Danijela Krha Purssey is an entrepreneur, and the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Australian based international contemporary art magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.
She is deeply passionate and committed to her vision to help shift the paradigm in the global contemporary arts industry regarding what is defined and accepted as contemporary art.
Danijela has created a carefully curated, unique contemporary arts experience via all the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine touch points that inspires and champions emerging and mid-career creatives both locally and around the world. Beautiful Bizarre Magazine has inspired creatives to pursue a life and career in the arts and helped artists’ careers grow via Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s exposure of their work.
Danijela founded Beautiful Bizarre Magazine in 2013 with her husband, Richard Purssey. In the 7 years since the launch of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine she has released 27 issues, published over 2,300 web articles, developed and launched our interactive digital magazine, curated 9 exhibitions in 4 countries, and shared the work of countless creatives from all corners of the globe. Beautiful Bizarre Magazine has become not only an influential player in the contemporary art scene, but more importantly a voice, a tribe and platform for creatives whose work doesn’t always fit neatly into the traditional fine art “box”.
Danijela has forged global connections with artists, collectors, gallery owners and their communities to further her vision for the new contemporary art scene and to help galleries and creatives thrive. The Beautiful Bizarre Magazine social media platforms have grown to over 980,000 followers.
As a champion of Australian art, Danijela has started an Australian Creatives Collective Instagram account. She feels strongly that her local creatives need and deserve more exposure both locally and internationally, more support, inspiration and mentoring. Danijela plans to use her own and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s influence and connections to more deeply support her local arts scene.
In late 2016 Danijela was awarded the prestigious AMP Foundation ‘Tomorrow Makers’ Award, and grant funding to expand Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.
Richard Purssey is the Co-Founder and Technical Director of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.
He is also an ICT Director who is also a lifelong collector and appreciator of modern art. During the life of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Richard has interviewed some of the finest contemporary realist artists from around the world, and been intimately involved in the creation of Beautiful Bizarre as a leading voice in the world of figurative art in all mediums. He has also been closely involved with the fine arts during his time as CIO of one of Australia’s most prestigious public galleries, the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk lives amongst a mass of art, nature, curious trinkets and green tea. As Deputy Editor, Natalia works closely with the Editor-in-Chief, supporting with the design, curation and overall growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. She also oversees distribution of the magazine, so drop her a line if you know someone who would like to stock! Utilising her experience as a freelance writer, Natalia also engages with editorial writing and proofreading for both the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and print publication. One of her favourite perks is getting to know artists, gallery owners and their teams personally, so feel free to email her if there is anything she can help you with – or just to connect!
I am the Finance Director of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and feel incredibly lucky to have been part of this amazing journey from the second issue in 2013. As a lover of all things creative and artistic, with my body being my canvas, it is wonderful to see how art touches the lives of so many in such a positive way through Beautiful Bizarre. When not punching numbers, you’ll find me out in the paddock with my horses or knee deep in the garden in the wine region of South Australia.
Bella Harris is an internationally exhibited artist and creator of Wooden Ophelia. She is not only the Online Editor at Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, she also oversees all staff writers and helps support website functionality and development. As a contributing writer for the website, active copy editor, and editorial photographer, she plays a vital role in the growth of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine while working closely with advertisers and artists.
Bella Harris is a self-taught artist whose first experience with the paintbrush came when she realized turpentine wasn’t her Grandmother’s Chanel N°5. Working with a variety of mediums, the St. Louis native explores the fragility, whimsicality, and unguarded emotional expression between realism and pop surrealism. With an emphasis on off-kilter portraiture, her emotionally driven works convey a sense of vulnerability and haunting individuality. Through her growing body of art and photography, she continues to render interpretatively subtle message of self-awareness and personal reflection alongside the many characteristics of a slightly stranger beauty. Her vision presents a wide spectrum of dark detailed lines juxtaposing light minimalism while other works capture a true range of color. Thriving deep in a collective vein driven by fragments of self-perceptions, the reservations in which one’s own criticisms have the ability to cripple distinctiveness are shed. Bringing to life new techniques and evolving styles, each piece embodies personal attachments of the artist’s creative voice and aims to embrace the viewer while delivering a nearly tangible variance of emotional communication. With consistent study, she methodically incorporates a variety of styles to convey the journey of her deeply personal vision.
She is the original creator of Wooden Ophelia, a contemporary collection of original moon designs, handmade woodwork, artwork furnishings, and sacred crystals… all to enchant your home.
