The current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries , UNTITLED, focuses on guest artists new to the Traffic Jam gallery space , namely Oliver Ashworth-Martin, Andrea McCuaig, Beth Radford, Annabel Scanlen, Loribelle Spirovski, Wade Taylor, Murat Urlali and Kareena Zerefos. Continue reading UNTITLED: CURRENT EXHIBITION AT TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES
THE BEACH is Traffic Jam Galleries opening exhibition for 2018 with the summer theme of ten artists interpretations of ‘the beach’. Artists included are Andrew Grassi Kelaher, Tracy Dods, Nada Herman, Rebecca Pierce, Bruno Mota, Hugh McLachlan, Katherine Wood, Jenny Green, Terry Barclay and Heidi Hereth. Riotous explosive colour and texture are contrasted with far more ominous deep waters in this most exciting exhibition. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries – The Beach 2018
Featured artwork. ‘Wishing Upon Dreams’ by Katherine Wood.
The latest thrilling exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries features the glorious work of Katherine Wood, in a series of beach scenes highlighting her magnificent use of line, texture and composition. The works are delicately yet strongly layered and textured.
Katherine Wood is originally from South Africa but she and her family now live on the Sunshine Coast.
Wood’s work can best be described as ‘abstract imaginings’ blending the divide between traditional landscape and contemporary abstraction.
Wood loves the ocean – in her works its deceptively calm presence and the sense of space at the beach is also revealed as a place to hope and dream for the future or, alternatively, to reflect on the past. Continue reading EBB AND FLOW : A NEW EXHIBITION BY KATHERINE WOOD @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES
Something for everyone with the current most exciting Traffic Jam Galleries exhibition which has just opened – a show curated from works selected by TJG team members Bianca, Jess, Rebecca and Somerset.
Running from the 5th – 26th of October, the exhibition features new works from artists including Andrew Grassi Kelaher, Claire Kirkup, Danielle McManus, Rebecca Pierce and Nigel Sense. I will concentrate mainly on the new works.
Andrew Grassi Kelaher’s works are rather surrealist, very striking, extremely controlled manicured landscapes with clouds and precisely placed trees, sheep, rocks and winding rolling roads.
Will Maguire ‘s spiky and Hugh McLachlan’s reflective, almost melting wonderful sculptures are included as are Carol Foster and Elizabeth Green’s marvellous paintings.
J Valenzula Didi is represented by three abstract, rigidly precisely placed paintings in a triptych work entitled Urban Symphony. It felt like there were Geoffrey Smart references involved. The use of shadow and geometric line was wonderfully employed, and there was a hint of 3 dimensions in some of the two dimensional paintings.
Ember Fairbairn’s One More Flood was full of lines, dots and misty texture.
Rebecca Peirce’s explosive, colourful, thickly painted flower paintings leaped off the wall. A large, sensitive and passionate, possibly wistful ‘Somerset Designated Driver’ portrait‘ was new as well as the bright, colourful Low Lying Cloud Over The Glass Mountains and a couple of works from her Simple Life series revealed her extensive range of styles and subjects.
Danielle McManus is represented by her latest adorable but enigmatic work Follow the White Rabbit– a young person in a white rabbit suit in a huge field of red poppies.
Nigel Sense’s ouevre is represented by some of his striking bold flower paintings , perhaps with a Margaret Preston influence?– there is a very strong use of line and colour and outline.
Mia Oatley is represented by two swirling seascapes, and a sleek intense portrait looming diagonally across the canvas ( Forest Woman) .
Both Jenny Green’s exciting sculptures and Elizabeth Green’ s seemingly delicate yet intense works are included.
Dean Reilly’s The Professional Polymath is a striking dreamlike Surrealist portrait of a suite wearing a head of flowers.
Edgar Schilter and Julie Hutchings both have a single work featured in this group show as does Katherine Wood.
The delicate, embroidered Nature Studies of Meredith Woolnough captivate and entrance. combining science and art.
The current TJG Team Selection exhibition runs at Traffic Jam Galleries until the 26th October 2017
This is a most exciting mixed group exhibition featuring works by CAROLE FOSTER . JENNY GREEN . ELIZABETH GREEN . MIRIAM INNES JO JOSEPHSEN . DANIELLE McMANUS . KATHRYN McGOVERN REBECCA PIERCE . EDGAR SCHILTER . and WILL MAGUIRE.
