Author Archives: Brenda May Gallery

New in the stockroom Painting by Sybil Curtis

This new work by Sybil Curtis was painted with reference to an industrial landscape within Tarragindi in Queensland. Curtis often uses industrial subject matter, manipulating both colour and perspective to enhance the pictorial balance, beauty and warmth of these often overlooked areas of construction.

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> Sybil Curtis, ‘The White Family Surveys Its Suburb’ 2015, oil on linen, 152 x 48cm, $5,400

Prize Winners

Glen Clarke received the coveted Mayor’s Award for his work at the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, 2015.Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 2.06.01 pm


< Glen Clarke, ‘Proposed Monument for Continuing Sustainability #010′ 2015, plywood, 26 x 40 x 10cm




► Nicholas Tory and Ample Projects are the 2015 1st place Winners of the Berlin Festival of Lights 2015 New Dimensions Award.

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► Both Glen and Nicholas will be exhibiting at Brenda May Gallery in 2016 – Watch this space!

Art Prize Finalists


Congratulations to James Guppy who was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize 2015 with his painting ‘The Romantic‘ from his recent exhibition In Flagrante Delicto, shown at Brenda May Gallery and Sydney Contemporary.

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> View In Flagrante Delicto here

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 1.37.28 pm< James Guppy ‘The Romantic’ 2015
acrylic on polycotton, timber frame, 120 x 82cm


Todd Fuller is a finalist in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize 2015 at Lismore Regional Gallery with his video work ‘Animated Self-Portrait’.

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> View available works by Todd Fuller here

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 1.41.35 pm< Todd Fuller ‘Animated Self Portrait’, hand drawn film


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We are delighted to announce that both Lezlie Tilley and Todd Fuller are finalists in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award held at the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

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Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 2.02.16 pm< Todd Fuller ‘Little Star’ 2015
oil, pigment, ink on terracotta, iPod playing ‘Little Star’

Ashleigh Garwood at the Australian Centre for Photography

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The Alchemists: Rediscovering Photography in the Age of the Jpeg” is a collaboration between the Australian Centre for Photography, The Australian National University and The University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts, involving an exhibition, symposium, masterclass and digital publication… The Alchemists centres on an expansive exhibition presented across all of the galleries at the Australian Centre for Photography, featuring the work of 25 artists from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Thailand. The exhibition brings together new and recent works from early-practice and established artists from the region, exemplifying new analogue/digital forms that collapse historic processes and future innovations…” – Australian Centre for Photography

> View available works by Ashleigh Garwood here
> To view the exhibition catalogue, click here

Nicole Welch exhibition opening at MAMA

Nicole’s recent exhibition at Brenda May Gallery and Sydney Contemporary will be travelling to Albury for the first MAMA partnership with a commercial gallery.

Eastern Exteriors: explorations from Bathurst to Albury will be on view at the newly renovated Murray Art Museum Albury from Thursday 12 November 2015 to Sunday 13 December 2015.

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> View the exhibition catalogue here

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< Nicole Welch
‘Silence & Solitude #3′ 2015
Giclée print on archival Hahnemühle fine art paper
130 x 60cm edition of 6

Important dates + BMG changes in 2016

Brenda May Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition | 24 November to 19 December 2015
Last day of business for the year | 19 December 2015, 10am-6pm
Christmas Closure Dates | 20 December 2015 to 28 January 2016 (inclusive)
2 Danks Street Gala opening event | 3 February 2016, 6-8pm
First Exhibitions for 2016, ‘Sculpture 2016: Bronze’ and Grayson Cooke | 29 January to 18 February 2016

2016 will see a change to our exhibition structure.
From next year, our shows will open on a Saturday and end on a Thursday.

Catherine O’Donnell Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016 Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Catherine O’Donnell is one of only six artists chosen to participate in the second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, on view the Art Gallery of NSW from 30 July to 11 December 2016.

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Art Gallery of New South Wales acquires two major works by Robert Boynes

We are thrilled to announce that the triptych ‘Blind Leading the Blind‘ from Robert’s recent exhibition In Plain Sight, as well as the major work ‘Auto Sex‘ from the 1960s, have entered the collection of the AGNSW.

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> View more available works by Robert Boynes from his 1960s – 1970s period here
> View his recent show In Plain Sight here

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< Robert Boynes ‘Auto Sex’ 1968
synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 150 x 150cm



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Call for Proposals: ‘Op Art’

Brenda May Gallery is seeking proposals from professional practising artists in Australia and New Zealand for the following curated group exhibitions.

munro_2016Op Art, 11 June to 7 July 2016

This exhibition will cause flat lines to seemingly buckle, stationary colours to bleed and intersect, concavity to be created within even surfaces, afterimages to appear and motion to arise from stillness. Patterns will vibrate, concentric circles will quiver and depth will be deceptive. Op Art has appeared throughout many art historical movements, including Cubism, Constructivism and Dadaism. It is a genre that explores the varying illusionary optical effects that can be influenced by manipulating geometrical shapes and repeating colours. Perception differs from reality, revealing flaws within the human retina’s ability to always see things as they are. Contemporary artists continue to be fascinated by this genre, incorporating scientific and mathematical principles, formations found in nature, colour-theory, inspiration from technological advancements, as well as new media equipment, to further explore this area of ocular inquiry.

Proposals for Op Art must be received by Friday 1 April 2016.

Submissions should be emailed directly to the Gallery with images (with captions) in support of the proposal, a link to an artist website, an up to date C/V, an artist statement and a separate, single page outlining the nature of the work you are proposing. Please keep it simple, no powerpoint or keynote files.

NINA ROSS, Language and the body – Black Box Projects, until 21 November

Language and the body” is the premier screening of two recent works, ‘Untitled # (pregnancy)’ and ‘Untitled #1 (origins of turn taking)’. Using self-portraiture performance video, these two HD videos draw on my experiences using and sharing language during pregnancy and with my newborn child. – Nina Ross, 2015

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Nina Ross, ‘Untitled #1 (origins of turn taking)’ 2015, HD video, 16:9, 2:43 mins looped, colour, sound, edition of 5, $550