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Still 2020

While 2020 has been a bit still, a bit quiet, many of us are still beavering away, keeping occupied, keeping safe.

Views of a Summer on Edge
Mixed media on 8 10x10cm canvases
10 x 100 cm
Finalist: Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery 2020
A Summer on Edge
Mixed media on 5 10x10cm canvases
10 x 60 cm
Finalist: Gosford Art Prize 2020
Ravaged Land
mixed media and collage on canvas
91 x 122 cm
Finalist: Fisher’s Ghost Contemporary Art Award 2020
Lost Summer
mixed media on board
13 x 23 cm
Eerie Coast
mixed media on board
13 x 23 cm
Beach Holiday
mixed media on board
13 x 23 cm
Shifting Ground
Oil and acrylic on canvas
91 x 120cm

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2020 and onwards

So, now I am revisiting works from which I will pick up threads to develop new works.

I loved, and still do, love these.

Woolshed
mixed media on canvas
100 x 75 cm
SOLD
Corner
Mixed media on canvas
73 x 122 cm
SOLD
Rhythm in Light at Kinchega (diptych)
Wooden stretcher wedges on gator board
56 x 46 and 56 x 56 cm
SOLD
Found Sounds
Mixed media on Khadi paper on Arches paper
155 x 110 cm
Night Noises
graphite on Arches paper
100 x 230 cm
Finalist: 33rd Alice Prize, Alice Springs (2004)
Silence and Memory
oil and acrylic on canvas
120 x 60 cm
Silence and Sadness
acrylic and oil on canvas
120 x 60 cm
Landscape for the Blind (diptych)
mixed media on canvases
73 x 120 cm
Walking with Thomas and Matisse (diptych)
240 x 150cm
acrylic on canvas
SOLD
Finalist: Fisher’s Ghost Open, Campbelltown City Arts Centre 2012
Road Trip West
pastel on Whatmans paper
56 x 76 cm
SOLD
Desert Meeting (Margaret meets Agnes at Ernabella)
oil on canvas
91 x 138 cm
SOLD
Finalist: Fisher’s Ghost Open, Campbelltown City Arts Centre 2013
Beyond the Back Fence (diptych)
acrylic on canvas
81 x 162 cm
SOLD
10pm
oil and acrylic on canvas
120 x 240 cm
SOLD
Finalist: Fisher’s Ghost Open, Campbelltown City Arts Centre 2011
Lament
graphite and shellac on paper
56 x 76 cm
SOLD
No Regrets
Graphite and shellac on paper
56 x 76 cm
SOLD
Highly Commended: Lyn McCrea Drawing Award, Noosa Art Gallery, 2016
Joy
oil on canvas
110 x 80 cm
SOLD
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2020 and upwards

We seem to be heading for further lock down restrictions.

Hello studio!

News since I last posted includes my selection as a finalist in the Stanthorpe Art Prize. Due to Covid, this exhibition has been postponed until February 2021!!! Quite a few exhibitions have been cancelled, postponed or gone to online only. Many have thoughtfully waived or reduced their entry fees.

So, here are images of works that represent what I have been, and am, up to at the moment.

Disenfranchised Grief
charcoal and pastel on Hahnemuhle paper
122 x 80 cm
Ravaged Landscape
Mixed media collage and oil stick on canvas
91 x 122 cm
Whispering Stillness
Watercolour on Hahnemuhle paper on canvas
102 x 76 cm
And then came Covid
Charcoal, pastel and gesso on Hahnemuhle paper
122 x 80 cm
Knowing
Charcoal and pastel on paper, scratched.
98 x 66 cm
Angst
Graphite on paper, collage, woven paper.
54 x 84 cm
Old Man Look at your Life
Pastel, graphite and collage on paper
72 x 46 cm
Uncertainty
Mixed media on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Apprehension
Mixed media on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Trepidation
Mixed media on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Bush Fire
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm
The Calm
Oil and oil stick on canvas
91 x 122 cm
Durras Reeds Remembered
Acrylic and ink on canvas
30 x 40 cm
Lost Summer, a Grieving Process
oil on canvas
61 x 76 cm
Remembered Place with Red Sun
Watercolour on BFK Rives paper on canvas
45 x 34 cm
Remembered Place
Watercolour on BFK Rives paper on canvas
45 x 34 cm
Finalist: Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival, 2020
Thoughts and Prayers
oil on canvas
182 x 91 cm
Finalist: Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 2020
Terrible Beauty
oil and acrylic on paper on canvas
76 x 76 cm

I am not so much interested in the subject as such, but rather what the subject can do for me as a vehicle of expression. The windy landscape is not about landscape or wind, but about uncertainty and immediacy, rawness and exposure, and the colours are accordingly chosen, maybe, to contradict all that!

