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