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Rachel Arbuckle

Rachel Arbuckle is an Irish artist who graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1990. Rachel has long been inspired by priceless celtic treasures such as the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow. Her work, using a celtic theme, is in great demand both in Ireland and abroad.
Many examples of her work can be seen on greeting cards, playing cards and other gift items marketed by Natures Craft of Dublin, Ireland, under the banner of The Celtic Card Team. The playing cards, called Irish Legendary Playing Cards - started as part of her final year project, are highly thought of by playing card collectors around the world.
Since Rachel married in 1995, she has lived in Gaiole in Chianti, a market town nestling in a valley, surrounded by the Chianti Hills in Tuscany, Italy. Her new environment has stimulated her to produce a series of cards called Pino Designs, using images from her new surroundings. She has also branched out into a unique form of child portraiture, combining an image of a child with his or her favourite, fantastical animals and features.
She was invited to represent Gaiole among Tuscany's young artists in the Innesti Doc section of Tuscia Electa 1998 exhibition in Tuscany. For the exhibition, she decorated a chestnut beam with a fanciful representation of a skirmish between the armies of Florence and Siena. The beam was suspended in an archway in Panzano during the period of the exhibition.
Rachel has also been asked to design shopfronts and signage for a number of shops in Gaiole in Chianti. This work and a number of private commissions keep Rachel very busy, in addition to caring for her young family.
Rachel has also recently been commissioned to design a range of jigsaws, which are now available in Ireland.
You can contact Rachel by email: rachel@arbuckle.com


 Simeon Walker

Simeon Walker's paintings are best known for their focus on singular aspects of the landscape. His personal concerns for the unique environment of this country combine with his ongoing fascination with the landscape's effects on the human psyche. The focus of his current work is on richly detailed tree studies, cloud formations and ocean scapes. In isolating aspects of the landscape from their traditional context, the artist elevates the subject and invites the viewer to be closer to its beauty. His work is concerned with the drama and narrative of microcosmic detail.

In 2005 the artist's painting Profusion was a finalist and runner up in the high profile Metro Gallery Art Award, Australia's richest art prize for young artists. In the same year the Macquarie Group Art Collection purchased work from the artist to be included in a series for their New York office, including works by prominent Australian artists Philip Wolfhagen and Tim Maguire. This exposure led to a series of privately commissioned paintings for senior executives at the Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank, Oz Minerals and The Boston Consulting Group. The artist's painting Between Heaven and Earth was selected as a finalist in the 2006 Metro Gallery Art Award. In May 2008 the Macquarie Group Art Collection purchased the painting Trespass for their Melbourne Offices, and another purchased work The Departed was used as the promotional image for the group's first ever public exhibition, held at the Noosa Regional Gallery in 2010. In the same year The City of Whittlesea commissioned a large painting for their public collection. His work is held in private collections in England, Scotland, America, Hong Kong, New Zealand and throughout Australia. 

In 2007 his exhibition Light, Colour and Form was a sellout. Successful solo exhibitions have followed with The Beauty of the Ordinary in 2009 andVerticals in 2011.

In 2011 the artist was shorlisted for the Flanagan, Manning and Paddington Prizes.

2013 has marked a return to portrait painting. Simeon has begun work on a series of sport portraits in collaboration with renowned AFL licensed artist Jamie Cooper. Click here to see examples of his portraits.

Simeon lives in Barwon Heads and works from his studio in Geelong, Victoria.
For any painting enquiries please visit the contact page.

Simeon in action