It is a mix of works previously seen and new works by some of the favourite artists from the gallery’s stable..I will be concentrating on the new works rather than ones I have already reviewed. The set theme for the exhibition is Black and White and/or works on paper. There is a great variation in size , some taking up almost an entire wall ( eg Miriam Innes with her New York Meandering , full of incredible detail and thrusting diagonal lines of the staircases). Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries : Black and White/ Works on Paper
A very captivating exhibition has invaded the Traffic Jam Galleries reshaped space with works by Jenny Green (INTERPLAY) and Rebecca Pierce ( THE SIMPLE LIFE) .Both are bright , bold ,vivid and entrancing . what is also exciting is seeing the contrast and range of styles produced by both artists.
First , considering Jenny Green’s exhibition INTERPLAY . From her studio in Sydney’s Northern Beaches Jenny Green creates her sculpture in bronze, steel & resins. Her work is represented in private, public & corporate collections, and has won a number of awards. Green exhibits at traffic jam galleries at Neutral Bay and in group exhibitions including with the Sculptors Society.
In 2015, Jenny was appointed to the Board of the National Art School..Her work is currently shortlisted in the Northern Beaches Art Prize. As displayed here, Green’s abstract sculptures of steel can be of strong ,coloured, dynamic ‘singing ‘ lines , full of energy and ‘eating’ space .They vary considerably in size – some of them are small, while others are large and free standing ( eg INTERPLAY 1 & 2 ) and have a pebbled floor , as if invoking a Zen garden.
Green’s bronze figurative sculptures ( eg Rapport , Hey There ) are semi abstract and often have a great feeling of weight and heaviness ,yet this is combined with a sense of pulsating energy and movement .Some sit or stand on plinths the bodies in discussion or thought.
Rebecca Pierce’s exhibition is entitled THE SIMPLE LIFE.Pierce primarily works with paint, inks and fine points on canvas and paper.Pierce has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in major art prizes including the Glencore Percival Portrait Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Heysen Art Prize, the Fishers Ghost Art Prize, the Hawkesbury Art Prize, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the ANL Maritime Art Prize and the Willoughby Art Prize. Rebecca’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally.Ths particular exhibition includes some of her trademark bright, bursting thickly textured floral arrangements ( eg Country , Red Roses Blue Vase IX , Blow That Cone Full Salute ) but also features a very different change in style ( or two ).
There are some wonderful abstract multi textured,rather large ,swirling canvases painted with many layers of mirror resin , some also including straw attached , which are full of bold dynamic colour and energy . (eg The Simple Life C Dandelion) Flow parts 1-3 is like a triptych of a giant rolling wave . Major social issues are also commented on with for example The Motion of Transition diptych of paintings.There is perhaps a sense of unsettling un predictability and we see how Pierce interprets the human face and form (there is also a self portrait included) and the reading of the natural landscape around us and how these interweave.
A very striking exhibition.
Jenny Green’s Interplay and Rebecca Pierce’s The Simple Life run at the Traffic Jam Galleries 9 – 31 August 2017
A very exciting small ‘pop up’ exhibition is currently showing at Traffic Jam Galleries, featuring the work of artist Elizabeth Green.
Elizabeth Green is a Sydney based artist living in the bush surrounds of Kenthurst. She works in oils and in mixed media of charcoal and ink, exploring the fragile connection between the delicate beauty of nature, and its existence within the harsh and rugged land.
Much of her style is also inspired by her experience as a mother of four, as well as her trials and triumphs as a person living in a wheelchair. In May she was awarded a Highly Commended in the Hunters Hill Art Prize.
Green’s work is dynamic and full of energy.
What is intriguing is the range of styles and moods, sizes and media used … some of the works are delicate, almost abstract, possibly looking like watercolours rather than oils (eg Romantics or Land Surface) and deceptively softly coloured yet vivid. Black Earth, however, is strong and looming with a hint of sky. The rough texture of the soil is wonderfully evoked.
Her drawings are also eye catching, very strong and powerful and full of dynamic energy. When We Met leaps out of the frame with its use of line and sense of solid energy. Black Wings is explosive in its use of line and composition and treelike ‘wings ‘. Is the person haunted by depression? Landing or taking off?
Renewal is mostly dark and sombre but there is a hint of life and joy with the fresh plants beginning to emerge. Obeli (again ink on paper) is quite different from the other works included.The title could mean either ‘a mountain, tree, or other natural object resembling an obelisk in shape ‘ ( here possibly trying to go up a misty mountain?) or that the work was indicating that it was perhaps referencing the deceased. The painting is free with zingy brushwork and possibly looks like music dancing – or is it tears ?
Elizabeth Green’s exhibition run at Traffic Jam Galleries July 21 -August 3 2017.
