OPENING EVENT 3pm - 5pm 24 November 2018
Jodie Wells manages to capture her images in what is perceived to be minimal broad strokes, spread vibrantly with a palette knife. Her richly textured style combined with a dramatic use of colour creates vivid interpretations of nature.
The end of year artist showcase features new artworks from artists Anne-Marie Zanetti, J Valenzuela Didi, Jan Jorgensen and Lisa Christensen along with a selection of stockroom works.
View the full exhibition in our Paddington Gallery from 13 December .
Inspired by the natural landscape, Kristen Lethem demonstrates that each landscape has a pattern unique to itself. Kristen explores patterns within the environment, formed as a result of the interplay between topography, vegetation and by extension shadow and light.
Through expressive and gestural mark making, Leah Thiessen captures the natural environment and protected plant species. Leah explores the significance of conservation and rejuvenation of these important flora.
'I have a deep affinity for the land, it's a place for immersion, to experience and be absorbed' - Leah Thiessen
"My deep appreciation for detail strongly influences my painting and my life in general. The impact of light on subtle, simple elements is a constant source of intrigue and inspiration for me. Transforming a blank canvas to portray a subject’s beauty and essence at a single moment in time is incredibly fulfilling and challenging. Immersing myself in this process enables me to access a very peaceful, meditative and life giving awareness, with each painting encouraging a deeper level of non-dualistic thought and understanding."
Pat Hall is inspired by the textures, colours and dazzling sunlight of Australian gardens and bushland. Pat predominantly works in watercolour onto large, stretched sheets of Arches paper which are then sealed in a clear coating which protects against UV and water damage.
With a doctorate in Arts Therapy and extensive knowledge of creative arts, Raelean Hall’s oil paintings are recognised for their compelling colours, calm atmosphere and faultless technique.
Bronwyn Searle is well known for her appreciation of everyday objects that most people step over without a second glance, and for her ability to capture them in a way that elevates them far beyond the mundane, leading us to see them in a completely new light.
Jan Jorgensen is a Brisbane icon, her much loved paintings are inspired by her hometown and depict the buildings, homes and streetscapes of the inner suburbs that are iconic to Brisbane. These settings are familiar, sometimes surprising, but not to be taken at face value. Woven into the architecture and the history are the stories of the place and the people who have lived there.
Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award
The Lethbrige 10 000 has become the Lethbridge 20 000 for the tenth anniversary!
With a first prize of $20 000 we invite all artists to enter a small scale artwork including paintings, drawings, photographs and all 2D artworks up to 61cm in height or width.
The Judging is based on three equally evaluated criteria of creativity, originality and skill.
Entries open February 2019
Lisa Christensen's paintings extend the boundaries of still-life into an imaginary realm. Curious birds explore a new domestic landscape and invite the viewer's own interpretation of the work.
John has had over 35 major international and national exhibitions with over 50 group exhibitions. Some highlights include the invitation to participate in two International Biennales
in Poland, an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria curatored by Experimenta Media
Arts, four exhibitions with the New York Festivals USA, an exhibition at the Original Levi’s Store Flagship Gallery in London, a Survey exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. In 2010 Brigden was awarded ‘Best of Show’ in the American Art Awards.
Bronwyn Hill is recognized by her hyperreal figurative paintings. Her artworks follow a narrative, representing a change of state of mind, scene, and of new beginnings. This new series take a new turn in to the interior, expressing the personal and intimate, and moving forward to new experiences.
Alex Louisa is a collector, working with items gathered through her wanderings – feathers, leaves, seedpods, lichen, shells, insects and bones. By sharing the natural elements that captivate her, Alex encourages the viewer to take a closer look at their surroundings – whether it be a bird on a branch, or the dried leaves beneath their feet – and to find the intricate details that may have previously evaded their eyes.
The works of John Morris spring from exhaustive sketching and illustration, drawing on intensive research.
Intricately carved from wood by his skilled hand, John’s sculptures explore an ongoing fascination with human form and anatomy; deconstructed, modified, and added to.
Contrasting elements of biological, geometrical and mechanical work harmoniously together as he explores the space between the second and third dimensions, incorporating drawing in to his sculptures.
J Valenzuela Didi
Brisbane artist J Valenzuela Didi draws on the emergence of patterns and geometric shapes to explore common scenes and signposts of modern life. In his paintings, familiar urban landscapes become haunting and alien reminders of the beauty and character of the present-day.
“I have developed my techniques through a deep personal desire to find a peaceful silence.
To pause in an in between place.
Stitching is a deliberate act of taking time.
To move forward slowly, quietly and with consideration.”
Dasha Riley’s love for Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age painting inspires her choice of composition, colours and post production treatment, blurring the boundaries between photography and painting. Her images reflect internal worlds rooted in the magic of childhood, and personal dreams and visions, with narratives touching on themes of European heritage, solitude, the otherworldly, and awareness of our connection to spirit.
The recurring inspiration behind Ai Shah’s paintings is water. In a constant a state of transformation, water it is always on the move, taking new shapes, forms and textures, playing hide and seek with the light, and reflecting the changing world around it.
Clare Toms is a visual artist based between Melbourne and Mexico.
Conceptually Clare’s work explores themes of intangible and physical transience and our interconnectedness with the environment, through the creation of contemporary, secular memento-mori pieces and more recently still-life. Travel, transience and the environment are important themes in her work, and travel plays a significant part in the process of conceptual development. Clare has worked on various side projects such as an international collaboration, teaching visual arts and working with primary school children as part of an Intercultural art exchange program between Australia and Peru.
The Gin Bar is a homage to Oliver's favourite pass-time (gin) inspired by his family's celebrated collection (of gins). Aside from being in abundance in the artist's studio, gin bottles also provided the opportunity to paint blocks of primary colours not commonly available to a portrait artist. The pairing of these colours with the unique shapes of each bottle, along with the irresistible textures of glass, metal, wood, foliage and liquid, made these gin bottles the perfect subject for Oliver's first still-life series.
Jodie Wells 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.