Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. After completing a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic and Fuel VFX before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012.
Her typographic work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustration and digital type, to large scale hand-painted murals. She splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements, and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world.
– Typography itself really is an artform. Gemma takes it one step further with her large scale murals that appeals strongly to me as a big typography geek. Her art is a refined hybrid of typography, advertising and traditional sign painting. With my past in the ad agency business I really appreciate the beauty and the craftsmanship in Gemmas work, says Shai Dahan, curator of No Limit Street Art.
– Gemma ads a totally new genre to No Limit and yet another country of origin. As Borås has a long tradition in the ad agency business from the times when the mail order flourished to modern digital e-business, I think Gemmas art suits the city really well. We probably have a lot of typography aficionados and I think her beautiful lettering will be loved by many, says Stina Hallhagen, project manager.
No Limit is an outdoor art event inviting artists from around the world to participate in turning the public space into an outdoor gallery. The event is about all kinds of street art, from large scale murals to street art sculptures and installations. No Limit first saw the world in September 2014, 2015 we did it again and now the festival have become a biennial event. A warm welcome to Borås, Sweden 3-10th of September 2017.
Artists line up will be revealed continuously from now on – stay tuned for further artists and more information.