I am pleased to have had this work (below) selected as a finalist in the Stanthorpe Art Prize.

My Brother’s Country is on Fire
oil and acrylic on canvas
61 x 51 cm

I work from my immediate responses, both tangible and intangible. I was thinking about my brother whose land in northern NSW was engulfed by bush fire earlier this year. My approach with the paint was rapid at first, as were my thoughts.

I often work in series and this, being no exception, is a follow up from an earlier one which I needed to leave for fear of overworking it. Most often, I need a sort of incubation period, after which I return to the work to assess it for changes or corrections. I was desperate to keep the freshness so I quickly photographed and varnished it to avoid any “tidying up” that I am so often succumb to.

My brother is a proud keeper of the land, and I knew that he would see this as part of its evolution. And with that, a new beauty would emerge.

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December January February News

What a summer!

Bushfires, smoke, more bushfires, more smoke.

Packing, unpacking, repacking, unpacking.

Rain, floods, more rain.

Finally getting on track a bit….

Pre-bushfire works, below, are in the summer exhibition at the Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral.

The Last Day of March 2019
acrylic and oil on canvas
91 x 91 cm
these 4 works are all oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm.

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the 2020 John Villiers Outback Art Prize at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Queensland (6 March to 8 May).

Dirt Tree Rock Water
acrylic and oil on canvas
61 x 76 cm

These 3 works are part of the 20(2020) exhibition at TACIT Galleries in Collingwood, Melbourne which celebrates the Gallery’s 20th anniversary!

Artists who have shown with TACIT were invited to show up to 3 works each measuring 20 x 20 inches (52 x 52 cm). Should be interesting.

Here are my 3 works which have resulted by the summer we should not have had. My thoughts and therefore my work this year, since December, have been underscored by bush fires, evacuations, smoke and many friends’ losses, stresses and survival.

Apprehension, Uncertainty and Trepidation
mixed media and collage on canvases
50 x 50 cm each

The recent bush fire season and its ramifications keep creeping into my work at the moment:

Embers
oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm
A Summer on Edge
mixed media and collage
10 x 10 cm canvases

More …… Views from a Summer on Edge

Views of a Summer on Edge
Mixed media and collage
9 10 x 10 cm canvases

My pictures have their roots in the real world, but are by no means images in the conventional sense. I don’t copy my subjects but interpret them. Sound, smell and touch play an important role.

Using collage and mixed media, I create rapidly at first, keeping up with my thoughts. Then I let the work rest for an hour, a day, a year or a decade, as if it needs an incubation period. I then re-see what has been created and finish the work.

“I work from memory of 10 minutes ago and 50 years ago”. (David Hockney)

That Day’s Fire Painting
acrylic, pastel, eggshells and collage on paper on canvas
36 x 28 cm
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November news

The Southern Highlands Arts Festival Art Trail 2019 was, once again, an invigorating event for me!

My studio was open (Studio number 11) where you could view my work space, my tools of trade and the results of my mental and physical toil, some of which was for sale at studio prices.

This year I am in de-clutter mode, as difficult as it is, and there were some extraordinarily low prices for never-exhibited, demo and past glory works.

Studio holding up well. The foliage has grown though.
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October news

Chuffed to be, once again, a selected finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Open Art Award.

Exhibition officially opens, and winner announced, at Campbelltown Arts Centre on Friday November 1.

Exhibition is open from October 26 and continues until December 5

Campbelltown Arts Centre
One Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown
Open daily 10am – 4pm
4645 4100 | info@c-a-c.com.au | c-a-c.com.au 
“Morning Stillness” oil and acrylic on canvas 152 x 122cm
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September News

I am very happy to announce that I am a finalist in the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize to be held at Noosa Regional Gallery from 1 November to 1 December 2019.

Moments of Silence (Night Noises, Summer Solstice)
Graphite and collage on Arches paper
74x80cm

ALSO I have been selected to be a finalist in the NOW Contemporary Art Prize to be held at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery from 5 October to 23 November 2019.

My Brother’s Country is on Fire
Oil and acrylic on canvas
61x51cm

This is what I wrote when I finished the work earlier this year, and when Northern NSW was suffering major bushfires near Tabulum, among other places. Ironically, again this week, that same area is under bushfire attack again as are 60 something other areas in NSW and 67 in QLD, and it is only September!

