JOSEPH WEIDENBAUM | New Relics | 23 May-6 June

Exhibition Opening Saturday 23 May 2-4 pm
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The work is a series of sculptures /masks composed from vintage metal petrol funnels adorned with a variety of materials. Alongside these sit some larger 2 dimensional works also constructed from found materials.

As an artist, who is also a collector of vintage and historical objects, stemming from my own family’s history, I came across a small selection of vintage petrol funnels. I was struck by the form and primitive figurative shapes also by what they represented historically as used objects with their embedded memories.
As a 3rd generation holocaust descendant the themes in my work are often around transformation of the historical. What interests me is the objects and materials and the meaning they hold juxtaposed with what it could be now and in the future.
My father came to Australia when he was 17 as a refugee from war torn Europe upon the infamous ship The Dunera and then had to transform or recreate his world. In a sense, these are the themes that emerge somehow in all of my work.
I began the journey of seeking and collecting these petrol funnels with great fervour. Their conical shape was somehow suggestive of a camera lens, a periscope poking up and into the world and capturing and inhaling global situations. There was also a playful and definite human aspect to them that I was drawn to and the possibilities to create varying characters from these seemingly innate objects.
The process of transforming these forms into masks happened spontaneously in the studio and as I created one, the need to add more, almost like a family then became my purpose. Tribal masks are one of the first forms of Art as projections and expression of people and spirit created by ancient cultures. Subsequently these artefacts became the driving influence of the Cubists in the early 20th century who I admire and draw influences from as well.

As I created the masks something else happened. They became characters with their own unique traits and personalities. I began to see them as my quirky left of field friends part of a tribe with their own fictitious story’s to discover and unpack .

During the process I also asked friends to reflect on personality traits they saw and was amazed at the endless possibilities from different perspectives and viewpoints.

The themes in this sense are conscious and unconscious and much of the synthesis or understanding takes place after the creation as I am an artist that starts with materials and works intuitively. Somehow though the themes in my heritage, my culture and history return eternally. War Zones, refugees, the displaced, the old world meeting the new and how one forges their own identity combining these different aspects are some of the themes I grapple with here.

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CLAY IN MOTION | KEEPING THE BALANCE  | group exhibition of ceramic works
Exhibition Opening Friday  1 May 6-8 pm. Join us for a glass of wine!

This is a biannual exhibition of Studio 32 artists. The Studio is run by multi-award winning sculptors Ingrid & Klaus Dusselberg.
‘KEEPING THE BALANCE’ has been this year’s theme and many meaningful interpretations can be seen in this show. Most artists are using clay for their work, however, there are some amazing mixed media pieces.

Participating Artists:  Anna Dixon, Anne Anderson, Ruth Oliver, Doreen Blankfield, Geula Kohn, Lynne Bechervaise, Ingrid & Klaus Dusselberg, Jenny Rankin, Kylie Castan, Suzi Jotwani, Sue McSheffery, Mandy Toniolo, Marian Bosch, Maree Broad, Monica Gehrt, Thomas McIver, Alexandra Obarzanek, Yinghong Li

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 Sue Mcsheffery


 Ingrid Dusselberg


Klaus Dusselberg
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 Suzi Jotwani


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 Monika Gehrt


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SELVA VEERIAH | 11-29 April

Recent paintings | 
11-29 April 2015



Melbourne lawyer-turned-artist Selva Veeriah creates intuitively inspired soft abstract paintings.

Born in 1968, Selva was raised in Malaysia. As a teenager, he was passionate about studying fine arts and becoming a full-time painter. However, a certain life-changing event redirected him onto an entirely different path.

He was admitted as a barrister in the United Kingdom and practised in Malaysia for many years before emigrating to Australia in 2005. After almost two decades of working in different countries, he ultimately followed his heart and gave up his legal career to return to his first love.

