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August 7, 2017

JULIAN MEAGHER: LIFE DRAWING FOR NAVA

Hosted by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) in Sydney on 18 August, you now have the chance to learn life drawing from some of the best in the business, with a one-off class led by Archibald Prize finalists. 

Supporting NAVA, the 15-person only event will see past Archibald finalists Jasper Knight, Julian Meagher, Dean Brown and Oliver Watts give out tips via way of a life drawing class, discuss their work and also tour their Darlinghurst studio. 

“One of the things I like most about life drawing is the communal nature of it. Oliver, Jasper and I spent many of our teenage years together at life drawing classes. I'm looking forward to getting the band back together! Art can be a lonely pursuit so it is magical when you can bounce ideas and create work alongside your peers. NAVA plays a key role in our community and I think it is fitting to be able to support it in this way,” says Julian Meagher, who was selected as a 2015 Archibald finalist for his Daniel Johns portrait. 

Visit NAVA to book. 

July 22, 2017

CLARA ADOLPHS WINS AGNSW EVA BREUER TRAVELLING ART SCHOLARSHIP

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is delighted to announce young Australian artist Clara Adolphs is the recipient of the 2017 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship.

The Breuer Foundation established the scholarship two years ago, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW, to support young Australian female artists for the purpose of travel to and study in Paris. The scholarship commemorates the late Eva Breuer, one of Australia’s most loved and prolific art dealers who made a significant contribution to Australian art for over three decades.

As the recipient of the 2017 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, Adolphs will take up a three-month residency at the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio in Paris. The scholarship awards Adolphs a $25,000 stipend for living and travel expenses associated with the residency.

Based in Bundanoon in NSW, Adolphs collects old photographs as inspiration for her paintings that explore notions of memory and time. The pastel tones and impasto surfaces of Adolphs’s works re-interpret abandoned memories, imbuing them with fresh narratives and context.

Adolphs’s portrait of actor and musician Terry Serio was a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize and she has also been a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012.

The Paris residency will present Adolphs the opportunity to embark on a new and ambitious body of work while closely observing the techniques of some of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world.

“My plan for Paris is to create larger and more immersive scenes in painting. Up until this point I have worked at a relatively small scale and this residency will be the impetus to change that while immersed in the finest works throughout history,” Adolphs said.

“The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship will also provide unique opportunities to research anonymous photography which is the current foundation of my work. Located in Paris is the Galerie Lumière des Roses which is dedicated to anonymous amateur photography – this will be top of my list to spend time at during the residency,” Adolphs added.

July 10, 2017

LUCY O'DOHERTY: FEATURED ON THE DESIGN FILES

Lucy O'Doherty's exhibition 'Shelter' has been featured on The Design Files blog. Lucy spoke to Elle Murrell about her latest exhibition 'Shelter', her inspiration and winning the 2016 Brett Whiteley Scholarship:

Artist Lucy O’Doherty first found inspiration in cherished childhood doll houses built by her Grandpa. Later, it was vintage advertisements or postcards from the 1950s and 1960s. Her more recent suburban-focused scenes, however, are fictional composites, imagined in tribute. ‘I really can’t remember being interested in depicting anything other than domestic settings,’ reminisces the graduate of Sydney’s National Art School. ‘Except, maybe, when I went through a phase of drawing fairy villages at five! I guess they were still forms of habitations in a way.’

Lucy's exhibition is at the gallery from 20 June until 11 July 2017.

Read the full interview here

July 8, 2017

CARLA HANANIAH: MAD ABOUT MINI COLLABORATION

Carla Hananiah has collaborated with Australian children's wear label Mad About Mini for their 2017 Winter Collection.  Of the collection Mad About Mini says:

We had the privilege of collaborating with one of Australia’s up-and-coming artists, Carla Hananiah, whose painting “Mountains” is featured for the 2017 Winter Collection. Carla has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and has showcased her work in regular exhibitions since 2009. Carla has an incredible talent for capturing all that is breathtaking and majestic about nature. This particular watercolour is a scene from one of her favourite spots in the south island of New Zealand, a place she refers to as ‘paradise’. For Carla, this immense beauty takes her beyond her ‘everyday’ and awakens her imagination to new discoveries and new adventures! 

