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TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : J VALENZUELA : A SYMPHONY ON MARS

Will you still love me? Acrylic on Canvas

The current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries is mysterious and full of an atmosphere of ominous languor.

Born in Malaysia J Valenzuela Didi now lives in Brisbane, QLD.
Make sure to examine the street facing sides of the windows before you enter as some paintings included in the exhibition are displayed there.

This exhibition is inspired by an article about NASA and sound recordings from Mars. Didi seeks to celebrate the quiet moments of life , how they are an escape from reality.

There is a great sense of isolation and mystery in the paintings, a sense of detachment and seeking to escape. You can also see the possible influence of works by Geoffrey Smart with the use of precise geometric shapes, depiction of roadworks and street signs for example (as in ‘I Want To Go Home’ but home is the barrel of a gun) with its stark concrete of the expressway and a solitary would be hitchhiker.

A common visual motif in this exhibition is the setting of the swimming pool and/or the inclusion of a Hills Hoist, with a lonely person enclosed behind a large fence. There is also a great sense of isolation and loss, the collapse of hidden ordinary everyday suburbia, unspoken tales left untold. It is as if the people inhabiting the pictures are trapped in an oppressive, enclosed, urban environment with the sharply defining lines of the backyard fence.

‘Yesterday’s Song’ with its large fence and swing set, the woman sitting on a bench nearby has a melancholy atmosphere – mourning the loss of her children? Others in this series include Is There Anybody Out There ? with its very strong geometrical lines of composition, and a woman staring at the stars . Echo’s Despair alludes to the Greek myth but here shows a woman in a blue and white checked dress at the edge of a pool , looking for something or someone. The composition s broken by the large strong hedge fence almost right in the middle of the painting . The reddish sky is somewhat boiling and alarming – is a bushfire coming ? And trees are again on the other side of the fence.

‘Pressed In A Book’ features a woman reading on the grass , with a single item on the huge Hills Hoist. There is a great sense of oppressive isolation and enclosure – the fence that surrounds her is huge , the selective shadows rather portentous.She seems engrossed in her book, oblivious to the glorious blue sky. And then there is ‘I’m Sailing Away’ a woman dreaming in a deck chair. In some ways it is rather surreal .The landscape is dominated by the rolling grass, huge hedge fence and the Hills Hoist.

In this exhibition there’s also a series of paintings depicting houses in suburbia with hidden secrets – ‘Leaving Sorrow’ with its very refined and defined controlled lines of the house and fence, all neat and boxed – but look for the moving boxes , and how all this contrasts with the vigorous explosion of growing trees next door. ‘And Tomorrow Never Came’, with its diagonal composition , the house all shuttered up , now cold and uninhabited. ‘Strolling down Christopher Street’ depicts a magnificent house on the curve of the road , with manicured lawn . The stars in the background are rolling in.

Two works are striking – In The Wake of the Harvest , with its houses and telegraph poles but also important is the use of the graph squares as if mapping or recording the street .

And the rather small work ‘Will You Still Love Me? ‘ which again uses graph squares in a sort of ‘time lapse photography ‘painting of a beautiful orchid in a rectangular pot as it grows and dies .In some ways this is perhaps a contemporary reference to Dutch eighteenth century flower paintings .

A striking , thought provoking exhibition

The current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries J VALENZUELA DIDI’s A Symphony on Mars runs until the 16th December 2019

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/current-exhibition

 

 

 

Traffic Jam Galleries : Danielle McManus Birds of a Feather

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES
DANIELLE MCMANUS
BIRDS OF A FEATHER

A charming, delightful exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries’ Neutral Bay site , with McManus’ works displaying her trademark huge eyes of the humans depicted and incredible attention to detail , revealing the artist’s love and concern for our native flora and fauna .
Some of the paintings are as follows:

The Princess and the Pea – an outback princess turning her head to look at us in a field of Sturt’s Desert Pea and a dry desert back ground .The stripes and spots of her dress contrast with the cushion she is sitting on .See how many birds and native animals you can see and look for the crown placed on her head by the birds.

The Gardener – a somewhat androgynous youth resting on a couch in the middle of a field of poppies – has several birds and also a frog .The dominant red of the poppies is balanced by the vivid colours of the birds and the turquoise watering can.
Three delicate graphite charcoal pastel and colour pencil works are included , ( Jewel, Halo and Pretty in Pink) .drawings of young ladies with huge eyes and a bird .They all stare directly at the viewer . In Pretty in Pink the model is wearing a huge pink waratah in her hair.Another work in this series is Round Robin , a young girl in an elegant dress and her hair up with several robins on her shoulders arms and in her hair .

