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Awaken
by Celeste Wrona

Exhibition runs Wednesday 20th to Sunday 25th November.

Sydney contemporary artist Celeste Wrona launches her stunning new solo exhibition “Awaken” at Gauge Gallery. This collection incorporates her signature ink paintings, with mixed media collage, beautifully arranged organic forms and tranquil line work, reminiscent of the play of light and colour upon mountains, sky and sea. Expect to see classic muted palettes contrasted with deep, punchy hues.

Registered guests attending the exhibition will be gifted with their very own complimentary limited edition print signed and numbered by Celeste. (Not valid for redemption at Opening Brunch or Exhibition Launch).
To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/d/australia–sydney/celeste-wrona/

Opening Brunch: 11am-1pm Wednesday 21st November
Celeste, a mother of two herself understands how difficult it can be to attend evening art events, so she has made her opening brunch family friendly! Grab the girls (or guys!) bring bubs (or not!) and enjoy a scrumptious brunch, complimented by beautiful art. And have exclusive first dibs on Celeste’s much anticipated new works!

Exhibition Launch: 5.30-8.30pm Friday 23rd November
Join artist Celeste Wrona for her exclusive launch party celebrating her stunning solo exhibition “Awaken”. Be amoungst the first to explore Celeste’s much anticipated and exciting new collection of original artworks and fine art prints. A dynamic evening of art over wine and antipasti.

Download exhibition invitation.

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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