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PIA MURPHY EXHIBITION FEATURED IN ‘THE DESIGN FILES’

February 29, 2024

See Pia Murphy’s ‘Garden Gravity’ Opening At Nicholas Thompson Gallery The artist’s indefinable oil paintings are on show at the Collingwood gallery until March 16. The oil paintings of Pia Murphy seamlessly combine abstract forms and recognisable figures across a vivid colour palette found in nature. Her latest body of work, Garden Gravity, is particularly inspired by the artist’s relationship to her home garden. While created without a preconceived outcome in mind, the 17 works in this new exhibition visually express how Pia’s garden relates to both her art practice and daily life. ‘I think it’s like tapping into some ancient knowledge,’…

JAMES DRINKWATER IN ART GUIDE’S BEST OF THE MELBOURNE ART FAIR 2024

February 25, 2024

Best of Melbourne Art Fair 2024 What to see at this year’s Melbourne Art Fair, which features contributions from over 60 galleries. While on the topic of paintings, there are some great examples to mention this year, including Jan Murphy Gallery‘s (B2) presentation of Guida Maestri, accompanied by an array of red wax-cast elements as wall fixtures and floor installations; Nicholas Thompson Gallery‘s (K1) solo of Newcastle-based James Drinkwater; and Amber Boardman’s Retro Enchantment showing at Sophie Gannon Gallery (C5).

ELYSS MCCLEARY IN ‘HARMONIOUS ECCENTRICITY’ AT CORRESPONDENCE, BRUNSWICK

February 14, 2024

Elyss McCleary is exhibited in ‘Harmonious Eccentricity’ with Emma Ovenden from 25 January to 7 March at Correspondences, Brunswick. The collaborative residency project features painting by Elyss McCleary alongside live music, improvisation, video, quilting and beading practice by musician/composer/visual artist Emma Ovenden. The project is presented over six weeks and features five different displays. Alongside the exhibitions, community-making and a range of events have been planned. Image: Elyss McCleary Golden sherbet waves pash, I want to be on a beach with you with a pine lime splice 2018 oil on linen 140cm x 125.5cm

WENDY STAVRIANOS IN ‘SIGNIFICANT OTHERS’ AT ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT

December 14, 2023

Wendy Stavrianos ‘Cage Fragment’ 1976 is currently exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in the exhibition ‘Significant Others’ until 11 February 2024 The exhibition celebrates connections between artists and their works in the Gallery’s outstanding Collection, exploring a range of different relationships between pairs of artists – as partners, family members, teachers, mentors or friends. . Wendy Stavrianos ‘Cage Fragment’ 1976 ink on canvas 152.9 x 119.7 cm 2. Wendy Stavrianos, 1978

WENDY STAVRIANOS COLLECTOR’S DOSSIER BY ANNE MARSH IN ‘ART COLLECTOR’ ISSUE 106

November 15, 2023

Wendy Stavrianos campaigns for the soul of the earth and our embodied connection to it; exploring a psychological connection between nature, body and mind has sometimes been political, but mostly philosophical. When I emailed Wendy about this article asking for explanations from her that would assist an understanding of her practice over several decades, she began by saying “throughout my practice I engage with the Metaphysical”. The works present an abstract and poetic exploration of psychological states of mind in relation to the experiences and representations of the body and nature. She writes: ‘Tracks through the landscape, threads that connect…

NICOLE KELLY FINALIST IN GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH ART AWARD 2024

November 8, 2023

Nicole Kelly is a finalist in the Grace Cossington Smith Art Award 2024 . The award is sponsored by Abbotsleigh school and commemorates one of its alumnae, Grace Cossington Smith, who is known as a pioneer of modernist painting in Australia. The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is a public gallery developing a collection with a focus on learning about art and through art. . Nicole Kelly ‘Into blue’ 2023 oil on polyester 117 x 107 cm

SALLY ANDERSON FINALIST IN GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH ART AWARD 2024

November 8, 2023

Sally Anderson is a finalist in the Grace Cossington Smith Art Award 2024 . The award is sponsored by Abbotsleigh school and commemorates one of its alumnae, Grace Cossington Smith, who is known as a pioneer of modernist painting in Australia. The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is a public gallery developing a collection with a focus on learning about art and through art. . Sally Anderson ‘Nat Silk’s Seatown Still Life, PB Nude Quilt, Bromeliad Washdown’ 2023 acrylic on polycotton 153 x 137cm

PETER SHARP IN ABC ONLINE ‘HOW BROKEN HILL’S UNIQUE LIGHT HAS DRAWN GENERATIONS OF ARTISTS TO THE NSW FAR WEST’ BY COQUOHALLA CONNOR

November 1, 2023

How Broken Hill’s unique light has drawn generations of artists to the NSW far west ABC Broken Hill / By Coquohalla Connor Peter Sharp, a senior lecturer in painting and drawing at the University of New South Wales, made the same trip in the 1990s. “I was drawn out there because it was a romantic adventure to paint the landscape,” he said. “That place will sink its teeth into you. Everyone boomerangs, everyone goes back to it.” Light like nowhere else Broken Hill, the silver city, sits on the edge of the South Australian and New South Wales border, over…

KARLA MARCHESI ‘SLOW IS SMOOTH, SMOOTH IS FAST’ REVIEWED IN THE AGE BY TIARNEY MIEKUS

October 14, 2023

Nicholas Thompson Gallery, until October 21 Within the tremendous visual power of her flora paintings, their vivacity and particularity, Karla Marchesi gives us nature in all its beauty and potential monstrosity. Across 14 oil paintings, the Berlin-based, Brisbane-born artist has created still life floral scenes that have the uncanny shock of a dream. They are delightful but also skewed and mutating. Across a hazy pastel background (Marchesi is a master of using colour to convey a strange sense of weather) is a monumental amalgamation of flowers, petals and leaves. Other paintings depict sprouting growths akin to coral; delicate pansy-like flowers…

KARLA MARCHESI FINALIST IN 2023 ARTHUR GUY MEMORIAL PAINTING PRIZE AT BENDIGO ART GALLERY

October 12, 2023

Karla Marchesi is a finalist in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery Held every two years, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize attracts some of Australia’s most accomplished artists. The Prize provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey a breadth of contemporary painting by established and emerging artists from across Australia. Exhibition current 25 November 2023 to 18 February 2024 Image Karla Marchesi Pleasure Garden 2022 Oil on linen 180 x 150 cm

PETER SHARP FINALIST IN 2023 MOSMAN ART PRIZE

October 11, 2023

Peter Sharp is exhibited as a finalist in the 2023 Mosman Art Prize The Mosman Art Prize is the longest running and most prestigious municipal art prize in Australia. Winning entries form the basis of the Mosman Art Collection, a valuable and historic collection that surveys Australian painting since 1947. Exhibition current to the 29th of October Peter Sharp ‘Outlier’ 2022 oil and acrylic on linen 45 x 35 cm

HAYLEY ARJONA FINALIST IN 2023 MOSMAN ART PRIZE

October 11, 2023

Hayley Arjona is exhibited as a finalist in the 2023 Mosman Art Prize The Mosman Art Prize is the longest running and most prestigious municipal art prize in Australia. Winning entries form the basis of the Mosman Art Collection, a valuable and historic collection that surveys Australian painting since 1947. Exhibition current to the 29th of October Hayley Arjona Suspended Potential 2023 oil on board 120 x 120 cm