Selva is mainly a self-taught painter. He is inspired by the philosophy that a quiet mind is the key to unalloyed happiness, and believes the simplest way to achieve this is to just ‘be’ yourself and allow life to unfold naturally.

His approach to creativity mirrors his perspective on life. He explains, “In making art, my role is simply to hold a brush to the canvas; creativity charts its own course. I start with a blank canvas and go with the flow, but truly the painting takes a life of its own. The colours and brushstrokes are chosen intuitively, without any preplanning or preconceptions about how the final painting might look. Inspired ideas bloom and take shape, as all necessary components come together one layer at a time. The hues, values, and composition are continually adjusted until the painting reaches a certain dynamic balance and feels complete.”

The outcomes of this intuitive process are paintings that embrace a mix of styles, but for the most part, lean towards organic shapes and earth tones that resemble naturalism. Selva’s artworks are colourful, decorative, and showcase a mix of detailed patterns with undertones of gestural abstraction. Some of his pieces are playful and charming.

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Feature in Booroondara Progress Leader 21.04.2015

Progress Leader 21.04.2015

CALLY LOTZ | 14-28 February

CALLY LOTZ | Simply There 
14-28 February 2015

Exhibition Opening Saturday 14 February 2-4 pm
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Cally Lotz is a contemporary still life painter. She received a BVA (hons) from the University of South Africa, and has participated in over 20 group shows and 2 solo shows in South Africa, Germany, India and Australia. She has lived in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and is currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. Lotz was awarded a year’s residency at St Vincent’s where she is currently practising her art.

Her paintings are mostly oil on canvas and her signature work consists of contemporary still life that focuses on objects which are not urbane, packaged products for sale, but objects for focused consideration and meditation.

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Artist Statement

My paintings are meditative – both as process and as product. The concept of meditation is to slow things down, and that is my aim; to slow down the viewer’s eye, to share the experience that everyday objects become transfigured when looked at closely. The emphasis in this exhibition is not on the physicality of the objects themselves – there is no conscious intention of implying deeper symbolic meaning, but more of cultivating an awareness of the enigma that things exist. The visual world has always had a hypnotic effect on me, so it is only natural that an atmospheric kind of realism has eventually become my language of expression. An appreciation of the sustained power of observation is my mantra



Cloth on a Box | oil on canvas | $390

Bunch of Keys | 20 x 16 cm

 Coat Hanger | 80 x 65 cm

 Three Old Keys | 20 x 16 cm

 Key | 20 x 16 cm

 Keys & String | 20 x 16 cm


 Scissors | 20 x 16 cm

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  Copper Pipe | 15 x 35 cm

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 Open Door | 15 x 35 cm

 Matchbox | 16 x 20 cm

 Scissors & String | 16 x 20 cm

 Spectacles | 16 x 20 cm

 Unraveling | 16 x 20 cm

 Yellow Table | 80 x 65 cm

 Cutlery | 20 x 16 cm

HIBIRDS | 15-29 November

HIBIRDS  | 15-29 November 2014
Exhibition Opening Saturday 15 November 2-4 pm
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group exhibition exploring visual expressions of the bird imagery

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BRIGITA LA | Recent Paintings

 BRIGITA  LA | Recent paintings
18 October-13 November 2014
Exhibition drinks Saturday 8 November 2-4 pm

Dreamland,acrylics on canvas 101 x 101

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Misty Waters, 76 x 101.5 cm acrylics on canvas

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Dawn” 101.5 x 101.5 cm acrylics on canvas

Dusk” 101 x 101, acrylics on canvas

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Green Meadows 76 x 101 cm, acrylics on canvas

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Misty Skies” 76 x 101cm, acrylics on canvas

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Home II” 101 x 76 cm, acrylics on canvas

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Home I” 101 x 76 cm, acrylics on canvas

Home IV’ 101 x 76 cm, acr on canvas

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Light I” 122 x 91 cm, acr on canvas

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BRIGITA LA  ”My paintings convey the mood, the feeling rather than a specific storyline or concept. The colours and textures are the main tools which I use to express the feeling. There are unlimited possibilities in the use of colour with its whole spectrum of light & shades, translucency & opacity. As in music-the seven main notes with their tones and overtones are used to produce amazing masterpieces & symphonies. So the few main colours- combined, mixed, blended in various ways are used to produce my visual music so to speak.

