garry pumfrey

Pumfrey’s realist paintings serve to critique the iconography of consumerism. His earlier trademark images of crushed soft drink cans parodied the seductive slickness of advertising graphics, alluding to the waste that inevitably accompanies capitalist culture. His ongoing series of paintings continue to investigate consumer culture, by recording various corner delis and fish and chip shops around his home and studio. They are a touching tribute to a disappearing Australian icon.

In 2005, Pumfrey received ArtsWA Arts Development funding to assist with the costs of holding his first Melbourne exhibition, and to produce the first major catalogue of his work to accompany it.

Pumfrey studied art and design at the Claremont School of Art, before studying for a further twelve months at Edith Cowan University in 1999. He won an award in the 2004 Town of Vincent Art Award, won the Peoples Choice Award at the City of Joondalup Invitational Art Award in 2004 and has taken out first prize twice at the Gascoyne Biennale and once at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Art Exhibition. He has work in several public collections, including Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the Town of Vincent.