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Finite Art Space

In June, late June…just over a month ago I received a phone call from a friend who wanted to know if I would start a short term gallery with her and one other local artist.

And I said yes. It has been a crazy busy few weeks, but we did it. We being, Melanie Kilby from Kismet Design and Tracy Murray from Shut Up and Relax.

And so for the next few months we will be showing and selling our work from a cute little worker’s cottage here in Brisbane Queensland. We will also have a line up of artists who will be showing weekly.

It will all go very quickly so do check it out over at instagram

I don’t have a great deal of work in my online shop atm because I just haven’t had the time to add it all there. Photos, uploading etc. For now here are a few of my ceramic items available.

 

 

 

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Tasmania : Lutruwita

When ever I travel I take note of all the elements of the landscape. Texture, line, shape etc. However it is colour that I like to recall the most. Because colour dictates the feel of the landscape, the climate, the season, the wild untouched hills to the farmed pastures.

When I get the chance I like to look back through all the photos I have taken and collate a photo montage of the colours that really resonate with the land so that in time I can use this palette to make decisions when painting. From walking across plains high up in the western parts of Tasmania,(Tarkine region) to Robbins Island then to the east to Binalong Bay or as the local Indigenous people call this land, Larapuna.

ABOVE: WATER

ABOVE: WATER and SKY

ABOVE: EARTH, FOLIAGE, ROCK

ABOVE: WATER, MUD, EARTH, BURNT FLORA

ABOVE: GRASSLANDS, PASTURES

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Ceramic news

Over the last few years, I have dabbled with ceramics. Finally I am committing some time to experiment more with the medium.

At the end of 2020, I was commissioned to produce works for a new apartment here in Brisbane. TheTreehouse by Aria now houses several bespoke pieces including 24 individual hand cut wooden paintings.

above:on the studio wall before installation || below: installed at The Treehouse Apartments, Brisbane.

 

These shaped pieces were an extension of some works I did a few years back on paper that I stitched onto a backing and from here I started to roll out earthenware to develop the process further. A gallery owner once told me that orange shaped 2D art doesn’t sell. I chose not to show my work with her anymore.

So, each week I attend a local ceramic class with Helen Davey who’s knowledge and skills make for a somewhat addictive addition to my art processes.

My intention at this stage is to focus on the surface more so than the form. Like many painters who work in this media, ceramics is just another surface to work on. As with painting, my work can appear differently on paper than canvas. The limitations of media and tools dictate the outcomes and styles of my work. That said, beyond making wall pieces from earthenware, I have been hand building, and the three dimensionality of a form is also grabbing my intention. I’m quite intrigued that marks on a  vessel can be rotated to tell a story. So watch this space… this year is really about learning. If I sell a few pieces to cover my tuition and expenses, then I am happy.

I am limiting the amount of ceramics for sale each month for now. So if you would like to be added to the ceramic mailing list please do so here. I will email a day before announcing the work is available to the public. In addition to this,  I will not be selling these works via an agent or retailer. You will only be able to purchase these via my website or in an exhibition. I want to keep this small and enjoyable rather than  the main focus of my art practice.

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Satellite Show

From my recent involvement in the Found Studio Dog exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, I have also been asked to participate in a satellite show.

From October 1st to 16th at Side Gallery in Brisbane, you can see a number of artist’s works from both regions. As my Sizzles and Sesame painting is still on show up north, I have chosen a collage and some ceramic pieces for this show.

Curated buy Side Gallery and Adrienne Williams.

All works available via the Side Gallery website

 

 

Broken Landscapes: Mixed media collage 83cm x 37cm Framed.

 

Below: Ceramics: Ghost Gum 1,2,3 and Tjoritja Vessels 1,2.3,4

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Little Things Art Prize Finalist 2020

My “Campfire Gaze’ has been selected for this year’s Little Things Art Prize. Feeling very fortunate to be a finalist this year amongst so many others.

I managed to see last year’s show at Saint Cloche. Although there will be restrictions due to Covid safe plans, the show will go on. 

EXHIBITION DATES – SEPTEMBER 16TH – 27TH
PRIZE DAY – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26TH

Venue:
SAINT CLOCHE Gallery
37 MacDonald St, Paddington NSW 
And for those who can’t go, ( like me)  the show can be viewed online.

This work is available for sale at the show. 

TWO OF THE ABOVE IMAGES ARE FROM THE LITTLE THINGS WESBITE