Outré Gallery- Art that pushes boundaries
Take a little venture into Outré Gallery on Crown Street and you’re bound to feast your eyes on alternative, contemporary art that’s nothing less than flamboyant, vibrant and edgy.
Following an opening in Melbourne and Perth, Outré Gallery has set Sydney’s art scene ablaze since it first opened three years ago.
Split into two levels, the gallery was architecturally designed with a mezzanine floor, providing a counter-culture mecca immersed in prints, paintings and ceramics casted in zealous underground art styles.
Megan, who was a regular buyer at Outré before she started working at the Gallery, describes Outré as a gallery where “anyone can own a piece of art.”
“I guess the name ‘Outré’ is like the Outer, so the underlying theme is artists you wouldn’t usually see displayed in a lot of places,” she says.
The Gallery focuses on art styles that range from modern, pop, street, lowbrow, Tiki, Kitsch, retro and more.
“I think the term a lot of people use is pop surrealism, so that’s probably a good way to describe it,” says Megan. She explains that the overarching theme comes from the gallery owner’s personal preference for mid-century art.
“We stock Spanish tiki mugs which are more rustic in style. We also stock Jonathan Adler, a New York ceramicist who does black and white pieces, and Gus McLaren, who was a NSW artist before he passed away, but his wife still casts the ceramics for him.”
With regular exhibitions and gallery visits from local and international artists, in the past Outré has hosted artists like Kozydan and Mark Ryden, and is currently underway with planning an exhibition with A-Pac.
Along with its kooky, lowbrow art, the gallery also stocks an eclectic collection of books, magazines, designer toys and curios.
The gallery sets itself apart, even amongst the cultural hub of Surry Hills, by reaching out to a diverse range of customers, rotating its selection of captivating artworks, and selling only framed artworks, which helps to keep the cost of prints down.
Megan puts it perfectly: it’s all about “having the ability to see something that you really love, and for it to be priced well enough so you can take it home.”
- Astha Rajvanshi