Alison Mooney: Suspense & Unknowing

Somewhere between the worlds of graffiti, Japanese sugar pop and activist street art exists the work of Sunshine Coast artist Alison Mooney.


Expansive, bright and energetic, Mooney’s gestural abstractions are experimentations in suspense and unknowing. Using a combination of media including aerosol and oils, she allows the colour blends and movements that appear on the canvas to dictate themselves, combining and repelling as they interact. The resulting works have a motion akin to that of a dancer, arcing up and sweeping gracefully across a stage.

Entirely self-taught, Mooney left a career in journalism to focus on her art in 2009. Since then, she has steadily made a name for herself as both an artist and a passionate advocate for fellow emerging artists (she founded and co-founded MARS Gallery and TheGRID hybrid arts collective in Toowoomba respectively).

With wide, sweeping curves and colour combinations that breathe instant life into their surrounds, it’s no wonder Mooney’s compositions have been increasingly commissioned for murals and collaborative projects throughout South East Queensland. In May 2016, she will be a feature artist of The Junction Laneways as part of the Noosa Creative Precinct Inc.

To see more of Alison Mooney’s work, check out Alison Mooney on Facebook, or see it in the flesh as part of The Ambience Store Project #3, on view until 30 May 2016.

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