Chelle exhibition in Melbourne!

I am having a solo art exhibition in Melbourne at Gasworks, in Albert Park (21 Graham St, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia). The opening night is on 17th May, from 6 pm til 8 pm.

The exhibition is called Wait of the World and is about the world changes and corruption. You will have seen two of my artworks in my previous posts, these are part of the Wait of World series for the exhibition. There will be 10 artworks in my exhibition. See the invitation below for more details.

Also you can rsvp to the exhibition at the facebook event page at this link

Come and meet me and see my artworks at the opening night and purchase one of my collectable artworks!


I’m back on Blogging board for 2016!

Hi everyone! I decided to make a comeback to this blog. More so I can keep in touch with those further away from other sites like facebook and the newsletter! And because it’s important to journal my art progresses and keep everyone in the know with my arts.

Since I shut off from this blog, I have gone onto do exceptionally well in a short time,Β  the star of 2015 being my exhibitions overseas in Venice and Paris! This has in turn yielded some further international opportunities set for 2016. A very exciting time ahead.

2014 we remember me restarting my works on the Volky series and they have been popular around most of the world. While I have created more Volky works as an ongoing project and as a visual storyteller, I have developed other collections in my arts career, one of them being a star favourite – the Blue Ghost series! I had a kickstarter for this collection’s beginnings to create more artworks for an exhibition in Melbourne and develop an art book – the first of many. Blue Ghosts in Melbourne for March 2015 turned out to be a great success with nearly all artworks sold! Artworks from the Blue Ghosts collection were exhibited in the Venice Biennale 2015 in November at the Luca Curci Gallery in Ca’ Zanardi and they were well received during the exhibition. Smaller artworks from the various collections were exhibited in Paris, having been selected to show in a juried art exhibition called ‘A Single Grain of Rice 2015′ at Galerie Metanoia.

Since the Port Noarlunga exhibition, a council in an Adelaide inner-city suburb Thebarton, has commissioned me to create 12 pieces for their headquarters as part of preserving the historical area that holds a story about the first settlers of Adelaide and the old houses’ testament to that! It was a honour to take this commission for the council and to create a striking series of artworks of various buildings and houses of the area that retell the history.

Photos of the Venice exhibition and various photos of the latest artworks are shown below as well as a link to my website to view more of my works.

In May 2016, I am having a solo exhibition in Melbourne at the Gasworks starting from 17th May until 9th June. The theme will be Wait of World – about the changes that have happened over the last century and current changes happening and all will be in large format watercolour on watercolour paper. The opening night will be on 17th May at 6 pm and then dinner, all at the Gasworks in Albert Park!

Last but not least, my artworks have made their way onto clothes and various products including homewares, which are to be released officially in early 2016 for sale!

My website link is

The Exhibition in Venice

Some from the Blue Ghosts Collection

The Blue Ghost book cover – book to be released in March 2016

Some of the Thebarton collection works – a couple of the houses and one of the Wheatsheaf Hotel (blue building) and the Queen of Angels Church

And finally more of the Volky works!

And then a sneak preview into the upcoming Europe 2015 collection… along with a colouring book I will be releasing in mid 2016. And yes there will be a Volky arts dedicated colouring book after the first one πŸ˜‰

Wrapping up for 2014!

First I would like to wish all a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a safe and awesome start to 2015!

This year has been a successful jump ahead for me in my arts and as an artist. Taxi the VW bug is becoming a star in the arts world through my illustrations and people are always enjoying the abandoned and old places in my works as well as the volky adventure and animals artworks.

2015 will start off with me working on some large size watercolour artworks for an upcoming solo exhibition in Melbourne which I’m looking forward to, and then some projects based on books and well the rest you will have to wait to find out so keep your eyes on this space πŸ™‚

More opportunities… and an art magazine!

