“An artist’s interest in gardening is to produce pictures without brushes.” Anna Lea Merritt
The latest luminous film from Exhibition on Screen is from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut located at the former boarding house in Connecticut where the artists gathered .
Narrated by Gillian Anderson and directed by Phil Grabsky, with some voice over of artist’s letters of the time, it documents how the American impressionist movement followed its own path, whilst taking heed of leading French impressionists such as Renoir and Cezanne.
Directed by Phil Grabsky this is an autobiographical exploration of the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s life based on his voluminous correspondence (over 2500 letters). The letters are mellifluously, eloquently read by Henry Goodman and in the background there is a dreamy soundscape including compositions by Satie.
Many of Monet’s works, over a hundred, now scattered around the globe, are luminously photographed in closeup so we can see the swirling brushstrokes.
I was born and grew up in São Paulo, an extremely busy city, full of contrasts. I have always loved to wander around the old downtown, amongst high rises, noisy traffic and people from all walks of life.
Bossa Nova is forever the rhythm that calms me down; and samba is in my blood. Maybe in a past life I lived in Africa. Drums hypnotise me, and Carnival is a sublime elation.
I wish Brazil did not have the major social inequality it does. There´s a lot of suffering around, but funnily enough through suffering huge creativity flourishes. Natural beauty and an aura of excitement: even in its dull moments, Brazil is a party place, where you can have fun and find love.
Speaking about love! I met my Aussie husband on the Amazon, and yes, it was true love! I moved to Sydney, which quickly turned into another passion.
Aboriginal art and culture became an inspiration as much as Indigenous and African culture were inspirations in Brazil.
My soul is forever divided by my original and new roots, however through painting I feel complete, I´m able to connect my two beloved countries, or indeed all the amazing places I have visited around this planet, and the ones I hope to see in the future.
When I can´t travel physically, I travel through my art.
On this particular trip, I couldn´t go anywhere else but deep into Brazil. It´s a combination of art, design, nature, culture, music, people, the spiritual, the raw and the mundane. It´s Brazilian Dreaming.
.Flavia is extending an invitation to readers to see her exhibition on display at the Penny Farthing Design House, 51 Darling Street, East Balmain from the 3-11 March.
A sense of fun and joie de vivre is the dominant theme in two current exhibitions at the Australian Design Centre (ADC) : Annie Gobel: Edge In and Chili Philly: Crochet Social. The ‘wearable sculptures” jewellery by Annie Gobel and colourful garment pieces by Chili Philly both intrigue and delight the senses.
Annie Gobel Edge In.
This exhibition is presented by the ADC in collaboration with the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
Annie is Indonesian born and Melbourne based. As well as exhibiting around Australia this young artist has recently exhibited in Japan.
Beginning with a thick bold outline, the jewellery is simply set against corrugated cardboard backdrops, which are closer to skin tones than stark white walls. The texture also lifts the works and allows pastel colours to shine. The objects are often candy coloured enamel and some of the playful pieces are made from toys. This renders them more tactile and enticing.
Chili Philly Crochet Social
Melbourne based artist Phil Ferguson goes by the name Chili Philly. His work is being exhibited in partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with one of the organisers describing it as ‘fun, camp and clever’.
Philly’s wearable art often takes the form of everyday objects, mainly food-related, which are transformed then captured as self-portraits and uploaded on Instagram. They sprang from the foods surrounding him in his earlier hospitality jobs.
The transformations use wool, acrylic and poly-filler. The video and photographic aspects are less self aggrandisement than an avenue naturally allowing his self deprecating humour to gain a wider audience.
His brightly coloured crocheted garments have gained a strong following on social media in the past few years, especially since March 2016 when this art became his full-time occupation.
At the launch of this exhibition the majority of the full house were obvious fans, many adorning food based head gear, crocheted and other. Their dedication was all the more extraordinary given the Sydney heatwave, as they queued for selfies with the creator.
Some serious trained crochet craftspeople wonder how he does it. He remarked that he started each work only knowing only one stitch, and he continued working to meet more people when new in town – hence the ‘social’ aspect.
Both exhibitions of jewellery and garments are fun and induce play. The Australian Design Centre organised kids’ and family workshops with the artists. Young attendees at the launches were impressed by the work. The exhibitions are truly fun for all ages.
The Australian Design Centre is located at 101-115 William Street Darlinghurst. The exhibitions are on display until the 15th March.
