Take a trip to the visual art of the nineties as Unplugged Live returns to NGV Australia this winter. Art and music reconnect as singer-songwriter Jae Laffer hosts conversations with artists and musicians in a six-part Sunday series.
PERFORMER: GRETTA RAY
In February 2016, 18 year old Gretta Ray made an impressive entrance to the Australian music scene with the release of her debut EP Elsewhere, showcasing an enviable command of language and impressive vocal ability due in no small part to her vast experience singing in choirs since the age of five.
A creative individual who is as comfortable behind the camera as she is behind the guitar, Gretta Ray confesses to a fascination with human emotion and an irrepressible desire to express herself. Gretta’s latest single Drive, is a heavenly slice of cleverly constructed indie pop with a discernible air of country.
ARTIST: STIEG PERSSON
Since graduating from the Victorian College of Art in the 1980s, Stieg Persson’s work has been firmly embedded in Melbourne, the city in which he works and lives. His painting style is best described as a postmodern mix of abstraction and realism.
Persson’s singular aesthetic is unique amidst the larger wellspring of creative individuals whose work characterises Melbourne more broadly. Persson was celebrated recently in Melbourne Now at the NGV, when Persson produced a specially commissioned wall painting that underlined his enduring critical relevance some 30 years since he left art school.