‘HAPPY’ Hosted by 19 KAREN & The Sofitel Hotel Gold Coast

Let’s get HAPPY with 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace as they share some incredible work from over 45 International and Australian artists. Each artist was asked to create a work around what makes them happy, and Gallery Director Terri Lew is hoping that in the process, their work will bring a little happiness to us all. If you are feeling like a pick me up, then you don’t want to miss this show, it surely will leave you feeling exactly as intended!

Set in the wonderful surroundings of The Sofitel Luxury Hotel, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace will present you with a group exhibition not to missed. With a diverse range of contemporary and cutting edge art that promises to explore what makes us “Happy”.


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Opening Reception:

Friday, May 13, 2016 | 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates:

May 13 – June 30, 2016

19 Karen Contemporary Artspace

The Sofitel Gold Coast

81 Surf Parade
Gold Coast Queensland

For enquiries and purchasing information please contact or 07 5554 5019

If you would like to join them for this grand event – please RSVP – as numbers are strictly limited.

Exhibiting Artists:

Anne Smerdon, Fernando Cope2 Carlo Jr,. Danny Gretscher, Dave Thomas, Ewa Pronczuk-Kuziak, Francisco Bosoletti, Helen Holmes, Helen Oprey, Huntoland, Go Suga, Gola Hundun, Indie184, Janine Daddo, Jason Bryant, Jessica Charlotte, Johnny Romeo, Jon Stucky, Juan Arata, Kate McCarthy, Kerry Agius, Kim Leutwyler, Kristine Ballard, Linda Vogler, Marina Capdevila, Marina Gonzalez Eme, Mart Florio, Melissa Hartley, Mellissa Read-Devine, Michael Reeder, Nadia Seo, No Martins, Okokume, Patrick Oudin, Peter-John de Villers, Remy Uno, Richard Blundell, Richard Denny, Roy Wilkins, Rodrigo Branco, Ryan Myers, Sally West, Skount, Tracy Piper, Tori Tinsley, Troy Brooks, Yosi Messiah

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(Above) Troy Brooks – Bedlam Harvest

 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace’s group exhibition HAPPY is a bright, upbeat offering in a world that is sometimes a little dark. What makes you Happy?

“When I thought about our next group, I knew I had to come up with a fun, happy title because we always have fun when the Sofitel Hotel hosts our group shows and everyone walks away happy.The year 2015 was full of unhappy world events and so to create a positive and happy vibe for 2016, I thought why not keep it simple and call our group show HAPPY? So I asked the artists participating in the show to create artwork that best describes what makes them happy. The results, as you can see, differ from artists to artist. Hopefully their statement explains in more detail what makes them happy.” ~19 Karen Contemporary Artspace Director. Terri Lew

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(Above) Ewa Pronczuk Kuziak – Happy, The Still Life Series 2016

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(Above) Kim Leutwyler

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(Above) Tracy Piper – Scotty The Blue Bunny

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(Above) Tori Tinsley – Anticipating Hug

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(Above) Okokume – Ureshii

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(Above) Melissa Hartley – The Daydream

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(Above) Juan Arata – Idyllic Happiness

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(Above) Johnny Romeo – Happy Go Lucky

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(Above) Jessica Charlotte – Gretchen & Gretchen


(Above) Ariel Katzir – Balance


(Above) Danny Gretscher – Mystery Island

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(Above) Helen Holmes – Lily of the Fields


(Above) Indie184 – Paradise

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(Above) Janine Daddo – Fly Through The Flowers


(Above) Francisco Bosoletti – Freedom



About Author

Kylie Dexter was born (and is currently living with her gorgeous boys, Rob and Zen)  in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by Pop Surrealism and the New Contemporary Art movement  she began collecting original works and sculptures in the mid 90's. Since then her collection has grown to epic proportions. She has had an obsession with art from a young age and has an eye for emerging artists, and a deep understanding of the narrative the artist is trying to portray. She believes art can change the way people think and reach the deepest part of their psyches. Kylie has faith in art's ability to create an energy to express and reflect the  deep symbolism and stories that are untouchable in normal reality. She also has a  heartfelt connection to music and is a self-taught artist who brings needle felting to life via her dolls that are sold and shown around the world. With an enthusiastic addiction for writing about art, talking about art, looking at art and making art, what better place to be, surrounded by what you love! I feel passionate that Beautiful Bizarre Magazine raises the profile of up and coming artists, supports those already in the industry and contributes positively to galleries who share a common goal; to keep art alive and flowing, to keep people creating and more importantly keep people collecting and expressing themselves via the images on their walls. . 'Take your broken heart, make it into art' ~ Carrie Fisher

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