Visual Arts

RESET: EDUARDO BE AT LE PETIT BATEAU – 1ST AUS SOLO EXHIBITION

Le Petit Bateau art collective presents RESET which is the first solo Australian exhibition by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Be.

RESET is an expression of the artist’s  metamorphosis from life in southern Brazil as a street art activist to his current home Sydney.  Eduardo is renowned for his work which “intends to reach people with short and direct messages that could change their days.” Continue reading RESET: EDUARDO BE AT LE PETIT BATEAU – 1ST AUS SOLO EXHIBITION

NATURE’S WHIMSY – DANIELLE McMANUS AT TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES:

 

A most charming and delightful exhibition has just opened at Traffic Jam Galleries. Danielle McManus’ current exhibition is called NATURE’S WHIMSY. McManus is a member of the ‘stable’ of artists who regularly exhibit at Traffic Jam Galleries . This exhibition showcases her trademark style ,with the huge eyes of the human figures and incredible detail in depicting the flora and fauna in the various works , which include both paintings and a major selection of charcoal drawings. Continue reading NATURE’S WHIMSY – DANIELLE McMANUS AT TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES:

500 PORTRAITS : 25 YEARS OF THE BP PORTRAIT AWARD

Sir Michael Parkinson by Jonathon Yeo.

Featured image – Harold Pinter by Justin Mortimer.

It’s the Archibald Prize season at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and people are going in great numbers to check out this year’s exhibition which runs until the 9th September 2018.

Great Britain ,also, has its own annual portrait competition called the BP (British Petroleum) Portrait Award. The portraits are exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London. The London newspaper The Daily Mail calls it ‘the portraiture Oscars’ and artists from around the world are invited to enter. First Prize is $30,000.

Each year more than 2,000 artists, from over 70 countries, submit entries with over 250,000 people coming through the Gallery’s doors to see the work of the finalists.

I am sharing this with you because I have come across a superb publication which the National Portrait Gallery of London has published honouring this annual exhibition. It is called 500 PORTRAITS : 25 YEARS OF THE BP PORTRAIT AWARD. This publication celebrates excellence in portraiture from brilliant naturalistic work to the deeply expressionistic. Each  portrait, in its own way, is revealing of character and mood.

I can’t recommend this publication highly enough. 500 PORTRAITS : 25 YEARS OF THE BP PORTRAIT AWARD has been published by the National Portrait Gallery, London. Get the revised and updated edition (2015).  ISBN 9781855145702.

 

BLACKTOWN NATIVE INSTITUTION PROJECT 2018

 

Everyone is welcome to come together with community and artists on the historic site of the Blacktown Native Institution to celebrate living Aboriginal cultures with new performance, sculpture and interactive artworks.

Working with local communities, artists Tony Albert, Sharyn Egan and Moogahlin Performing Arts have responded to the site’s importance as a place of ceremony and culture and its history as the location of the Blacktown Native Institution. Operating from 1823–1829, the Institution was one of the earliest instances of institutional removal of Aboriginal children from their families. Continue reading BLACKTOWN NATIVE INSTITUTION PROJECT 2018

LILLI WATERS’ SOLO EXHIBITION – CORAL LANDS

This image: FERTILE CRESCENT
Featured image: DESERT ECLIPSE

Award-winning photographic artist Lilli Waters will unveil her latest solo exhibition, CORAL LANDS, from 20th June to 1st July at Saint Cloche gallery, Paddington.

CORAL LANDS  features a series of nine photographs which were elaborately constructed underwater using coral, live rock and flowers. Combining these elements with bright colours and night sky backdrops, Waters has created extraordinary, other-worldly landscapes. Continue reading LILLI WATERS’ SOLO EXHIBITION – CORAL LANDS

THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY @ JUNIPER HALL

James Bugg, a 22 year-old emerging photographer from Melbourne has won the 2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP). The MCPP is Australia’s richest photography prize and James took home the $50,000 prize for his photograph Zach. The announcement was made recently at Juniper Hall in Paddington, the home of the Moran Arts Foundation. The judges of the 2018 MCPP were photographer and curator Cheryl Newman, photojournalist and photo editor Jon Jones and Australian documentary artist Raphaela Rosella.

