Lynette has told me that she has been influenced by Klimt which you can easily see in the one with the patterning and rich tangerine colour and the other is an expressionist abstract painting that just has to be made by every artist for the release of energy. This one in particular has a strength and engery that needs to be seen in real life. Will post exhibition information that will come up in the next few months.
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Cambridge Studio Gallery 2015 Portrait Prize
February 11 to 28, 2015
Artists are invited to submit works in the 2015 Cambridge Studio Gallery (CSG) WHO is LOOKING at YOU? Portrait Prize.
WHO is LOOKING at YOU? is for works depicting the human face as its subject matter.
All mediums accepted and unique approaches encouraged.
Graeme Drendel is a Melbourne painter who has exhibited extensively throughout Australia over the past twenty years. He has held over 20 solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions and been a finalist in various major art prizes over that period. A dedicated painter of the human figure and the psychological intrigues that emanate from human interaction, his work is held in several public and many private collection nationally and internationally.
Colleen Ahern completed a Bachelor of Arts, Painting, from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999. Professional experience includes teaching appointments at Victorian College of the Arts, Swinburne University and Victoria University. Colleen teaches both drawing and painting, and has worked as a professional artist’s assistant since graduating. She is currently represented by Neon Parc Gallery, Melbourne. Her work predominately exploits notions of identity, through the use of iconic popular imagery, and the obsessions of the ‘fan’, employing both painting and drawing mediums. Her solo exhibitions include ‘Cortez the Killer’, Neon Parc, Melbourne( 2013), ‘Of skins and heart’, Neon Parc, Melbourne ,(2010), ‘Frantic Romantic’, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2007); ‘Angels on Airwaves’, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2006); ‘Steal Your Face,’ Seventh Gallery, Melbourne (2005); ‘Your Ok… You can Come in’, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne (2003).
Some of Colleen’s recent group exhibitions include: ‘Rockem Sockem’,St Helliers Street Gallery (2014) ‘Dear Masato, All at Once’, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne (2014) ‘Smoking Gun’, Death be Kind, Melbourne (2011);’A Way of Calling’, Linden Contemporary Art space, Melbourne (2011);’Jewell of the Newel’, Firstdraft ,Sydney (2010); ‘Photocopier’, Centre for contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2010).
1st prize: A solo exhibition held within the following 12 month period at Cambridge Studio Gallery.
A people’s choice award: A place in Cambridge Studio Gallery’s 2015 end of year group exhibition.
Further information on the Cambridge Studio Gallery 2015 Portrait Prize can be found below
2014 Portrait Prize Winner:
2014 Winner: Guy Morgan, Louise Voigt (After Retinal Detachment)
Stockroom Selection Exhibition
From August this year Cambridge Studio Gallery is starting the first of our new stockroom exhibitions. We have selected works from artists that have had a history with the gallery as well as promoting some interesting new artists. There will be an eclectic selection of paintings, sculpture, jewellery and a few surprises!
While the gallery’s business model still represents artists by providing space for their exhibitions, we will be value adding to the viewer experience by dedicating the upstairs gallery space to the Stockroom Selection. Works will be displayed in a less formal “salon-hang” that allows clients to purchase and take home works on the day.
For further information
Congratulations to Cambridge for their first stockroom exhibition and best wishes to Ness for her upcoming solo exhibition.
Congratulations Beryl for being selected as a finalist in Chapel on Station Gallery ‘Religious Art Prize’.
The theme for the Religious Art Prize was ‘through a glass dimly’ The exhibition is on at Chapel on Station Gallery in Box Hill until 17 th September.
The name of the oil painting is ‘Longing’ and here is a short statement by the artist Beryl White:
This painting explores something of the mystery of the spiritual journey that is life. The shifting planes reflect our partial vision as we move forward, drawn to seek the God who calls us to himself
Making art can be likened to an adventure, or to setting off on a journey whose destination may or may not be known, a journey which has the potential to unfold in unexpected twists and turns.
In putting paint to paper or canvas the catalyst is often an emotional response to something in the natural world, a quality of light and shadow, a patterning of shapes, an implicit sense of place or story. For me it is never a literal representation of nature, but a seeking to respond to the energy of the initial impulse.
This is never a one sided process. After establishing the initial composition I seek to engage the viewer, to draw them into the painting, to look beyond the surface. Much of this develops as I paint. I do not fully plan the work, but find the composition will often change as the relationship between the shapes, colours and tones begins to emerge. It is much like engaging in a conversation; the work responds to what is put down and I then respond to it. I mostly work in layers paint, drawing, collage, glazes; each layer responding to what has gone before.
Recently I have been revisiting some previously completed paintings and restarted the conversation, often taking the journey to a different destination.
Here are some examples of re-engaged works.
Much of my work has been oil media based this year I plan to spend more time exploring building up the layers in collage and water media.