M16 Artspace Del Cooley and Caroline Deeble – Interweaving Passion

Cooley and Deeble at M16

These two artists have collaborated in a huge exhibition of their shared passion for painting their sense of the landscapes we all inhabit. They have a different approach to representing our world with Caroline Deeble using watercolour on paper more with Del Cooley focusing on oils on canvas, The range of their work goes from sea to mountains from abstract to realistic and they include lots of highly designed works. Prices of the ninety works on show range from $600 to nearly $9,000. The show ends on this coming weekend Sunday February 6 2022

Website https://www.m16artspace.com.au

Del Cooley https://www.delcooley.com/


Trevor Dickenson – Fresh Canberra Classics at The Front, Lyneham Shops.

Another take on our bus shelters

Our wonderful artist of all things Canberra, Trevor Dickenson has an exhibition at The Front at Lyneham Shops aptly titled Fresh Canberra Classics. In this show featuring around fifty new creations Trevor has brought to life many widely known Canberra views with a new Dickensonian take. I love his work and it is all still there till Monday January 3. The website below takes you to the details.


Small Works at Beaver Galleries Deakin

One of the Alex Asch works in the exhibition

I am sad I did not post on this before it closed. Every year Beaver Galleries puts on an exhibition before Christmas titled Small Works. It targets the Christmas gift market I think because all the works are relatively small, transportable and able to be wrapped. The collection of works is chosen from artists represented by Beaver and so has a delightful range or styles, media and prices. Even though my slackness did not get this post up for you to go to the gallery the people at Beaver maintain a great website for you to eyeball their catalogues and contact for enquiries and or purchase.


Narelle Zeller and Colleen Stapleton, Mirror Mirror, Grainger Gallery Fyshwick,

A great exhibition shown at Grainger in early December featured sisters Narelle Zeller and Colleen Stapleton. In the exhibition Narelle Zeller’s contribution was a set of rich still life flower arrangements painted in realistic colours accompanied in the gallery by real flower arangements that were created by the artist who creates them for Narelle to paint. Colleen Stapleton’s part in the exhibition was a gorgeous set of emotionally engaged portraits of predominantly female subjects often in energetic poses with flashes of movement and colour. The exhibition is over but the catalogue is still on the website for you to check out and contact the Graingers with inquiries.

Grainger Gallery website; https://graingergallery.com.au/

Catalogue link: https://www.artgalleria.com/view-room/43157

Kerry McInnis – Terraform at Nancy Sever Gallery Canberra City

The exhibition now on at Nancy Sever is by Kerry McInnis. The paintings have lots of texture and present a rough representation of big Australian landscapes. There are coastlines, mountains and river valleys that are shown in all their muscular tough look. The exhibition goes to December 5 2021. Links of various sorts below get you to more detail.

Website: https://www.nancysevergallery.com.au/

Exhibition Link: https://www.nancysevergallery.com.au/kerry-mcinnis

Artist website: https://kerrymcinnis.com/

Bernard Ollis at Aarwun Gallery Federation Square Nichols ACT

The exhibition of Bernard Ollis’ work at the Aarwun Gallery is richly coloured and quirkily executed. Having walked through a couple of the scenes pictured in this set I found the exhibition to be fun and uplifting. There are street scenes in this show from London, Paris, Morocco, Brisbane and Sydney. Ollis plays around with the streets with novelty of both shape and colour but each of the images has a direct connection to the real location but presents it with a vibrancy of colour that introduced a liveliness to the space. Below is a link where you can see thumbnails and prices of the works on display and can purchase through the website. The exhibition is on till Sunday December 5 2021

Artists website:http://bernardollis.com/

Gallery Website: https://aarwungallery.com/

Exhibition page with purchase prices: https://aarwungallery.com/online-gallery?category=%22Being%20There%22%20Bernard%20Ollis

Johnny Romeo “Colossal Youth” exhibition at Aarwun Gallery Nichols ACT

The gallery space at the Aarwun Gallery at Federation Square in Nichols in the ACT is almost lit up by the remarkable work of Johnny Romeo. A quote from the blurb on the web page for this exhibition will explain what is on show.

“Romeo’s imaginative fusion of sci-fi Surrealism, Cubist abstraction and quirky appropriations of celebrity imagery ruptures our understanding of Pop culture icons and filters them through his distinctive Kitsch Pop lens. Bursting at the seams with vibrant colour explosions, larger-than-life Pop imagery, and gleefully absurdist humour, Colossal Youth is an electrifying dive into the warped Technicolour visions of Australia’s King of Pop. “

If you click on the exhibition sales page below you will see thumbnails of 16 of his works available through Aarwun Gallery. In the gallery they are explosive in their vrbrant colour and semi familiar imagery. The exhibition is on till Sunday December 5.

Gallery Website: https://aarwungallery.com/

Exhibition page: https://aarwungallery.com/online-gallery?category=%22Colossal%20Youth%22%20Johnny%20Romeo

Artist’s website https://johnnyromeo.net/

Looking at painting

Carmen Glynn-Braun – Intricasies of Identity

The blurb for this exhibition on the website reads, LOOKING AT PAINTING features artists that push the boundaries of the canvas. It features a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists who work with painting and experiment with the medium through approaches to collaboration, material, process and installation.The artists explore very different themes and ideas through their artworks, but each has a unique story that starts with the mark-making of paint. Through this exhibition, audiences will see the diversity of the form of expanded painting today, and many of its possibilities.

This exhibition is on till January 23 2021. The website for this exhibition is https://www.casulapowerhouse.com/visit/casula-powerhouse-exhibitions/2021-exhibitions/looking-at-painting

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award at Campbelltown Art Centre

Above is a sample of art participating in this year’s Fisher’s Ghost Art Award at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. The award is a wide ranging award with sections from primary and secondary schools through to a collection of adult categories from Contemporary to traditional. While most of the entries are on the wall, there are a group of sculptures in the space.

I love an exhibition like this in that it gives the visitor to the gallery a sense of the diverse range of talents and skill sets that are present in the art community. The dates for this exhibition are Saturday 26 October – Thursday 5 December 2021 – Access to the gallery is via QR code check in and showing of the double vax certificate from Medicare.

Campbelltown Arts Centre websitefor the exhibition is as follows.https://c-a-c.com.au/fishersghost/# Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Centre,

Black and White Edges – Alana Ford at M16 Artspace

Kurt Cobain by Alana Ford at M16 Artspace

Fourteen black and white paintings ranging from the portrait style of Kurt Cobain above to fully abstract images form the exhibition by Alana Ford on at M16 Artspace over this weekend. This is the weekend of the reopening of M16 Artspace

Website for M16 Artspace is https://www.m16artspace.com.au/work-forte