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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
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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
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
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
Beyond the Back Fence (diptych)
acrylic on canvas
81 x 162 cm
SOLD
10pm
oil and acrylic on canvas
120 x 240 cm
SOLD
Lament
graphite and shellac on paper
56 x 76 cm
SOLD
No Regrets
Graphite and shellac on paper
56 x 76 cm
SOLD
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
Of Summers Past
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
Thoughts and Prayers
oil on canvas
182 x 91 cm
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
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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.”

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2018 Southern Highlands Art Trail Open Studio

Thank you everyone who visited my studio during the Art Studio Trail. It is always a pleasure to meet new and interesting folk and to catch up with old friends and acquaintances.

The work that I had on display ranged from never exhibited, demonstration, old pre-loved to current new work. As I am not with a gallery at the moment, my work does not include commission or GST.

Please contact me for any enquiries.

robynkinselaart@gmail.com

Currently I am a finalist in the 2018 Fisher’s Ghost Open Art Award , the Fisher’s Ghost Contemporary Art Award and the 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize.

Nightfall-Full Moon-Morning
oil on canvas 122 x 152 cm
FINALIST Fisher’s Ghost Open
Mountain Drought                                 oil on canvas 122 x 91 cm            FINALIST Fisher’s Ghost Contemporary
A Floating Moment in Space
oil on canvas 76 x 61 cm
FINALIST Blacktown City Art Prize
SOLD

Recently I was awarded first prize in the Kangaroo Valley Inaugural Art Award

Rain is Setting In
oil on canvas 30 x 30 cm
WINNER Kangaroo Valley Inaugural Art Prize
SOLD

Storm Approaching
oil on canvas 122 x 91 cm
FINALIST Kangaroo Valley Inaugural Art Prize
SOLD

Finalist in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize in Melbourne.

So I am looking at subject matter closer to home with my work this year – the kitchen- in this case.

A Fleeting Moment in Space has been shortlisted for the important Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize which opens at 6pm Thursday 17 May at The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton Town Hall.

Exhibition hours are Wednesday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 5pm and continues to 8 June.

I hope you can get there.

A Floating Moment in Space (oil on canvas 76 x 61 cm)

2018 BAAP – Email invitation

Dirt Tree Rock

Dirt Tree Rock opens at TACIT Galleries (123a Gipps St Collingwood Melbourne) on 25 April 2018 and continues until until 20 May.

www.tacitart.com.au

Here are some of the works that may be in the show.

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Easter Afternoon, Fowler’s Gap has been shortlisted for the Wyndham Art Award

I am very pleased to be shortlisted for the Wyndham Art Prize. The exhibition dates are 30 March to 11 June, and the opening is on the 29 March from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Please feel free to invite your friends and family.

“It is our premier event at the WYNDHAM ART GALLERY and we make a splash so come along and enjoy.”

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/186435655301500

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Easter Afternoon, Fowler’s Gap (60 x 60cm acrylic on canvas) was painted as part of a series of works that I began, and continue to create, referencing and inspired by my artist residency at the UNSW Research Station in the arid desert zone of Fowler’s Gap, 120 km north of Broken Hill, NSW.

Sorry I’m Late

Sorry I’m Late is a great little cafe in Brunswick that has just recently opened. Address is 2a/10 Breese Street, parallel to Sydney Road off Hope Street.

Unlike a lot of Melbourne cafes, Sorry I’m Late has colour and a different vibe. Great music, fantastic coffee, wacky cards and seriously good abstract paintings by me from the last 10 years or so at seriously negotiable prices.

Oh, and there is food and can I mention again, great coffee!!

ARTWORKS CURRENTLY AT Sorry I’m Late

Paintings by Robyn Kinsela are on show for viewing, buying or simply enjoying.

