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Paris neilson: Art lover, former curator at white rabbit gallery

Paris Neilson inherited her mother’s passion for art so it is little wonder that she ended up managing and curating the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney’s Chippendale opened by her mother Judith Neilson in 2009.

The Sydneysider, renowned for her simple, classic style, jumped at the chance to collaborate with her mother when she opened the private art museum to house her collection of contemporary Chinese art. “At the moment we have around 3000 pieces,” says Paris. “I did a Master’s degree in Collection Management which helped me greatly when we began White Rabbit because it covered a broad range of areas all to do with looking after and displaying a collection.”

Neilson shares her renovated 1840s terrace in Millers Point, Sydney with her husband Todd, son Denver, 4, baby daughter Astrid, 10 months, and her two hounds – Daisy the British bulldog and Piggy “the rather ancient” pug.

MECCA sat down with Neilson at the White Rabbit Gallery to reminisce about her favourite childhood memories, collecting art treasures and her skin care secrets.

ON INHERITING A LOVE OF ART FROM HER MOTHER

“Art was always present growing up. Whether it be the many paintings on the walls, my mother in her studio standing at her easel or the many “photographic shoots” that would be inflicted upon my sister and I by mum. These little sessions drove us mad at the time but now I'm glad she did it as we have some really beautiful photos of us and our childhood.”

ON HER FAVOURITE ART MEMORIES

“I find that art exposes me to so many interesting things and places. It has allowed me to meet some incredibly creative and interesting people and to travel to amazing places and in doing so I feel I have grown as a person. My favourite splurge is Newborn, 2010, by Patricia Piccinini. It’s so incredibly lifelike, I always feel like there is a real little baby sitting there."

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ON HER EFFICIENT BEAUTY REGIME

“I've got the morning/evening routine down to a very efficient regime because I’m usually rushing around trying to get the kids organised. I love the Darphin Intral Air Mousse Cleanser—it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, but never dried out. I usually double-cleanse with it in the evenings—even though it is gentle it is great for getting makeup off, too. I exfoliate twice a week with the Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. It’s not too harsh on my skin."

ON HER BARELY THERE MAKEUP

“My makeup in the mornings is fairly light. I always make sure I use a sun cream and love MECCA’s In A Good Light SPF30+ Tinted Moisturiser—it gives a fresh look. If I want a bit m ore coverage I use the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for a dewy complexion.

I always use the 'Kitten' eyeshadow by Stila as a base then add some darker tones from the NARS range. I add some blush by Hourglass, coat my lashes with Kevin Aucoin The Volume Mascara and dab on some MECCA Lip De-Luscious SPF25+ and I’m out the door!”

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I find that art exposes me to so many interesting things and places. It has allowed me to meet some incredibly creative and interesting people
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ON HER SIGNATURE SCENT

“My favourite is Byredo’s Rose of No Man’s Land, I absolutely love anything with a rose base and this perfume is just beautiful—it has a depth and sexiness to it and is anything but your standard rose perfume.”

ON HER SIGNATURE STYLE

“My style is fairly feminine and classic. One stylish gift that I will cherish forever is a pair of beautiful drop emerald and diamond earrings that my father bought me for my 30th birthday, which I adore. One day I hope to pass them onto my daughter.”

ON THE SECRET TO A HAPPY LIFE

“My general motto in life is ‘you are what you are and you ain’t what you ain’t’. I have hit the zone where I want less stuff in my life, not more. I’m still on maternity leave at the moment because I don’t want to waste this precious time with my little baby girl and beautiful son.”


Words by Anita Quade
Photos by Jake Terrey
Makeup by Jennifer Horsley
November 2017

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