Miranda Summers is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Melbourne and raised in Sussex, England, with a background in both art and theatre production. She worked as a Theatre Prop Maker for London’s West End, Opera Houses and Television before moving to Sydney and pursuing a career with Opera Australia. Alongside her theatre career, Miranda is a passionate oil painter exhibiting with several galleries in Australia, showcasing her unique and distinctive style inspired by the Australian landscape. In 2023, she successfully made her artistic debut in London at The Brick Lane Gallery following a Solo exhibition with Grainger Gallery in Australia’s Capital Territory.
Miranda has Assisted the Direction for the Operatic World Premiere of Brett Whiteley 2019, Graeme Murphy’s Turandot, David McVicar’s Don Giovanni, Francesca Zambello’s La Traviata, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, HOSH 2020, Harry Kupfer’s Otello 2022 and in 2023, she Directed the revival of Otello for West Australian Opera and AD Opera Australia’s The Ring Cycle.
Miranda lives and has a studio in North Sydney, Australia, her artistic approach combines Impressionism with Contemporary Landscape Painting. Miranda paints on canvas with oil and painting knife. Her artistic approach utilises negative and positive space to create an interplay between foreground and perceived distance. The challenge is to simplify the mark, reduce spatial distance and invite the viewer to engage with the present moment.
Miranda was a finalist in the The Hornsby Art Prize and The Little Things Art Prize in 2022. The National Emerging Art Prize, Amber Creswell Bell Selects 2023 and her paintings are exhibited at Grainger Gallery in ACT, Traffic Jam Galleries in Sydney, Australia.
2023 Grevillea Girls, Grainger Gallery, ACT
2022 Syndey Rocks, Traffic Jam Galleries, SYDNEY
2021 Kuringgai: Pop Up Exhibition, Traffic Jam Galleries, Neautral Bay, SYDNEY
2023 Floriade, Grainger Gallery, ACT
2023 NEAP National Emerging Art Prize_SYDNEY Affordable Art Fair
2023 Traffic Jam_SYDNEY Affordable Art Fair
2023 Contemporary Painting: a group show, The Brick Lane Gallery, LONDON, UK
2023 The Bush Exchange Group Exhibition and Awards. Goondiwindi QLD
2022 ACB Selects in assosiation with Michael Reid, National Emerging Art Prize, AUS
2022 Affordable Art Fair with Traffic Jam Galleries November, SINGAPORE
2022 In Our Nature: a group show, The Brush Arist Collective_online
2022 Sydney And Surrounds: a group show, Traffic Jam Galleries, SYDNEY, AUS
2021 Everywhere I Look: a duo show, Be Brave Art Space, Avalon, SYDNEY, AUS
2021 RME Downland Art Exhibition: a group show, Toowoomba, QLD
2021 Flora: a group show, Dandenong, VIC
2021 Grammar Art Show: a group show, Toowoomba, QLD
2021 Inside this Box: a group show, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW
2020 Contemporary Australian Art Display: a group show, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW
2015 Emergence: a group show with Underground Art Space, Warringah Creative Space, Sydney NSW
Grainger Gallery, ACT, AUSTRALIA
Traffic Jam Galleries, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
2022 Finalist Hornsby Art Prize
2022 Finalist Little Things Art Prize
2021 Finalist Port Lincoln and Bendigo Bank Arts Prize
2017 Finalist in Northern Beaches Art Prize
2016 Finalist in Northern Beaches Art Prize
2023 Revival Director Harry Kupfer Otello – West Australian Opera
2022 Assistant Director Harry Kupfer Otello – Opera Australia
2020 Assistant Director Francesca Zambello’s La Traviata, Handa’s Opera on Sydney Harbour, HOSH – Opera Australia
2020 Assistant Director Graeme Murphy Turandot – Opera Australia
2020 Assistant Director David McVicar Don Giovanni – Opera Australia
2019 Assistant Director Brett Whiteley: A Life An Opera – Opera Australia
2018 – 2007 Stage Manger – Opera Australia
Illustratrating Childrens Stories
‘Short Stories Tall Tales’ theatre show stars Hannah Summers whose larger than life performance educates, enchants and entertains kids ages 0 to 4. Parents are encouraged to join in..fun for all! Each show is illuminated by large vibrant projections of the book illustrations upstage of Hannah which are Digitally Drawn by Miranda. There’s an epic amount of drawing in each book which is ultimately incredibly rewarding. I’m please to have some prints of those drawings available here, visit my illustrations page and also visit Short Stories Tall Tales to see what its all about.
2022 Australian Landscape Artist instagram platform take-over September 12 – 18 @australian.landscape.artist
Fund Raising And Voluntary
2022 Painting donation, The LBW Trust, learning for a better world.
2021 – 2017 Digital illustrations, 6 books for Short Stories Tall Tales theatre show.
2020 Painting donation Cancer Research
2018 Painting donation Opera Australia Bennevolent Fund
Thankyou for your continued support of my work and through this your support is spread throughout the entire Artistic community. Miranda Summers