The judges also highlighted Isabella Moore’s ‘The Significance of Ceremony’ and Matthew Abbott’s ‘Wrestlers Cooling Off’ as Highly Commended. Continue reading THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY @ JUNIPER HALL

CARAVAGGIO: THE SOUL AND THE BLOOD

The Beheading of St John the Baptist

Following the Vatican Museums 3D and Florence and the Uffizi Gallery we now have a brand-new documentary on the life and work of Italian master Caravaggio and the birth of modern painting directed by award winning Mexican director Jesus Garces Lambert .

The research is extensive – there are lots of interviews with various curators, archivists etc – and well ‘s presented. Some of the photography of the various places linked to Caravaggio’s life is stunning , some of it dizzying and overdone. We follow Caravaggio on his travels through Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Sicily and Malta as he attempts to flee his inner demons and various enemies he made along the way. Continue reading CARAVAGGIO: THE SOUL AND THE BLOOD

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY @ BALMAIN WATCH HOUSE

Christien Britton presents her FOR YOUR EYES ONLY solo exhibition showcasing both acrylic & ink art pieces. Her aim is that her art pieces be explored & evaluated by each individual in order that there be a connection, engagement & personal assessment. Her acrylic pieces are highly structured geometrics which engage with a sense of colour, texture & movement. In contrast to the ink artworks which are colourful, fluid and have a never-ending intrigue.

As Christien has lived, painted & exhibited in a number countries within the Asia Pacific region her works have been collected both domestically & internationally. Having a background in interior design, her works aim to create a sense of individuality whilst at the same time adding to the ambience of both a traditional or contemporary environment. Let your eyes be your judge as they guide you through the exhibition.

EXHIBITION DETAILS –

Opening night: Friday, 18 May – 6.30pm-8.30pm all welcome and then exhibiting on May Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 between 9.45am and 4.30pm at Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling Street, Balmain.

 

ARCHIBALD, WYNNE AND SULMAN PRIZES 2018

All photos by Ben Apfelbaum.

Five-time Archibald finalists Yvette Coppersmith has won the 2018 Archibald Prize and a $100,000 for her work Self Portrait after George Lambert.

In the past 21 years, Coppersmith has experimented widely with style and subject matter but she keeps returning to the self portrait which she says allows her to work from life, with intrense absorption in the painting process.

Of her win, Coppersmith said, “Hearing of the win this morning my mind was scrambling to integrate the surreal news about something that has been twenty years in the ,making. I am still trying to fathom it!.” Continue reading ARCHIBALD, WYNNE AND SULMAN PRIZES 2018

65th BLAKE PRIZE EXHIBITION – A COMPLEXITY OF SPIRIT

Patrick Hall, Press Upon Me, 2018, 35mm slide mounts, electric motors, LEDs, glass, plywood

The Casula Powerhouse is a large luxurious space for viewing and appreciation of artworks and it is the perfect place for the Blake Prize, an exhibition which requires both closeup and distance.  The 80 works are spread across the many spaces of the venue and one can easily wander and be lost in reverie. Continue reading 65th BLAKE PRIZE EXHIBITION – A COMPLEXITY OF SPIRIT

THE 65TH BLAKE PRIZE EXHIBITION NOW OPEN AT CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE

This image: Matthew Couper, In Memory of Water, 2017, oil on unstretched canvas
Featured image: Patrick Hall, Press Upon Me, 2018, 35mm slide mounts, electric motors, LEDs, glass, plywood

The 65th Blake Prize Finalist Exhibition is open to the public and runs until Sunday 1 July at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The Blake Prize engages contemporary artists with ideas of religion and spirituality with 80 finalists ranging from leading contemporary practitioners to emerging and self-taught artists being selected for final judging and the exhibition. Continue reading THE 65TH BLAKE PRIZE EXHIBITION NOW OPEN AT CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE