Visual Artist and Designer, Meg Gallagher has built a prominent reputation in the past decade as a creative. Having worked for some of the best names in the fashion industry and more recently returning to painting as her chosen medium, she has accumulated a following of collectors worldwide. Born in the Deep South of New Zealand, Meg grew up with the rugged, rural, and beautiful landscapes of Otago as her backdrop. Combined with a father that ran the city’s Arts Centre, it was an ideal breeding ground for developing a creative language of her own from a young age. Gallagher went on to complete a Bachelor of Design majoring in Fashion Design with 1st class Honours at Otago Polytechnic.
After being named as One to Watch by Vogue Italia and being awarded a scholarship to study at Milan's Europeo Instituto de Design, Meg’s design career was kickstarted and she soon found herself in top roles at brands such as; Collette Dinnigan, Camilla and Marc, and Ksubi. It has been during her time at Ksubi where Meg cultivated her skills in becoming an expert in denim design, with her pieces seen on the likes of Gigi Hadid, Playboi Carti, Hailey Bieber and Jared Leto, and her cachet further strengthened by collaborations withTravis Scott, Kendall Jenner, and KITH .
ARTWORK STYLE & PHILOSOPHY
Meg develops her art practice of contemporary nudes in her home studio in Sydney’s South, which borders the national park. Once again surrounded by nature, this inspiration is clearly evident in her work, with her layered colour palette reflecting the nearby bush and her mid-century modern home. While her use of denim as a canvas and the textured treatments she applies speaks to her time in the fashion industry. With a background in dance, Gallagher’s exploration into the female form started young. Since becoming a mother, Meg has become significantly more in touch with the female form. Painting nudes is a vehicle for her to celebrate how she sees women’s sensuality and sexual energy as their biggest strength. It’s through the responses to her nudes and collaborations on commissions that Meg finds what she does so rewarding. Connecting with unseemingly like-minded individuals is what continues to inspire her on a regular basis.