On a warm Friday evening, with the sounds of a four-piece string ensemble floating up from the plaza below, Anuska De Luca, Artist and Curator of Queens Plaza’s current art exhibit, Fashion: the theatre of life, gave a special artist’s talk.
The exhibition, housing seven gorgeous paintings, attracted a great turnout of fashionable art lovers, as well as passing shoppers. Guests were greeted by Queens Plaza staff with gorgeous gift bags and refreshments.
QueensPlaza, home to Brisbane’s bourgeoning high fashion scene, commissioned De Luca to create and display work which would complement their luxurious precinct.
“What interested them with me,” she explained, “is that I have a fashion background as well.”
De Luca gave an intimate explanation of her work, and was personable, charming, and friendly. The paintings explored elements of relationships and individuals with clothing, as well as relationships between models and audiences, exemplified in pieces such as ‘Back Stage’ and ‘Front Row’.
She has a strong focus on details, and incorporates Deco styles, to create mystery, purity, and a sense of delicacy in her paintings. She said that the collection is “a successful impression of art hitting fashion,” which makes the paintings look at home in QueensPlaza.
Of her influences, De Luca spoke of the home connection she has always felt, even while working in London. When asked about what makes Brisbane’s fashion scene special in comparison with cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and London, she spoke of the fighting spirit of Brisbane’s artisans.
“We create great music, food, fashion… It’s not that we have something to prove… But we have to strive harder behind Sydney and Melbourne. We have to be good at it. You have to be better.”
Having worked with designers such as Collette Dinnigan, she said of her return to painting.
“It’s an intense headspace working in that environment [the fashion industry]… When I returned to Australia, I just had the headspace to do that [paint].”
This largely figurative exhibition has been a natural progression from her older works.
“I’m really hitting my stride now,” she said.
Brisbane is playing host to a number of fashion exhibits this summer and Anuska De Luca’s collection shows off a great local success. The collection will be open for viewing until November 30, and is a must-see for fashion and art lovers alike.
Words by Hannah Abell
Photographs by Erika Myer
Details: Level 1, 226 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD 4000 | 07 3234 3900 or 07 3234 3906 | 10 November to 30 November | Open Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5:30pm, Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday 10:30am to 4:00pm