In December there was an exhibition of work by five ceramic artists at the Beaver Galleries. Somchai Charoen, Julie Bartholomew, Kenji Uranishi, and the colleagues Lucille Sciallano and Ben Landau, all put up striking works to demonstrate the beauty and artistry of high quality ceramics. All were doing quite different things with their shared media but each piece was a striking object. I have only included one picture here but the Beaver website has great images of this exhibition and quality notes on the artists and their work.
Elegant, earthy and functional are three words that come to mind when looking at the work of Ulrica Trulsson. Her ceramic creations have minimal design and decoration elements but have simple functional features and attractive earth toned glazes. Looking around the room each of the objects have a sense of tasteful understated beauty. The exhibition goes till Sunday 21 August 2021
Graham Fransella has an exhuberant sense of fun in his art. This exhibition has two strands – one is a set of vibrant abstract celebrations of colour and form, another is a set of hard metal sculptures that portray humans and animals in various forms of fun and joy. The exhibition continues to Sunday 22 August 2021
Nicola Dickson creates rich works that weave together lots of cultural references.in gorgeous novel combinations. This current set includes unusual Australian animals classic Pacific ocean people and various aesthetics from Japan and other distinctive cultures.
Below are selected images (not very good pics) and the gallery materials.
I demonstrate remarkable self control in the presence of artworks by Avital Scheffer. Every fibre of my body cries out to touch, caress and pick up these attractive ceramic artifacts. The objects ooze Middle Eastern culture from the faded sun drenched colours to the faded painted Hebrew inscriptions on parts of the works.
Scheffer creates objects that evoke Arabian nights with their wonderful curves and decorative shapes. From the narrow necks and pointed stoppers ro the curvey bodies of these vessels there is a historical reference to all of her work.
I love her work and have the gallery sheet and some pics below
Nicola Ayliffe creates beautiful objects. Her glass gleams and draws you in through its glossy surfaces and lense like crystal clarity and fine coloured designs that weave through the insides of these gorgeous creations.
Monotypes are a special type of print that are close to a painting. Leti is an internationally famous abstract artist. This show had a great set of subtly coloured works many of which have a geometric approach.The styles vary and they range from almost chaotic layouts to highly structured ones.
Julie Bartholemew in her Tread Carefully exhibition at Beaver Galleries engages some of the thorny issues of humans living and working on this planet. She combines a certain classy elegance with some confronting content to make it clear that we need to treat gently on planet Earth.
Using scientific equipment and chemical accoutrements created out of white porcelein she tweaks the items to convey a great message of care of the environment and respect for the plant life on the areas we live in. Each item has elegant copperplate writing that conveys information.
I did not have my camera so I only have gallery stuff below
Julian Laffan creates gorgeous representations of place in delicately prepared woodcuts. The two tone natural looking creations are supplemented with a small flash or two of bright colour to highlight a feature but for me the beauty is in the craftsmanship of the wood work. Many of the scenes were familiar with Laffan’s take on how they were carved in the wood.
I did not have my camera with me so I have only included the gallery materials but as usual the high quality sheets from Beaver have some of the images included.
Alex Asch creates wonderful works out of re-purposed materials. In all his art he finds timber and other artifacts that he then weaves together to make some further intriguing objects . The latest exhibition mounted at Beaver Galleries has hangable objects that are all painted a generally flat black. These objects are made out of musical instruments elegant hair-combs and lots of other timber objects. The resulting works are almost like idols or gods. Hung together they are a remarkably striking set.