Fleur loves the freedom and playfulness of Pop Surrealism and Contemporary Folk Art, and reference both genres constantly while telling stories through porcelain and mixed media. Her work explores themes of childhood innocence, simplicity and the imagined. Her own personal history is an endless source of inspiration having had the most extraordinary childhood growing up on a farm in the Wheat belt of Western Australia. On a daily basis wonder and adventure were nurtured and embraced. Fleur left her family farm for boarding school as a child, so those magical worlds conjured on the farm are even more precious and nostalgic to her. When Fleur's first child was born her world literally transformed from shades of grey to sublime colour. She became consumed by a magical and imaginative reawakening in her home, informed by the conversations and experiences shared by her children. Art imitates life. Observing her children as they navigate childhood, while being enlightened by their everyday ponderings has inspired Fleur's art and helped her family all stay connected in a world in constant flux.
In 1863 French poet Charles Baudelaire wrote ...
“Genius, is no more than childhood recaptured at will.”
Fleur was raised on a broad acre farm in the wheat belt of Western Australia. She relocated to Perth to attend boarding school to matriculate before commencing a decade of tertiary study with a keen focus on the Applied Arts. In 1993 she received a Diploma of Ceramic Art and Design at the Western Australian School Of Art and Design. In 1996, she graduated from Curtin University in Western Australia with a Degree in Visual Art and in 1997 she achieved First Class Honours in ceramics at the Hobart School of Art in Tasmania. In 2016/17 Fleur's work was featured at the Singapore Affordable Art Fair and an International Ceramics show in Portland, Oregon USA. She has presented in numerous Symposiums, conferences and Universities throughout the world including The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in the USA, The Australian National University, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, The University of South Australia, The Sydney College of The Arts, The Alberta College of Art and Design - Canada, The University of Manitoba and The Emily Carr Institute - Vancouver. Her ceramics career has spanned nearly three decades and enabled her to live, work and present in China, Singapore, Indonesia, Finland, Scotland, England and Africa. Her work has been published in numerous books and is represented in private and public collections throughout the world. Fleur Schell's passion is to inspire and share a love of making with future generations of culture makers.
Mosman Park, Western Australia