Painting the Town by Night – Julie Spencer @ M16 Artspace

7-24 July 2016

Painting night scenes is a challenge. Most are dark and blackish. These ones are full of lighting and night life. There is rain splashing and light reflecting. There is a vibrant excitement and there is an isolated loneliness and vibes in between. That is the way it is at night. These paintings had a way of engaging a viewer through their connection with  the real world especially at night.

Pics and gallery materials below

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Michael Edwards @ ANU SoA Gallery

As part of the season of graduate exhibitions Michael Edwards has an interesting set of works that focus on containers. There are lots of bags, suitcases and other containers. The tones are blues and greens with occasional ventures. An unusual choice of subjects but he has produced a delightful set of artworks.

Pics and gallery sheets below.

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Genevieve Swifte @ ANU SoA Gallery

The ANU School of Arts gallery has a great program of exhibiting graduate works. The exhibition of Genevieve Swifte’s photography is part of that program. These photographs are a set of black and white prints which play around with light and dark and the the blurring of the lines between them. Eighteen prints have an abstract feel to them and give you that puzzling vibe as you sort them out.

Pics and the gallery sheet and blurb below.

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ANU School of Art Drawing Prize 2016 @ ANU SoA Gallery

27 August- 3 September 2016

There are thirty works in this exhibition. There are a wide variety of styes and content. This is not a drawing prize in the traditional sense as many of the works were embroidery and other arts and crafts were clearly evident. It was exciting to see the way the artists expressed themselves in varied media.

Pics and gallery materials are below.

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Sharon Field – Some things only become clear much later… @ Form Studio and Gallery

8 – 28 August 2016

Death is associated with decay and decomposition. How often do you associate it with beauty. Sharon Field is a botanical artist who has developed the ability to find dead materials in nature that have a remarkable beauty in both form and colour.

This exhibition begins with a table of objects such as branches, bits of skeletons, seed heads and tree bark segments.The objects are the starting point for several of the drawings and or paintings in the exhibition. It is wonderful how Ms Field has created so many beautiful drawings to highlight dead stuff.

Pics and gallery materials below

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Marking the spirit John Forrester Clark and Tobias Oliver Clark @ Nishi Gallery New Acton

19 Aug – 11 September 2016

The power of black and white art comes through the focus on line and form through the absence of colour. The art of the father and son Clark exhibition is gloomy in tone and fuzzy in definition. Tobias works in charcoal and John uses oil and charcoal.

Some pics below and the gallery sheet in parts

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Jay Kochel – No feeling whatsoever @ CCAS City

17 Aug – 17 Sept 2016

There is a beautiful set of machine drawn creations at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Hobart Place Civic, Jay Kochel is the artist and each of the creations has an ethereal look about the net like images. Some of the images are almost acorn like and others have a sea creature likeness. The set is largely colourless and that feature leads the viewer to concentrate on the fine lines.

Some pics and gallery material below

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Regional Art Award 2016 @ Queanbeyan Arts Centre

Each year the Queanbeyan Council holds an annual art prize competition. The exhibition finalists are on show currently at the Queanbeyan Arts Centre Gallery. The works range across abstract, realist, portraits, landscapes and many other content

Pics below

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Mythology – Julie Bradley @ Belconnen Arts Centre

19 Aug – 11 September 2016

Julie Bradley has created a wonderful set of works around the theme of Mythology. Each work is a hint towards mythological entities and the creations contain elements of the godhead’s attributes embedded in the work.

Bradley creates layered works with paper and lots of geometric elements. They have a puzzle elements that engage the viewer.

Below are some samples and some gallery material.

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