6 New Artworks by Margo Humphries

I’ve just uploaded 6 new artworks to my gallery:

“Womb”, acrylic on paper, 2009, by Margo Humphries:

Womb – Margo Humphries

“Fireworks 2”, acrylic on paper, 2009, by Margo Humphries:

Fireworks 2 – Margo Humphries

“Tlaquepaque Mexico”, acrylic on paper, 2009, by Margo Humphries:

Tlaquepaque Mexico – Margo Humphries

“Elves & Fairies”, watercolour & pencil on paper, 1995, by Margo Humphries:

Elves & Fairies – Margo Humphries

“Night Stalkers at Dusk”, watercolour & pencil on paper, 1995, by Margo Humphries:

Night Stalkers at dusk – Margo Humphries

“Sea Shells 3”, acrylic on canvas, 2009, by Margo Humphries:

Sea Shells 3 – Margo Humphries

Margo Humphries Debut Solo Exhibition

The debut solo exhibition by local Newcastle artist, Margo Humphries, is being held next month at Goodness Me Organics, Adamstown from 1 to 31 August 2013.


All artworks will be for sale. The exhibition compliments the café which boasts tasty all day brekky, lunch, smoothies, sweet treats and more plus quality organic ingredients to deliver a great coffee experience every time.


Goodness Me Organics is located at 617-621 Glebe Rd, Adamstown (Cnr Date St)

& is open Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm. Sat 9am – 3pm. Parking available in nearby Date Street Carpark. Visit http://goodnessmeorganics.com.au/


Margo was born in Taree & moved to Newcastle in 2003 when she was 23 years old. In 2009 Margo & her partner Matthew established their own business, Kasarn Designs, named after their daughter.


From an early age Margo always enjoyed drawing & painting & has found it to be a form of meditation where she enters into another world & feels relaxed & focused. When Margo was only 12 she entered the Walkom-Manning Art Prize where she won the “Children of the Manning” Youth Award with “Wingham Brush”.


Margo taught herself to paint by studying books and other artists’ styles.  Margo has developed her own style, painting many different subjects & experimenting with different techniques. Margo has experimented with different media, including watercolour & oil but prefers to work with acrylic. Margo is passionate about art & displaying her colourful abstract & landscape paintings. Margo’s visual vocabulary has made her known for her painterly style & vibrant canvases. The energy in her works appears to be limitless & she loves creating works that you could stare at for hours. For Margo, the creative voyage along the way is equally significant as the outcome.


Margo was selected as one of 10 artists for the Mattara Festival’s Inaugural Outdoor Art Exhibition & her “Look up in the Sky Tonight” was draped over Newcastle Panthers in October 2011. 10 buildings participated in the art trail.


In 2012 Margo’s T-Shirt Design, The Line Up, made the final 20 in Redbubble’s SXSW T-shirt Competition for New York band The Big Sleep. Also last year Margo joined the Hunter Arts Network committee as their “Social Media Guru” & helps in promoting their quarterly Art Bazaars.


Margo has also been involved in many community projects including the 2002 Peoplescape project & designing & creating street banners for Victoria Street in Taree in 1996.

Margo Humphries Debut Solo Exhibition at Goodness Me Organics, Adamstown
Margo Humphries Debut Solo Exhibition at Goodness Me Organics, Adamstown

SOLD! Two paintings

Here’s my two paintings in their new location which I sold at our garage & art sale on 22 June 2013 – “Green Swirls” diptych & “Surging & Rushing”

Here’s my two paintings in their new location which I sold at our garage & art sale on 22 June 2013 – “Green Swirls” diptych & “Surging & Rushing”:
Here’s my two paintings in their new location which I sold at our garage & art sale on 22 June 2013 – “Green Swirls” diptych & “Surging & Rushing”:

Winter Art Bazaar Success Yesterday

What a huge success Winter Art Bazaar was yesterday at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. We were so lucky to have so much sunshine & I also sold three paintings!

Here’s my stall:

Margo Humphries of Kasarn Designs stall at Winter Art Bazaar at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on 9 June 2013
Margo Humphries of Kasarn Designs stall at Winter Art Bazaar at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on 9 June 2013

Free Art in Newcastle tomorrow!

