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30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works

30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works
On view until 19 December 2015

Our 30th Anniversary exhibition is now on view featuring a range of artworks including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and video. The thirty artists featured in this exhibition are a tiny sample indicative of the scope of the artists represented over the last thirty years in Sydney.
▶ Click here to view the exhibition page
▶ Click here to view the catalogue

The catalogue is available for $10 ($12.50 posted Australia wide)
Reserve your copy by email or visit the Gallery to pick one up.

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Important dates + 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-5pm
Christmas Closure Dates | 20 December 2015 to 28 January 2016 (inclusive)
First Exhibitions for 2016, Sculpture 2016: Bronze and Grayson Cooke – video | 29 January to 18 February 2016
2 Danks Street Gala opening event | 3 February 2016, 6-8pm

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

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30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works – 24 November to 19 December 2015

This year marks the 30th year of Brenda May’s career as Gallery Director—from Access Contemporary Art Gallery in Balmain, Forest Lodge, and Redfern, to Brenda May Gallery here at Danks Street. In 2015 we looked through our archives to create a retrospective exhibition featuring one work to represent each year as a celebration of the many artists’ careers the Gallery has fostered.

The thirty artists featured in this exhibition are a tiny sample indicative of the scope of the artists represented over the last thirty years:
Tanmaya Bingham
Robert Boynes
Jim Croke
Sybil Curtis
Todd Fuller
James Guppy
Waratah Lahy
Melinda Le Guay
Al Munro
Carol Murphy
Mylyn Nguyen
Catherine O’Donnell
Leslie Oliver
Lezlie Tilley
Peter Tilley
Nicole Welch
Alex Asch (Beaver Galleries)
Jo Bertini (Olsen Irwin)
Graham Blondel
Kate Dorrough (Arthouse Gallery)
Caroline Durré
Rachel Ellis (King Street Gallery on William)
Brenda Humble
John Kelly (Liverpool Street Gallery)
Barbara Licha
Leo Robba (King Street Gallery on William)
Anne Ross
Marc Standing (King Street Gallery on William)
Jim Thalassoudis (Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary)
Hadyn Wilson (Frances Keevil Gallery)

▶ Click here to view the exhibition page
▶ Click here to view the catalogue

The catalogue is available for $10 ($12.50 posted Australia wide)
Reserve your copy by email or visit the Gallery to pick one up.

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Important dates + 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-5pm
Christmas Closure Dates | 20 December 2015 to 28 January 2016 (inclusive)
First Exhibitions for 2016, Sculpture 2016: Bronze and Grayson Cooke – video | 29 January to 18 February 2016
2 Danks Street Gala opening event | 3 February 2016, 6-8pm

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


Untitled Show

Our Untitled Show features artworks that differ in style, medium, inspiration and affect. The only unifying quality is that they do not allow audiences to rely on a title for further instruction, and instead are open to interpretation.

Artists include Tanmaya Bingham, Robert Boynes, Jim Croke, Sybil Curtis, Todd Fuller, James Guppy, Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Catherine O’Donnell, Leslie Oliver, Lezlie Tilley, and Peter Tilley.

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Untitled Show

On view 29 September to 24 October 2015

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acrylic paint on plywood, 43 x 31cm

‘Untitled’ would appear to be the most common name attributed to a work of art. Despite the word denoting nothingness, the power of the untitled work is that it has the ability to express the opposite. Artists usually name works to convey something further about the piece to an audience, whether that is a feeling, a description, or a nod to its inspiration. An untitled work, on the other hand, asks the audience to think and question a little more in order to uncover meaning.

The works in this exhibition will differ in style, medium, inspiration and affect. The only unifying quality will be that the works do not allow audiences to rely on a title for further instruction and will instead be entirely open to interpretation.

 

Jim Croke + Peter Tilley – Closing 10 November

The current sculpture exhibitions by JIM CROKE and PETER TILLEY will be on view until Saturday 10th of November.

