"‘In All She Is’ is an expression of the indefinable human experience.
As I view the world from my perspective, by virtue of the life I have lived, no other human being has this same view. Love, fear, grief, apathy, and happiness are but a few of the emotions that have shaped me. Engaging in this understanding and endeavouring to acknowledge the evolution of others, helps me to live a more content life. There is a sense of gratitude and regeneration." - Marisa Veerman.
Working with a wide range of graphite pencils and powder, Elissa creates highly detailed labour intensive black and white pieces. Her works expose layers of personal experience and a love of observing the world around her. She immerses herself in each piece, intentionally using negative space around her chosen subject matter, encouraging an uncomplicated reaction with all focus remaining on the subject.
'New York State of Mind' is a visual peek inside the artist's mind. Having last visited New York City over 7 years ago, this showcase of work is a collection of memories and experiences still lingering. From still life setups to an architectural wonder, each piece is varied yet tied together with the overall subject matter.
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.
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.