gemma styls, gStyls Art, painting in her studio in Australia


 'As the daughter of an abstract impressionist painter, a career as an artist felt inevitable to me. My work is mostly figurative, depicting human and animal forms in realism and illustrative styles with dynamic contrasts.

 You can find an extensive range of materials used in my practice, ranging from pencils to digital mediums. I particularly love using oils for their smooth blends and opacity and then to rework and render the paintings digitally to give the work new qualities.

 The art I create aims to be uplifting, indicating elements of personal growth and a positive outlook for the viewer through symbolism and cultural imagery. I believe that visual art can be used as effectively as words to influence the conscious and subconscious mind, and explore this idea as I develop concepts for new pieces.'



Gemma Stylz was born in Lambeth London In 1982. Currently based in rural NSW, Australia, she is passionate about pursuing a life and career as an artist. Working in a wide range of mediums with a preference for Oils, she has an extensive portfolio of work on paper in traditional pencil mediums and uses photoshop, procreate and Clip studio to paint in digital mediums, experimenting with Web3 ready artwork. 

Specialising in figurative illustration, wildlife and portraiture with detailed embellishments, the style of work she creates has been established from 19 years as a custom tattoo artist, working and studying at seminars in New Zealand, Japan, Canada, the USA, Australia and the UK. After recently owning and operating Great Lakes Studio in NSW, she now limits tattooing appointment and is dedicating time to producing fine art and freelance art services.


Back in the UK, Gemma completed two Higher National Diplomas in Fine Art and Illustration with merits and distinctions at Northbrook College, graduating in 2006. Current known works are held in private collections internationally. She thrives in consistently exceeding clients expectations worldwide and continues to challenge her technical abilities.  


Qualifications include:

  • GNVQ Media Studies, 2000
  • National Diploma in Fine Arts, 2003
  • Higher National Diploma in Graphics and Illustration, 2005
  • Tattooists apprenticeship, Cornwall England 2005 - 07
  • Extended practical and Cultural studies, Ontario Canada, 2009
  • Advanced painting and tattooing workshops, Oregon USA, 2009 & 11
  • Arts and Cultural studies, Tokyo & Osaka, Japan 2011 & 12
  • Cert II in small business management, 2021




  • ‘Midsole’, Ambush gallery, Sydney. 2022
  • Solo show, Edge gallery, Taree, NSW. 2022
  • Krambach bistro, curated solo show - 2020
  • Killabakh Day in the Country, NSW - 2018 &  2019
  • KRVNM ‘resurrection’, Cranium Annual Exhibition, Sydney - 2019
  • Nabiac Art Show - 2019, 2020 & 2022
  • Great Lakes Art Society Annual Exhibition - 2019
  • ‘Inspire’, Krambach NSW - 2019
  • '12x12', Stockrooms Gallery, Melbourne VIC - 2018
  • ‘Botanical’, Greenhouse Café Exhibition, Nabiac, NSW - 2018 
  • ‘Objectified’, Ambush Gallery Sydney - 2018
  • ‘Coalescence’, Gloucester Gallery Joint Exhibition NSW - 2018
  • Great Lakes Studio Solo exhibition, Tuncurry NSW 2015 - 2017
  • Great Lakes art society, Forster NSW - 2015
  • ‘Cranium’, Sydney - 2015 
  • ‘Satori’, Tora Sumi Balmain Sydney - 2014 Solo Exhibition)
  • TattooArt Exhibition, Sydney - 2014
  • Sydney Tattoo Expo - 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Melbourne 'NIX' Expo - 2013
  • International Tattoo Expo, Hamilton, NZ - 2012 & 2013
  • Tattoo and Arts Festival, New Plymouth, NZ 2011, 2012 & 2014
  • Rites of Passage, Melbourne - 2011 & 2012
  • Tattoo Jam, Doncaster England - 2010
  • Public Mural Unveiling, Worthing West Sussex, UK - 2007
  • Visual Centre for Emerging Artists, Islington London - 2005




 Nabiac Art Show, NSW, Australia - 2019 & 2020

  • 1st Place, Works on Canvas (2020)
  • 1st Place, Works on Canvas (2019)
  • Highly Commended (2019)
  • Peoples Choice (2019)

Nabiac Art Show, NSW, Australia - 2017

  • 1st Place, Drawing / Works on Paper

Surf N’ Ink, Surfers Paradise, QLD Australia- 2015

  • 2nd Place, Best Design for Hand

Nelson Mini Arts Festival, Nelson, New Zealand - 2010

  • Best Portrait Award

Brighton Tattoo and Arts Festival, East Sussex, UK - 2008

  • 1st place, Best Flash Design




  • Grants Pass, Oregan USA
  • Banff & Ontario, Canada 
  • Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
  • Hamilton and Nelson, NZ
  • Cornwall, greater London and Brighton, UK
  • Australia wide