Each of my painting has over 10-20 layers. I start working with the light colours and liquid, watery acrylic paints. I dry each layer before applying the next one. I use watery paint in order to achieve the translucency and in this way the beauty of each layer and its texture is preserved-what’s underneath is still ‘breaths’ and plays the role in the final look of the painting. This translucent effect creates some depth, unknowingness and moodiness, which I value more than clearly suggestive motives. For me, the mystery is in the expression, which cannot be fully verbalized or explored in the rational terms. My paintings ask the viewer to be involved in this journey to the realm beyond the physical perception. It’s a personal invitation to explore the realm of the feeling heart



Damon Kowarsky | 13-27 September ’14

Exhibition “MADE IN CHINA”   till 27  September
 recent etchings made during his Art Residency in China


Exhibition Opening
Saturday 13 September 2-4 pm.
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About “MADE IN CHINA” exhibition

From March to June 2014 Damon Kowarsky was artist in residence at Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, China. This world class printmaking facility was established by the Shenzhen Bao’an District People’s Government, Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the China Artists Association in 2008 to honour the memory of Chen Yanqiao, a pioneer of the Chinese New Woodcut Movement, and to promote printmaking in China and the international community.

The Base’s facilities include an enormous workshop, galleries, a bookstore and café, and artists’ apartments in a series of traditional Hakka houses. Just up the road is the soon to be completed GuanlanPrintArt Museum whose 18,680 m2 marks it as one of the largest dedicated print museums in the world.

To date more than 700 artists from 60 countries have lived and worked at Guanlan  including David Frazer and Jan Palethorpe from Victoria and Hyun Ju Kim from Korea. It is a remarkable place to make art and be surrounded by dedicated curators and technicians, as well as to meet artists from all over the world.

While at Guanlan Damon Kowarsky produced 12 etchings inspired by his travels in Damascus, Kyoto, Tokyo, Hong Kong and San Francisco. The prints of Kyoto and San Francisco, at 1.6 and 1.2 metres respectively, are the largest prints he has made.

Kowarsky writes ‘it was a great pleasure to spend three months at Guanlan. The team there made every effort to ensure the artists were well supported. Each day, walking along the sunflower fields between the Artists’ Village and the studios, I knew that this was truly a printmaker’s paradise’.

Kowarsky hopes to return to Guanlan in 2015 to produce work based on his upcoming travels in South and South East Asia.


About the artist

Damon Kowarsky studied printmaking at VCA and Glasgow School of Art and
Advanced Figure Drawing with Godwin Bradbeer at RMIT.
Since graduating he has worked as a scientific, courtroom, and archaeological
illustrator. In 2002 he assisted on a dig for the Dakhleh Oasis Project Egypt.

In 2007 he taught drawing at Beaconhouse National University Lahore and studied
miniature painting under Murad Mumtaz and Mahreen Zuberi. In 2010 he taught
printmaking at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Karachi and held a
successful solo exhibition at Alhamra Art Gallery Lahore.
The recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a Toyota Community Spirit
Artist Travel Award and Collie Print Trust Scholarship, Kowarsky has travelled
extensively in South Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Architecture and the colours
of earth and sky inspire much of his work.
Since 2010 Kowarsky has collaborated with the Japanese artist Kyoko Imazu on a
series of prints, zines and site specific installations.
In 2012 he collaborated with the Pakistani artist Muhammad Atif Khan on Hybrid, a
suite of 20 etchings, that has been exhibited in Lahore, Islamabad, Philadelphia,
Melbourne and Karachi.
Kowarsky exhibits regularly in Australia and abroad. In 2014 he is Artist in Residence
at Guanlan Original Printmaking  Base in China and NCA Lahore, where he returns to
work with Atif Khan on Hybrid II.

