An exhibition I love in Canberra each year is the one that features curated art from Government primary and secondary school students in Canberra. The exhibition this year is a great display of work in a large range of media and styles. There is pottery and photography, there is collage and painting, There are more than three hundred works displayed in all three of the M16 exhibition spaces
Bilk is a centre of excellence for the sale and display of metal jewellery and craft skills. Their exhibitions never include the amateur. Every object is a celebration of high skill and expertise in the crafting of metal into decorative beauty.
Julie Blyfield has on display this month a set of exquisite small objects and jewellery that draw from the natural world. In the hands of Blyfield they weave their often soft origins into the hard metal surfaces in a way that makes them look soft and flexible. See the website below and the great Canberra Times article below for pics and detail
Bruce Latimer creates etchings that explore the presence of humans in the natural environment. The mix is sometimes a bit eerie. but each image is wonderfully engaging through the interwoven nature of environment and other elements in the images.
The exhibition of the two artists Barbara Dawson and Jo Hollier at the Belconnen Arts Centre is a collaboration between two artists who love nature and have elements of similarity in their practices. The exhibition has an autumnal tone about it through its textures and tones.
The works range from delicate layered paper reations through to fold out books and soft see through fabrics.The pics of this beautiful and the gallery sheet are below.
Every year the Canberra Museum and Gallery hosts a big fundraiser for the Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation (CAPO). The displayed art work comes from donations from nearly every significant working artist in the Canberra Region and beyond. It is only on as an exhibition for a weekend or so.
I see lots of exhibitions in the Canberra region so it is always fabulous to walk through this exhibition. Such a big collection of artists in one show is rare. The donated works are chosen by the artists and so they are high quality.
Below are some snaps that barely do justice to the truly gorgeous collection of works that were available to bid on in the auction. – see below
15 July – 30 August 2015
John Pratt has a set of striking paintings and etching on display at the Australian National Botanical Gardens gallery now. The works essentially represent looking up at the canopy of a forest. As you know if you look up the variety is enormous. Pratt’s work has a common look but each of the images is distinctly different. For people looking for paintings to purchase the emages come in tiny versions to quite large paintings.
The blurb on the website reads as follows:
‘Canopy’ is a series of works based on the Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve which are a narration of John Pratt’s engagement with the site which has evolved over a number of years, originally as a coordinator of the local Park Care group – and more recently as a location for drawing and visual investigation.
– See more at: http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on.html#sthash.GCdhqKdE.dpufBelow are some pics and a gallery sheet.
There is an industrial griminess to the exhibition of John Loane’s etchings at the Megalo Gallery at present. His work is addressing issues in the art history world and it is explained in an extract on the gallery sheet below and in the longer version on the gallery website.
The works on display have been created in the last two years. They are large, dark and harsh visually but have a strength that is attractive.
Sample pics and gallery sheet below:
The flyer for this show at the Milk Factory Gallery says “An exquisite exhibition of etchings and lithographs from printmaking sisters Archie Day and Robin Ezra featuring cats and dogs set in exotic, elaborate and lush interiors.” That says it all. The card below shows some samples (No photographs allowed) and the gallery has a great web page for this. http://www.milkfactorygallery.com.au/announcements/next-exhibition-a-charmed-life
Dr John Ord Poynton has blessed generations through his donations of art.The exhibition Radicals, Slayers and Villains at the Ballarat Art Gallery is curated from a collection he donated to the Baillieu Library at the University of Melbourne. The thing I love about an exhibition like this is the age of the material and the insight it gives me into the methods, styles and ideas of say the 1500s. Below there are three pics that are taken from the three sections of the show. All were produced in the 1500s. I still am in awe when I stand in front of an art work in great shape that is 500 years old. I have also included some pics of some of the informative wall text that is with the exhibition.
A Radical is embodied in
Heinrich Aldergrever Martin Luther 1540
A Slayer is embodied in
Giovanni Battista Scultori – David Cutting the head off Goliath 1540
A villain is embodied in
Albrecht Durer – A Coat of arms with a skull 1503