14.06.16 Robert Malherbe – In a brighter light

Painter Robert Malherbe will present a new series of works, In a brighter light, at Jan Murphy Gallery in June. Based in the Blue Mountains, the artist has long been inspired by the surrounds of nature. The exhibition will feature still lifes and landscapes that capture the simple perfection of a moment with his deftly produced brushstrokes.

Malherbe works directly from life to convey the subtle revelations and feelings of immediacy imparted by the painted or drawn gesture. For this exhibition, he has portrayed the South Coast where he often holidays with his family, as well as a number of still lifes from around his home and studio.

In a brighter light will run from 14 June – 9 July 2016.

To view works from the exhibition please click here 

Image credit: Robert Malherbe   Large view of South Coast Beach   2016   oil on linen 81.0 x 101.5 cm


10.06.16 Julia deVille wins 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Julia deVille has won the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize with her work, Neapolitan Bonbonaparte 2013.

The winning piece features taxidermied chicks sitting in an antique sterling silver ladle. The chicks’ feathers have been dyed in the colours of Neapolitan ice cream, commenting on the use of ethically sourced products in food. Specifically the work refers to the undisclosed use of cage eggs in the production of certain foods such as ice cream.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize is a biennial prize which provides artists a chance to present their perspectives on natural science and comment on scientific issues facing the planet. deVille was awarded the $30,000 prize, selected from 81 finalists at the South Australian Museum.

For further information on the prize please click here

To read an article by ABC News about Julia deVille’s success in the 2016 prize please click here

To read an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about deVille’s success in the 2016 prize please click here

2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize
South Australian Museum
10 June – 31 July 2016.

Image credit: Julia deVille   Neapolitan Bonbonaparte   2013   antique sterling silver ladle, chicks, onyx   28.0 x 11.0 x 10.0 cm


02.06.16 Patrick Doherty – Online Only

Western Australian artist Patrick Doherty will present a series of paintings in an online-only exhibition titled The Boy Who Couldn’t See in June 2016.

Doherty is known for his free-style figurative illustrations that portray fantastic sequences and contain rich, colourful imagery. These epic, imaginative landscapes echo with ancient mythologies, often referencing spiritual and religious iconography. The paintings in The Boy Who Couldn’t See are paired with words by Perth writer James Hattrick in a poem of the same title.

Over the last decade, Doherty has exhibited across Australia including in the prestigious Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA) in Sydney in 2007. He has exhibited at numerous galleries, including at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Fine Art, Fremantle Arts Centre and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. He has collaborated on a range of multi-disciplinary projects including the development of a series of textile prints for the 2009/10 collections of cult fashion label Romance Was Born. Doherty’s work is held in public and corporate collections, including Artbank and Wesfarmers, as well as in a numerous private Australian collections.

View Patrick Doherty’s Artist CV here.

The online only exhibition will be current from 3 – 10 June 2016.

To view the exhibition please click here.

Image credit: Patrick Doherty   Not listening to yourself   2016   oil on board   30.0 x 30.0 cm


09.06.16 William Mackinnon in Parliament House Art Collection

William Mackinnon’s You know what I mean 2015 has been acquired by the Parliament Art House Collection in Canberra. The public collection is of significant heritage value and is created specifically for Parliament House.

Painted in acrylic and oil, the work continues Mackinnon’s use of the road as a motif for exploring the Australian landscape whilst also delving into the internal landscape of the mind of the isolated driver. Exhibited as part of group exhibition, Road Trip, the You know what I mean 2015, expresses the way in which these journeys can build the foundations for our understanding of the landscape.

For more insight into William Mackinnon’s painting practice please watch a short film titled Highs and Lows, accessible here

William Mackinnon will present a solo exhibition of new works at Jan Murphy Gallery in November 2016.

Image credit: William Mackinnon   You know what I mean   2015   acrylic and oil on canvas   180.0 x 120.0 cm   Parliament House Art Collection


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