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Maybe Blue Isn't My Colour

When: 9 February – 29 May 2024
Where: Community Gallery, Royal Adelaide Hospital 
Artist: Deborah Haynes

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Deborah Haynes, ‘A Hill – With Apologies To Fred’ (detail), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 53 x 42cm. Image courtesy the artist.  

Maybe Blue Isn’t My Colour

Deborah Haynes
THRF Group – Creative Health Community Gallery at the RAH
9 February – 29 May 2024

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… but green and orange were.  

Deborah’s key loves in life were her passion for science, Port Adelaide Football Club, and her many creative accomplishments: – designing and sewing clothing, designing and making jewellery, gardening, the environment, pursuing her PhD studies at the University of Adelaide and her painting. 

Deborah came to painting in her mid-forties, and her art practice is mainly in the mediums of water colour and acrylic. 

She established a gallery, “Peccadillo Gallery” at her home in Semaphore which was open to the public every weekend when she was well enough. Deborah also took part in SALA exhibitions, Henley and Grange Art Society exhibitions and a couple of Port Adelaide ones. 

Deborah’s work as an artist was strongly informed by her interests and role as an environmentalist and scientist. Through her illness with cancer, her artwork provided her with stimulation and a grounding, especially through her gallery, meeting strangers, lovers of art and gardens and the path these meetings took her down. 

She was highly creative, and she loved painting – the connection between colour and landscapes. In her various hospital stays at the QEH a conversation began with the Art Therapist about leaving some of her work to be put up on the walls. 

This exhibition reflected on and appreciated the art practice and talent of Deborah showing her passion for colour and the physical environment.