An exhibition of mixed media artworks by me and by my talented friend, Sydney based mixed media and textile artist and sculptor, Ruth Levine, was founded on our common interest in words, language, sounds, recycling, upcycling and a joy of life.
All works by both Ruth and me, can be seen on HKEdit’s website.
Following, are some of the works that I exhibited.
In the pipeline are works in progress, works finished and waiting for a posting, and finished works that may be painted over, destroyed or repurposed. Who knows! These 5 works are the result of re-working original artworks. Begun in 2022 or earlier, they have now been completed in 2023.
I am happy to report that I have been selected as a finalist in both the 2023 John Villiers Outback Art Prize (Outback Regional Gallery 11 March – 7 May 2023) and in the 2023 Muswellbrook Art Prize, painting section (27 February – 29 April 2023).
Before that……late in 2022, I was a finalist in 2022 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, contemporary section:
My life has generally always been and still is, a bit…. chaotic. I find solace making these meditative works. They are like a song, like poetry and they have a calming effect. I chill out into another place.
Sometimes I listen to an audio book, sometimes music, but very often, I listen to the outside bush and bird noises.
2022 has seen me revisiting old ideas and old works on which I build new ideas and new works.
Covid comforts. I worked on small mixed media works during the 2021 lockdowns and on the occasional large work (some still in progress).
Stormy Weather series
Each of the small works has a torn edge and is float mounted with a dark timber frame. the two larger works are float mounted with a limed timber frame. All are mixed media on Hahnemuhle paper. Unless otherwise indicated, all are for sale.
Out of the storm and into the calm.
A very short escape to the outskirts of Wangaratta on the Ovens River in Victoria resulted in some small watercolours painted en plein air. All are WN watercolour and graphite on Magnani paper and all are float mounted and framed with thin dark timber, with the exception of “Unsettled Landscape”, which has a limed timber frame. All are for sale.
Peachy Beachy works
Randomly chosen and reworked. Each is gouache and Sennelier ink on paper and each measures 13 x 18 cm. Each is float mounted and framed with a limed timber frame.
As the year moved on, my work got calmer.
Postcards from the Beach
All of these works are float mounted and framed in a dark grey timber frame. They work well as a set but could be displayed separately. They were all started one long weekend at Greenwell Point on NSW south coast and finished in 2021 in my studio. They are pastel and gouache on Khadi paper. Each work measures 11 x 15 cm.
Finally, back to the Gymea Lily
The Gymea Lily is a magnificent, majestic primeval flower that towers above the ground and is found mostly on the east coast of NSW, especially around Sydney. It has sword-like leaves more than 1 metre long and it grows a flower spike up to 6 metres high. They are beautiful!
I tied this lily to an easel with its stem dipping into a bucket of water, and over 3 weeks, I drew it. I was keen to incorporate the slow opening of the flower over time and to capture that within one drawing. That first drawing traces the slow changes that the lily was starting to go through.
This work is framed with a generous sized neutral mount and a plain matte black frame. Total dimensions are 140 x 106 cm.
Then, as time went on, another work was created. This watercolour is float mounted and box framed in a dark red /brown timber frame.
Finally, to end the year, this watercolour of the lily was created with gusto. Good bye 2021!
Although the sounds, smells, textures and views of the mountain behind me are constant sources of inspiration, the recent catastrophes of drought, floods, bushfires and Covid, have provided fodder for much of my current work. The creation of something of beauty, calm and optimism, are possibly my emotional diversions as I explore the sad, fragile and terrible beauty of our world.
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, I interpret them. Sometimes the materiality of my medium takes a dominant role and I become engrossed in its unique qualities.
Using acrylic and oil paints, 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 eventually re-see what has been created and finish the work.
I revisit many ideas, resulting in the continuous presence of common, sometimes tenuous, threads that mirror my life and experiences.
I work from my immediate responses to both tangible and intangible subjects like bushfire, illness, sunshine, quiet, uncertainty and blend them with memory. The list goes on and so my work evolves that way.
All works that have not sold already are still for sale:
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 SOLDA Summer on Edge Mixed media on 5 10x10cm canvases 10 x 60 cm Finalist: Gosford Art Prize 2020Ravaged Land mixed media and collage on canvas 91 x 122 cm Finalist: Fisher’s Ghost Contemporary Art Award 2020Lost Summer mixed media on board 13 x 23 cmEerie Coast mixed media on board 13 x 23 cm SOLDBeach Holiday mixed media on board 13 x 23 cmShifting Ground Oil and acrylic on canvas 91 x 120cm