An Exhibition of ELTHAM College Alumni Artists from the Past Four Decades

Judging Panel

Jamie Cooper

Jamie Cooper

In 1984, Jamie realized a childhood dream when he made his AFL debut with the Fitzroy Football Club, retiring after 4 seasons to develop his creative talents. Jamie’s career as a professional artist began in 1998 when his distinctive oil paintings had their first release under the AFL memorabilia license. Since then, Jamie has become the creative force behind the highly successful AFL “Team of the Century” paintings, producing major historical works for most of the AFL clubs. By the early 2000’s, his reputation as the country’s premier sports artist was well entrenched, with further commissions including the Australian Olympic Committee and the USA Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees baseball teams. Jamie’s unique combination of artist and elite athlete makes for a well-rounded talent who can articulate his work’s ideas and themes to a broad audience.

Susan Gibson

Susan Gibson

After completing her Bachelor of Arts and Visual Arts Diploma, Susan worked as an artist for a number of years exhibiting and working out of the Easy Street Studios in Collingwood. Having experienced the exhibition process from the artist’s point of view, Susan felt she could offer something more inclusive in the way of a gallery experience and so in 2007 she opened Cambridge Studio Gallery in the stimulating gallery precinct area of Collingwood. With over 100 exhibitions held over the 7 years, Susan feels the diversity of art is a wonderful reinforcement of the power of creativity and highlights the unique individual element of humanity. Art really does matter.

Deborah Halpern

Deborah Halpern

Creator of many of Melbourne’s most loved public sculptures, Deborah’s works exude an innate vitality and alluring simplicity. Spontaneous in form, her creatures are painted in a style that recalls visions of Gaudi, Picasso and the playful surrealism of French sculptor Niki de Sant Phalle, yet all have become distinctly Halpernesque in their ability to delight and surprise.