Bold and full shadows are the rich Canberra suburban paintings created by Thea Katauskas. The inner suburbs of Canberra have a distinctive look – the trees the housing, the curvey streets all combine to create that unique look.
Below are a sample of her works and the gallery sheet.
In May there were a gorgeous exhibition in Belconnen featuring three artists with diverse styles. Abstract, collage, landscape feature in these works but the technical skills are almost unseen in these phone pics below. The gallery sheet is below.
Collaborations in art are often rich. That fact is demonstrated in a beautiful set of works by the Painting with Parkinson’s Group currently on display at the Belconnen Arts Centre. The bulk of the works are abstract works in watercolour on almost blotting paper type of surfaces. Many of those works are intriguing and point in beautiful ways to various types of landscapes and other subject material.
The collaboration is with the Calligraphers. They have taken a few dozen of the paintings and added apposite quotes to compliment the artwork in gorgeously adapted calligraphy to produce another type of artwork. For these works there is a published book available in the gallery that has each of these works reproduced. It is delightful.
There is an extraordinary collection of works on display at the Drill Hall Gallery for the next month. It is a curation of works bought into the ANU collection over the last ten years. The dominant style is abstract but the range is fabulous There are lots of artists represented and they are listed on the gallery sheet attached.
Eight artists Di Broomhall, Dianna Budd, Val Gee, Meelan Oh, Sacha Nixon,
Julie Sabur, Kerry Shepherdson and Rosemary von Behrens combined to create a nature focused exhibition at Form Studio and Gallery
The blurb reads: A group of Canberra artists have headed off into the bush to explore the reserves and bush land in and around Canberra. The eight artists, have produced work from field studies that have culminated in an exhibition and contemporary look at the Canberra Nature Park.
The works range from abstract paintings though to great constructions of discarded pieces of nature woven into sculpture. Pictures below reflect the diversity of takes on the Nature Park.
Elizabeth Cummings’ art production has spanned around four decades and the ANU Drill Hall Gallery has pulled together a retrospective or her work with examples drawn from each of those decades. Her major forte is abstract landscapes which tell remarkable stories through colour and shape. Often with knowledge of the area I was struck how strongly she got the area well.
Within the collection there are scattered examples of other styles that demonstrate her wide ranging skills and styles. It is not my favourite style of art but the scale of her production and the richness of the colours and textures gave me an admiration for her work.
Some of the most fascinating elements of the exhibition are a few scattered pottery sculptures. Three dimensional scenes show great skills and creativity.
This exhibition featured a set of water colours of attractive scenes both rural and urban.The elements of the paintings I found most attractive were the soft tones and edges used in the images. There is a rural historical vibe about some which contrasts with an almost grimy urban look to others.