Featured image is from the Chili Philly Crochet Social exhibition. Pic by Simon Cardwell.
Featured image – Jeffrey Smart ”Second study for Margaret Olley’ (1994) – oil on canvas on hardboard. Images below by Ben Apfelbaum (c).
The Gallery’s exhibition MARGARET OLLEY : PAINTER, PEER, MENTOR, MUSE features the work of the ‘grand woman of Australian art’ whose career spanned a period of more than sixty years.
A wonderful exhibition, curated by guest curator Renee Porter, it features over 80 works from across the country. Margaret Olley’s work features alongside some of the works of her closest teachers and friends including Caroline Barker, Robert Barnes, Jean Bellette, Mitty Lee-Brown, Criss Canning, Cressida Campbell, Margaret Cilento, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Moya Dyring, Donald Friend, Nicholas Harding, Fred Jessup, Ben Quilty, Jeffrey Smart,David Strachan and Anne Wienholt.
Of the exhibition Jane Watters, Director of the S.H. Ervin said,
“Margaret was a frequent visitor and supporter of the Gallery and in this show we wanted to present the spirit and vigour of this grand woman in Australian art. In many ways the show completes the circle of her championing the talents of her peers and friends which she undertook with such vivacity throughout her life.”
Philip Bacon, Executor of the Margaret Olley Trust added:
“Margaret Olley was first introduced to visual arts at Somerville House school in 1937 and this in turn led to a dedicated and prolific artistic career that she pursued right through to the time of her death in 2011. Throughout her life, Olley worked within various artistic circles that in turn developed into lifelong friendships. This exhibition illustrates these connections and her relationships with many other artists as mentor, contemporary or muse. Olley certainly left her mark, not only on paper, canvas and board, but through her connections with artists – her teachers and peers and those that continue to create today.”
The current exhibition is the first in a set of three exhibitions under the umbrella title the Margaret Olley Art Series to be presented by the S.H. Ervin Gallery over the next three years and has been made possible by the support of the Trustees of the Margaret Olley Art Trust.
The Gallery has recently announced that it is hosting a series of free Sunday afternoon talks with artists and friends through February and March to further enlighten art lovers.
Sunday 19 February at 3 pm
Renée Porter, guest curator of the exhibition talks about Margaret Olley as painter, peer, mentor, muse.
Sunday 26 February 3 pm
Christine France, arts writer, historian, curator & long-time friend of Margaret Olley, shares her memories of the artist and her friendships with other artists.
Sunday 5 March 3 pm
Artists Nicholas Harding and Cressida Campbell discuss their friendship with Margaret Olley and her legacy. They will be joined by painter Laura Jones who continues the tradition that Margaret Olley dedicated her life, in capturing the essence of still life subjects.
Sunday 12 March 3 pm
Meg Stewart, author of the Olley biography, ‘Far from a Still Life’, discusses the life of the artist.
Sunday 19 March 3 pm
Steven Alderton, Director & CEO National Art School discusses his photographic documentation of Margaret Olley’s hat factory home/ studio and his friendship with the artist.
Adding to the allure of attending this current exhibition, you can also enjoy browsing the cards and books in the Gallery’s quaint bookstore as well as enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake at the adjoining tearoom.
The current exhibition is on display at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, located within the National Trust Centre until Sunday 26 March 2017. The S.H. Ervin Gallery is located at Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney. Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (closed Monday) Enquiries: (02) 9258 0173. Cost: $10/ $7 Concession.
Another way to escape the current seemingly endless scorching Sydney heatwave is to catch the delightful HARBOURING THE BEACH exhibition now showing at the Traffic Jam Galleries.
The exhibition features the works of Anakita Eskalante, Danielle McManus, Bruno Mota, Bronwen Newbury, Rebecca Pierce and Sally West in a themed exhibition that embraces Summer, The Harbour, beaches and positivity for this coming year. Don’t forget to check the gallery’s windows facing the street as they feature some of the works included.
Le Petit Bateau art collective is pleased to invite readers to the opening exhibition of the talented artist HARUYO MORITA on Saturday 11th February, between 7 pm and 10 pm at the Vincent and Dupree’ Salon 248 Bronte Road, Waverley.
The title of the exhibition is Haruyo Morita : Shift From Within.
Whatever word or label we use to describe the oneness of our universe, we are all inescapably participating in it. Haruyo Morita’s works explore the connected nature of this existence, recalibrating our perception of ourselves by focusing on our spiritual similarities, whilst accepting our man-made differences.