First I must apologise for the lack of updates here, but as you can imagine, my art and life have been keeping me busy. First, good news is I won two special awards at the recent Royal Adelaide Show which landed me a permanent acquisition at an upmarket gallery in Norwood, Art Images Gallery! What a honour! Three of my works are now consigned there (see pictures below – Taxi Bug at abandoned petrol station, the motor and the dashboard) and they are being exhibited permanently until sold and the art gallery wants me to create large scale artworks of Taxi the bug’s adventures! I mean A1 sized! I’m really looking forward to creating huge sized watercolour works, this will be a new experience. Well not so new as I have painted huge artworks of more than 1 metre by 1 metre, but these were on wood and canvas. These new artworks will be on large watercolour paper and making even more use of the mediums (pen, watercolour, ink) will be something new and why not? Make a statement with large artwork! πŸ˜‰

Ok the art magazine! There is in the works, plans to set up an art magazine and while I won’t say what its name will be for copyright reasons at this stage, I can say it will be an exciting magazine filled with vibrancy and exciting features! Artists will also have the opportunity to be featured in the magazine, and the magazine will include information on upcoming art prizes, shows, competitions as well as I will run competitions myself in the magazine, tips on an art technique, letters, images, stories, promoting artists’ practices/studios/businesses and galleries. I’m also going to try and pull apart information on galleries and how they work. Transparency is what people want after all! πŸ™‚ While I will be the one setting up and working the magazine, artists are more than welcome to collaborate with me through being featured, talking about their project or their practice. I’m hoping for a late 2017 to mid 2018 release for the first issue and the magazine would be quarterly, so I will make sure each issue is packed full with many pages and something for all in the creative fields to enjoy, or even non creative people who might be inspired by things in the magazine! When the time gets closer, I will reveal the name so keep your eye on this space.

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Tarot cards are now online for sale

Upon the successful finishing of the Kickstarter campaign for the tarot cards designed by 80 different artists including the wild card and fate cards – my card is the Five of Cups, and you can buy a deck at this link by clicking on the image badge below……. and you can have the option to buy three decks for a slightly discounted price or just one deck to enjoy! πŸ™‚


Rainbow Abstract artworks on show at Adelaide Convention Centre!

From 5th August which is the opening night, to 24th August, my rainbow abstracts will be on show at the Adelaide Convention Centre! Exciting! Come and see them and join us on the opening night on 5th August at 6 pm, wine served for free courtesty of sponsors Penley Wines and Q Daltem Wines. Come and see a big splash of bright colours to inspire your mind and eyes and mingle with others including the artist Chelle. If there is any that you like but is not available, I’m taking commissions on request so contact me.

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The Differences Made in Life Art-wise and Technology

Apps: The Human Story – I’m part of a kickstarter project, as a backer for the project, called App: The Human Story and it is about people making apps and technology over the years. They have asked us to write our story about how apps have made a difference in our lives small or big. My story is as below.

I’m Chelle and from Australia, and I have not made any apps such as but over the years I have supported many and when computers became widely used by the community from the 1980s, my father bought a couple of computers for us. When I was 7 and half, I stumbled upon Police Quest 1 and Space Quest 1, two amazing looking adventure games with great graphics for their time. This got me very excited and I started to collect these type of games, made by Sierra. These games would become my outlet for many years, growing up and would also lead me into the direction of art. It would be the start of the road to my becoming an artist. I would write stories and draw images about these games which were based on the characters and what I would do in the games, and I started to become good at illustrations and painting.

When I finished high school and went to uni, a science diploma in food, I had to put aside art for 2 years which I hated to do but I was told “you won’t make much money from art!” and boy, they were wrong! Two years after my science course, I left home and moved interstate to Adelaide, and enrolled in my dream course, a visual arts degree. I finished it 5 years later and have become successful! The people who said I wouldn’t make much money in art took back those words and have been very supportive.

Now I am able to create not only traditional art but digital art as well using my beloved photoshop program, and have created short animation films and now art books. My favourite medium to work with is watercolour traditional as well as acrylic and mixed mediums. One of the best things about technology advancing is it has enabled me to take my art a lot further than just traditional means and being able to network via Facebook, Twitter, forums, blogs and Kickstarter.

Now lately I seem to be getting a lot of good exposure for my art and becoming well known! I was recently a part of a worldwide artist collaboration project called the 78 tarot project and we all created a card each for the tarot card deck and it is now on kickstarter, and nearly finished but looks like we will make the funding! Amazing thing is, how I got involved was when I restarted my twitter account at the near end of last year and started to add artists from all over the world through the search tool on Twitter, and one of them found me at the very start of this year and soon after she organised the 78 tarot project and asked me to be part of it. I was honoured as she is a good artist and quite well known especially for her loud personality! The card I created was the Five of Cups. Yes you can see our project on kickstarter at 78 Tarot Kickstarter and my card at this page – Five of Cups by Chelle.

