Lethbridge Gallery is honoured to partner with Riparian Plaza to bring you a special Christmas Exhibition during the holiday season.
We are thrilled to include artworks by established contemporary artists from Brisbane and beyond in this collection.
How My Garden Grows by Pat Hall
Pat Hall floods her stretched paper canvases with colour before sealing them in a UV stabilised and waterproof coating. The images remain vibrant and accessible without being hidden behind glass; breathing new life into the medium.
It's Never the Same Water Twice by Ai Shah
After growing up in Japan, I moved to Australia in 2005. The bright sun and surrounding colours have always struck me deeply and so, I started painting landscapes. Soon after beginning to paint, I became especially interested in water as a subject. Its movement, depth, colours, reflections, mood and tranquillity. It is so ephemeral and fragile. I am fascinated trying to grasp those moments and recreate my experience of water on the canvas.
Still Wild by Lisa Christensen
Lisa’s paintings have evolved out of a “love for detail, colour and form, and the desire to convey something otherworldly with humble everyday objects”.
Extending on the rich history of still-life painting, Lisa is influenced by the Dutch and Spanish still-life paintings of the 17th century, that focused on themes of mortality through the depiction of flowers, fruits and other domestic objects that stand as reminders of impermanence in this life.
Flora Fauna Fusion by Jodie Wells
Jodie Wells has exhibited extensively around Australia since 2007. In that time, she has held a number of solo exhibitions and her work has been selected as a finalist in many of Australia’s top art prizes, including the Duke Prize in 2011. Jodie’s paintings are held in the Gold Coast Regional Art Gallery collection, as well as in private collections around Australia and England.
Jodie manages to capture her images in what is perceived to be minimal broad strokes of paint, spread with a palette knife. Her richly textured style combined with a dramatic colour palette creates vivid interpretations of nature.
Winner of the 2018 Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award, Lindy's work reflects her interest in the natural world around her. In 2021 she moved from Brisbane, Queensland to live on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Her studio is at the top of a ridge. The land drops away through forest to eventually reach a creek in the valley. Latterly, influenced by her new surroundings, the subject of her artwork has moved towards forest landscape.
Isabelle Devos has been a painter for more than 25 years and exhibits regularly with regional and commercial galleries in Sydney, across New South Wales as well as in Queensland. Her work is in the collection of the Art Bank in Canada and the University of New England in Australia as well as part of international collections. Most recently, the State Library of NSW has acquired one of Devos’ sketchbooks from the 2021 Panorama Project.
Stephen Inglis is inspired by local urban landscapes as well as his travel through Australia, with a focus on Queensland. From mid century inspired architecture, bungalows, and urban scenes of the Gold Coast to the wide streetscapes of Rockhampton, his scenes offer much contemplation, often with an ethereal dream like quality. His works allow the viewer to forget the rush and bustle of everyday life, revealing the quiet beauty of our surrounds, which often go unnoticed.
Llewellyn Skye is a dynamic, passionate and soulful visual artist that draws inspiration from nature, in particular florals. Skye seeks to explore the paradox of strength in fragility along with her own very personal experiences of love, loss and grief.
Fenton & Fenton Rising Talent 2021 winner, ALA Abstract Artist 2021 winner, BLA 2018 winner, highly commended in the John Olsen drawing prize, a painting residency in Italy and various notable private and public commissions. With a strong background in drawing, showing in over 60 exhibitions and 14 solo shows, Skye is predominately an oil painter working from still life floral set ups in her studio.
Born in Brisbane in 1963, Todd Whisson is an Australian landscape and coastal painter. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Griffith University Queensland in 2015, after working consistently for twenty-seven years exhibiting a significant body of work as an Australian Impressionist. Whisson paints in oils, intuitively using plasterers’ tools to describe the passing of time through his layering technique. Drawing influence from history and local stories, Todd evokes a spirit within the landscape - finding subjects in the overlooked or unnoticed.
Kathy Ellem is a realist painter, known for depictions of Australian rural life and is well-regarded as an equestrian artist, with a passion for painting draught horses.
Based in North East Victoria in the Greta Valley, Ellem works from her studio in her farm's original tobacco kiln.