LISA ASHCROFT | Paintings | 4-22 August

Exhibition Opening drinks
Saturday 2nd of August 1-3pm ,2014

LISA  ASHCROFT is UK painter, and is currently based in Australia

Lisa Ashcroft was born in Lancashire, England and attended Cyprus College of Art and the School of the Fine Arts, New York.
She taught experimental, as well as, traditional painting techniques at Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Lancashire. She studied silversmith jewellery, ceramics and printmaking techniques at night school whilst working full time as an interior designer and scenic designer for agencies in the UK.
Lisa has been exposed to the arts for as long as she can remember. With a unique eye for colour, Lisa regularly creates privately commissioned paintings and murals. Until the birth of her baby daughter in October 2013 Lisa worked full time as a community nurse in Australia.
Lisa currently has a studio at home in Australia where she is developing her art practice whilst caring for her daughter. Lisa has work in private collections in the UK, Cyprus, America, Japan and Spain.
Life experiences, society ills, travel, emotional response, environmental issues are just some of the inspiration for her paintings.

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“English Summer” 91 x 154 cm
oil, gloss, acrylics,stain, varnish on canvas


“Floral Bloom” 92 x 154cm
oil, acrylics, watercolour, link on canvas


“Dawn Lights” 150 x 99 cm
oil, gloss, acrylics, stain, varnish on canvas


“Wanderlust” triptych 154 x 102cm
hand-stitching and paint on canvas


“Dusk Sunsets” 150 x 99 cm
gloss,acrylics on canvas


Cherry Blossom Love” 92 x 123 cm
oil, gloss, acrylics,stain, varnish on canvas


Humans Parading as Stags” 127 x 127 cm
oil, acrylics, watercolour, link on canvas


Lady Luck
Lady Luck” 101.5 x 76.5 cm
hand-stitching & acrylics on canvas


Luna Park” 91 x 122 cm
oil, gloss, acrylics, stain, varnish on canvas






Liz Walker | Nests & Feathers

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Working with found and recycled materials collected from around the inner city and rural Victoria, Liz constructs sustainable sculpture and installations which explore current social and environmental concerns. She is fascinated by the aesthetics of decay and the visual language created by the passage of time and willingly exploits this to magnify the underlying issues explored in her work. She has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions, undertaken public artworks and received awards, grants and residencies including the Emerging Artist Award, Lorne Sculpture 2009, Highly Commended in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2012 and 2013, Laughing Waters Artist in Residence 2011 and Hill End Artist in Residence 2012 Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia, Malaysia and Japan.

She is fascinated by the aesthetics of decay and the visual language created by the passage of time and willingly exploits this to magnify the underlying issues explored in her work. She has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions, undertaken public artworks and received awards, grants and residencies including the Emerging Artist Award, Lorne Sculpture 2009, Highly Commended in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2012 and 2013, Laughing Waters Artist in Residence 2011 and Hill End Artist in Residence 2012 Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia, Malaysia and Japan.



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recycled brass


recycled pressed tin

VAIDAS ZVIRBLIS | Recent paintings

Oil & Mixed media on canvas

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Snow” 76 x 102 cm                                           “Girl and her cats” 76 x 102 cm


Night  Games 122 x 91cm        living on a roundaboutsize 91 x 121
“Night Games” 122 x 91cm                               “Living on a Roundabout” 122 x 91cm


blue 122 x 177                  Aussie land
“Playful World” 177 x 122 cm                          ”Aussie Land” 122 x 177 cm


Kids and Dogs and Birds 182 x 122                Girls like Birds 122 x 177
 ”Kids and Dogs and Birds” 182 x 122          ” Girls like Birds” 177 x 122 cm SOLD


First Blush 122 x 91
First Blush” 122 x 91 cm

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