I’m also currently planning an art walk in a local area of Adelaide, in Semaphore and quite a few cafes and shops have said yes to this project so it will become a reality in September. People will be able to do a pub-crawl style of art viewing, as in they will have the chance to view my art at different cafes and shops along the main street of Semaphore and enjoy a cuppa or meal along the way when they follow the route on the flyer I’m creating at this very moment.

What I love about the internet is these days, websites like mine which are set up on a computer are automatically able to be viewed on mobile phones easily and people are able to see artworks on my website which isΒ and I have had the convience of being able to use my ipad to edit my website if I’m away from the computer, maybe on the train or in the shops! Also I must mention, my favourite old classic games and the newer indie games I enjoy are now made into apps to be able to play on the ipad and mobile phones. I have to date, been enjoying a bit of Gemini Rue on my ipad and I think I’m around 60% through the game. I love that I’m now able to take these type of games anywhere with me as portable as possible.

To end on a note about apps, I have found many to be very useful. One recently app I added to my phone to aid me as a deaf person, is an alert that pops up on my phone if I’m in an area that is in danger, such as a fire, earthquake, or any other danger maybe a train crash and it has proven to be a help as I have been able to take a safer route. When most people can hear the radio to be warned of dangers and the like, I miss out so that app has been helpful. A recent surprise I discovered that was already built into my phone was an app called Assistive Light, which meant the flash on my phone’s camera would be turned into a torch! That made me very happy as often I have to walk through the dark to get to bed when my partner is already in bed! Another favourite app of mine is Photo Transfer which means I don’t have to bother with a cable to connect phone to computer to transfer photos! I can do it straight on the computer when the app is connected by wifi to the phone and even from my Samsung Galaxy phone to my ipad and vice versa. Another app that is dear to my heart, called Very Android which allows me to save all my SMS’s to a txt file so then I have my messages transferred to storage on computer or wherever I want and free up space in my phone if I ever get too many messages that slow down the phone. Has not happened yet with this one like it did with my last Samsung Galaxy. Last but not least, the amazing Kickstarter app that lets me track my favourite projects that I have backed, on my phone without needing to go to the website on my phone or anywhere else so I can keep check if one of my favourite projects is getting close to achieving their funding goal.

Thank you for asking me to be part of this amazing project App: The Human Story. I hope many will enjoy my story πŸ™‚

What makes you happy?

A bit of a fun here, lets share what makes you happy! Now here is the simple thing, a bit of community rejoicing I’m hoping to bring about by bringing people together here.

What makes me happy? Simply creating in my art studio, watching a art piece come together, whether that be a drawing, painting or something made with my hands sculptural. Especially if it is a piece that comes from my imagination. One of my artworks below is an example and it shows a progress drawing and the finished drawing, for an exhibition I had recently in May. What else makes me happy? Spending time with my sweety, friends and having cuppas and a good meal, playing a good old point click adventure game, reading a good book and the simple beautiful things I see out there as well as things that spark my interest, maybe an old building or a cute VW bug plodding along! πŸ˜€

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Ok tell us what makes you happiest!

SALA Festival and the Adelaide Convention Centre!

Chelle's art will be at Adelaide Convention Centre from 5th August to 24th August
Chelle’s art will be at Adelaide Convention Centre from 5th August to 24th August

I’m featuring my artworks a collection of the Rainbow abstract series including new works at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 5th August to 24th August. The opening night will be on the 5th August, starting at 6 pm until 8 pm, drinks and nibbles provided and then enjoy a dinner in town where the festivities will be happening for the SALA Festival.

SALA you ask? SALA stands for South Australian Living Artists and it is a month long festival of artists of all avenues showcasing their works through performing arts, music, visual art exhibitions, open studio days, and much more!

RAW Artists Pop Up show!

My artwork will be part of a pop up art show called Communique on 25th July and starts at 8 pm. The pop up show will consist of many different artists – performers, musicians, visual artists like myself showcasing our artworks, hairdressers, models, make up artists and many others! It will be held at the Producers Hotel on Grenfell Street, Adelaide. To purchase a ticket under my artist name go to this link RAW Artist – Chelle Destefano – Purchase Ticket

The tickets are $15 each and supports the artist. Come and spend the night among us, enjoy a dinner and drinks with us at the hotel and dance to great music!

I will be showcasing a number of different artworks I have created this past year, including watercolour works, ink and wash works and acrylic paintings!