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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you only get to see one exhibition over the next few days make it Dino Consalvo’s at Gallery 139 Hamilton. It’s simple to fall into these images and feel the atmosphere. The muted tones appeal and I rather like the scratching into wet paint to identify line. It closes Saturday.
So much movement. You can sense the moment and know it’s only fleeting.
It’s the composition that captures my attention. Also I love the familiarity. Any Novocastrian knows where this is. Memories of sport days back at high school come to mind.
While I’m not going to write a full review I must share with you some exhibitions that are happening about town at the moment.
A suite of collages by the artist Jane Collins.
At Gallery 139 until 20th February is one of my favourites so far this year. Not Just Collage is a colourful creative exhibition that seems to push the artist into new territory. The artist Jane Collins incorporates printmaking into her work and creates splendid domestic vignettes. This group show also includes the works of artists Caelli-Jo Brooker, Kate Burton, Maggie Hall, Barb Nanshe, Giselle Penn and The Strutt Sisters.
Artist Varelle Hardy’s mixed media art work for the exhibition The Birds.
Over the road at Nanshe Gallery is a group show with birds as subject matter. While there are many interpretations of this perennial favourite it’s great to see a few works incorporating textiles. The Birds finishes March 5.
The strange and surreal sculptures by Lynda Gibbins
Not far away at cstudios Gallery there are three exhibitions running concurrently. The sculptor Roger McFarlane exhibits his popular works in his solo exhibition titled “Looking Over My Shoulder”. Rhonda Partridge exhibits landscapes in her solo “Looking Through Trees. And the productive artists Emilie Tseronis, Lynda Gibbins and Melissa Baldwin are showing together in their exhibition titled “On Curious Ground”. The painters Tseronis and Baldwin both extend their art practices by seeking new subject matter. Lynda Gibbins again exhibits her menacing flora. Day of the Triffids springs to mind when I study these glorious works. 6 months ago I reviewed another group show including these three women titled”Water Women”. I admire their strength and work ethic. All of the exhibitions at cstudios conclude 28th February.