Based on found objects, the small sculptures in Jim Croke‘s exhibition, Scaled Down, range from solid cubes overflowing with geometric shapes to curved and fluid lines. These compact sculptures are full of movement and activity, defying the weighty quality of steel and iron.

Peter Tilley‘s new collection features his well known visual symbols, the solitary figure, a boat, window, cloud or set of stairs which he now combines with his love of reworking beautiful old timbers. Tilley‘s works continue to be inbued with a certain stillness or calm, not subdued or impassive, but both pensive and contemplative.

Also, please see Peter Tilley‘s sculptures at Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi until the 4th of November and Sculpture in the Vineyards until the 3rd of December.

Jim Croke + Peter Tilley – Opening 23 October

Scaled Down is the new series of sculptures by Jim Croke. Scale is often disregarded as a consideration when making sculpture when it shouldn’t be, as it is just as vital as other components like subject matter, materials and composition. These sculptures are not maquettes but are works that are comfortable at the size they are.

This next body of work by Peter Tilley, On the Nature of Things, is a privately constructed environment that is a juxtaposition of unlikely objects; collectively a symbolic arrangement that both illustrates and defies the ordinary.

September ‘Staff Picks’ Exhibition

Currently on view at Brenda May Gallery in addition to the solo exhibitions by Sybil Curtis and Michael Edwards is a small collection of work by our Represented Artists as selected by the Gallery staff. The work ranges from Melinda Le Guay’s ‘Linework’ drawings from 2002-2004 to the major urban landscape painting by Robert Boynes from 1995. The small show featuring Robert Boynes, Jim Croke, Sybil Curtis, Melinda Le Guay and Lezlie Tilley will be on view until Saturday 29 September.

2002 Self-Portrait Exhibition

As we prepared for our current group exhibition of self-portraiture titled In The Mirror, we looked back into our archives at the 2002 exhibition of the same theme. A number of our Represented Artists exhibited in the 2002 show including Robert Boynes, Jim Croke, James Guppy, Carol Murphy, Lezlie Tilley and Peter Tilley. A selection of their work is included above.

Come and join us tomorrow to celebrate the opening of In The Mirror from 4-6pm.

Lezlie Tilley + ‘Major Artists, Major Works’, Closing 3 March

A gentle reminder to visit the solo exhibition by LEZLIE TILLEY and the group show MAJOR ARTISTS, MAJOR WORKS before they both close on Saturday 3 March.

The angular and abstracted forms of Lezlie Tilley’s current exhibition were created by connecting the ‘a’s’ on a page from a novel. The shapes have then been laser cut in predominantly bright red, coloured acrylic which makes for an amazingly dynamic show. Due to the ongoing nature of the concept of the ‘a-less novel’, further works can also be commissioned in a wide range of materials including timber, metal and ply.

From Senden Blackwood‘s sensual, one tonne basalt sculpture to the minute watercolour figures, deftly hidden in Mylyn Nguyen‘s found chairs, the Major Artists, Major Works exhibition highlights the diversity of talent present in the Gallery‘s stable of artists.

Our next exhibitions during Art Month, will feature work by represented artists, James Guppy and Will Coles, from Tuesday March 6. If you are already on our notification list, we will send you an email as soon as the work arrives in the Gallery.

Jim Croke in ‘Sculpture 2012’

Jim Croke, ‘The Short’ 2011, steel, 14 x 60 x 3cm
Jim Croke, ‘Freeze’ 2011, steel, 14 x 51 x 5cm
Jim Croke, ‘The Long’ 2011, steel, 14 x 61 x 3cm
Jim Croke, ‘Deco’ 2011, steel, 61 x 14 x 3cm

“Relief sculpture is very different to sculpture in the round. It must sit on the wall and interact with it not simply be a “piece of jewellery” decorating the wall. It must have a undeniable presence in the space while not actually occupying much of it.

A series of sculptures of a similar theme and scale can help each other tell the story of the work.” – Jim Croke, 2011