CLAY IN MOTION 1-21 May

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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SELVA VEERIAH | 11-29 April

SELVA  VEERIAH | Be As You Are
Recent paintings | 
11-29 April 2015

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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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CALLY LOTZ | 14-28 February

CALLY LOTZ | Simply There 
14-28 February 2015

Exhibition Opening Saturday 14 February 2-4 pm
Join us for a glass of wine or soft drink!

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

 

PAINTINGS

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Cloth on a Box | oil on canvas | $390

Bunch-of-Keys
Bunch of Keys | 20 x 16 cm

Coathanger
 Coat Hanger | 80 x 65 cm

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 Three Old Keys | 20 x 16 cm

Key
 Key | 20 x 16 cm

Keys-&-String
 Keys & String | 20 x 16 cm

 

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 Scissors | 20 x 16 cm

copper pipe
  Copper Pipe | 15 x 35 cm

open door
 Open Door | 15 x 35 cm

Matchbox
 Matchbox | 16 x 20 cm

Scissors-and-String
 Scissors & String | 16 x 20 cm

Spectacles
 Spectacles | 16 x 20 cm

Unravelling
 Unraveling | 16 x 20 cm

Yellow-Table-
 Yellow Table | 80 x 65 cm

Cutlery
 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

JOSH McCRIMMON
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KYOKO IMAZU
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CATHERINE GILL
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INGRID DUSSELBERG
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BRIDGET FARMER
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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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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.

LIZ WALKER Resume

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salvaged timbers,corrugated iron,found object, thread

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recycled brass

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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

 

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

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NICK APOSTOLOPOULOS 12-31 July

NICK APOSTOLOPOULOS    ‘adagios’
large scale charcoal drawings

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‘Crawford 3′  size 150 x 114 cm,
charcoal on paper

In my charcoal drawings, I always endeavour to capture the elegance and beauty of movement, form and proportion. Inspiration for my artwork is often drawn from found images, finding that it is enough to concentrate on the areas that light may fall, or where the most expression is evident.
I use charcoals of various densities, charcoal powders and occasionally even graphite powders, in order to create the various tones. I have found though that I do favour the softest charcoals available, as they produce the deepest blacks that I love so much. The naked whiteness of the paper feels as it has been carved out of the deep velvet like surface, creating an image of intense chiaroscuro. Rarely is any instrument used other than my finger to create each image. I manually rub the charcoal into the surface of the paper.
My obsession with producing drawings that envelop and sometimes even isolate the subject matter with the mysterious dark charcoal space create an effect that make the subjects appear to be emerging out of the darkness. Through my artistic experience, I have found that the best way to convey this impression is to limit my palette to just light and dark, drawing each subject on the largest scale possible, which adds a further dimension to the work.

This body of work has been titled ‘adagios’ as my own interpretation of this word is ‘a sequence of well controlled, graceful movements performed slowly’. A description that I believe perfectly suits the body of work being exhibited.

 

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