Ellem began painting and sculpting full-time in 2009, and is the recipient of a number of Australian and international awards for her work. Her artistic philosophy states that her "creative intent remains simple. The world we live in today is full of fear and anger. Rather than add to it, I want to create works which balance that out. I want people to look at my paintings and feel up-lifted; to feel a sense of joy."
Lethbridge Landscape Prize
The award invites all artistic interpretations of the Australian landscape, from conventional to the unusual, and from monumental to intricate. The definition of ‘landscape’ has been extended to include urbanscapes and interiors.
Bronwyn has been painting and drawing, in one form or another, all her life.
Her current works reflect her passion for capturing the light and are influenced by her depth of experience in illustrative techniques. Bronwyn enjoys the challenge of taking ordinary, everyday scenes and interpreting them in her own inimitable and widely recognised style. Working in oils on canvas, she loves to explore the technique of chiaroscuro.
Scott McDougall’s career spans an impressive four decades. Since beginning his artist’s practice in Queensland, Scott has travelled extensively, capturing intimately observed moments across the globe. Employing highly refined painting techniques Scott’s paintings poetically describe places and people using beautifully controlled colour harmonies, carefully modulated tones and an exacting attention to detail.
Brisbane artist Matt James’ art practice is focussed upon landscape painting and drawing. Having grown up in rural West Wales, Matt’s love of the outdoors is the key driver of his dynamic works.
Based on pencil and oil sketches created in situ, from photographs, and from his recollection of locations, Matt’s dynamic representations of place arise from a synthesis of memory and sense impressions. Considered observation of the shape of the landscape, the movement of clouds, the perception of distance and the shifting of light inform Matt’s thickly textured approach, allowing him to move between representational and abstract responses to places.
With a first prize of $20 000, the Lethbridge Art Award is open to national and international artists for small-scale artworks. Entrants may submit a 2D or 3D artwork up to 61cm (24 inches) in height, width, or depth. Judging is based on three equally evaluated criteria of creativity, originality, and skill.
Joe Whyte is a Melbourne-based Visual Artist and Illustrator. After graduating from Monash University with a degree in Visual Communication, he spent time developing his craft, studying classical drawing, and painting in Argenton-Chateau, France. Working in various drawing mediums and oil paints, his intricate works draw inspiration from the people, places and character of Melbourne's inner-north.
Joe has exhibited widely and has been shortlisted for numerous awards both nationally and internationally. He was the winner of the 2020 A.M.E Bale Drawing Prize.
Warren Crossett is an artist based in Melbourne whose work is often an ode to the past, with elements of the old masters and surrealism mixed together, often employing symbols and metaphors. When depicting general subjects the philosophy of beauty in simple things is displayed as well as commitment to working from life.
His subject matter ranges from portraiture, landscapes, still life and conceptual themes with incorporated symbology.
Marisa Veerman is a Brisbane based fine artist working in the areas of photography and textiles. Forging a career as a textile visual merchandiser in fabric boutiques across the state, Marisa was well known for her creative expertise in sculpting theatrical pieces on mannequins using pins and fabric alone.
An emerging force in the art world, Marisa has now established a unique space through the creation of mixed media photographic works that are embellished with fine embroidery and beading. Using carefully staged and costumed models, Veerman utilises light and long-exposure times to effect a melancholic and ethereal beauty, transcendent of time and place.
Using a range of traditional drawing, painting and sculpting media as well as exploring digital counterparts to these, Scott sees plastic composition rather than any particular media as the core of the classical ethos. He is interested in how this sense of plasticity can be utilised by the contemporary artist. This endeavour seems to closely mirror a more general exploration of how the specifics of the contemporary human experience relate to and can be informed by insights about the human condition that have emerged across all of human history.
Bronwyn Hill (b.1989) is a Brisbane based painter. Predominantly focusing on portrait and figurative work, Hill is recognized by her photo-real oil paintings that follow a narrative, exploring self-analysis and introspection that are often inspired by moments in solitude. Hill's use of light and shadow is a recurring feature to her work along with the contrast of high detail and soft layering techniques.