Neryl Walker – Broad Appeal April 13 2018
Small Wall Project Exhibition
Outré Gallery Melbourne CBD
13 – 22 April 2018
Neryl Walker is an Australian artist, illustrator and designer. Inspired by a love of mid 20th century pop culture, her studio and 1950's home is filled with countless sources of vintage and nostalgic inspiration. While she is best known for her strong playful girls, Neryl’s background in Graphic Design has seen her collaborating on branding, typography, surface design and publishing projects.
Broad Appeal looks to celebrate women and the power inherent in women owning their sexuality, rather than being objectified by it. All the artworks are original paintings on plywood. The term ‘broad’ originated in the 1930’s and was popularised in the 40’s and 50’s as slang for an independent, assertive/aggressive woman. Someone who sings loud, parties hard, has a strong will and a sarcastic sense of humour. These attributes could be seen as threatening or even slightly derogatory but I am using the word in a positive light. Why can’t women be all these things?
Read our interview with Neryl to learn more about her art practice.