Ben Quilty’s work features in a new display at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The new exhibition includes several new acquisitions to the Bendigo Art Gallery Collection as well as significant works on loan.
Quilty’s work, Kuta Rorschach No. 2 2013, was acquired by the Bendigo Art Gallery Collection in 2014. The painting depicts the popular Balinese holiday destination, Kuta Beach, the site of the 2002 ‘Bali bombings’ which claimed the lives of 202 people including 88 Australians.
Ben Quilty Kuta Rorschach No. 2 2013 oil on canvas 8 panels each 220.0 x 520.0 cm
____________12.04.18 Danie Mellor at Pataka Art + Museum
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
____________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
____________16.05.18 Karen Napaljarri Barnes – ‘Budgerigar Dreaming’ Online Exhibition
Budgerigar Dreaming (Ngatijirri Jukurrpa) is a new series of paintings by Karen Napaljarri Barnes, a Warlukurlangu artist based in Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.
The series of works refers to the Budgerigar Dreaming story. The Jukurrpa (Dreaming) sites shown in these paintings for Ngatijrri (Budgerigar) are at Yangarnmpi, south of Yuendumu. In her paintings, Barnes has used a non-traditional way of painting the Jukurrpa. She has used a more realistic depiction of the birds and a very abstract representation of the landscape and colours.
Image credit: Karen Napaljarri Barnes 768/18 2018 acrylic on Belgian linen 107.0 x 107.0 cm
____________21.03.18 Danie Mellor at Museum of Brisbane
Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories at the Museum of Brisbane features new work by Danie Mellor. The exhibition explores the history of convict Brisbane, from its founding in 1824 to the penal colony’s closure in 1839, including the impact on the Aboriginal peoples on whose Country the colony was built.
Life in Irons provides an insight into daily life in the settlement using original documents, personal accounts and contemporary art alongside immersive new technologies.
Image credit: Danie Mellor Natura Pacifica (yugubarra: a land story) 2018 Lambda print on metallic photographic paper 90.0 cm diameter Edition of 3 + 2 A/P
____________18.05.18 Art of Music 2018
Art of Music is a fundraiser event presented by musician Jenny Morris with proceeds going to charity organisation, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. Held every two years, a group of Australia’s top artists come together to create an original exhibition where each artist chooses an iconic Australian/NZ song to inspire a piece of artwork.
The artwork is then auctioned during a gala dinner in the Grand Court of the Art Gallery of NSW. The participating artists for Art of Music 2018 include Ben Quilty, Guy Maestri and Lucy Culliton amongst others. The event will feature musical performances by Mark Seymour of Hunters and Collectors, as well as Ainslie Wills and Julia Jacklin.
Image credit: Ben Quilty Study of Paul Kelly 2018 oil on linen 77.0 x 66.0 cm
____________03.05.18 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018 Finalists
Congratulations to all finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018.
Archibald Prize 2018 finalists include Jason Benjamin, William Mackinnon, Robert Malherbe and Guy Maestri.
Wynne Prize 2018 finalists include Sylvia Ken, Fiona Lowry, William Mackinnon, Robert Malherbe and Yaritji Young.
____________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
____________16.05.18 Juz Kitson at Newcastle Art Gallery
Juz Kitson features in group exhibition Hunter Red: Corpus at the Newcastle Art Gallery. Bringing together works from the Newcastle Art Gallery Collection and other institutions that form the Hunter Cultural Collective, the exhibition interrogates the human body through works across ranging platforms.
The overarching theme of red brings with it loaded symbolism and tactile metaphors in representing the body. Kitson will be exhibiting alongside work by Dani Marti, Julie Rrap, Patricia Piccinini, Rosemary Laing, James Gleeson, Mike Parr and others.
Image credit: Juz Kitson Thousands of words exist silently in your memory 2017 hand blown glass, merino wool, rabbit fur, polyester string, marine ply and treated pine 200.0 x 78.0 x 60.0 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