Caitlyn Gregson is the Social Media Manager of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, and a 3rd year Bachelor of Fine Arts student at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She started her journey with Beautiful Bizarre Magazine in April 2017 as an intern, working closely with the Editor-in-Chief to learn about independent publishing and the arts.
Caitlyn continues to work with the Editor-in-Chief, Danijela Krha Purssey, providing editorial and curatorial support, and now she also provides input into the magazine curation, assists with the administration of the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, manages the magazine submissions process and MentorMe, the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine free artist resource.
Caitlyn started her artistic journey as an acrylic portrait painter, but is now focusing more on photography, which she is falling more and more in love with each day. She loves spending her time reading and is a self proclaimed plant mum. Caitlyn loves all things weird, wonderful, beautiful and bizarre. And just between us, she’s also a little bizarre herself – but aren’t we all!
Hieu Nguyen is the Head Designer of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and an emerging Australian artist who goes by the alias kelogsloops. He specialises in both digital and watercolour paintings, often depicting female portraiture as his preferred subject matter of choice. His work blends abstract and surreal art styles with anime influences from his upbringing. He paints with the intention of capturing fleeting and intangible feelings, portraying his figures suspended in time. Since beginning on his artistic career, he has adopted and lived by his motto, “Be right back, chasing dreams.”
Hieu started drawing as a child, often losing himself in his sketchbooks. He went on to paint digitally in 2009 after receiving his first Wacom tablet. In his final years of high school, he began experimenting with watercolour. Consequently, he fell in love with the medium and has defined himself as both a watercolour & digital artist ever since.
Hieu currently exhibits his work in galleries and maintains a presence on social media. He intends to continue his current projects and pursuits, hoping to one day have his own studio and teach.
Hope Doe is an American artist residing in Mie, Japan. She creates moody sumi ink and watercolor paintings that are a unique blend of the mysterious unknown and humanity in nature. You can often find her hiding deep in a forest contemplating the beauty of it all. She has a passion for art and artist alike.
Andrea Kovacic is a fourth-year Law and Creative Writing student studying in Sydney, Australia. Andrea has also studied Literature and History abroad at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy. In addition to her studies, Andrea works as a freelance writer for a number of publications, whilst working on literary manuscripts. She is interested in the more dreamy and whimsical creations of the moody artistic world.
Nicole Gordon has interviewed over 200 artists from around the world and has relished the wonderful experience. Nicole has immersed herself within the New York City art community and is a Mother to 2 teenagers. As you could imagine she wears many hats and would not want it any other way.
Elizah Leigh is a longtime eco-journalist, art wordsmith and creativity connoisseur. Anything that hovers in the right-brained spectrum or is born out of unbridled imagination elevates my spirit. I probably revere mother nature’s ever-changing shazaamy brush strokes more than the average humanoid. Technicolor art supplies make me weak in the knees, as do wet-nosed luvvies.
Jacqueline Weinreb hails from Long Island, New York surrounded by nature. Art has always been my passion. I have a Master’s Degree in Art Education and love discovering the endless array of artistic mediums. There is magic in watching an artist create but what I find most gratifying is unearthing the reasoning behind their creations.
Tahirih Juliette Pettersen is a Norwegian-American writer, novelist, and poet. She grew up under the tutelage of fine art sculptor and architect, Arild Juel Pettersen. Surrounded by jazz musicians, race unity conscious individuals, health enthusiasts and European architecture she developed a taste for artistic eccentricities. Life instilled in her an intimate perspective on artistic expression, production, and the struggles they entail. An activist for art awareness, human rights, and mental health Tahirih began to create at a young age. Her latest novel is, “Crying for Cancer,” available to the public at a later date. She currently resides in Florida, USA.
Julien Djoubri is a french art aficionado who lives in Amsterdam. He has been lulled by Pop-Culture and art since his childhood. He loves to share his overflowing love for everything related to illustration, photography, movies, and other oddities. He loves to wander in the galleries and discover new universes. His other major passion is to get lost on the bizarre part of the internet to discover new artists and their worlds.
Chrysa Podioti is the Designer of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and a freelance graphic artist.
Now based in Greece and with 20 years of commercial experience in London UK, Chrysa has worked on various kinds of design work, from logos and branding identity, advertising, promotional graphics and editorial materials to book & magazine layout, web layout and illustration commissions.
Graduated from the University of the Arts (London College of Communication), her work is focused on editorial graphic design, experimental typography, illustration and printmaking. Studies also include freehand & architectural drawing.
Chrysa has also been a resident teaching artist at The Green School for girls and having taken several illustration commissions, has exhibited extensively in and outside London, in venues such as the ICA.