New commission for local artist Courtenay McCue

12 Feb 2019

New commission for local artist Courtenay McCue

From 11 -22 Feb local artist Courtenay McCue will be here creating on a vibrant new mural for us as part of the Duchamp Wall Commission.

Her artwork, The Queen of the Cross, is inspired by Carlotta; a Gold Coast icon, fearless cabaret dancer and LGBTQ activist.

Executed in Courtenay’s signature style of layered street art treatments, including stencils, pastes ups, and hand-written messages, this mural is her biggest work to date, and her first-time using wall vinyl.

Based on the Gold Coast, Courtenay (also known by her trademark CRT – derived from her nickname Court) draws inspiration from the graffiti of Melbourne lanes, the iconography of medieval religious art, the urban beach culture of the Gold Coast and the energy of her birthplace Sydney, she pushes boundaries and breaks the rules.

Known for her high-volume output of bright, contemporary works, her painting practice is heavily influenced by popular music, street culture, urban aesthetics, underground zines, pin-up girls, pop and graffiti art. Connecting the contemporary world with bygone eras, with heavy references to the 70s and 80s she weaves song lyrics, advertisements, motifs and icons onto multi-layered and coloured surfaces

Her trademark CRT is not simply her artist signature but an ever-present symbol within the visual language of her work.

Courtenay’s profile as a Gold Coast emerging artist has been established with a solo show at S.O.F.A Gallery in Currumbin and a mural for the Level Up Gallery in Coolangatta in 2018. We’re excited to have her artwork on the wall until July 2019.

Courtenay will also host a workshop for kids – ArtLab: Stencil Stars on 9 March. Young artists will create a layered artwork using spray paint and stencils under her direction.


The Duchamp Wall

At HOTA we’re always looking for opportunities for local artists. Our latest commission, affectionately known as the Duchamp Wall Commission (yes, it’s on a wall near a male toilet) provides a blank canvas for local artists to create site-specific, temporary artwork and to extend their own practice.

The Duchamp Wall is a nod to Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968); a multi-media artist associated with Cubism, conceptual art, and Dada. He challenged the conventions of art making and famously declared a porcelain urinal as an artwork.

The previous Duchamp Wall Commission was by local artist Libby Harward.


Photo credit: Main image – Tim Marsden @the_photo_coach

Video credit: Eduardo Knox @eduardoknox_