Lorry Humphreys


Exhibition runs from Saturday February 25 – Sunday March 26, as part of the Fringe Festival

Download the Catalogue of artworks for sale here: (pdf 2.15mg) (UPDATED MARCH 10th)
* Sales will take place strictly from 6pm on the night of the opening, Friday February 24th, either in person or by phoning 87212563 with a credit card
** Note that some artworks may not be exhibited as part of the exhibition, but may still be purchased.

Download the special Stand Like Stone souvenir brochure with an essay about Lorry Humphreys here: (pdf 3.8mg)

About Lorry Humphreys

Lorraine Mary Ann Humphreys (1930 -2015), generally known as Lorrie, was born in Sydney and retired to Mt. Gambier where she died after many happy and productive years. She was a consummate artist. Despite many difficulties faced throughout her life, at the core of her survival was an adherence to the rigid family principle of stoicism, confronting all obstacles with strength and ingenuity and never giving up. Lorrie applied this to both her life in general and to her art in particular.

Early childhood illness which disrupted her schooling could not quell the artistic spirit that was developing within and soon a certainty arose in the young girl that she was destined to become an artist. Whilst at school in Canberra she managed to arrange lessons in art which were outside the general curriculum, her determination fully supported by her family. When she returned to Sydney after completing her schooling, she was able to enrol in the most prestigious private art establishment of the time, the Julian Ashton Art School and in addition, she won a place at the famous East Sydney Tech. to study sculpture with Lyndon Dadswell. Each of these institutions produced some of Australia’s most famous artists, a number of whom Lorrie met or was tutored by. The schools’ influence can be seen in her early works and yet even in the 1956 ‘Cinema’-no doubt based upon her observations whilst working in the family business- her own specific style was already evolving. There is often a wonderful theatricality in her work-unexpected subject choices and often impossible colour combinations- that somehow succeed. Thus it was not surprising to learn that Lorrie for a time was involved in a Light Opera Company when living in Newcastle. After one performance, a make-up artist persuaded her to adopt ‘blue eyebrows’! These she loved and became her permanent signature from that moment onwards. They could be a little unnerving to the uninitiated-this I believe she enjoyed.

Throughout her career Lorrie mastered a tremendous variety of media including oil, house paint, pastel, watercolour and charcoal and surfaces she painted on were canvas, Masonite, ply and when these materials became scarce- corrugated cardboard. The textured surface, when carefully treated, actually enhanced the painting. Her subject matter was vast and her style extended from figurative to abstract. Her brilliance truly shone in the minimalist works where with a few strategically placed strokes she conveyed her vision. A number of works were unsigned but mostly signed with ‘Lorrie’, ‘LH’ or ‘LOL’, a name given to her as a child. Painting was Lorrie’s life blood, her passion and as with all the true artists, she felt compelled to paint. Wherever she was and with whatever materials were at hand her innovative creations would emerge. Even in the last months of her life some of her finest works were produced.

Lorrie extended her artistic vision beyond the confines of her home into her garden where with an inherited family skill she created an equally magical world, complimenting the treasure house of art works of the interior. She was also known as a talented sportswoman, a lover of fast sports cars and of dogs.

We are privileged to have the opportunity of viewing a lifetime’s collection of the creations of this remarkable woman, remarkable artist who quietly appeared in Mount Gambier about twenty five years ago, totally unknown but whose presence soon enriched the community and who has departed having finally gained recognition. The retrospective exhibition honours her lifetime of dedication to her art.

Dr Elizabeth Arthur