Category Archives: Art in Australia

Maitland Regional and some.

I’ve been poking around some galleries over the past couple of weeks and found some real gems.

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https://thelaymanreviewer.wordpress.com/2017-2/maitland-regional-and-some/

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Captain Cook and a nice cup of tea

Latest post about my recent visit to AGNSW. Click the link to see a larger than life captain.

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Making Modernism.

Making Modernism is on exhibit at the Art Gallery of NSW. Click the link below to read the review. I must say I had a lovely 3 or so hours in the gallery on Monday looking about. More to come later about what’s happening in the rest of the gallery. A great Captain Cook sculpture is just one huge highlight.

https://thelaymanreviewer.wordpress.com/2017-2/agnsw/

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Newcastle art seen

 

I’m in the market for a new piece of art. Shh don’t tell the family. My house is cluttered with art though mainly my own. So it doesn’t count really. Anyway I like the idea of having a collection of works by local artists. So on Saturday when I read in the Newcastle Herald that there was an exhibition for a charity at Newcastle Grammar School it gave me the inspiration to trek into the big smoke and take a peek. Nexus Art Show is an annual event attracting many local artists and raising money for the Nexus Paediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at the John Hunter Hospital. So it’s a good cause. One that I would not hesitate to support. Unfortunately though I am still in the market for my next piece to add to my collection. But that doesn’t mean that there was not great art to be had. I particularly liked the sculptures of Braddon Snape who I have spoken about in a previous review. The $2000 odd price tag though was a little out of my reach. I could also do with a piece by the artist Linda Greedy. Her paintings are superb. One day hopefully but this weekend wasn’t my time. Lisa Pollard’s ink and gouache paintings were serene and cosy. And Jo O’Toole’s abstracts always show a self-assured technique.

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One of Linda Greedy’s oil on timber paintings. I just love her way with paint and one day I’d like to add one to my collection. Just not a doggy.

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The abstract painting by Jo O’Toole. 

While I was out and about I took the chance to pop in to a few more galleries. I had another look at Magic Mike: Michael Zavros. Still not convinced but I could be missing some irony in there somewhere. Then on to cstudios where there was a very busy opening happening for the artists’ Peter Ermon Smith and Kay McFarlane Smith. I had a quick look but it was a tad too crowded for a decent squiz. I always enjoy looking about the smaller gallery and the shop so I spent some time in there and found some treasures.

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This work by Gillie and Marc is at cstudios for $2800. Rather “funky” I think.

Then a quick stop at ASW  where Shelagh Lummis has new work in her exhibition titled Wet. If you get a chance this is worth making the effort to see. Her work is beautiful and timeless. Certainly a name to remember about the Newcastle art seen. This exhibition concludes on the 14th May.

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New work by Shelagh Lummis. 

Helene Leane’s exhibition at Gallery 139  is a comprehensive look at the Australian Red Cedar Tree. Although I only had a quick glimpse before the gallery closed for the day it struck me as a cohesive and well executed show flowing smoothly from one work to the next. It’s funny how some exhibitions just work seamlessly. And for me this is one of them. Red Gold: The Cedar Story closes the 14th May also.

And…

Remember to pop in to The Emporium whenever you get a chance. It’s still a haven for creatives in the Newcastle CBD.

That’s if for this weeks tour of the Newcastle art seen. 

Fitzroy street art


Well I won’t deny when it comes to art I appreciate many forms and genres. Street art has always been a favourite. Probably being out of the confines of 4 walls is part of it. I like that it gives young artists a venue that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg. Cos let’s face it, art is a career that takes more than it gives when it comes to money. Anyway take a look at some of the walls I happened by when I visited the streets of Fitzroy Melbourne recently. Cheers