Newsletter vol 11, March 2010
Dear friends and friends of my work,
Hope you have survived the Festive Season alright and that 2010 is treating you well. Here is what’s coming up if you want to see my work exhibited:
First shows of the year:
We were kicking off the year with lots of looooove at newly opened Raw Gallery here in Dee Why in Sydney with a show called “Amore”. Raw Gallery is an artist run space headed up by gorgeous Karin Lumsdaine who is taking a number of us local artists under her wing. The space is open and beautiful and absolutely enormous, which is rare anywhere in the Sydney area. The opening was packed with people and Kamahl gave a lovely speech letting us in on the story of how he met his wife. If you are driving through Dee Why at any stage, go and see Karin right on 699 Pittwater Rd, in between Oaks and Howard Ave, in front of the bus stop. The show closes last weekend in Feb but the gallery is worthwhile a visit anytime.
Another show which I’m exhibiting in opens in the first week of March at Manyung Gallery in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula. If you live in Melbourne this gallery is definitely worth a little trip to as it’s just south of Frankston in an old Building resembling a Tuscan Castle. There is also a restaurant on the premises which serves absolutely superb food. All in all an experience for all senses. Please see www.manyunggallery.com.au for more information.
Portrait Artists Australia – Face Off!
Portrait Artists Australia presents an IN YOUR FACE exhibition of CLOSE-UPS! 60 penetrating paintings on 40×40 cm canvas examining the full spectrum of moods – intimate, intense, guarded, melancholic, whimsical, witty….
Opening Night: Tuesday 9th March 2010, 7pm to 9pm
@ MLC Gallery 449 Harris St Ultimo (02) 9692 9222
EXHIBITION RUNS 8-20TH MARCH 2010
Monday – Friday 11.00am – 6.00pm,
Saturday 12.00 – 4.00pm
The show is opened by esteemed principal of the Julian Ashton Art School, self proclaimed King of Wy and Patron of Portrait Artists Australia – Paul Delprat. We are expecting the usual crowd of colourful artists, eccentric patrons and distinguished critics. It should be a great show with over 40 artists having painted on the same size canvass. You will be greeted by a wall of faces so to speak and if you’re game you can start a face-off with them or anyone present for that matter.
Stations of the Cross
For the third year running I am contributing to the Station of the Cross at the Art Sanctuary in Fairlight. This year I painted the famous Last Supper. It would have been easy to follow in Leonardo’s foot steps but I went against all better judgment and did a still life. Here is what my artist statement says about it:
The Last Supper, oil on canvas, 92x122cm
“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
In my painting I’m depicting the Last Supper as described by Saint Paul, where he indicates that Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his disciples, which would have instituted the Eucharist or Holy Communion. This is said to be the beginning of the Christian tradition of consecrating bread and a cup in remembrance of the Last Supper.
Instead of painting the entire story of the Last Supper I decided to focus on the two main symbols that derived from it, that is the bread and the wine. Simplifying and breaking the story down enabled me to recreate a snapshot of the time and details of the scene. Pieces of bread are scattered over a rough wooden table and wine has been poured into a pewter chalice. In the background you see the faint image of the body of Jesus and blood dripping from the wall, as if in a dream, echoing the everyday objects in the foreground adding a different dimension to what seems just an ordinary still life.
JOIN US FOR OPENING NIGHT
FRIDAY 26TH MARCH 7PM – 9PM
Saturday 27th March :: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 28th March :: 1pm – 5pm
Good Friday – 2nd April :: 11am – 5pm
Easter Saturday and Sunday :: 11am – 5pm
William Street Studios
3 WIlliam Street Fairlight, 2094.
Phone: 0433 200 330
This years Stations are being documented by film makers Matthew and Fred from Flashfilms.com.au, who did some filming at my studio earlier in Feb. The footage gets turned into a 30min documentary. If you are coming along on opening night, you probably end up featuring in the doco as well.
I am looking forward to a trip to the Gold Coast to be part of a group exhibition at Astras Galleries called “Divine Femme”. I will be exhibiting with amazing artists Palla Jeroff, Tony Duarte and Corinne Lewis, all of who’s works are just stunning. The gallery space which recently had a complete makeover is situated in the Marina Mirage Shopping Centre adjacent to the Sheraton and Palazzo Versace on Sea World Drive.
The show opens on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of May and will run for app 3 weeks
The address is
Sea World Drive, Main Beach Queensland.
If you are anywhere near the Gold Coast, please do pop in an meet wonderful Nataliya at the gallery who will be more than happy to show you around.
Other than that I am working on getting fresh works to David Hart Galleries on the Sunshine Coast as well as Pantechnicon Gallery in Daylesford Victoria. Pantechnicon has recently been taken over by wonderful sculptor Wayne Robbie, who has grand visions for the beautiful space. Another great weekend escape if you are in Melbourne!
I am also looking for models for my paintings, if you are a natural “poser” and want to feature in my paintings or you know someone who would fit that description, please get in touch with me.
With my very best wishes