Shirley Marais

Shirley is an internationally recognised painter, sculpture and ceramic artist. Her expressive use of colour and light on rough and smooth surfaces are portrayed in her paintings and sculptures. Her paintings grace the walls of the Prince’s Palace in Dubai and Australia wide.Her first love is ceramic art, hand built original copper haired ladies which  have found homes internationally namely Dubai, Singapore, South Africa, USA, Greece, New Zealand and Australia.

Shirley has traveled extensively having lived in East and Southern Africa for most of her life and has now made Australia her home, residing on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Taking time to do several courses in sculpture, pottery, water colours, oils, acrylics, stone & wood carving, fabric painting  and Japanese air dry clay with various other styles and techniques having received certificates, diplomas and various awards.

She has done private tutoring in the arts to various individuals as well as to disadvantaged people enhancing encouragement and hope. She also financially supports children in Ethiopia, Senegal and India and various Christian Institutions.

She says:- Sculpture and paintings is a reflection of life and hope, which is why composers agonise over a score and artists over a canvas believing some glimmer of beauty will emerge from the struggle.

Quote: “Do what you like to do most, if you do that you will be passionate about it and  spend ever waking minute doing it. The passion and the time devoted to it will make you the best at it, whatever it is, there is always a demand for the best”

Cirriculum Vitae:

Shirley is mostly self taught but has achieved Diploma’s and attended courses at Pretoria Technical College  (South Africa)

1972 – Sculpture Creation and Technique

1974 – Watercolours

1976 – Acrylics and Oil Painting

1978 – Wood Carving

1982 – Ceramics, Glazing, Pit Firing and Raku

2006 – Master Class in Japanese Air Dry Clay (Australia)

Exhibitions since 2002 in Australia

  • White Patch Gallery – Bribie Island (Ceramics)

  • Marks & Gardner Gallery – Mount Tambourine (Ceramics)

  • Emporium Gallery – New Farm Brisbane (Ceramics)

  • Redhill Gallery Brisbane (Ceramics)

  • Sheraton Hotel – Redhill Gallery Brisbane (Ceramics)

  • Art Gallery Collections Gold Coast (Ceramics & Paintings)

  • Gallery Beneath - Mooloolaba (Cerramics)

  • Arnuvo Galleries - Buderim (Ceramics & Pintings)

  • Framed Galleries - DarwinNorthern Territory - (Ceramics)

  • Maleny Artworks Gallery – Sunshine Coast (Ceramics)

  • Lutheran College – Brisbane (Paintings)

  • Nambour Civic Centre – Faith in Art – Sunshine Coast Ceramics – Highly Commended Award)

  • Caloundra Art Festival – Sunshine Coast (Ceramics – Highly Commended Award)

  • Maroochy Art Festival – Sunshine Coast (Ceramics – Highly Commended Award – Twice)

In painting Shirley has been inspired and mentored by her friend the well know international artist – Mel Brigg

The works of Michael Angelo has been her inspiration since early childhood