Visual Artist and Denim Designer, Meg Gallagher has built a prominent reputation in the past decade as a creative. Having worked for some of the most recognisable names in the fashion industry and more recently returning to painting as her chosen medium, she has accumulated a following of collectors worldwide.
Born in the deep south of New Zealand, Meg grew up with the rugged, rural and beautiful landscapes of Otago as her backdrop. Combined with a father that ran the city’s art centre, it was an ideal breeding ground for developing a creative language of her own from a young age. Gallagher went on to complete a Bachelor of Design majoring in Fashion Design with 1st class honours at Otago Polytechnic.
After being named as One to Watch by Vogue Italia and being awarded a scholarship to study at Milan’s Europeo Instituto de Design, Meg’s design career was kickstarted and she soon found herself in top roles at brands such as; Camilla and Marc, Insight and Ksubi. It has been during her time at Ksubi where Meg cultivated her skills in becoming an expert in denim design, with her pieces seen on the likes of Gigi Hadid, Playboi Carti, Hailey Bieber and Jared Leto, and her cachet further strengthened by collaborations with Travis Scott, Kendal Jenner, and KITH.
Meg develops her art practice of contemporary landscapes in her studio in New Zealands Otepoti. Once again surrounded by nature, this inspiration is clearly evident in her work, with her layered colour palette and soft lines reflecting this. While her use of denim as a canvas and the textured treatments she applies speaks to her time in the fashion industry.
With recent shows in Berlin, Milan, Melbourne and Sydney It’s been through the responses to her paintings and collaborations on commissions that Meg finds what she does so rewarding. Connecting with surprisingly like minded individuals is what continues to inspire her on a regular basis.