“Just because people believe in different things, they are no better or less – we are just made differently to keep the balance in this universe.”
Haruyo’s paintings reflect this understanding by stripping away our human forms and figures to reveal the shared essence of what it actually means to be a human being below the surface.
Haruyo seeks to replace judgement, malice and confusion with a gentle understanding and calm observation. Her planetary orbs of human experience sit suspended in ethereal whiteness; peaceful, egoless and beautiful.
In a world where many resolve themselves to negative energy and the perceived drudgery of existence, Haruyo reaches for more by focusing on acceptance and embracing the poetry in everything around her.
There is no instruction on how to feel, only an effort to inspire by showing us one possibility and prompting us to make our own decision, to create the changes we desire for ourselves, from within.
Haruyo Morita is a Japanese artist who began her study of visual arts at Tajimi Technical High school (Japan) in 1994.
Morita’s passion for art soon took her around the world to further refine her style at the National Art School (Sydney) and at the ‘Villa Bastille’ Art School (Paris).
Morita is currently based in Parramatta working with Sumi (calligraphy ink) ‚ traditional mineral pigments‚ gold leaf‚ shell powder‚ acrylic and oil paints.
LIST OF EXHIBITIONS –
2017 -Group show ‘Palingenesia’ (Surry Hills Sydney)
2016 – Parallax art fair( London)
2016- Group Show ‘Resonance’ Blacktown hospital, Nepean Hospital
2015- Group show ‘Vision’ M2 Gallery (Surry Hills Sydney)
2015 – Group show ‘Transcend’ Japan Foundation Gallery (Chippendale Sydney)
2015 – Group show Quarrymans Hotel (Pyrmont Sydney)
2015- Solo Exhibition Soul Portraits (Shh centre 4 Hybrid Art-Parramatta)
2015- Group Exhibition Do what you love (Soma Studio-SurryHills)
2014- Group Exhibition Ritratto dell’anima-Soul Portrait (Rome)
2013 – Group exhibition 4A Center for Contemporary Asian art(Sydney)
2013 – ‘Origin of O’ – Performance Art: Zen-Circle Calligraphy
2012 – Solo Exhibition at MarsHill Cafe‚ -Magnolia therapy(Parramatta)
2011 – Group Exhibition at MarsHill Cafe (Parramatta) 2009 – Solo Exhibition at MarsHill cafe -Flowers(Parramatta).
Haruyo Morita’s website is http://www.haruyomoritaart.com/artist.html
Entry to the exhibition is free. Food and drinks are provided by donation. There will be live music by Billsbry. The exhibition will be open to the public until the 17th March.
Artists of the Great War is a collaboration between the National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian National University (NGA). It has been curated by David Hansen with contributions from students of the Centre of Art History and Theory.
The recently opened, specifically constructed oval space, to greatest effect, one of the most iconic artists Sidney Nolan, and his greatest ‘muse’ Ned Kelly.
In 1977 Sunday Reed the early 20th Century art collector and benefactor donated 25 of the 26 paintings on the National Gallery of Australia’s entry level. Nolan’s paintings were inspired by Kelly’s own words, the French artist Rousseau, and sunlight. It is clear from the paintings titles that Sidney Nolan meticulously researched Kelly’s life and in particular the events leading up to his capture.Accordingly, Nolan’s two passions – literature and the visual arts combined perfectly in the Ned Kelly series. Continue reading THE NGA COLLECTIONS : THE NED KELLY SERIES GALLERY→
Sydney and Canberra have an embarrassment literally of riches due to the British Museum, the Tate Collection and the Palace of Versailles enabling us to see priceless objects, paintings, and sculpture from the other side of the world.
The double bill of the History of Art in 100 Objects at the National Museum and Versailles, Treasures from The Palace at the National Gallery of Australia are both well worth a weekend away in Canberra.
Held at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, this exhibition covers two million years of human history in one hall.
It started out as a joint project of BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum compromising of a 100 part Radio Series written and presented by the British Museum’s Director Neil MacGregor. At least one of his selections, the Rosetta stone is not in this exhibition, but Australia has two exhibits – an ancient Aboriginal basket, and the wifi machine prototype invented by the CSIRO, Object No 101.
There is so much nudity in the media particularly in the cinema and clothes are so skimpy that this exhibition has attracted no controversy, no calls for it to be shut down and as such you can visit the exhibition and admire the artwork itself.