Looking for Songlines
mixed media on 49 canvases
76x76cm
$2000 framed
Finalist in Goulburn Regional Gallery Open Art Prize
Snakes and Rivers
oil on 40 canvases
123x77cm
$2500 framed
not previously exhibited
SOLD
Winton Beach Breakers
acrylic on canvas
18x18cm
$350 framed
SOLD
Winton Beach Tracks
acrylic on canvas
18x18cm
$350 framed
Tactile Landscape (Diptych)
mixed media on canvases
73x120cm
$1600 framed
SOLD
The Land the Earth the Soul I
acrylic on canvas
90x90cm
$800 unframed
not previously exhibited
The Land the Earth the Soul II
acrylic on canvas
90x60cm
$600 unframed
not previously exhibited
SOLD
Mapping
acrylic on canvas
100x100cm
$1600 unframed
Unfinished History I
acrylic on canvas
81x81cm
$900 unframed
not previously exhibited
Unfinished History II
acrylic on canvas
81x81cm
no previously exhibited
SOLDOde to a Lemon                                                              oil on canvas 91x182cm                                     Finalist in the Emsla Still Life Award
SOLDOde to the Lemon I                                                  acrylic and oilstick on canvas 46x92cm            Finalist in the Hornsby Art Award
SOLDOde to the Lemon II                                                acrylic and oilstick on canvas 61x61cm
Blue and Yellow Still Life
acrylic on canvas
51x51cm
$800 unframed
Cover design for Southern Highlands Arts Festival
North Coast Garden
acrylic on canvas
30x30cm
$500 framed
Piper’s Hill, Minnie Water
acrylic on canvas
30x30cm
$500 framed
SOLD
Summer
acrylic on canvas
30x30cm
$500 framed
SOLD
Sand Dune, Wolli River
acrylic on board
31×30.5cm
$500 framed
Piper’s Hill, Minnie Water II
acrylic on board
30.5x31cm
$500 framed
Beach House Garden
oil and acrylic on canvas
30x30cm
$500 framed
Winton Beach 2020
oil on canvas
180x90cm
$2000 unframed
Finalist in NOW at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery

Levels of Landscape

I do not copy my subject but interpret it as I feel at the time of painting. Drawing, memory and imagination, and using colours and materials that I feel like using, keep me absorbed in the whole process. Sometimes the resulting work comes like a delayed reaction as if my work needs an incubation period – it needs to mature or un-mature.
I know that juggling life and art has its costs and rewards.
There you go….today’s statement maybe it will be different tomorrow!

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Arid Desert Zone, Fowler’s Gap 2017 acrylic on canvas 160 x 230cm Finalist: 2017 Fisher’s Ghost Open
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The High Plains 2017
mixed media on paper on canvas 51×50.5cm
Fowler’s Gap group 2016-17
Mixed media on canvases and boards
30 x 30cm each 3 SOLD
Fowler’s Gap group 2016-17
mixed media on canvases and boards 30 x 30cm each
SOLD
Easter Afternoon, Fowler’s Gap 2016
acrylic on canvas 61x61cm Finalist: 2016 Goulburn Regional Gallery Art Award & 2016 Heyson Landscape Prize
Following the River 2017
acrylic on canvas 46x46cm
Ernabella 2016-17
acrylic and collage on canvas 50x50cm
SOLD
Autumn Landscape 2017
oil on canvas 61x51cm
Bleached Bush Light 2015
oil on canvas 71x56cm
September 2017
oil on canvas 61x51cm
Trees 2016-17
oil and acrylic on canvases 30x30cm each ALL SOLD
Winter Landscape 2016 acrylic on canvas 75x100cm Finalist: Muswellbrook Regional Gallery Art Award
Winter View (Mittagong) 2017
acrylic on canvas 75x100cm
Campsite at Sand Dune 2017 oil on canvas 61x61cm
SOLD
Sheltered Place 2017
acrylic on canvas 46x46cm SOLD
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Stepping through to the Lookout 2017
acrylic on colorfix paper on canvas 40x30cm
Cool Mountain Summer I, II & III 2015
acrylic on canvases 25x25cm each
SOLD
The Other Side of Summer, Healesville I – IX
2016
acrylic on canvases 18x18cm each Finalist: 2017 Bayside Acquisitive Art Award 
Beach group (Minnie Water) 2016-17
oil and acrylic on canvases 30x30cm each
Nor-Westerly, Fowler’s Gap 2016
acrylic and charcoal on Hahnemuhle paper 80x120cm
Finalist: 2016 Fisher’s Ghost Drawing
Road to Khancoban 2016
acrylic on colorfix paper 47x67cm
Finalist: 2016 Parliament House Plein Air Art Award
Cool High Country 2016
oil on canvas 41x41cm SOLD
Fire Trail I 2016
mixed media on Arches Watercolour paper 57x76cm SOLD
Fire Trail II 2016
mixed media on Arches watercolour paper 57x76cm
Shoalhaven Summer 2015
oil on canvas 170x240cm