LAURA WHITE | Still | 8-29 April 2017
Exhibition Opening Saturday 15 April 2-4 pm
Laura White is an Australian realist artist specialising in still life and nature-inspired oil paintings. Originally born in Argentina and migrating to Australia as a child, she is now based in Melbourne, Victoria. She studied art in high school, exhibiting at some local galleries on the Mornington Peninsula, but never pursued her artistic interests, instead finding herself at the end of a 24year career with Victoria Police. Making a massive career change from an office to a studio, it didn’t take long for her to develop her true passion with the paintbrush. Initially self-taught via YouTube, she learned the basics of oil painting and fell in love. She later studied at Petruccelli Art Studio in Upper Beaconsfield for 2 years, and now paints full time from her studio in Berwick. Laura regularly exhibits both locally and interstate, and has sold many paintings both internationally and Australia wide.
Laura’s oil paintings are greatly influenced by her love of food and garden. She practices the ‘flemish’ techniques used by the Dutch masters and uses multiple layering methods and translucent glazes to achieve depth and texture in her paintings. Her main motivation is to portray the inherent beauty she sees in everyday life, capturing colour, light and texture to produce artworks that speak to the senses.
“I am inspired by the everyday items usually taken for granted. My aim is to engage the viewer not only with their sense of sight, but also that of touch, taste and smell. Since starting to paint, I find myself “looking” at things with a greater intensity; truly looking at the colours, textures, contrasts, reflections and hues. I hope that by capturing this, I force the individual to stop and take a minute to see things through my eyes. This is what I strive to share with my viewer.”
CENTENARIAN PORTRAIT PROJECT BY TEENAGERS
3-15 March ’17
BIRD’S GALLERY is proudly supporting Kew Community Festival this year and is hosting an art exhibition profiling Kew’s oldest residents through portraits, painted by skilled teenage artists from Kew High School, Xavier College and Genazzano FCJ College. Presented in association with Birds Gallery and Millennium Aged Care. This event is organised by Kew Community Festival.
Andris Miezis is a full time artist based in Lithuania.
Andrius has started exhibiting his paintings in 1992.
Since then he has held many solo exhibition in Lithuania
and participated at many international group exhibitions
in Denmark, Finland, Chicago, Georgia, Ireland, Latvia.
“Observing the Mundane” 90 x 70 cm
acrylics on canvas
SALLY STOKES | Moods of the River | 4-25 February 2017
Exhibition Opening Saturday 4th February 2-4 pm.
Join us for Opening drinks with the artist. All are welcome !
“The river calls me, with its ever changing lights, its unpredictable streams of colour across its surface, the weather reflected in its long history in the trees the rocks and the changes they reflect. The mud flats, where the tides show their continuity and the underworld. The crab sounds,the fish jump, the birds fly and land.Splash! Another pattern to observe.Rain falls as I glide a canoe, a pattern of dots. Clouds cover the sun, water changes colour. A boat that passed ten minutes before leaves a track on the water.
Middens line the foreshore: people have lived and loved and died in this area for generations and generations. The patterns: in the water, in the varied shaped hills that line this river, the sky, in the trees and rocks within the hills. The textures of different trees, angophoras, banksias and rocks and grasses, and the ever moving skies all move me inside the experience and then beyond.” Sally Stokes
Elisabeth Cummings talk at Sally Stokes Opening: “It’s all about the colour”
It is a great pleasure to walk into this space and experience the vibrancy of Sally’s paintings. “It’s all about the colour”- Sally sees colour in a unique way in the landscapes she loves. She is a risk taker with colour- I delighted in the surprises- often she will juxtapose a jangle of colours against the open and quieter spaces. She finds the links between the large forms and the calligraphy that interrupts them. The paintings have many moods- they can be playful and light hearted- they can be more sombre and reflective. They are subtle and raw at the same time and each painting deserves one’s full attention. Fairweather said “Painting to me is quiet a mystery- I just work at it” and “Painting to me is something of a tightrope act, it is between representation and the other thing- whatever that is.” I’m sure Sally would agree with him. As Tony suggests- painting is a form of meditation and Sally has spent time in the landscapes that engage her meditating, sometimes through the many drawings she does and then again alone in the studio immersing herself in the translations of what she has seen. It is 10 years since Sally last showed in a gallery. She has been drawing and painting steadily over these 10 years and the paintings shown here are just a fraction of what she has produced. Thank you Tony for making this happen. May there be many more shows. These paintings lift the spirits. They are alive. Thank you Sally.