“I work from my immediate responses, both tangible and intangible. I was thinking about my brother whose land in northern NSW was engulfed by bush fire earlier this year. My approach with the paint was rapid at first, as were my thoughts.

I often work in series and this, being no exception, is a follow up from an earlier one which I needed to leave for fear of overworking it. Most often, I need a sort of incubation period, after which I return to the work to assess it for changes or corrections. I was desperate to keep the freshness so I quickly photographed and varnished it to avoid any “tidying up” that I am so often succumb to.

My brother is a proud keeper of the land, and I knew that he would see this as part of its evolution. And with that, a new beauty would emerge.”

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July News…so far

I am very happy to be included in the Pirtek Still Life Art Award with Black Pot with 2 Lemons at Bowral Art Gallery and judged by Janine Coddington.

It is always fun to paint still life subjects and to manipulate them to however you like in order to make an interesting composition.

Black Pot with 2 Lemons
2019
Acrylic on canvas 76 x 102 cm

The same black pot and (different) lemons have been the subject of previous paintings and no doubt will continue to inspire me in the future.

Ode to a Lemon SOLD
2015
Oil and oil stick on canvas 91 x 182 cm
Finalist: 2015 Emsla Eutick Still Life Art Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery
Ode to the Lemon II SOLD
2016
Acrylic and oil stick on canvas 61 x 61 cm
Ode to the Lemon III SOLD
2016
Acrylic and oil stick on canvas 46 x 92 cm
Finalist: 2016 Hornsby Art Prize
SOLD
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June News

My exhibition, Distractions, is opening at 6pm Wednesday 12 June, at the fabulous purpose built contemporary art gallery, FORM Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan.

It would be lovely to see you there and to share some wine with you.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Exhibition runs until 29 June 2019.

Please call in if you are in the hood. We would love to see you.


images of new work in the show:

I develop much of my work in the studio referencing my sketches, photos and written descriptions which help transport me to another place in my memory – back to places I have travelled, known and experienced. It’s as if there is a delayed reaction as if my thoughts need some sort of incubation time.

Recently I have turned to my immediate environment for subject matter where the sounds and my view of the mountain behind me are living, changing yet constant, sources of inspiration. I note the changes in light during different times of the day and the season.  Dry crackle hum. The bush pings, the air stings, the kookaburras laugh.

Lush winter view of the foothills of Mount Gibraltar from my house

DISTRACTIONS is somewhat autobiographical where the paintings served as distractions to greater world events, and to more personal my-world events.

Nightfall, Full Moon, Morning 2018 – 19, oil on canvas 122 x 152cm UF
Possum Light 2019 acrylic on canvas, 61 x 51cm $950 UF
My Brother’s Country is on Fire 2019 oil on canvas 61 x 51cm$950 UF
Parched 2019 acrylic on canvas 61 x 51cm $950 UF
Sticks and Stones 2019 acrylic on canvas 152 x 122cm UF
Last Light 2019 oil on canvas 61 x 51cm $950 UF
Mountain Drought 2018 oil on linen 122 x 91cm $2600 Framed
SOLD
Morning Shadows 2019 oil on canvas 152 x 122cm UF
King’s Canyon Walk Remembered 2019 oil on canvas 30 x 30cm $600 Framed
Fowler’s Gap Creek Bed 2016 acrylic on board 31 x 30cm $600 Framed
Parched Evening 2019 oil on canvas 30 x 30cm $600 Framed
Burnt Out 2019 oil on canvas 30 x 30cm $600 Framed
Flowering Desert oil on board 30 x 30 cm
SOLD
Long Lazy Summer 2015-19 oil on canvas 170 x 240 $6500 UF
Looking Back up the Gib 2018-19 oil on canvas 81 x81cm $1650 UF
SOLD
Bush Backyard 2018-19 oil on canvas 122 x 76cm $2300 Framed
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May News

It is with great pleasure that I announce that my painting. “Rainy Sunday” was the WINNER of this year’s Wingecarribee Landscape Prize at Bowral Art Gallery. Many thanks to all the BDAS organisers and to Kerry McInnes, this year’s judge. Congratulations to all the other award recipients. It was a tough field so I feel grateful.

Rainy Sunday

2019 oil on canvas 61 x 51cm

Judge’s comments: “Deceptively simple and surprisingly evocative of the movement and feeling of rain. Robyn has, with angled strokes and a limited palette, conveyed to us the sensibility of a languid Sunday looking out into a wet landscape. The darker tones in the descending marks not only suggest falling liquid but also serve to ground the painting into what could be an interior, and if so, into a possibility – into a story. this is a wondrous and masterful work.”