The current stunning exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries presents works by two artist from their ‘stable’ Katherine Wood and Kayden Bailey under the title ‘The Universe Within’.
In this particular exhibition, KATHERINE WOOD displays a series of captivating atmospheric sky and seascapes, some quite heavily textured. For this exhibition she is reflecting on the idea that we are all connected, we are in the universe and the universe is in us. We are a part of the sky and the sky is in us. The tiny trees or human figures are a metaphor of defiantly standing against the infinite sky, an image of resilience in times of stress and struggle. She hopes to provide a meditative space for the viewer to escape from life’s turbulence. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : KATHERINE WOOD AND KAYDEN BAILEY : THE UNIVERSE WITHIN→
The latest vibrant yet thought provoking exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is Katherine Wood’s SURRENDER – a series of moody ,at times rather ominous seascapes , often heavily textured and in dramatic tones .Wood says she aims to ‘ create portals of solitude, a place for the viewer to escape, providing a calming sanctuary, a place to contemplate and immerse oneself. Surrender for me is not giving up, not capitulation, but a coming to terms with certain elements that cannot be changed or amended and acceptance that energies can be redirected to more uplifting and promising endeavours. Sometimes strength can be found in just being able to let go and SURRENDER .’
The eponymous painting with its beach and clouds is pensive , with its strong horizontal composition. ‘Drifting’ is unusual, dreamlike ..a cloudy sky with a small female figure in white bobbing inside it.
‘Dream Big’ depicts a blue, yet turbulent cloudy sky and a lonely beach.
‘Capturing the Light Within’ is a wonderful beach and sky scape , with the eye being led to the far distance. There are one possibly two miniscule human figures dwarfed by the environment if you look very closely .
‘Captured Within’ is an eye catching painting of two goldfish trapped in a balloon bobbing out to see .Wood has used a delicate layer of resin for the balloon .
‘Feel My Love’ is strongly horizontal in composition with its yellowy-brown beach sweeping across the centre of the painting and the atmosphere of being lost in the greyness. There is a sense of loneliness with the one( two?) tiny human figures included .
‘No Limitations’ is a large diptych with a wonderful textured beach receding to the horizon and a strong ,cloudy sky. The dominant colours of the melancholy ‘Patience Is A Virtue’ are blues and greys , another wonderful sea and cloudscape. ‘Glistening’, with its tiny tree and soaring bird, shimmers. ‘Always Together’ depicts a tiny human dwarfed by the land and seascape There is perhaps a sense of wistful loss . ‘Into the Light’ with its ominous purply- brown sky is perhaps also tentatively optimistic.
Two small pieces are ‘Til The End of Day’ bright and colourful with a tiny bird and tree and ‘Just Magnified’ a dark blood red sea and sky scape with sandbars in the middle .
‘Running Through’ is a lonely land and seascape also rusty burgundy red in part, with a tiny tree , with the horizon line about a third of the way up the picture, leading the eye to a grey sky.
‘Reach Your Dreams’ has a human figure on a stepladder striving to reach the sky under swirling clouds while Live This Life is a pale white beach with some rocks visible beneath many layers of cloud.
Awake Me with its heavily textured beach and rolling clouds is both ominous yet hopeful.
‘Into the Distance’ with its tiny human in a grey /blue /green seascape is perhaps both a reflection upon life and death and how we are at times overwhelmed by the environment.
This was an arresting, compelling exhibition.
SURRENDER by Katherine Wood runs at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries 9 -30 August 2019.
Featured image – ‘Surrender’. Mixed media. 120cm x 150cm.
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.
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’sOne 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’sThe 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
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.