The latest exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries features two artists from its stable – Anakita Escalante with Sydney Surroundings and Danielle McManus with Wild.
Anakita Escalante’s work is an exploration of the relationship between the man-made and the natural, examining how we live and interact from the fringes of Sydney to the tumultuous bustling of the CBD. Her invigorating paintings feature a glorious use of texture and strong, dynamic composition.
Her subjects range from the iconic Coca Cola sign at Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge and the Archibald Fountain to striking rock faces and crashing waves (Sea Breeze).
In Fun on the Waves we are almost on board the bobbing boats. There are some striking portraits of Hornsby Lighthouse at different times of day while Rainy Day – The Rocks is grey and mysterious. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : ANAKITA ESCALANTE AND DANIELLE MCMANUS IN EXHIBITION
The current exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries is a combined show – Kathryn MCGovern’s DOG SHOW and Sally West’s AROUND TOWN. They are very different artists in subject and style and it makes for a captivating event.
Kathryn McGovern’s exhibition is a series of wonderful canine portraits. McGovern, over the past few months, visited various dog shows in Queensland and mingled with cossetted canines, breeders, stewards and judges.
Individual canines are depicted in great detail and we marvel at the variety of colours, shapes and sizes of the assorted dogs.
Reference photos were combined with on location observations together with McGovern’s imagination to create the final vibrant product of ink and paper.
The paintings are witty and delightful. They feature an exceptional use of composition and an intriguing use of ‘ negative space’.
From beagles to dachshunds, Churchillian bull dogs to tiny chihuahuas, giant Dalmatians and medium sized terriers, the various breeds are wonderfully shown. Some of them are full of bristling enthusiastic movement, whilst others are posed and poised.
We see it all from the canine perspective, there are no full human portraits but some pictures include legs and arms of the judges/owners.
SALLY WEST’S exhibition AROUND TOWN is her response to the environment in which she now lives. Internationally exhibited West is predominantly an ‘en plein air’ painter, with most of this exhibition’s works having been painted on site.
“I see the harbour and Sydney through different eyes now as an adult and mother, I now crave to capture them as a painter”. says West.
West’s current exhibition is a documentation of her favourite places that she has found in Sydney over the past 6-12 months.
The paintings feature a series of extremely thick, swirling brushstrokes full of wonderful texture, Many of the works are full of vibrant colour and dynamic composition, remarkable images of the sea or landscapes, including Crown Road, Study From Berry’s Bay, and Double Bay to Darling Point. The iconic Sydney Opera House is painted from above.
This was an exciting exhibition with special appeal for canine fanciers and landscape lovers.
This current exhibition is on display at the Traffic Jam until 25th May.
UNTITLED, the current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries, focuses on guest artists, foreign to the gallery space, featuring a diverse spectrum of themes and mediums.
The aim of this medley of physical and conceptual forms is to promote a culture of diversity and demonstrate that mixed bodies of seemingly disconnected ideas have the ability to strengthen and support each other.
The exhibition is a thrilling visual feast . Continue reading UNTITLED : AN ENTHRALLING NEW EXHIBITION @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES
As part of Art Month there is a wonderful exhibition currently showing at Traffic Jam Galleries , by Tracy Dods and Will Maguire, under the umbrella title JOURNEY OF EXPECTATIONS.
With its recurring motifs of businessmen walking into, or being consumed by the sea – Tracy Dod’s idiosyncratic work is bleak yet striking.
Most of her works have ominous clouds or at least a hint of stormy weather in the background.
Tracy lives in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales and spends much of her time in Sydney, observing the people she paints in areas/zones of urban activity such as Martin Place.
Merger, featuring two older businessmen on the edge of water, is not just about a business merger but is also slightly surrealistic – note how the hair of the pair is blown and merged together.
Mare Ditat (The Sea Restores) features a hunched, anxious businessman , holding his jacket, perhaps returning to the waiting viewer – cleansed of his sins of corruption?!
Momentary Equilibrium is rather surrealistic too in the depiction of the tumbling windblown, twig like hair.
In White Paper, the reflections and flying hair are marvellously depicted. Continue reading JOURNEY OF EXPECTATIONS : TRACY DODS AND WILL MAGUIRE @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES
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.
Anakita Eskalante’s four works can perhaps be viewed as a group, perhaps companion pieces on the same theme. The texture of the huge rocks are vividly depicted and you can feel the dangerous sea crashing against them. In Walking Along the Edge (Bondi to Coogee) the sea appears to be in a happier mood but is it actually?!
Continue reading SWEET SUMMERTIME CAPTURED IN THE NEW EXHIBITION @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES
’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
The latest exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries is Kathryn McGovern’s WILD THINGS.
Inspired by Surrealism and automatic drawing McGovern’s work is at times humorous and light hearted but also acts as an advocate and stimulus for preservation of endangered species and social change. The vibrant, thought provoking works are strong yet seemingly delicate and incredibly detailed. Expect the unexpected in these works that make you blink and look twice.
Based in Queensland, McGovern has been a finalist in various awards such as The Outback Open Art Prize 1014, 2015, Pro Hart Outback Art Prize 2016, Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing 2014 and The John Villiers Outback Art Award 2015. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES PRESENTS WILD THINGS – NEW WORK BY KATHRYN MCGOVERN
The current exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries is specifically about works on paper. Ten artists are featured, all with different work practices and approaches to their art.
The umbrella title of the exhibition is The Drawing Room and it features over forty works by various artists, including North Sydney Art Prize winner Edgar Schilter. The exhibition explores what it means to use paper as the particular medium of choice and the freedom of expression that this allows.
Jo Chew’s works are vivid and immediate, with an ominous, eerie feel. Chew favours strong cropped close up compositions often with birds as her subject. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES PRESENTS THE DRAWING ROOM EXHIBITION
The new exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries features the vibrant works of three very exciting artists.
Tracy Dod’s paintings come across as strange and eerie. She lives in the Blue Mountains and her intention with her artworks is to illuminate the human condition. Haunting, melancholic, yet filled with life, her paintings are mostly small to medium in size and whilst figurative, the person always seem to be facing away from us so we never get to properly see their faces.
Somewhat dreamlike, they all appear to be older, professional men. There is an aura of loneliness and melancholia, and a longing to return to childhood. They all seen walking along the beach/into the sea, and some have a childish element…Men seen dragging a toy cart behind him as in ‘Undue Influence’ or carrying a yellow bucket ‘Offsetting Balance‘. The wonderful, swirling lines emphasise how windblown the men are, even, at times, drenched with rain, as in the painting, ‘Umbrella Insurance’. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries Presents Julie Hutchings,Tracy Dods, Hugh McLachlan
The current colourful and exciting exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries features the work of Nicholas Daunt and Rebecca Pierce.
Daunt’s beautiful series of large paintings, entitled ‘Undaunted Return “ demonstrates another jump and expansion in Daunt’s work.
Born in London, he studied here at what was then known as City Art Institute, (part of UNSW). Daunt has also lived in New Zealand and America and has exhibited internationally.
Now living in the Coffs Harbour region of NSW he is represented in public collections in Australia and in private collections worldwide. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries Presents Works By Nicholas Daunt and Rebecca Pierce
A charming exhibition has just opened at the Traffic Jam galleries featuring the works of Danielle McManus and Bronwen Newbury.
Danielle McManus’ style is haunting and distinctive. Born in Sydney, McManus interweaves elements of her Maltese heritage with experiences of everyday life. McManus is influenced by the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo, Margaret Woodward, Arthur Boyd and Seventeenth Century European manuscripts.
The current small, delightful exhibition by featured artists Carole Foster and Katherine Wood has just opened at the Traffic Jam Galleries .
Carole Foster, originally from Wangaratta and now living in Dromana, Victoria, has for this series painted vibrant, alive portraits of birds (budgerigars , ducks and others). She has travelled and exhibited internationally, mentors artists and is a part time curator/artistic director with a large gallery.
Often she draws inspiration from the Australian outback. However her current series is called Naughty Birds– an avian answer to the Archibald Prize perhaps? Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries : Carole Foster and Katherine Wood
The current exciting exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries displays works by Philip Stallard and Sally West .
Sally West was born in West Wyalong NSW and has held many solo exhibitions . West is predominantly a ‘plein air’ painter. Her work uses very, very thick impassioned and vivid swirls of paint and her subjects range from explosive still lives of flowers, saucers and teapots to choppy paintings of ferry rides and beach scenes where you can feel the water and wind. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries Presents Works by Sally West and Philip Stallard
Contrasting yet complimentary this is a (relatively) small but exciting exhibition currently showing at the Traffic Jam Galleries.
Giese, an artist from the northern rivers, in this exhibition concentrates on animals as his subject. Using mixed media on polycotton the canvases range from medium to large in size.
A couple are hung facing outwards in the windows to be visible from the street. They are vibrant and colourful .One might perhaps think they are painted in watercolours .There is a dynamic, bold use of line, shape and colour to depict the expressions of various animals. Continue reading John Giese and Dean Vella @ The Traffic Jam Galleries