Creativity requires nourishment; this can come in different guises. In July 2017, a group of artists travelled to Tamworth to stay for a week. Each day the group travelled together to different locales around the New England area to paint. This group has a comradery which has been built over the years with many such similar trips exploring and painting different landscapes. Visiting different places, communing with nature, sharing meals, lots of art talk and the general sharing of ideas are a contrast with the solitary existence of the artist spent alone in the studio. This exhibition, 'A Shared View' is the outcome.
Featuring work from Tim Allen, Stuart Boggs, Rhett Brewer, Gab Collins, Brad Hammond, Michael Herron, Michelle Hungerford, Stephen King, Rowen Matthews, Alison McKay, Richard Morecroft, Bradley Short.
Based in Walcha, NSW, Paula's distinct style depicts the essence of Australia's landscapes using a range of mediums, predominately oils. Paula’s works are known for her bold use of colour, textures and mark-making to form her landscapes and compositions.
"Living in the country and especially here in the New England, the seasons shape and guide us. The basic forces in nature add a structure and richness to how we live our lives and have a powerful impact on how we feel, think and respond.
The designs, forms and process found in nature are reflected in my work and are an endless source of wonder and inspiration.
My ceramic work represents the playing with the elementals of design to create surfaces that give a feeling of our hot dry summers, the cold frosty winter mornings and the many and varied influences and stories that are drawn from the landscape and mixed into the potters clay.
Originally studying painting at the National Art School, a personal detour occurred when I began assisting a friend in their ceramics studio and I came to enjoy the versatility of ceramics…. from the intimate functional objects for every day use to sculptural and expressive works." Max Powell
"This series of drawings is a celebration of natures delights. Completed in a single uninterrupted sitting, freshly collected branches are strung up in the studio to allow for acute observation. I work with an intense concentration, allowing for a complete connection with my subject. There is an urgency to inform, with deliberate mark making and no room for reworking.
I have used graphite and charcoal pencil to complete these drawings, with the occasional use of watercolour paint, giving a nod to botanical illustration. Within my compositions, I'm interested in exploring the shape of leaves, the play of intersecting and overlapping leaves and branches, and the negative spaces between them." Gwen Robson
"Artist's Story is a rather simple concept, it is my story - a maker of ceramics and paintings." Anna Henderson. The exhibition includes sawdust fired large hand built pots, raku fired wheel thrown bottles and vases and a range of raku fired hand built bottles. The ceramics are complemented by paintings, mixed media on wood.
"I am a Sydney based contemporary landscape painter whose work explores the many forces that act on our environment with a theme of constant flux and eternal becoming. My paintings are made using a variety of techniques and concerns usually found in Realism, Expressionism, Romanticism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop . I’ve been exhibiting my paintings and other artworks professionally since 1981 in Australia and elsewhere. I have also worked as an academic in universities and art colleges and curated exhibitions. I’ve been in numerous groups shows and solo exhibitions since I started exhibiting professionally in 1981. My work is in many collections both public and private in Australia as well as overseas." Rhett Brewer
Showcasing ceramics and works on paper from local artists Christine Murphy and Peter Toth.
Christine Murphy Artist Statement:
"A combination of intuition and spontaneity plays a part in the disassemblage and reassemablage to create unique organic forms establishing a juxtaposition of strength and fragility, depicting a weathered eroded state as is the nature of earth.
These works are primarily focused on the natural naked beauty of clay expressed through smoking the pieces in a sawdust firing process, the smoke fired work is reflecting the unpredictability of nature and it’s outcomes.
A relinquishing of control allowing nature to play it’s part has become an almost forgotten aspect of our own journey through life. Embracing the joy of letting go and finding the beauty in what is, not what is contrived."
Peter Toth Artist Statement:
"I’ve always liked experimenting. I think of it more as exploration – a sort of intuitive coming together of an image in my mind and the properties of acting itself. I think through my hands. Sometimes I may sketch an idea and then modify and develop it as I work. But most of the time I rely on instinct, to work through the clay to bring an idea to fruition.
Glaze – I require a glaze which would mature in the 1200-degree Celsius range for commercial reasons. Success in the use of a glaze depends like everything else on experience, but the learning process can be very stimulating if you are prepared to explore and experiment."
"Living in rural Australia, I am always aware of the light. As we know, it can be brash and it can be divinely subtle. However, more often than not, it is the shadows which capture me. What is the point of featuring the highlights in a composition if you ignore the shadows? Shadows ground the work - they give it dimension and context.
In this exhibition I am showing still lives both real and imagined and sometimes a combination of both.
Influences and artists I go to regularly are Giorgio Morandi, Margaret Preston, Matisse and Jude Rae"
Helen Gauchat is represented by Defiance Gallery
"In the exhibition ‘City & Bridge’ I am drawn again to urban spaces in varying locations. I paint whatever resonates or engages. This may be the architectural dynamics of buildings on the water’s edge or the strong verticals of a bridge. It may simply be a street on a rainy day. My initial response then merges with remembered experiences, often filtering through and modifying the painting process” - Gabrielle Collins.
"This exhibition is about geography, geology, contour, place and memory. The drawings were created en plein air in the gorge country of New England.
At the heart of my art practice is a paradox; an expressive, bold, immediate and spontaneous mark-making that is also aligned to an approach that has structure, discipline and a sense of stillness and contemplation" - Tim Allen.
"My history and experience working in the building and construction industry as a boilermaker welder by trade, has in some ways had an impact on my paintings and design. Which in turn has influenced me on my journey to working as an artist in the two-dimensional mediums of drawing and painting. My work in graphic design via tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter is an extension of my overall life experience in algorithmic form.
The advancements in technology and applications has opened up another pallet for me to express myself out of the physical and into the binary world. Calling on my years in construction and building, some of my works have an industrial feel to them brought about by gathering inspiration and initial materials and colours from the real world and bringing them into my art"