The painting students from the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts are proving to be a tenacious bunch willing to go forth and extend their fine art capabilities regardless of the education cuts. “Fresh” is an exhibition displaying a myriad of techniques and developing concepts.
A series of 6 small works by Melody Greatorex capture painterly visages in vibrant colours. Kelsey Fletcher brushes on flat tracks of colour layering deep contrasts to describe horses in an abstract sense.
A picnic in the park identifies strange visual components with astounding effect. Ashlee Bucholtz delivers an exhilarating reference to a microscopic realm. The carnage created by human indifference is expressed with a labyrinth of line and shape successfully reiterated by the unusual perspective.
With sweeping brushstrokes Mel Baldwin uses a limited palette to define the urban environment. A melancholy atmosphere deserted and silent is the result. There’s a sense of alienation and loneliness attached to these gentle and peaceful paintings.
The TAFE continues to deliver art work with a fresh experimental edge. “Fresh” can be seen until May 3rd at the Upstairs Gallery, 590-608 Hunter St Newcastle. Open 9-4 Mon-Fri.