Author Archives: Brenda May Gallery

More exhibitions currently on view


Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 3.28.18 pmMouthfeel
Northern Centre for Contemporary Art
Darwin, Until 7 May 2016

Mouthfeel, curated by our Gallery Manager Megan Fizell, is a selection of video artworks that focus on the ingestion of edible and non-edible substances.

< Pictured: Martynka Wawrzyniak (courtesy of Envoy Enterprises, New York City), ‘Chocolate’ 2010


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NORTH Contemporary Art Space
Until 7 May 2016

Curated by Abdullah M.I. Syed, The ‘F’ Show brings together fifteen female artists who have worked with him over the last decade. Catherine O’Donnell has a selection of works in this exhibition.

> Pictured: Catherine O’Donnell’s small gouache and graphite drawings of everyday objects on gum leaves.


A Dirty Business
Newcastle Art Gallery
Until 15 May 2016

A show exploring Peter Tilley, Andy Devine and Andrew Styan’s collaborative and solo practices.

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 3.33.44 pm< Andy Devine + Peter Tilley, ‘Response No. 20’ 2015






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Newcastle Art Gallery
Until 1 May 2016

Curators Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe have brought together artworks in a variety of mediums that reveal the multifaceted nature of contemporary drawing practices, including works by Catherine O’Donnell, Todd Fuller and Flatline (Todd Fuller + Carl Sciberras).

< Pictured: Flatline, ‘imprint’ 2014, cast crayons.


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Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Until 5 June 2016

Peter Tilley’s touring collaborative exhibition with Andy Devine is currently on view at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. Black Harvest includes both individual and joint artworks by Devine and Tilley, with reference to the Hunter Valley Region.

> Pictured: Peter Tilley + Andy Devine, ‘Response #17’ 2014



Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 3.47.09 pmWait, Weep & Be Worthy: Women, The Home Front & War
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Until 22 May 2016

This exhibition brings the perspectives of contemporary artists to the role of women fighting on ‘the home front’ in World War I. Catherine O’Donnell has three major works in this exhibition.

< Pictured: Catherine O’Donnell, ‘Sisters of the Australian Voluntary Hospital’ 2014




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Australian Art
Orange Regional Gallery
Until 3 July 2016

This show explores the diverse ways in which the dog has been presented in Australian art from colonial times until the present, revealing much about our deep bond with the animal. James Guppy’s work ‘Cerberus’ is one of 70 important works that have been selected for this exhibition.

> Pictured: James Guppy, ‘Cerberus’ 1991


New in the Stockroom

Melinda Le Guay

A framed work from Melinda Le Guay‘s Conflict series is now available at the Gallery. This dress was made by the artist laboriously knitting layers of enamelled copper wire and then embellishing the garment with found objects and items of adornment.

Le Guay comments on this series saying: “My research and work has become increasingly concerned with nurturing, healing and protecting the fragile and vulnerable… [It] hinges on the physical and psychological susceptibility of the young female… Still immersed in materiality, my work is not generated by conscious thought but is experiential and process driven…” – 2011

> Sign up to Melinda Le Guay’s email list here

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< Melinda Le Guay, ‘Covert’ 2011/2016
enamelled copper wire, thread, gauze, bone, brass brooch, pin, feather, paper, beads. 72 x 21 x 10cm. Frame size: 89.5 x 43cm – $4,200



Peter Tilley

Interested in the associated meanings of symbols such as the standing man, empty chair, suitcase, vessel, cloud and lone tree, Peter Tilley is able to convey messages using a simplicity of form. His newest work utilises the symbols of the vessel and the cloud, whilst also exploring texture through his use of mixed timbers in both raw and finished states, along with bronze and gold leaf.

> Sign up to Peter Tilley’s email list here

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Nicole Welch and Ashleigh Garwood Finalists in MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize 2016

Founded in 1983, the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize is a biennial acquisitive award and exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary Australian photography. We are delighted to announce that works by both Nicole Welch and Ashleigh Garwood are finalists in this prize.

The exhibition that showcases the finalists will be on view from Saturday 21 May to Sunday 7 August 2016 at MAMA in Albury.

