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Hello! I'm Chelsea. I'm a full-time artist and part-time hospitality worker. I work functions and events by night and draw by day.

I'm mostly self-taught. I have had lessons in using Photoshop, and I once did a media course which taught me how to use Illustrator and Maya which was a lot of fun. But my digital painting has come from lots of practice and following tutorials.

I have participated in many group exhibitions thanks to Espionage Gallery. These wonderful themed exhibitions helped me find my feet within the local arts scene. I held my first solo exhibition in January 2015 which was a very exciting milestone in my art career.

I am a sufferer of depression and anxiety, but am getting closer to that light at the end of the tunnel. I'm quite open to talking about it, and if you need someone to talk to that will understand what you're going through, just start up a convo with me, I'll be happy to chat.

♡ ♥ ♡

Upcoming Exhibitions
Espionage Gallery: "Mademoiselle" Group Exhibition /May 2015/

Past Exhibitions

Producers Bar : "A Tiny Universe of Waking Dreams" Duo Exhibition / March 2015
National Wine Centre : "Tiny Universes" Solo Exhibition / January 2015/
Espionage Gallery: Spirited: A Studio Ghibli Exhibition. /July 2014/
ARTillery SALA: "30 Rules To Live By" Exhibition / August 2014/ "Pond Scum" Group Exhibition / June 2014/
Espionage Gallery : GOTHAM, Batman Group Exhibition / Apr 2014/
Espionage Gallery : ARCADE ALLSTARS / Dec 2013 /
Espionage Gallery : Chemical Reactions, A Breaking Bad Exhibition / Aug 2013 /
Espionage Gallery : We’re All Mad Here, An Alice in Wonderland Exhibition / Mar 2013 /



If I were to open sketchy portrait commissions for $30, would you be interested? 

7 deviants said Yeah! :la:

Tiny Universes!

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 9:52 AM

Chelsea Hantken: Tiny Universes Art Exhibition by ChelseaHantken
Hey there! I just wanted to let you know my exhibition is happening very soon! I am so excited/nervous/scared/ecstatic! If you happen to be in Adelaide in the next few weeks, please do pop in and take a look! There will be 30 pieces, all digitally painted and giclée printed. 

The theme is depression and anxiety. What I hope to achieve is that someone will walk through the exhibition and get a real sense of what it might be like to live with mental illness. I am trying to convey loneliness, and a sense of longing. Tiny Universes is named quite literally for the tiny spaces we confine ourselves to in times of depression and anxious struggle.

10 percent from each work sold during the exhibition will be donated to beyondblue. They are an organisation dedicated to helping the 3 million Australians living with depression or anxiety. This means a lot to me as they have helped me personally through my own struggles with anxiety and depression.

The exhibition will take place at the National Wine Centre of Australia. Why there? I work there :)
The opening night will coincide with "Uncorked" - a fortnightly event at the Wine Centre featuring wines by Skillogalee, live music and great eats.

So join me on opening night - January 30th from 4:30pm! Or anytime during the length of the exhibition - January 19th to February 9th. The Wine Centre is located on the corner or Botanic and Hackney Roads, open 8am - 9pm 7 days a week. They have an amazing wine bar and cafe, so why not make an afternoon of it! I hope to see you there!


Oh, honey by ChelseaHantken
Oh, honey
Just posting some work so you know I'm still here :)
Honeycomb + rose petals :heart: :rose:

Reference: One of Johnny Diamond's beautiful portraits.
For Alex (untitled) by ChelseaHantken
For Alex (untitled)
So I'm trying to break my 5-month hiatus from drawing. I mean it's been at least 5 months, probably longer. My solo exhibition was so stress-inducing, it stopped me from being able to enjoy drawing and it became something I was afraid of. I've tried to draw, I mean, I've opened Photoshop and sat there panicking over the blank canvas... but I couldn't go any further. The anxiety got to me so bad I was afraid I wouldn't be able to draw well ever again.

With looming deadlines and commissions, I had to do something. My partner Alex helped me take a baby step tonight. He said "Draw me a flower. Any kind of flower. It doesn't have to be perfect." And so I did. It's not perfect. But it's something. And I didn't feel anxious doing it. Hopefully this means I can move on. #artblockisabitch 



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Centurion030 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  New member

Thanks so much for the watch!


ChelseaHantken Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
No worries James, thank you also! :rose:
TheDivineMissM-94 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday Chelsea!
I hope you have a fantastic day (:
ChelseaHantken Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Thank you Emily! :rose:
Aquilapse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday Chelsea! I am a dummy! 
ChelseaHantken Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Thank you!
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday:cake:
ChelseaHantken Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Thank you :heart:
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome:heart::hug:
LORETANA Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :party: I wish you only the positive impressions of this year!
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