Danie Mellor: Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history will be the first major exhibition in New Zealand of past and present works by this much awarded artist.
Presented and curated by the Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua City, New Zealand, the exhibition will feature over twenty works, including works on loan from Australian institutional collections.
Image credit: Danie Mellor The pleasure and vexation of history 2017 wax pastel, wash with oil pigment, watercolour and pencil on paper 220.0 x 140.0 cm
____________28.04.18 Natasha Bieniek in 2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
Natasha Bieniek is a finalist for the 2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize at Geelong Gallery.
The biennial prize awards a $30,000 acquisitive prize to the winner, with the 2018 prize to be judged by Lisa Sullivan, Senior Curator, Geelong Gallery; Justin Paton, Head Curator, International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum. The winner will be announced on Friday 8 June.
Image credit: Natasha Bieniek Mirrorscape (installation view) 2018 oil on gold dibond 12.0 x 18.0 cm
____________20.04.18 Jason Fitzgerald and Claudia Greathead Exhibitions
Two new exhibitions by Brisbane based artists, Jason Fitzgerald and Claudia Greathead, will be presented at Jan Murphy Gallery.
Sculptor Jason Fitzgerald’s latest series of ceramic and timber works will comprise his exhibition, Shaky Ground. Until recently, Fitzgerald was solely known for geometrically formed timber sculptures made of salvaged timber shards and off-cuts, but of late he has been working in the ancient medium of clay. Shaky Ground contains both timber and ceramic works.
Emerging artist Claudia Greathead will present a series of new paintings in her upcoming exhibition, Round and Round. Painterly enigmas and strange narratives characterise her imagery, which has emerged from old and recent family photographs, travel, and her singular journey.
Claudia Greathead & Jason Fitzgerald
Jan Murphy Gallery
28 April – 26 May 2018
Image credit: Jason Fitzgerald Tectonic bowl 3 2018 terracotta and glaze 22.0 x 35.0 x 30.0 cm
Image credit: Claudia Greathead If there is something 2018 oil on linen 46.0 x 61.0 cm
____________12.04.18 Victoria Reichelt at Home of the Arts (HOTA)
Victoria Reichelt’s work features in We are Gold Coast: Works from the Gallery at HOTA Collection at the newly redeveloped and re-named Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast (formerly Gold Coast Arts Centre).
The collection exhibition champions the region and rejects the out-dated broader public perception of the Gold Coast of surf, schoolies and theme parks, instead focussing on the location’s array of natural wonders and thriving community of talented artists.
Image credit: Victoria Reichelt Colour field 2012 oil on linen 128.0 x 150.0 cm
____________21.04.18 Fred Fowler in Art Collector
Fred Fowler features in the ‘What’s next’ section of the April/June 2018 issue of Art Collector, which focuses on artists coming up in the art world.
Fowler will have his first solo exhibition at Jan Murphy Gallery from 26 June – 21 July 2018.
Image credit: Fred Fowler Wedge tailed eagle in a thermal sky 2018 oil and micaceous iron oxide on birch ply 60.0 x 50.0 cm
____________10.04.18 Lara Merrett Announced for MCA’s 2018 Bella Room Commission
Each year a contemporary Australian artist is invited by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) to create a multi-sensory, interactive and immersive artwork to inspire people with disability or access requirements to connect with contemporary art.
The Bella Room Commission is a key component of the MCA’s Bella Program for children, young people and adults with access requirements, and in 2018 will see Lara Merrett create an installation, Paint me in, featuring thee brightly coloured canvases suspended and looped from the roof of the Bella Room.
____________12.04.18 Leslie Rice shortlisted for The Blake Prize
Leslie Rice has been selected as one of 80 finalists for The 65th Blake Prize at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
One of Australia’s longest standing art prizes, The Blake Prize encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art and offers a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000.
Image credit: Leslie Rice Salome 2018 acrylic on velvet 61.0 x 46.0 cm
____________20.04.18 A.J. Taylor in 2018 Fleurieu Biennale
A.J. Taylor is a finalist for the 2018 Fleurieu Biennale. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fleurieu Art Prize in 2018, the newly renamed Fleurieu Biennale will be exhibited across three galleries in the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia.
The 2018 prize will be judged by Christopher Orchard, artist; Emma Fay, Guildhouse Executive Director; and Godwin Bradbeer, artist, with the winner to be announced on Saturday 16 June 2018 at Stump Hill Gallery in McLaren Vale.