The beaten track refers to a much travelled path. Choosing this path usually results in security, predictability, planning, knowing where you are headed and how you are going to get there. This notion is comforting for some but a terrifying direct road to boredom for others.
Off the beaten track is part of The Boondocks Experiment: 2014, a festival for young people in the Hawkesbury and beyond. It brings together a group of young artists who instinctively knew there was another way and set out to find it.
They reinterpreted their built and natural environment, redefined its usefulness and ‘conquered the world’ in the process. This selection of works is a record of how the artists traversed land, city or mindscapes. Some of these artists have gone on to carve a livelihood from their arts practice others have gone on to have stellar careers. This exhibition is a celebration of fearless explorations and journeys that take you off the beaten track.
‘The Boondocks Experiment- Off the Beaten Track’ runs from 14 February – 13 April 2014 at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor, NSW
Curated by Tia McIntyre in collaboration with Elliot Jones
Photo from opening night by David Jones
light is fugitive
8 FEBRUARY – 21 MARCH 2014
‘Halcyon’ Exeter Road Exeter NSW 2579
(opposite Exeter General Store & Cafe)
+61 2 4883 4466 firstname.lastname@example.org
open fri – sat 10am – 5pm
sun 10am – 3pm or by appointment
EFFLORESCENT – a Contemporary Take
31 January – 12 April 2014
Efflorescent is definitely not just about a vase of flowers. A contemporary take on a floral exhibition, it looks at the many ways artists are moved to create works from their connection with flora, whether it is a literal representation, a borrowing of an organic form or the use of plant materials as a medium.
Artists include; Tony Ameneiro, Leonie Andrews, Jason Benjamin, Nicolette Benjamin Black, Susannah Blaxill, Lucy Culliton, Janna Ferris, Harriet Goodall, James Guppy, Fiona Hiscock, Laura Jones, Tony Lennon, Heidi McGeoch, Julian Meagher, Emilie Patteson, Carolyn Sullivan, Shona Wilson
Opening Friday 31 January @ 6pm
Link to Goulburn Regional Gallery exhibition details
Below are images from this year’s The Design Files Open House project in Sydney. Photos by Averie Harvey via The Design Files
My painting Millie has been selected as a semi finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. A gallery of the semi finalists can be viewed on the Moran website here: http://www.moranprizes.com.au/
My painting Cowboy has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
As stated on the Trust Company website:
The Portia Geach Memorial Award is a celebration of female Australian artists. It’s Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize for female artists and has greatly contributed to the development of female artists in this country.
It was established by Florence Kate Geach in 1961 in memory of her sister, Portia Geach and is awarded each year to the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences.
A record number of finalists year-on-year have been selected for the shortlist of Australia’s most recognised portrait prize for women, the Portia Geach Memorial Award, with its trustee – The Trust Company – today announcing 58 finalists.
The judging panel for 2013 is comprised of Jane Watters, Director S.H Ervin Gallery; Dr Lindy Lee, Senior Lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts; and Artist Ben Quilty.
My painting Cherry Dell Flowers is currently part of a group exhibition of still lives at Olsen Irwin Gallery in Woollahra, Sydney. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and ceramics and runs from 18 September – 6 October 2013.
Autoportrait, a self-portrait feature is the 26th exhibition held by Gallery Ecosse which showcases a select group of represented and invited artists including some Highlands based names, most notably Archibald Prize winner and AGNSW Trustee Ben Quilty. Self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, in many cases becoming an integral part of an artists practice. A self-portrait can reveal so much about an artist, from moral and psychological issues through to a strong form of narrative taken from the artists life-experience. Dominic Knight discusses the exhibition in his foreword text in the Autoportrait catalogue
Read an article about the exhibition by Alex Speed in The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/less-about-face-value-more-about-state-of-mind/story-e6frg8n6-1226673906128
Article in the Highlife: http://galleryecosse.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Autoportrait_Highlife_Article_Jun.Jul_2013.pdf
I am a finalist in the Yen Young Australian Art Award for my painting “Live Forever” pictured below. The finalist exhibition will be held at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney from the 27th of June, 2013. To view the finalists go to http://www.yenmag.net/artery/yen-female-art-award-finalists-2013/