ABOUT BEV AISBETT
'I am interested in inner ‘dreamings’ and the themes and icons which communicate beyond language yet are understood on an intuitive level.
Often described as having a ‘childlike’ quality, my paintings explore themes of fantasy, flight and innocent love, along with a child’s longing for guardians or protectors, whilst exploring the harsh challenges of adult life
Through my work with people experiencing anxiety and depression, as well as discoveries on my own journey, I have found that enormous healing occurs when there is a reconnection with the child within and through surrender to a greater vision'.
Artist, cartoonist, illustrator and author, Bev Aisbett is best known for her highly successful self help books for sufferers of anxiety and depression- Living With IT and Taming the Black Dog, done in her unique cartoon format.
These books, along with their sequels, have now sold over 500,000 copies each within Australia and N.Z., are highly regarded by health professionals nationwide and have been translated into four foreign languages.
Bev began her career as a cartoonist and illustrator in the major press with her strip Animal Revenge in the Sunday Herald magazine. This was followed by regular illustrations for Terry Lane’s column in the Sunday Age, cartoons in the Bulletin, Woman’s Day and strips in New Woman and New Weekly magazines, as well as illustrating numerous educational, health and corporate texts.
In 1994, she founded and directed the Ha-Ha Gallery of Comic Art at Gasworks Park, Albert Park, Victoria, featuring works by Australian cartoonists. In 2003, after moving to the western suburbs, she founded Salmay Gallery in Newport, Melbourne where she opened with her solo show Guardians.
In recent years, her main focus has been on painting, with her images proving popular for their mythical, dream-like themes.
Her painting Man and the Moon was exhibited at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery in 2006 as part of The Serious Side of Cartoonists exhibition during the national Stanley Cartoon Awards events.
A solo exhibition Both Sides Now was held in
April 2007 at the Dancing Dog Café, Footscray, followed by a further solo exhibition Waking Dream at the Bagel Tree Café, Williamstown in 2008.Other works have since been displayed and sold at local cafes and businesses, including a commissioned mural at Spicy Water Cafe, Newport.
In March 2009, after successful stockroom sales of her artworks, Bev held a major exhibition Domestic Madonnas at Without Pier Gallery, Cheltenham and in August 2009 at Smart Artz Gallery, Sth Melbourne.
In November 2009, Bev exhibited at Tasmania Shop and Gallery, Hobart where she was invited to do a solo show, also following interest in her ongoing stock room pieces at the gallery.
Bev's painting 'Love is a Thorny Crown' was a finalist in the 2014 'She' art prize exhibition at Walker St. Gallery.
Bev’s solo show Life is just this Stage I’m Going Through at Louis Joel Centre, Altona in June 2010 was also well received and she has since exhibited in Hobart again in November 2010 with Domestic Madonnas at the gallery’s request in November.
In November 2011, Bev exhibited her artworks, hand-made jewellery and books at the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and has twice exhibited as part of the annual Art in Public Places initiative by Hobson's Bay Council
In June 2012, Bev released her autobiography All of It, published by HarperCollins which features her painting The Long Sunday as the cover art. This title was nominated for the prestigious Stella literary award
Bev's artworks now feature on fabulous fabrics as scarves and tops through online store Vida. Vida offers its workers in India jobs and literacy programs
Visit www.shopvida.com/collections/voices/bev-aisbett to see Bev's designs
PIECE Gallery Coburg is a private space to showcase not only her own work but also as a venue to extend her roles as a counsellor and teacher, thereby acknowledging and enhancing the role of art as a significant factor in the healing process and elevation of mind and spirit.