Once by Happenstance

Exhibition runs from 9th to 21st October 2018.

Opening Night Event: 6-8.30pm Wednesday 10th October.

Once by Happenstance is a group exhibition of four Sydney based artists – Lyndall McCulloch, Susannah Paterson, Fiona Smith and Geoff Hargraves.

Lyndall McCulloch is a printmaker who uses several processes in her work, including etching, solar plate, woodblock and lino printing. Her prints have evolved to become line works that are subsequently hand coloured with a range of bright inks. Many of her artworks are figurative and they tend to be a little quirky. The titles of each piece add complexity to her work, developing both character and mood so that 2-dimensional works become inhabited by 3-dimensional characters with lives beyond the frame. Viewers are drawn in to wonder things like, ‘What caused this dark mood?’ or ‘Will it all end well?’ She is also drawn to working with wildlife and often features endangered species in her work. Her current passion is experimenting with combining encaustic backgrounds and lino print highlights in larger works.

Susannah Paterson is a painter and potter living in Neutral Bay. She is mostly a figurative abstract painter, with occasional forays into impressionistic realism, and she makes both functional pottery and whimsical hand built sculptural work. Her paintings begin by activating the surface with random and rhythmic marks, which become the scaffold from which a theme emerges. Some of the works are taken into mysterious narratives, whilst other are left in their evocative state. She paints about infinity, duality, beauty, potential, and all possibilities therein, always working from a chaotic and unknown beginning, towards meaning, order and balance. She sees this process as a metaphor for life itself. Susannah’s ceramics provide a valuable grounding to the emotionality of the paintings. Sometimes she decorates her work using the same method she begins a painting with. Others are simply glazed. They are all created to bring pleasure to the one that holds them.

Fiona Smith draws on her love of the Snowy mountains region, painting with oils on board in a collection that takes in the different seasons – the wildflowers of spring, the changing moods of the winter landscape and the drama of the in-between seasons, when the multi-textured ground cover is graced by patches of snow. Brushes and palette knives have been used to create a textured surface, capturing the softness of freshly fallen snow and the ghostly trunks of fire-ravaged snowgums. Based in Sydney, Fiona’ artistic career took off when she was retrenched as a journalist and suddenly had more time to devote to painting. Every cloud has a silver lining!

Geoff Hargraves’ art is focused mainly on printmaking and acrylic paintings. Subject matter is mostly nature and our water environment. His linocut reduction prints are often experimental in his selective inking of his carved blocks. He uses Akua intaglio inks which are brightly pigmented. In his paintings, besides palette knives and brushes, Geoff at times will use fern stems, bamboo skewer points and found items to place fine marks on the surface.

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Elementals Collection
by Kate St James and Catherine Whitting

Exhibition runs Tuesday 14th August to Sunday 23rd September.

The Elementals Collection will feature more than 50 works by St James and Whitting, including watercolours, oils, mixed media and limited edition giclee prints and collaborative works by the artists.

“For our collection, we have created works that reflect our environment and the places we’ve visited on our travels,” said Kate. “As a designer, artist and journalist, I’m inspired by the elements of architecture and nature and the way in which they influence and enhance our lives daily.”

“As an artist and designer, my work is inspired by my surroundings; whether the scratches on the bottom of a row boat, the bark of a tree or an old door – inspiration is all around me,” said Catherine.

Kate St James lives between northern New South Wales and Sydney and Catherine Whitting lives in Sydney’s inner west, where she also teaches interior design at The Design Centre, Enmore.

Treasures

Featuring prominent artists from the gallery, this showcase exhibition focuses on the treasures that are present in the collection. Including Tony Hanning, Magda Marciniak, Wayne Pearson, Phillipa Playford, Jonathon Westacott and others.

Flash by Usyd Photosoc

Exhibition: Tuesday 1st May 2018

A flash of light. A burst of speed or emotion. Whether it’s a flashing a smile or the glint of the stars, Flash is a word which conjures speed, intermittence and intangibility.

Photosoc is proud to present its first exhibition for 2018 which celebrates the best in student photography.

We are searching for Photography which looks outside the box and explores the idea of ‘FLASH’. We welcome anything from the flash of a camera bulb to a perfect (or imperfect) moment, or anything in-between.

To enter a photo:
– Entry is FREE
– Photos must be .jpg files with a minimum of 3600 x 2400 pixels.
– No more than 5 entries per person.
– Ensure your photos are saved as – ‘FULLNAME_Title_FLASH’
– Email your photographs to 2018photosoce xhibition@gmail.comwith ‘FULLNAME _FLASH’ as the subject line
– the DEADLINE for entry is WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 11.59pm.

The prizes will be announced soon from our sponsors including Georges Cameras.

Entry is free so get snapping and we look forward to seeing your best photos!

Please note images below are from last year’s exhibition theme “AEONS”.

One Mind – Five Views
by Damian Talbot

Exhibition runs 17 – 29 April 2018
Opening Night: 6-8pm Tuesday 17 April
Artist Talk: 2pm Saturday 21 April

I am a self-taught artist and work as a medical doctor training to be a psychiatrist. Through the years these two aspects of my life have worked in parallel, intersecting at times e.g. themes and interests. I consider them equal and balanced parts of my outward philosophy or means of expression.

I completed my art studies in high school, and since this time I have maintained my knowledge by regularly reading art books, visiting museums, and directly interacting or consuming other cultural pursuits.

I love all styles of art but am most fascinated with the colour theories of Post-Impressionism. More recently, I have been interested in Greek mythology, which I think works in tandem and is inspired by my psychiatry training. I have also loved painting from life, particularly en plein air painting. There is something about the freshness of a work painted outdoors that can’t be emulated in the studio.