In The Gathering we see a beautiful barefoot young lady in a pale pink dress with lacey jacket , waratah in her hair , and there is a swirling composition around her of banksia , waratah and flannel flowers and see how many birds you can observe as well as a spotted quoll and a wombat.

The King’s Banquet is an explosive riot of colour a somewhat melancholy lady in full Victorian dress at table , the feast overflowing .There are ornamentally embroidered chairs and hanging panels of Australian floral designs , a sumptuous feast of cakes and tea with waratah and flannel flowers .the king parrot is in the centre of the composition – can you spot the possum, pelican and galah among others ?

Lady of the Lake shows a blushing lady rising from the lake , discreetly covered by a cloud of waterlilies and attended by various birds and butterflies.

Two small rather Renaissance portrait in style works are Here Comes the Sun with a golden bird hanging upside down from a flower being observed by a young woman who turns to ask what we think of it and In All Her Finery – against a sunset sky a richly dressed young lady in a huge red turban headdress is shown with a cluster of birds.
The exhibition is glowing and vibrant and will delight not just ornithologists.

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/current-exhibition

Danielle Mcmanus’ Birds of a Feather runs at Traffic Jam Galleries 18 October – 8 November 2019

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : DEAN REILLY AUSTRALIANA

The current exhibition that has just opened at Traffic Jam Galleries Mosman is Dean Reilly’s strong and vibrant AUSTRALIANA .
There are hints of Drysdale , Nolan , Whitely and Tucker in the works. The subjects take us from the sea to the hot dry desert looking at both Sydney Harbour and the landing of the First Fleet and also the ill fated expeditions of Leichardt ( the rearing dinosaur like Apocalyptic Horse and Crocodile ) and Burke and Wills ( eg The Will of Burke with its startling blue camel on wheels ) for example. Plus there are marvellous depictions of wildlife ( eg Bush Turkey , with its blue mountain background and huge incubation mound , and Lyrebird , arrogant and darting , tail held proudly afoft).

The exhibition particularly explores colonization and the attitude towards First Peoples – look at for instance We Have Contact , a strange centaur like creature with a square head featuring a Wandjina head , and The First Fleet showing the ships in Sydney Harbour with stylised sails referencing the Opera House and the accompanying series of five smaller paintings showing individual ships .The striking Sirius Collector with a blue bowerbird on its mound and at the top a replica of the First Fleet ship is dominated by its red desert ( or is it blood?) colour .Squatter and Dog and Australian Space Invader with their stark landscapes and mysterious looming centaur like figures – ‘ earlier settler perceptions from an improvised indigenous perspective ‘ also examine this issue .As well, there’s Those Before Us , a haunting evocation of the ghosts of First Peoples , a strong curving landscape and three looming figures . Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : DEAN REILLY AUSTRALIANA

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : KATHERINE WOOD : SURRENDER

 

Feel My Love- mixed media and oil on canvas

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.

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/current-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.

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 GALLERY : NADA HERMAN’S ‘FLOWERS AND VISTAS’

The current solo exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is work by Nada Herman entitled FLOWERS AND VISTAS .

Herman is based in Avalon and comes from the famous Herman artistic family. This exhibition is bright, bold ,joyous and colourful, with many thickly applied layers of paint on the various canvases.

Herman vividly captures various views of Sydney and its foreshores. One such view is from Balmoral to Neutral Bay. .The Neutral Bay painting uses the various buildings on the right hand side of the canvas to take our eye back to the Harbour Bridge.

There are large canvases focusing on Sydney Harbour with the Bridge and Opera House prominently featured as a background for sailing boats.

There are also hot summer reflections of life at the beach , crowded with sand beach towels and umbrellas .(eg A Day at the Beach) .This is contrasted with some works showing the bubble and flow of the sea in various moods ( eg Palm Beach , Sea Spray)

Flowers feature in many of the works – there are some wonderful vibrant still lives of flowers in vases ( eg Agapanthus , Lilllies and Lemons and Daisy Bouquet – in the later, note the fallen flowers outside the vase on the table ) but also flowers are used as a major part of the composition in some canvases dominating the foreground ( eg Beach Floral). Red hot pokers explode in the foreground in Red Hot Pokers Lillies and Agapanthus and the lilies complement them .The pokers also monopolise Red Hot Pokers Over Palm Beach .

Wonderful paintings of waterlilies with orange koi also are also included ( look for the upside down koi – is it a reflection? ) .

A vibrant energetic exhibition celebrating our harbour and flora.

FLOWERS AND VISTAS by Nada Hermann runs at the Mosman Traffic Jam Galleries until 29 May 2019

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/nada-herman

Featured image- Sea Spray by Nada Herman.

