It’s been a while…

The past few months have been rather busy after I succumbed to the beckoning call of work. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed it. It’s nice to get out there again and use my qualification even if it is often short lived. But that’s the nature of the casual workforce. So there’s been no time for posting I’m afraid. But I have been occasionally peeking  into the galleries to see what’s happening in our local community. Unfortunately this past few months, Acrux, that light filled gallery in Hamilton has shut its doors. I was disappointed to hear that but at the same time not surprised. I imagine it can be a dispiriting experience when sales are few and visits minimal. I remember all too well the feeling of rushing into The Emporium (for those that are unaware of what The Emporium was it’s the old David Jones building in Newcastle mall that is presently being smashed to smithereens) only to be met with silence. And while I’m thinking about the silent nature of galleries can anyone tell me what is happening with Curve Gallery?

So here are a few images of some of the art of been seeing and enjoying about Newcastle this past few months.


This painting I spotted during the Easter break at Tea Gardens is by the artist Emily Tseronis and is titled “Slide”. Now I definitely recommend popping into The Gallery if you find yourself up that way. There’s a treasures to be found in this light filled space along the waterfront nestled among cafes and shops.


What was meant to be happening at this point in time was a nestling into the online botanical drawing course offered by Newcastle Uni. Well that hasn’t happened and I’d like to blame work but I think that would be a fabrication. I just don’t think it’s me and while I can appreciate the beauty of this style of art basically I don’t want to do it. But I love the idea of that quiet life drawing from nature and appreciating it’s intricacies and brilliance. I guess I’ll just have to settle for gazing wistfully out my window. This painting is by Harriet Scott of the Scott sister fame. The exhibition was recently at The Newcastle Museum but is now finished.


I don’t know who painted this but I was excited to see this in the new university building in Hunter street Newcastle. I don’t know about you but I think the uni is a stunning piece of architecture and the inner city will be a show piece if this is an indication of what’s to come.


I’m still very tempted to add this to my collection. This painting by Dino Consalvo was recently on exhibit at Gallery 139. Subject matter is not high on my list of priorities when it comes to admiring art work. So a partially consumed meal is inconsequential in fact possibly preferable to many other subjects. As long as it’s executed well, the composition is satisfying (for me it’s an intuitive response) and the colours harmonise. This ticks those 3 boxes for me.


This intriguing image is part of an exhibition currently happening at Maitland Regional. Get up there quick because it finishes Sunday. I saw it earlier this year and it’s so enjoyable. It’s kind of like a Where’s Wally book but rather we are looking for the dadaist Hugo Ball hiding among some stunning digital images created by the artist Andrew Finnie. I love this Velasquez appropriation.

Oh I could go on and on with images I’ve seen and enjoyed the past few months but I’ll leave it here hoping that I’ve broken my hiatus and it won’t be another 4 months before I post again. Also I have an Instagram site which I regularly post on titled the_layman_reviewer It’s related to this site but I post more there (because it’s fast) so keep it in mind if you love art and are on Instagram. Anyway until next time happy arting!