Author Archives: Brenda May Gallery

On view from Saturday 9 July to Thursday 4 August 2016

Afternoon drinks with the Artists, Saturday 9 July, 3-5pm

Heavy Metal brings together works from three ongoing series by Sydney sculptor, Dion Horstmans. Wall mounted and freestanding, Horstmans’s multi-dimensional sculptures are crafted using precious and base metals. Heavy Metal includes works in gold, bronze, black nickel, copper, and steel.
(Text by Harriet Morgan)

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Dion Horstmans, ‘Hard freeze #18’ 2016
6mm solid round bar, electroplated gold and powder coated matte black – diptych, 140 x 200 x 12cm

This series of small oil paintings responds to the striking architecture and colours of Sydney’s famous beachside suburb, along with the accoutrements of urban living – traffic lights, parking meters, and wheelie bins. I frequently paint en plein air and for this series, turned my back to the beach to record the man-made environment that clings to its margins.

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▶ ERICA SECCOMBE, Metamorphosis
An exploration of one of the great mysteries of life through the transformation of fly larvae in an immersive stereoscopic projection. Maggots are associated with death and decay, but like caterpillars they undergo metamorphosis before emerging as exquisite insects. For this installation, I visualised and animated virtual pupa data captured through 3D Micro-CT led by forensic research at the Natural History Museum in London.

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Erica Seccombe, ‘Metamorphosis’ 2016, stereoscopic projection installation – 6:47mins

Ashleigh Garwood now represented by Brenda May Gallery

We are delighted to announce that Ashleigh Garwood has joined Brenda May Gallery as a represented artist. Garwood has steadily gained recognition for her sublime process driven landscape photographs that oscillate between traditional and contemporary photographic techniques. Her forthcoming solo exhibition, Under Erasure, features work developed during her travels to Iceland on her recent residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

We excitedly welcome Ashleigh to our stable of artists and look forward her September exhibition. To receive a preview of this work please sign up here.

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Ashleigh Garwood is a photographic artist working primarily in silver gelatin. She is interested in analogue and alternative photographic processes and was awarded the 2015 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship which she used to undertake a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2016. Garwood has exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, Australian Centre for Photography, and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery among others and her work is held in the Macquarie Group Collection.

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> Read “Debutantes”, Art Collector, Jan-Mar 2016.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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OP ART on view until Thursday 7 July

We are pleased to present the digital catalogue for Op Art. Read an exhibition review by Naomi Gall on the Art Guide website here.

▶ Click here to view the lookbook for OP ART


Joel Arthur, John Aslanidis (Gallery 9), Lincoln Austin (Andrew Baker Art Dealer), Lee Bethel, Marion Borgelt (Dominik Mersch Gallery), Julie Brooke, Debra Dawes, Caroline Durré, Sophia Egarchos, Justin Harvey, Jacob Leary (Flinders Lane Gallery), Al Munro, Paul Snell (Gallery 9), Greer Taylor, Lezlie Tilley, and George Tjungurrayi (Utopia Art Sydney).
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More exhibitions currently on view


Black Harvest
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 #20’ 2014




Murray Art Museum Albury
Until 12 June 2016

Nicole Welch‘s video work ‘Lament’ is currently screening at MAMA. This work is from Welch’s 2012 Illumination series.

“The Illumination works are photographs of site-specific installations in the Australian landscape. The works began when I was artist in residence at Hill End in 2010. The archetypal Australian landscape of Hill End that I encountered was overwhelmingly felt, along with the colonial histories imbued within. My ancestry is strongly connected to this region dating to pre – 1850 when they arrived to secure pastoral leases on an ‘uncharted’ land. These personal family stories, the broader history of the region and the European idealism projected upon this landscape became the focus of this new work.”

Pictured: Nicole Welch, ‘Lament’ 2012


Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre
Until 26 June 2016

This is an annual award held 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.


Pictured: James Guppy, ‘Negotiated Settlement’ 2015



Best in Show: Dogs in
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



Drawn in Fairfield
Fairfield City Museum and Gallery
Until 13 August 2016


Catherine O’Donnell‘s solo exhibition, Drawn in Fairfield, is now 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.

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.

Pictured: Catherine O’Donnell, ‘Urban dwellings series no 11’ 2016

MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize
Murray Art Museum Albury
Until 7 August 2016


This biennial acquisitive award and exhibition showcases the best in contemporary Australian photography. Both Nicole Welch and Ashleigh Garwood are finalists in this year’s prize.