BIRDHAUS 26 November-17 December 2016
Exhibition Opening Saturday 26 November 2-4 pm
Please join us for opening drinks. All are very welcome!
Join Exhibition Opening event on FB
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS :
I like to portray the physical change and transplantation from the bustling city to the relative cool serenity of the Southern Highlands. Shadows and reflections carefully rendered in these paintings reveal the distortion of thoughts and experience as I try to live in the moment, yet struggle to do so. I bend light around corners, shadows and reflections are nonsensical yet compositionally interesting. I make new connections with colour and texture in each painting and I watch my ideas morph and grow with each body of work. I am experimental in nature and will continue to push personal boundaries in terms of colour, substrate, composition and meaning. During 20 years of painting I have developed a private set of motifs that find their way into paintings when I need to express something pictorially. Like developing your own language, this skill has enabled me to communicate internally, the way that writing down your thoughts can increase comprehension of difficult concepts.
Painting for me is both a personal refuge and a comfort, I paint my favourite day-to-day things. I pluck fruit and flowers from the garden, place them inside and paint them immediately, capturing their fresh fragrant and edible beings. Interior and outdoor scenes are creative spaces where I can play with my ideas, spaces where I attempt to recreate the complex nature in which I experience life.
Tulips | 60 x 50 cm | acrylics on birch panel
Price $1,700 cm
Poppies | 40 x 40 cm | acrylics on birch panel
Price $900 framed
2015, Halcyon, Sydney
2015 La Vie en Rose, Art2Muse, Sydney
2014 Textura, Art2Muse, Sydney
2013 Inside, Outside, Charles Hewitt, Sydney
2013 The Garden, Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
2012 Untethered, Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
2012 Tenebrism, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2011 Vanessa Stockard, Artist’s Deli, Bowral
2010 Quiesce, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2009 Siren’s Song, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2009 Taree Regional Gallery, Taree
2007/8/9 Murdoch Collections, Portland, USA
2007 Cork, Portland, USA
1999 Dendy Cinema Sydney
2016 Birds Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Walcha Gallery, Walcha
2016 Small Spaces, Sydney
2016 Equus, Olsen Irwin, Sydney
2015 Project 504, Sydney
2015 Stones, Berrima
2015 The Moree Gallery, Moree
2014 Space Matters, ION, Kings Street Wharf, Sydney
2014 Autumn show, Bradman Art Gallery Centre, Bowral
2014 Murdoch Collections, Portland, Oregon.
2013 Goulburn Regional Gallery, Goulburn (award, highly commended)
2013 BCAG, Bradman Art gallery Centre, Bowral
2013 Sydney Children’s Hospital, (permanent collection)
2013 Something Small, Charles Hewitt, Marrickville
2013 Is it a bird, Is it a plane, Charles Hewitt, Marrickville
2013 Wombat Hollow, Mausell Wickes and Michael Yabsley, Kangaloon
2012 A Painterly Selection, Artist’s Deli, Bowral
2012 Views and Visions, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2011 Think Big, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2011 Mythos Fine Art, California, USA
2011 Murdoch Collections, Portland, USA
2010 About Flowers, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2010 Something Personal, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2009 Don Capon, Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney
2009 Blank_Space Art Gallery, Sydney
2009 Perlcontemporaryart, Vaucluse, NSW
2008 Taree Art Show, Taree, NSW
2007 Katayama, Portland, USA
2006/7 Guestroom Gallery, Portland, USA
2005 The Art Lounge, Sydney
2005 The Brush Gallery, Wingham, NSW
2005 Kelmans Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
2003 Walcom Manning Art Prize
2003 Moulton Art Gallery Mona Vale, NSW
2002 Applause Gallery, South Melbourne
1998/9 Woollahra Art Show
1997-2004 Taree Art Exhibition
1997 Seal Rocks Show, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, NSW
2006-2007 Gilding and Carving with Dane Wilson, Master Framer, Katayama, USA
2003-2004 Julian Ashton Art School, (Anatomy and Life drawing)
2002-2003 North Sydney Art School, (Still Life and Landscape Painting)
1999-2001 The Framing School, Sydney, (Conservation and Object Framing)
1995-1999 University of NSW, College of Fine Art, BFA
1994 University of Sydney, Art History
DAN TOMKINS |Paintings
until 22 October 2016
‘A passion for creating has always been a really strong presence ever since I can remember. Immersed in the studio, I feel energised surrounded by the tools and materials I’ve collected for making art. It’s the unlimited potential inherent in the creative process, the unknown, that I’m attracted to. For me, the most enjoyable part of painting isn’t what is planned but the surprise of what unfolds’.