 

 

FEATURED ARTISTS HUGH MCLACHLAN AND REBECCA PIERCE @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES, MOSMAN

 

Narcissus Emerging Study 1,2 and 3

The latest exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is luminous.

Hugh McLachlan’s sculptures are of shiny, highly polished steel , perhaps somewhat Surrealist , and rather dreamlike .Quite romantic. Simple flowing lines are used, there are eyeholes in the sculptures and lots of symbolic hearts. It is as if they are curved and growing.
McLachlan’s  NARCISSUS KISS BUBBLE series further explores the Narcissus myth – a search for love that is playfully romantic , or is it about being trapped in self absorption from which one can’t escape?

Some of the sculptures are free standing (eg Narcissus Reflecting 1,2, 3 and Kiss Me ). Narcissus Emerging, however, is a group of three on a plinth that could in fact be thought to look like playful whales. Continue reading FEATURED ARTISTS HUGH MCLACHLAN AND REBECCA PIERCE @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES, MOSMAN

UNTITLED : THE NEW EXHIBITION @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

 

Yvonne Maloney-Law Glasshouse Country

The current vibrant and exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries , UNTITLED , features guest artists foreign to the gallery space. This particular exhibition has been curated from local and interstate practitioners at varying stages of their artistic journeys .

These works may challenge, inspire and excite, with diversity being a key factor, reflected through the multiplicity of practice, subject matter and medium ranging from wood and bronze to various types of paint and methods of printing and including butterflies and gold leaf. The whole of the Gallery space is used for this particular exhibition and don’t forget to check both sides of the windows as some works are displayed facing the street.

In no particular order the artists are as follows JUDE HOTCHKISS . AL ROBERTS . TESS CHODAN . SIMONE READ . LEON LESTER. YVONNE MOLONEY-LAW . AYJAY . NIK UZUNOVSKI . ANNABEL SCANLEN and RICHARD CROSLAND.

TESS CHODAN is represented by some extraordinary beautiful and thought provoking butterflies and fauna in bell jars .They have quite a Victorian feel at first sight – and are sourced from antiques – but are very contemporary with the attention to detail and concern for the environment (look at the bees in Diaspora).

RICHARD CROSLAND has three striking wooden sculpture works on display – a thrumming speedy go kart, an amazingly finely detailed Engine with interlocking parts ( which works) and a huge representation of the London Eye. The detail is amazing , the craftsmanship and design sensational.

JUDE HOTCHKISS has several dynamically explosive thickly textured abstract paintings showing, full of tumbling brushstrokes and texture capturing the weather ( eg Stormbreak ) .

AYJAY is represented by three paintings with dynamic use of colour and composition commenting on religion and death

LEON LESTER ‘s swirling, cascading op art works – contrasted with ones that are full of cool straight lines – captivate and at times delight others calmly reflectively lead the eye.

YVONNE MALPNEY -LAW has provided some exquisite, seemingly fragile and delicate intaglio prints of various landscapes .They appear to be water colours but aren’t.

SIMONE READ ‘s series of aerial views of various rock pools around Sydney with their dynamic use of composition and outstanding use of texture are magnificent .The viewer could be in the water.

AL ROBERTS’s bronze sculptures are striking and challenging , including a fish , two sculptures of nude males and a strange John the Baptist like head( Adam’s Apple) .All commenting on the changing ageing human body.

ANNABEL SCANLEN has three subtle yet rather Surrealist like drawings included.

NIK UZUNOVSKI has several abstract bright bold and colourful swirling works showing as part of the exhibition.

A very arresting exhibition .

The present exhibition UNTITLED runs at the Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay 8-29 March 2019

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/

 

ANDREW GRASSI KELAHER DANIELLE McMANUS CONTEMPLATIVE WHIMSY

The current vibrant exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay gallery is entitled CONTEMPLATIVE WHIMSY and features works by Andrew Grassi Kelaher and Danielle McManus.

Andrew Grassi Kelaher ‘s delightful works are mostly land/seascapes. They are all fairly similar in style and composition but are enchanting. There is much made of the wonderful sky and clouds and the various changing colours. Grassi Kelaher sometimes uses spray paint for atmospheric effect especially in the skies. Sometimes the reflection in the water is an important part of the work.

There are often many bobbing small boats with colourful sails that lead the eye from the top to the bottom of the page. Rocks and trees with their distinctive textures are also heavily featured .In Harbour’s Edge the boat sails are darting like shark fins. In Weekend Sunshine emphasis is placed on the extra number of houses intruding into the environment. When it Rains it Pours and As the Rain Passes By feature glorious pink-to red- clouds. Cool Calm Cruising has a wonderful solitary Rosella parrot in flight.