It’s Friday tomorrow! That’s means there’ll be FREE ART in Newcastle! There’ll be a few of us Hunter Arts Network members giving you plenty of chances to find something to keep for FREE! Here’s the drawing I’ll be dropping, stay tuned for clues: https://www.facebook.com/FAFNewcastle?fref=ts

AND remember to see more of our work this Sunday at Art Bazaar Maitland!

“Flowers – vivid” by Margo Humphries Find it & keep it for free in Free Art Friday – Newcastle on Friday 7 June 2013

Icing decoration on birthday cake

Here’s how we decorated the icing on our daughter’s birthday cake – Jackson Pollock/The Block style!


We invented a new concept for icing decoration for our daughter’s birthday cake. We drilled two holes in the top of a funnel & tied a piece of string to each hole. Then rolled up a piece of baking paper & placed in the centre of the funnel. You can then pour jelly crystals or sugar coloured with food colouring through the funnel & let it swing like a pendulum to achieve the random design inspired by Jackson Pollock & recently seen on The Block

New idea for icing decorating
New idea for icing decorating

Mega Garage Sale & Art Show

Great bargains & Free stuff!

Toys, mens wear, maternity wear, homewares, furniture, cookware, electrical, general household, baby items, collectibles & more

Original paintings by local artist Margo Humphries. Ready to hang canvases & framed works on paper. Colourful landscapes, abstracts & variety of subjects. Works from $20 to $350

7AM – 4PM

Licensing now available

All images of my work are available for Licensing. A licensing request needs to be sent to Viscopy. For Viscopy to be able to issue a licence please supply the following information to viscopylicensing@copyright.com.au:

– Name of the artist: Margo Humphries
– Title of the work/s: eg “Lansdowne Escarpment”
– Your company/organisation
– Title of the publication/product
– Will you be reproducing the art work in full or will you be using a detail? Cropped or detail uses require Viscopy to seek prior approval from the copyright holder
– Distribution territory – Australia and New Zealand or worldwide? Our licensing generally covers Australia and New Zealand, and worldwide for online uses. Additional territory loadings may apply
– Duration of licence (1 year, 5 years etc)
– Print run of the publication/product
– For books; is it an interior or cover page? Cover pages are charged at a higher rate because of the exposure of the work. If interior, what is the size of the reproduction – full page, quarter page etc?
– Will there also be an e-publication or CD-Rom version of any printed material?
– For online uses: how long will the image(s) be online and the website address? We generally license online uses for one year. What is the context of how the work will be used- on the homepage, promoting a collection, editorial content or advertising use?

– Do you need permission for any other associated uses (eg. for the art work to be used in an advertising campaign)?


Click here for details:

Arctic Voodoo by Margo Humphries
Arctic Voodoo by Margo Humphries



Peoplescape – Canberra

I participated in the original Peoplescape installation at Parliament House for the 2001 Centenary of Federation, & this year, from 25 March to 26 April, The University Of Canberra will create UCPeoplescape on the Bruce campus Concourse, to mark its 45th birthday during the 2013 Centenary of Canberra:

Here’s the excerpt from the 2001 Peoplescape book of my Mary Reiby figure, do you know anyone else who also participated?

Copyright & Resale Royalty Seminar

Come along to Hunter Arts Network’s Copyright & Resale Royalty Seminar on 14 May at Newcastle Art School

Invitation to Hunter Arts Network Professional Development Night Copyright Agency 14 May 2013








Invitation to attend a Professional Development night

Guest speaker Tristan Chant from Copyright

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Doors 5.30pm

Time 6pm – 7pm

Newcastle Art School (TAFE), 590-608 Hunter St, Newcastle, on-street parking & parking at rear (turn left at Worth Place)


Join us after the presentation for tea/coffee/nibblies & networking



The resale royalty scheme started on 9 June 2010. A 5% royalty is payable on certain resales of artworks for $1,000 or more (including GST). Artists are being urged to register and/or ensure that their contact and payment details are up to date, so that they can easily be found and paid if a royalty is collected for them. The scheme applies to living artists, and artists who have died in the last 70 years. Copyright Agency manages the scheme who collects an administrative fee up to 10% of the royalty collected.