One is astonished to read when researching that when August Rodin’s The Kiss was first exhibited in England it was covered in a sheet for fear it would corrupt local youth.
Mother Ocean is wise, beautiful and powerful. We depend on her for our survival. That is why underwater filmmaker, James Sherwood, is teaming up with his mother Jackie Sherwood to showcase his ocean photos and her artworks.
Mother Ocean Art Exhibition 1-12 February 2017
Warringah Art Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl
Opening – Thursday 2nd February 7-9pm
Artist’s demo – Friday 3 & 10 February 2-5pm
Film fundraiser for ‘The Map to Paradise’ – Saturday 4 February
1-12 February 2017 Wednesday- Sundays 10am-5pm
Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds and continue to influence artists even today?! Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? These and other questions were answered in this fascinating film.
The film is based on the critically acclaimed, once-only exhibition which brought together practically all Bosch’s major paintings and drawings from around the world to his home town of Den Bosch, Netherlands.
Exquisitely, beautifully illustrated this is a large coffee table book, a fascinating visual feast . It is linked in with the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in Australia which has just finished at Carrick Hill in Adelaide .It follows the story of Stanley Spencer’s various muses and the subjects that made him one of the greatest forces in British painting.
Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is regarded as one of Britain’s most significant twentieth-century painters. Shortly after studying at the Slade School of Art, Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village beside the River Thames where he was born and spent much of his life. Continue reading STANLEY SPENCER – A TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH MASTER→
This monograph, featuring over 120 of his artworks, traces the remarkable career of the painter Richard Maurovic. A large, lavishly illustrated enticing ‘coffee table ‘ book it is stunning, visually arresting and delicately draws the reader in.
It is twenty years since Richard Maurovic’s first solo exhibition in 1996. His 2016 exhibition of old and new works at the Hill Smith Gallery, Pirie Street, Adelaide, and the publication of this book celebrate his considerable achievements.
Often described as a ‘’super realist ‘” influenced by Jeffrey Smart, Richard Maurovic has in fact drawn on a wide range of artistic influences from Piero della Francesca to the American Precisionists painters, particularly Edward Hopper, and the Australian Modernists.
Human activity and its impact on the shaping of both rural and urban environments are of great concern to Maurovic .The visual geometric appeal of his subject matter, and explorations of colours, shapes, detail and patterns delight with his ‘bold structural compositions, saturated planes of colour and crisply rendered forms. Physically compromised by an accident in his early twenties, now wheelchair bound , Maurovic combines his interests and distinctive technique with extraordinary ingenuity in the pursuit of his very particular vision.
Richard Maurovic is an artist who, while summoning memories and associations of his beloved Adelaide and South Australian countryside, also makes statements of concern regarding the ubiquitous nature of modern landscape design and consumerism, and in doing so connects us across both interstate and international boundaries ( ie street signs, views at airports).
The book is divided into several chapters , looking at Maurovic’s early life and then various aspects of his work – how he is fascinated by industry , transport and technology, portraits, still life works, landscapes and so on and also provides a chapter looking towards the future.
One section I particularly liked is the amazing Portraits .There are a couple of marvellous self portraits, one of Maurovic as a glamourous Napoleon, the other as a Doge of Venice ( echoing Carpaccio ).
The portrait of Suzanne Twelftree with its echoes of Frida Kahlo’s work is striking and challenging. There is also the striking Self Portrait in Wheelchair, with its unusual angles and viewpoint, revealing the restrictions he faces, and leading on to the whole discourse on artists and disability.
In the ‘People’ section paintings range from dizzying Brooklyn Bridge workers to that of a busy chef and also a homage to Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe in the picture Echelon Menwith Hill featuring a strange golf ball like clouds with the military base in the background.
A solitary bather at Bondi poses on the steps and we also see the posh QVB tea rooms and the elegant Adelaide Club dining room contrasted with the plastic dreariness of the State Library Café in Adelaide ( look! It’s Jeffrey Smart! )
The wonderful still lifes are also arresting close ups of Smarties or the stripey Chocolate Biscuit Dreaming for example ( not forgetting the donuts , Frog cakes and other wonderful textured foods that make you just hungry looking at them ) in their precisely observed and controlled detail. It also make one appreciate the finely detailed design and texture.
The Shaved Pigs Head and Lamb Rump paintings are rather disturbing and unsettling.
The landscapes are also glorious ranging from Adelaide to London to Venice and elsewhere. There is an amazing sense of rushing speed with the works detailing planes, trains and trucks zooming everywhere.