Danielle McManus’ works for this exhibition include Scarlet Beauty an intricately detailed portrait of a waratah,  undulating with life. Milk and Honey is a striking depiction of a banksia, with curling grey stem, a magpie arrogantly yet glumly perched on top of it.

There are also some of her whimsically charming paintings of assorted people with her trademark use of huge eyes. Melody features a young accordion player in a grey dress with a white collar at night, a bird perched on her shoulder, another on the instrument.
Rapture depicts a young lady in 18th century dress, a bird at her waist, another in her hair. She appears to be listening to an old fashioned record player which has a cornucopia of native flowers, birds and butterflies exploding from it. Wild At Heart shows a young child with a fox ear headdress, looking like she is holding a book or symbolic doors to the heart, with butterflies perched on her shoulders, flowers– especially a large waratah -and birds .

I Wish I Could Fly Like You is a wistful portrait of a lonely young child up a tree wearing old fashioned pilot goggles and surrounded by birds.

A most exciting exhibition. The exhibition runs at the Neutral Bay branch of Traffic Jam Galleries until 10 December 2018.

Featured image- .Danielle McManus-‘Rapture’- 90-x-120cm-acrylic-and-mixed-media-on-canvas.

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : JENNY GREEN’S ‘QUADRIVIAL’ AND REBECCA PIERCE’S ‘BOUQUET GARNI’

Two very contrasting artist’s works in this most exciting exhibition currently showing at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries.

Jenny Green’s QUADRIVIAL is her latest sculptures , where you can feel the weighty shapes and admire the cool, severe lines.

In medieval monastic education, the Quadrivium was the study of the big four – arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music. In her show QUADRIVIAL, Jenny Green explores these four elements of the Quadrivium, experimenting with the interlocking of both positive and negative space and the interrelationship between solid and open form. Jenny takes tetrahedrons (triangular pyramids) and colour, line and curve to explore harmony, geometry, and the sky.

In the QUADRIVIAL series itself, all made of bronze , the interlocking shapes are solid and heavy yet at the same time appear to be floating . Quadrivial 8 has a reflective mirror underneath.
Vertex 1 and 2 are large stainless steel works. There is a sense of enclosed space yet simultaneously stretching and pushing against this. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : JENNY GREEN’S ‘QUADRIVIAL’ AND REBECCA PIERCE’S ‘BOUQUET GARNI’

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : GEMMA LYNCH – MEMORY MAPS OF MEANING

“A Chakra is like a whirling, vortex like powerhouse of energy. Within our bodies we have seven of these major energy systems.” – Gemma Lynch-Memory

This vibrant , exciting exhibition is currently on display at the Mosman section of Traffic Jam Galleries.

Born in Bathurst , NSW , Gemma Lynch-Memory has held over twenty solo exhibitions and her works have been collected both throughout Australia and internationally and are included in both private and corporate collections.This particular exhibition is a journey through Chakras and our energies, emotions and experiences of life. It is full of colour, energy and texture.

The Chakras : the seven energy centres position throughout the body that help regulate all its processes – are explained in notes and diagrams on the walls next to the various paintings. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : GEMMA LYNCH – MEMORY MAPS OF MEANING

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES CURRENT EXHIBITION: FEELING GRAVITY’S PULL

FEELING GRAVITY’S PULL: J Valenzuela Didi

The current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries is entitled FEELING GRAVITY’S PULL featuring works by J Valenzuela Didi.  Born in Malaysia he now lives in Brisbane , QLD.

Most of the works are rather large and unframed. Don’t forget to check out the street facing sides of the windows before you enter as some paintings included in the exhibition are displayed there.

According to Didi the exhibition explores ‘the fragmented moments of life’ ,’ the melancholy that accompanies the awareness of mortality’, and ‘The figures and objects that appear in these scenes is a reminder that we are all celestial bodies floating in space, bound by gravity’s pull.’ Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES CURRENT EXHIBITION: FEELING GRAVITY’S PULL

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:

UNTITLED: CURRENT EXHIBITION AT TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

Beth Radford Illuminate

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

Traffic Jam Galleries – The Beach 2018

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

EBB AND FLOW : A NEW EXHIBITION BY KATHERINE WOOD @  TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES 

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 

Traffic Jam Galleries : TJG Team Selection

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

 

Traffic Jam Galleries : Black and White/ Works on Paper

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

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES :  REBECCA PIERCE AND JENNY GREEN

 

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

 

ELIZABETH GREEN @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

 

‘Romantics’. Oil on Canvas. Elizabeth Green.

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.

 

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : ANAKITA ESCALANTE AND DANIELLE MCMANUS IN EXHIBITION

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

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.

UNTITLED : AN ENTHRALLING NEW EXHIBITION @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

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