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TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES KATHRYN MCGOVERN FASHIONED FROM NATURE

The latest exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is Kathryn McGovern’s FASHIONED FROM NATURE .

McGovern’s exhibition focuses on the interactions between animals and human beings sharing the planet. McGovern is based in Brisbane. In most of her work she concentrates on endangered species . McGovern’s anthropomorphic creations in watercolour, gouache and ink show the idea of the imposition of the human aesthetic of beauty on nature through artifice and intervention and simultaneously derive inspiration from the impact of fashion on the natural world – blending ecological awareness and fashion.

The works are exquisite , incredibly detailed and range in size , some small some quite large all beautifully presented. If you look closely you possibly see completely different things from if you are standing further back so the exhibition bears repeated viewing and you notice other things each time. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES KATHRYN MCGOVERN FASHIONED FROM NATURE

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES PRESENT WORKS BY KATHRYN MCGOVERN AND SALLY WEST

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.

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES PRESENTS WILD THINGS – NEW WORK BY KATHRYN MCGOVERN

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

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES PRESENTS THE DRAWING ROOM EXHIBITION

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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