At the back of the monograph there is a list of selected awards and exhibitions Maurovic has won /participated in. There is also a listing of all the works by Maurovic featured in the book and as well as a separate listing of the works by other artists included which are also acknowledged.
This monograph has been co-authored by Jennifer Palmer and Maggie Watson.
Jennifer Palmer is a retired broadcaster with ABC Radio National where she was responsible for the Social History Unit and other feature programs. She has also been a book reviewer and art reviewer for national newspapers, an interviewer for oral history collections and has published short stories.
Maggie Watson is an Art History Graduate of the University of Adelaide and holds a Masters in Fine and Decorative Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She worked in the Modern British Art department of Christies’s London before returning to Australia. As an art consultant she has written catalogue essays for several Australian artists, including Richard Maurovic’s Saatchi exhibition in 2014.
Category Arts, Architecture and Design
Format Jacketed hardback
Size 260 x 250 mm
Extent 152 pages
Celebrating Kempf’s 90th birthday, FRANZ KEMPF : ASPECTS OF A JOURNEY is the catalogue of the exhibition that was recently on show at the State Library of South Australia.
Melbourne born Kempf studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School and in Austria and Italy. While in the UK he worked as a film designer with Richard Macdonald and was associated with Peter Blake, Joe Tilson, Ceri Richards and Keith Vaughan.
From 1973 to 1981 Kempf was Senior Lecturer in printmaking at the University of South Australia and he has been a Guest Lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, the University of London, the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland; Gloucester College of Art, United Kingdom and has participated in over 90 one man invitation exhibitions in America, China , Germany, Israel and Poland.
Some of Sydney’s most popular murals are located in Newtown, Enmore or Ashfield but the trick is to find them, and some are quite a distance apart.
However, if you want to see a selection of colourful, eye popping murals in the one place, head to the Bondi Beach promenade.
Periodically, the street art on show is given a ‘fresh coat of paint’. It appears that this has occurred recently with a collection of new murals. The only mural that has been retained is a memorial to Chloe, as evidenced by its fading paint.
So the only place in Sydney where you can both have a great coffee, at one of the many excellent cafes in Campbell Street and a dip in the ocean, together with a dose of art in the fresh air, is iconic Bondi Beach.
’If you crave a sense of clarity, my world will only seem like a buxom calamity. Starring roles are allocated to my mortal painted motley swirls most delightful in their eventual decay, ready and able to be recklessly tossed about and spoken for by you. For my abstracted walls no longer belong to me, they never did, they never will.”
The above is a quote from Anthony Breslin. Breslin has been working professionally since the late 1990’s and has held over 50 solo exhibitions both internationally and nationally. His use of mixed media includes items such as toothpaste, jigsaw pieces, paint tubes, pencil sharpeners , paint tin lids and paint brushes , swirling paint often combined with paper and cardboard in collage like three dimensional results. His inner visions are projected onto a colourful, abstract, fantasy world with whimsical creatures and bright, figurative structures. Continue reading PLIGHT OF THE PURSEFISH – ANTHONY BRESLIN @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES→
PINNED TO THE WALL is a highly charged series of new work by Sydney artist Susan O’Doherty that uses discarded domestic items to explore themes of gender inequality and family violence.
Working across assemblage, painting and sculpture, O’Doherty has purposely collected familiar and nostalgic objects to help map her contemporary storytelling and to bring the private into a public message.
Carriageworks and the City of Sydney are presenting Heard. Syd by US artist Nick Cave, marking the first time the renowned artist has presented a major work in Australia. Presented over two days, on Thursday 10 November and Saturday 12 November, Heard.Syd features over 60 Sydney based dancers and brings to life 30 colourful life sized horse suits – performed across two locations in Sydney’s CBD and Carriageworks.
Set to live Polynesian percussive rhythms Heard.Syd will impact on Sydneysiders with an exuberant and surreal explosion of equestrian activities. The life-sized horse suits are constructed from coloured raffia and found materials.
Over sixty Sydney based dancers and musicians have had the unique opportunity of working directly with Nick Cave and American choreographers Will Gill and Bob Faust to stage the project.
Encouraging an almost pastoral dream-like state, Heard.Syd is an escapist response to the bustle of the city.
The show is being presented free to Sydney audiences on this Thursday 10 November at 5 pm at Pitt Street Mall, and Saturday 12 November10 am and 12 noon at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Redfern.