> Sign up to Nicole Welch’s email list here
> Email us to enquire about Ashleigh Garwood here

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James Guppy Finalist in Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is an annual award held by The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre in Victoria. James Guppy‘s major painting ‘Negotiated Settlement‘, depicting billowing clouds and brawling businessmen from his 2015 exhibition In Flagrante Delicto, has been selected as a finalist.

> Sign up to James Guppy’s email list here
> View In Flagrante Delicto here

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James Guppy, ‘Negotiated Settlement’ 2015
acrylic on polycotton, timber frame
120 x 82cm

Catherine O’Donnell Fairfield City Museum and Gallery

21 May – 13 August 2016

Catherine O’Donnell‘s solo exhibition Drawn in Fairfield will soon be on view at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery. The drawings in this exhibition are on a smaller scale to many of O’Donnell’s previous works and represent the architecture of the Fairfield area. An opening event will take place on Saturday 21 May at 2pm.

Also, save the date for O’Donnell’s first solo exhibition as a Represented Artist, later this year at Brenda May Gallery, 1-27 October.

Sign up to Catherine O’Donnell’s email list here.

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On view from Saturday 16 April to Thursday 14 May 2016

Afternoon drinks with the Artists, Saturday 16 April, 3-5pm


This is the fourth exhibition in our ‘Introducing series’. This time showcasing the work of four artists who are new to the Gallery. In this edition, we present the small, delicately etched clayboard works by Michèle Heibel, the woven paper, wall-mounted sculptures by Bettina Hill, the layered, laser-cut and watercolour compositions by Louise Morgan, and Belinda Winkler’s finely balanced monochrome bronze and stoneware vessels.

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DUMBSH*T VIDEO ART, curated by Stefan Popescu

This is an exhibition of contemporary experimental screen-works that explore new approaches and styles in an era dominated by online video, convergent media and hypercapitalism. The artists exhibited are established screen arts practitioners who are responding specifically to that brief. As the exhibition name suggests, the works are both playful and profound, challenging established notions of low and high screen culture. The works exhibited explore datamoshing, vaporwave, darkwave, witch house, glitch aesthetic, performance and new materiality.

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Glen Clarke and Sue Healey on view until Thursday 14 April

We are pleased to present you with the exhibition catalogues for Into the Piguenit Redux by GLEN CLARKE and On View by SUE HEALEY. The exhibitions will be on view until Thursday 14 April.

▶ Click here to view the lookbook for Glen Clarke
▶ Click here to view the lookbook for Sue Healey



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New in the Stockroom – Lezlie Tilley

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 3.19.37 pmLezlie Tilley:

Eight new works by Lezlie Tilley are now available at the Gallery. To construct the collages, Tilley has mined her archive, as these works have been composed of fragments from previous creations. A consideration of shape and texture, as well as injections of humour are prominent in this extensive series. A small selection from the suite is pictured below.

> To view all of Lezlie Tilley’s currently available works, click here.
> Sign up to Lezlie Tilley’s email list here.

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New in the Stockroom – Al Munro

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Al Munro:

Five glistening screen prints from Munro’s ‘Mineral Crystal’ series are now at the Gallery. These works transcribe the patterns of knit-work into prints that have then been flocked with glitter, as to imbue the diagrams with the natural sparkle of crystals. We currently have minerals of various shapes in Sapphire Blue, Multi-colour, Metal Silver, Pewter Green and Choc Brown (pictured).

> To view all of Al Munro’s currently available works, click here
> Sign up to Al Munro’s email list here.
Al Munro
‘Choc Brown Mineral Crystal’ 2012 screen print, glitter flocking on Stonehenge paper – unique
113.5 x 78.5cm
Frame size: 118 x 83cm. $2,200

New in the Stockroom – Robert Boynes

Robert Boynes:

Last year, the Art Gallery of NSW purchased ‘Blind Leading the Blind‘ for their permanent collection from Robert Boynes’s solo exhibition In Plain Sight. The sister piece to this major work is now available for viewing in the Gallery stockroom. Contact us for further information.

> To view all available works by Robert Boynes, click here.
> Sign up to Robert Boynes’s email list here.

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