Topics that will be covered include:

– Resale royalty

– Basic copyright

– Copyright Agency/Viscopy membership

– Copyright Agency Cultural Fund


Copyright Agency is a not for profit rights management organisation, who enables the use of text and images in return for fair payment to writers, visual artists and publishers. This includes managing the Viscopy business: services to artists and users of images.


Tristan Chant is also a practicing artist and curator so this presentation is based on how to apply the above to an artist’s professional practice.



We need to know numbers so please contact Margo Humphries before the above date:

Email: margo@kasarndesigns.com

Mob: 0411176089

Please provide your full name, mobile & email address


Free Art Friday & Seascape & Beyond Fundraiser THIS WEEKEND

Free art tomorrow in Newcastle! I’ll be dropping this painting in a street somewhere & the finder can keep it for FREE – stayed tuned for Free Art Friday clues!

Margo Humphries is dropping this painting in Newcastle tomorrow for a lucky finder to keep for FREE!

Here’s the other painting I’ve submitted for this weekend’s Seascape & Beyond Art Exhibition & Fundraiser, to be held at Merewether Surf Club, the opening night is tomorrow 6.30-8.30pm:

“Seashells” by Margo Humphries entered in this weekend’s Seascape & Beyond Exhibition

Free art scattered around Newcastle yesterday – The Herald 8/3/13

I had an exciting day yesterday after I participating in Free Art Friday – Newcastle. We encouraged Hunter Arts Network artists to leave their artworks around the streets for anyone to find & keep for FREE! I dropped four drawings, at Charlestown square, Merewether Pedestrian Underpass, Obelisk & Civic Park Fountain & I heard from this finder soon after, they sent me a lovely email! I haven’t heard from the other finders yet. I was stoked that Charlestown square shared my photo of the drawing I left in their carpark & appearing in this article in The Herald! http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1350835/free-art-scattered-around-newcastle/?cs=303

Margo Humphries Church drawing at Newcastle Obelisk yesterday

Autumn Art Bazaar next weekend

Come & visit me next Sunday 10 March on the grounds of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery where I’ll be exhibiting at Art Bazaar for the first time! I’ll be in the Moray and Agnew Lawyers tent. Here’s some of my works that I will be displaying:

art bazaar fb cover



Following on the great success of four seasonal art bazaars in 2012, Autumn Art Bazaar is returning to the grounds of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery on Sunday 10 March 2013 from 10am – 3pm.

The Gallery and Lake Macquarie Council loved hosting last year’s event and are keen to build the crowd numbers year upon year. Enjoy a great day out in the gallery grounds while taking in the beautiful lake views.

Art Bazaar features a variety of premium handmade products from over 100 local Hunter Arts Network (HAN) artists including fashion, jewellery, accessories, fine art, photography, sculptures & homewares. HAN is a non-profit membership of Artists, Designers, Jewellers and craft people from the Hunter region.

2013 is the second year of seasonal Art Bazaars which has stimulated the arts community and increased public awareness of the Hunter’s diverse artistic culture, successfully displaying the many individuals, groups, organisations and businesses.

The Hunter’s premier artisan & design marketplace, Art Bazaar, is the ideal platform for the community to invest in locally produced visual arts, craft & design, including professional practitioners, who will have their work showcased in a supportive and creative atmosphere.

Shoppers will enjoy meeting the artists & designers who have carefully created for the reputable event providing access beyond the boundaries of the gallery. The warm & friendly setting allows for stallholders to always be approachable to chat about their work. It is an affordable opportunity for both the public & the creative people of Newcastle & the Hunter. Enjoy the atmosphere of a world class Gallery and meet the Artisans of the Hunter. “Newcastle has a fantastic art scene however not everyone will enter galleries, so Art Bazaar provides the perfect setting for people to see established and emerging Artists in a great environment” said Leah Fawthrop, President of HAN. “Our Artisans practice in a variety of mediums and we also include designers – originality, quality and variety is the key to HAN membership.”

Art Bazaars are FREE entry & there’ll also be demonstrations, loads of parking, food/drinks & ATM’s.
Bring your family along, enjoy inexpensive children’s art activities in the gallery and a barbeque lunch prepared by the Gallery Society. All funds raised by the Gallery Society go towards the purchase of artworks for the gallery’s collection.

Art Bazaar Major Sponsor is Moray and Agnew Lawyers