MyThredbo Card Art Series
Each year, the MyThredbo card design is commissioned to artists who have a strong affiliation with Thredbo, showcasing the incredible talent in the Snowy Mountains region and the unique relationship each artist holds with the mountain.
2020 | Sophie from Jindabyne Central School
This year the MyThredbo Card artwork celebrates community, with local school children in Kindergarten to Year 6 from Jindabyne Central School and Snowy Mountains Grammar School invited to create their own masterpiece with the theme ‘Gondola’. 8-year-old Sophie was the winner of the MyThredbo Card Art Competition with her imaginative design featuring a gaily-coloured ribbon of gondolas against a brightly hued mountain backdrop.
Sophie, described as a ‘kind and helpful member of her class’, was thrilled to learn she has the successful entry. Her picture channeled her love of the Thredbo ski fields and her excitement at the building of the new gondola.
2019 | Andrew 'Grassi' Kelaher
Andrew ‘Grassi’ Kelaher is an artist currently based just North of Sydney on the Central Coast. Being an artist has always been a big part of Andrew Grassi Kelaher’s life. As a child he had paintings exhibited in major Sydney art prizes and by his early 20’s he had exhibited in galleries across Australia. Ever since he has been a full time artist working either on paintings and exhibitions or becoming involved in other creative projects such as snow sculptures at Thredbo.
Andrew’s MyThredbo painting named “Bluebird Day at Antons and Sponars” is what he imagines “skiing up at Antons and Sponars on a bluebird day with all the space, the bright blue of the sky at the muted blues.
2018 | Zoe Young
Zoe Young is an Australian Painter and two time Archibald Prize finalist. Applying modernist sculpture techniques to portraiture and still life painting, Young creates works that, although nostalgic, domestic and unapologetically feminine in subject matter, works are built upon solid structural foundations that reveal picture planes that curve and block as sculpture does.
Zoe describes her MyThredbo painting as “Inspired by my memory of my Dad, Butch, in the 80’s, so gracefully carving up Dead Horse Gap as he led a group of us through the sparkling gums. Mum would be waiting with a champagne picnic for us all at the end of the adventure, it was always such a magic day”.
2017 | Imants Tillers
Imants Tillers is an artist, writer and curator currently living in the Snowy Mountains. Since 1981 he has used his signature canvas boards to explore themes relevant to contemporary culture, from the centre/periphery debates of the 1980s to the effects of migration, displacement and diaspora. Most recently, his paintings have been concerned with place, locality and evocations of the landscape.
Imants’ MyThredbo design has captured the contours, colours and light of the tallest mountain in Thredbo’s backyard, Mt Kosciuszko.
2016 | Brad Spalding
Brad Spalding was the Thredbo Snow School and Snow Sport Director for 13 years (1994-2006) and has been a practising artist all his life. Returning to Thredbo as a ski instructor after working at various European alpine resorts, Spalding became fascinated with Australian skiers who had predominantly made the pilgrimage inland from the warmer climates of the coast, often unprepared for the cold, but game for the challenge of the mountains. His raincoat-clad ‘sou-wester’ people were born and over the years they have become a symbol of Spalding’s work in the area.
Spalding continues to live in the Snowy Mountains and through his painting he captures Australia’s mountain landscapes as he experiences them. His large scale works envelope viewers in the wild beauty of Lake Jindabyne and the Kosciuszko ranges by drawing us into his sense of place.
Spalding and his wife Monika now own and run the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery on the road to Thredbo, where they serve-up delicious après-ski food and aperitifs.
This painting is Brad’s version of a ‘Guardian Snow Angel’, designed to look out for you during winter, providing the perfect amount of powder, sunshine and good times.
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