Pictured: Nicole Welch, ‘Apparitions #4’ 2014 +
Ashleigh Garwood, ‘Botany’ 2014


New in the Stockroom

Mylyn Nguyen:

Three new framed works by Mylyn Nguyen are now available in the Gallery’s stockroom. Each work in this series places detailed paper moths either in conversation or lined up in an entomological fashion. Versions of these furry cut-out creatures have previously featured in collaborative pieces Nguyen created with Todd Fuller and more recently installed beneath the feet of attendees to the 2015 edition of Installation Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks.

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< Mylyn Nguyen, ‘Meeting’ 2016 (+ detail image)
watercolour, acrylic, flocking, fibre on paper
25 x 25 x 4.5cm (frame size) – $750

Also available are ‘Meeting Too’ ($650) and ‘Moth Parade‘ ($850)









Todd Fuller:

Currently suspended from the rafters at Brenda May Gallery is a new sculpture by Todd Fuller that sees a portly bronze figure being carried by a cluster of umbrellas.

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< Todd Fuller, ‘he just leapt, closed his eyes and hoped for the best II’ 2016, bronze, steel, found objects, swivel, clip and wire – unique, 119 x 78 x 73cm variable – $6,800


Catherine O’Donnell | Mosman Art Gallery:

‘Silent Sentinel’, a large-scale, meticulously executed, charcoal drawing that appears to be simultaneously unfolding and crumbling before the viewer’s eyes, has been acquired by Mosman Art Gallery.

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Catherine O’Donnell, ‘Silent Sentinel’ 2013, charcoal on paper, 150 x 216cm

Todd Fuller | Maitland Regional Art Gallery:

Maitland Regional Art Gallery has acquired ‘Untitled Bunnies’, a mixed media collage that displays joy, motion and contemplation.

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Todd Fuller, ‘Untitled Bunnies’ 2011, mixed media collage on paper, 51 x 110cm

Tanmaya Bingham – Out of the Woods

Goldmoss Projects, Vancouver
25 June to 20 August

Tanmaya Bingham‘s incredible drawings will be a part of a three person exhibition in Vancouver. This is a satellite show presented by Goldmoss Projects that will take place in Callister Brewing.

> Opening Event: 25 June 7 – 10pm [The artist will be present]
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0cba79de-ff35-46a0-ada6-5484b5cf317e< Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Pleasure’ 2016, coloured pencil and mixed media on panel, 182 x 107cm


Peter Tilley The Gardens Sculpture Prize (Indoor)

We are delighted to announce that Peter Tilley’s sculpture ‘Navigating Life’, which was created this year, has been chosen as the second place winner of The Gardens Sculpture Prize for the indoor sculpture section.

This sculpture incorporates a combination of elements, including a solitary figure standing in a vessel, a staircase and a low hanging cloud. This last feature is also a part of another recent work ‘Nor’East’, which is currently available to view at Brenda May Gallery.

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< Peter Tilley, ‘Navigating Life’ 2016

Todd Fuller at Dark MOFO

Museum of Old and New Art’s Midwinter festival
6pm 15 June to daybreak 19 June

As a part of the MONA’s Dark MOFO, Constance ARI presents Neither Here Nor There. Taking place within the tunnels beneath Railway Roundabout (aka. Fountain Roundabout), this free display of creativity will utilise the depth and darkness of this space. Todd Fuller’s newest hand-drawn film is in collaboration with Karin Chan and it animates the courtship between dog and moon. This unlikely love story has been selected to be a part of MOFO’s underground experience.


Todd Fuller, Work in Progress, hand-drawn animation still. In collaboration with Karin Chan for Constance ARI

Neither Here Nor There
Presented by Constance ARI – Curated by Rebecca Holmes

“Constance ARI is bringing together two artists and an architect based in Tasmania, and three mainland artists, to explore creative practice in public spaces through distant collaborations. There may be romance. There may be Satanism. There may be dancing.

Collaborations: Lucy Parakhina (TAS) and Natasha Manners (VIC); Karin Chan (TAS) and Todd Fuller (NSW); James Wilson (TAS) and Connie Anthes (NSW) Curated by Rebecca Holmes”

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Quarterly 2.3

We are pleased to present the seventh edition of our Quarterly publication which contains the exhibition information for July – September 2016. You can view Quarterly 2.3 by clicking here.

Upcoming exhibitions include Dion Horstmans, Kevin McKay, Erica Seccombe, Todd Fuller, Polly Stanton, Ashleigh Garwood, Leslie Oliver, and the curated exhibition Director’s Cut: an excerpt from the private collection of Brenda May.