About Face is a series of new paintings by emerging Queensland based artist, Claudia Greathead. She was semi-finalist in this year’s Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and has been exhibiting regularly since graduating from Queensland College of Art in 2014.
Greathead’s paintings explore the peculiarities of self-presentation, both her own self-presentation and that of others. By painting family photographs – things familiar in subject matter but far away in time – Greathead reframes and re-examines these images from the point of view of her adult self. The “shit gardens series” sees Greathead lovingly depict strange and sometimes humorous scenes from Australian domestic gardens, drawing attention to the strange way people express their identity through their homes.
Image credit: Claudia Greathead Three tree-beasts 2016 oil on polyester 41.0 x 46.5 cm
____________14.10.16 Now representing John Nicholson
We are delighted to welcome John Nicholson to the gallery and look forward to working with him in the future.
John Nicholson is currently based at the Birmingham Street Studios – a lively hub for contemporary art in Sydney. Since graduating from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Nicholson has exhibited widely in Melbourne and Sydney.
The slippery surface of plastic is the chosen platform for John Nicholson’s visual offering. Plastic, a signature material of the ultra-modern, is produced from oil and Nicholson’s works fundamentally express that origin. Injected with colour and spliced into compositional arrays, the works resemble vortices of space-time in a bold graphical language of psychedelic seduction.
He has held studio residencies at the Bundanon Trust Artist Centre and at OMI International Art Centre in New York. His works are held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including in the collections of Artbank, Deutsche Bank, the University of Queensland Art Museum, Mirvac Corporation, Bond University and Penrith Regional Gallery, as well as in the collections of Goyang City in Seoul and OMI Arts Centre in New York.
____________07.10.16 Juz Kitson – ‘You are here; right here, right now’
Juz Kitson’s exhibition, You are here; right here, right now is current until 29 October.
Her first solo exhibition at Jan Murphy Gallery, this latest body of work is ‘quintessential Kitson’ and combines and array of materials including porcelain, wax, bone, silk, animal pelts and hair.