Artists: The staff at the Hunter St Campus Tafe.
At the Newcastle Art School until 21st March.
The exposure to the wide variety of style and genre in fine art that is a requisite for all who enter that admirable old building on Hunter St is at least one of the reasons Tafe art school seems always to please. The teachers’ exhibition this year is a treat with plenty on offer for aspiring collectors and avid watcher s of art in Newcastle.
The bizarre and nonsensical work of Michael Bell is just a funky mix of circus and spectacle. Strange fountains appear in the comical manner he is renowned for. The rough edge he has going in his work has a 90’s grunge inspired beat carrying off the total package of whiskery raw metal.
John Turier’s work also hit’s the spot with its painterly surfaces and eclectic mix of line and motif. These speedy pieces generate heaps of gestural technique enticing the viewer with their ease and dimension.
Also on show are Vera Zulumovski’s exquisite linocuts. The perfect quality in the entire process is an enviable skill. Michelle Brodie displays an affinity with ink on paper. Matthew Tome belts out a rhythm with lashings of paint. And Clare Weeks purges with gusto.
The good thing about group exhibitions is that there is always something to please. And this show will do just that. On until the 21st March week days 9-4.