Dan is based in Adelaide, South Australia where he lives with his family. He worked as a graphic designer and art director before embarking on a career as a freelance illustrator in 2000. Now painting and illustrating full-time, he has successfully exhibited in solo and group shows, and produced numerous works for both private and corporate collections. Working in a wide range of media, much of Dan’s work is inspired by his love and keen observation of nature.
Natalia Yanekina was born in 1982 in Kaliningrad (Russia). Natalia is based in Lithuania since 2008 , and is a full time artist and a young mum, rising her little daughter Sofia. In 2003 she graduated from Ivanovo Regional Art School, named after M.Malyutina. Since 2005 has been a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. Natalia participates in many local & international art symposiums. She has recently did an artt symposium in Tbilisi, Georgia and is attending another one soon in Gdansk, Poland. Natalia has held many solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in Europe.
SHANE DRINKWATER |
Bird’s gallery is about to receive new work from the contemporary artist Shane Drinkwater.
Tasmanian born artist Shane Drinkwater has exhibited widely within Australia (Melbourne,
Sydney, Adelaide…), also in Paris and is now represented in Sydney by Conny Dietzschold
Gallery and in New York by Gallery Molly Krom, following a show in July 2014.
Shane studied for 3 years at the University of Tasmania, School of Art in Hobart and one
year at the National Art School in Sydney.
He has lived in Queensland since 1994, after time spent in Paris: as recipient of the Alliance
Française/Australia council fellowship he had access to studio space near the
Bastille for 4 months in 1988. He stayed on another 6 years.
When talking about what painting means to him, Drinkwater states:
Painting is something I’ve always needed to do and I’m enjoying it more and more: it’s the
joy of putting colour ,shape and gesture on a surface. I’m interested in the making! I delve
into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements aiming for a maximum
visual intensity. Ideas and images appear through the making of the work, language
becomes unnecessary, I let the work speak for me.
Florentina Munteanu was born in Bucharest, Romania and migrated to Australia in 1991. She completed a BFA (Painting) with First Class Honours at Monash University in Melbourne 2005 and continued her Masters of Fine Arts by Research at Monash University being a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award. In 2006 she obtained a studio residency at Gertrude Art Studios and in 2009 became a Teaching Associate for the Faculty of Art and Design Drawing Department at Monash University.
Her group and solo exhibitions include Corina Bus Gallery Melbourne, The Colour and the Shape curated exhibition Glen Eira Gallery, Drawing Symposium Exhibition The Atrium Gallery Monash University and House collaborative project with International artist in residence Marie-Jeanne Hoffner The Atrium Gallery Monash University.
Currently her work concentrates on the problems of painting from observation, still life and outdoor studies. Looking at the poetic space of representation, Florentina draws inspiration for her still life from small life subjects such as fruit as they offer humble interchangeable forms.
Her work celebrates the small intimate daily encounters with objects both in still life painting as well as being drawn to en plein air painting, observing nature, searching for an equivalent for her experience rather than a record of a particular place. The scale of her work is usually quite small coming from the fact that she paints outdoors with a small painting box sometimes taking cover from the elements in the comfort of her car.