understand more.  From that turning point, her art blossomed with a series "My Brisbane" a Community project and series "Mitchie Turns 150" in 2007. That energy and creativity, combining history and landscape expanded through her "Qld 150" series in 2009  with Impact on Moreton Bay" unveiling Pam's work as a Tatteresalls Art Prize Finalist.  Pam continued to explore, the spirit of the places she visited.  The "My Town" 2011 series in the aftermath of the Brisbane Floods  celebrated community  and "Coast to Home" 2012 explored Queenslanders' love affair with the Beach.   Being a tourist in her own country was inspiring and endlessly rewarding and "Take me There" Solo Exhibition in 2013 was a result.  
                2014's "In my Backyard" explored the local terrain in light on the demolition of many beautiful character houses in her neighbourhood and she launched the reprint of her sold out "My Brisbane" Book.  She then visited Ireland and Europe exploring her family history and the celtic and medieval influences that were strongly connected and interwoven into her work.  "The Way Back Home" 2015 solo exhibition, found connections to her celtic ancestry in a year contrasted by many trying to the immigrate, by boat, to these Australian shores.   "Around the Place in 2018" gathered together artwork focused on places that were dear to her.  
Pamela grew up in a family who painted and crafted; loving Australian colonial artists McCubbin and Roberts and the stylised and highly decorative illustrated work of  illuminated manuscripts, maps and architectural drawings.  Passionate about preserving character houses and being respectful of the history of a building and people of an area, this is important to her and is reflected in her paintings.  Pam feels that with the energy and dynamics of a relatively young city comes the risk of the loss of its humble heritage architecture and unwritten Aboriginal history.   Pam feels she is called to paint the stories about homes and places, which gently reveal their history and sense of place to her. 

     Pamela paints commissions which provides an opportunity to travel others' journeys and experience shared stories.   

                                                                                                                                                        All images and text copyright (c)  Pamela Gough

Education and Experience

  • 2006 DIPLOMA - VISUAL ARTS & New Media / digital Illustration, Southbank Institute BRISBANE
  • 1990-2001 "Final Touch Studio" Decorative Art Business
  • Various short courses; historical traditional painting with visiting overseas Artists
  • 1984  Studies in Fashion Design, NBCAE
  • 1982  3 yrs Associate Diploma  Creative Arts Studies , NBCAE, Brisbane  (taught by Artist William Robinson)

Awards, Achievements, Highlights



  • FINALIST MORETON BAY REGIONAL ART PRIZE  2014, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010 , 2008


  • 2011   2ND PRIZE CONTEMPORARY PAINTING                        ...  Nundah Village Festival Art Competition

  • 2011   FEATURE ARTIST           "Love Ya Brisbane"               ...  HILLSDON Kindergarten Exhibition, Taringa Brisbane.

  • Invitation to exhibit in the TATTERSALL'S "COUNTRY TO COAST" Exhibition

  • 2010   EMERGING ARTIST AWARD                                         ...  Nundah Village Art Festival

  • 2010   FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION ...  "Along those Lines"  .....

  • 2010   PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD                                           ...  Sandgate Bluewater Festival,

  • 2009  Finalist - Royal Qld Art Society ART STATE AWARDS  

  • 2008  Finalist  BARI Festival selected Exhibiting Artist-         KILN Gallery, Paddington

  • 2007   "PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD"   ...                                    "Artscape" Exhibition Padua College, Kedron, Brisbane.

  • 2007   "MITCHIE TURNS 150",  Series   ...                                 Community Project with BCC

  • 2006   "My Brisbane"   Self-published  & Illustrated Book 

  • Highly Commended  ... GREEN DRAGON Art AWARD (St. George Bank) 2006

  • Character Design & Illustration   for    Puppet Production  "Up the Creek" 2006

Works held in the collections of :

  • St. George's Bank , Brisbane
  • Mater Hospital - Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane
  • St Thomas' Primary School, Camp Hill, Brisbane
  • Padua College, Kedron
  •                                  Private Collectors throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA  and  the UK
  •                     The Moreton Bay Foundation bought and adopted the image "Redlands on the Bay" as their Foundation image.