View more here.

July 8, 2017

HANNAH CUTTS: REDCLIFFE GALLERY 15 ARTISTS EXHIBITION

Hannah Cutts' work has been selected for Redcliffe Gallery's 15 Artists Exhibition 2017.

This annual award plays a pivotal role in the growth of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Collection. The $8000 acquisitive prize exhibits 15 Artists that reflect the collection’s focus of culture, identity, spirit and sense of place.

Artists selected for 2017 are Ari Athans, Glenn Barkley, Sue Beyer, Megan Cope, Hannah Cutts, Jeremy Eden, Martin Edge, Ian Friend, Stephen Hart, Barbara Heath, Abbey McCulloch, Kate McKay, Stephen Nothling, Graeme Peebles and Nan Dingle.

The exhibition runs from 01 September to 28 October 2017.  Read more here.

July 8, 2017

ARI ATHANS: REDCLIFFE GALLERY 15 ARTISTS EXHIBITION

Ari Athans' work has been selected for Redcliffe Gallery's 15 Artists Exhibition 2017.

This annual award plays a pivotal role in the growth of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Collection. The $8000 acquisitive prize exhibits 15 Artists that reflect the collection’s focus of culture, identity, spirit and sense of place.

Artists selected for 2017 are Ari Athans, Glenn Barkley, Sue Beyer, Megan Cope, Hannah Cutts, Jeremy Eden, Martin Edge, Ian Friend, Stephen Hart, Barbara Heath, Abbey McCulloch, Kate McKay, Stephen Nothling, Graeme Peebles and Nan Dingle.

The exhibition runs from 01 September to 28 October 2017.  Read more here.


July 8, 2017

PAUL RYAN: FINALIST IN THE KILGOUR ART PRIZE

Paul Ryan is a finalist in Newcastle Art Gallery's Kilgour Art Prize 2017. 

The Kilgour Prize is Newcastle's annual art prize for figurative and portrait painting. It awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art and a People’s Choice of $5000 to the painting voted most popular by the general public. Each year the Gallery receives hundreds of applications from across Australia.

The Kilgour Prize will be on display 5 August - 15 October 2017. For further information, please click here.

July 8, 2017

SALLY ANDERSON: FINALIST IN THE KILGOUR PRIZE

Sally Anderson has been selected as a finalist in Newcastle Art Gallery's Kilgour Prize.

In 1987 artist Jack Kilgour bequeathed funds for the creation of a figurative and portrait art competition to be run in perpetuity at Newcastle Art Gallery. Today the Kilgour Prize is one of Australia's major art prizes and awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges, and $5,000 for the People's Choice Award, as determined by votes from the public.

The Kilgour Prize will be on display 5 August - 15 October 2017. For further information, please click here.

June 2, 2017

ABBEY McCULLOCH FEATURED IN ART ALMANAC

Abbey McCulloch's recent exhibition 'Zero' is featured in the current edition of Art Almanac:

'Abbey McCulloch’s portraits articulately render the complexities of human emotion. ‘Zero’ is a series of new paintings of opaque pigments and translucent washes, reflecting on the idea that stillness is an illusive and yet essential state of being. Through her portraiture, McCulloch explores the inherent battle in what she calls ‘silencing our self-chatter’.'

See more here.

May 31, 2017

BUNDIT PUANGTHONG AT SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM

The Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of site-specific, commissioned, temporary wall-based drawings or installations enlivening the foyer-space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside Shepparton Art Museum. This year Bundit Puangthong has been commissioned to complete a drawing across the 4 x 12 metre space as well as conducting a stencil workshop in July.

More details here.