My psychiatry training has enabled me to think laterally and has challenged me to question a lot of things about society and life in general. This is why I use a wide range of techniques: from classical drawing (such as charcoal for its fluidity) to pointillism championed by Seurat and Signac. I am yet to find my preferred method of producing art, but I particularly like using oil pastels and soft pastels because of their pure and vibrant colours and the rapidity of their application.

I love animals and my cat, Charlie Paul, features prominently in the exhibition. He has such a warm and loving personality and a sense of majesty and softness that I love to capture.

I think that art can be created by anyone and with anything. Someone’s masterpiece may end up in another’s garbage bin. It is all relative and subjective, often a critique of psychiatry. In this respect, I wanted to hold an exhibition of some of my work to demonstrate the many techniques that can be employed to produce a piece of art.

‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them’. (Henri Matisse)

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2017 Highlights

Exhibition runs from 19 December 2017 – 28 January 2018

Festive Drinks Event: 6-8pm Wednesday 20 December

NOTE ALTERNATE OPENING HOURS BELOW.

Combining works by print-makers Marina Bishop and Kelvin Taylor, sculptures by Peter Day, reverse painted glass by Wayne Pearson and other glass artists, this show explores the “Captain’s Pick” of 2017.

Each invited featured artist has their own focus…

Marina Bishop explores the landscape and says “I love scenes of the Australian coast and hinterland. I need to capture the feelings I have from these images. I don’t want to ‘freeze’ them photographically, but to portray the effect they have on me.”

The printmaking series produced by Kelvin Taylor focuses on the power garnered by popular figures viewed through the filter of the police mugshot.

Peter Day’s sculptures are “fictional intuitive and speculative. His sculptures often invite the viewer to explore the decayed beauty of an object and its history.”

Wayne Pearson’s current fascination and subject of his reverse-painted glass panels are common Australian birds. Blue wrens, magpies, pelicans and cockatoos feature in his magnificent paintings.

ALTERNATE TRADING HOURS – SUMMER HOLIDAYS
14 – 24 December 2017 are our normal opening hours.
Tues-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 1-5pm, Mon Closed.
25 December 2017 – 9 January 2018 GALLERY CLOSED
10 – 28 January 2018 are our summer holiday hours.
Wed-Sat 11am-5pm.
ALL OTHER TIMES AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT AS IN SITU IN SYDNEY (Sun,Mon,Tues). For appointment, please leave message on answer machine or by email and we will be happy to welcome you.
NB: 26 January – Australia Day Public Holiday – Gallery Closed.

Four Ways by Anastazia Grzybowski, Maria Grzybowski, Svetlana Soldatova and Galina Yurakova

Exhibition Opening: 5-8pm Saturday 9 December
Exhibition runs from Tuesday 5 to Sunday 17 December

Four Ways, Four Artists, A Single Passion.

Four artist’s destinies are bound up within the patterns of nature; they view it from their own unique perspective but with a single passion. Three out of the four were born in Eastern Europe: Maria (Anastazia’s mother), Svetlana and Galina (Svetlana’s mother).

Anastazia Grzybowski studies at the Sydney College of the Arts majoring in painting. She recently started to experiment with acrylic and other mediums to create large scale expressive works in her final year.

Maria Grzybowski graduated from the College of Design & Advertising in Poland and from the Sydney Gallery School. The painter found Australian nature fascinating after moving here from Europe, and from there developed a distinctive, vibrant style in her work. Infinite possibilities of colours flow through her compositions showing an imagination without limits, stemming from the spiritual power of the vast Australian nature. She uses the idea of painting being a window to another boundless dimension and takes the viewer to the worlds full of landscapes, which reflect the relationship between the spiritual and nature.

Svetlana Soldatova grew up in a family of artists and since her early childhood, couldn’t imagine any other way of life. After graduating from the Kiev Art College of Shevchenko, she experimented within the different fields of art. Illustrating children’s books allowed Svetlana to introduce herself to commercial illustration. After the crash of the Soviet system and the disruption of perestroika, she worked in the field of theatrical and social poster design. Moving to Australia, Svetlana engaged more in painting, graphic design and in recent years book illustration. She has been a participant of exhibitions in both Australia and Europe.

Born in the Ukraine, Galina Yurakova graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art in The Art College of Kazan. She moved to Australia in 1995 with her family and participated in many successful exhibitions in Sydney. Since moving here, Galina’s eyes have been opened to a new view with the surprising nature of Australia and the world of oceans, colour and light.

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Landscape, Feathers and things in Bronze by Marina Bishop, Wayne Pearson and Peter Day

Exhibition runs from 14th November to 3rd December
Opening Night: 6-8pm Wednesday 15th November
Artist Talk: 2pm Saturday 18th November

The landscapes of Marina Bishop capture, in acrylic and watercolour, the breathtaking east coast of Australia. From magnificent eucalypts to Sydney sandstone, she draws inspiration from her surrounding environment, interpreting it in a semi abstract style with strong colour and fluid line.

Complementing this Australian narrative is the work of her partner, not only in this exhibition but also in life, Wayne Pearson.  Utilising a technique of combining kiln-fired enamel and oil paint, reverse painted onto sheets of glass, his creations bring to life a gamut of Australian feathered wildlife.

The final piece in this trilogy, are the sculptures of Peter Day. Working predominantly in bronze, Day intuitively manipulates and casts the ordinary into the extraordinary. More fictional intuitive and speculative, his sculptures often invite the viewer to explore the decayed beauty of an object and it’s history.

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