Category Archives: CURTIS, SYBIL

Untitled Show

On view 29 September to 24 October 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 5.20.21 pmAl Munro, ‘Untitled 2′ 2015
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.


Sybil Curtis at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and QUT Art Museum

The painting, ‘Pink and Grey Cylinders’ by Sybil Curtis, is currently on view at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Tattersall’s 150th Anniversary Exhibition, until 23 June. The show marks 25 years of the Landscape Art Prize awarded by the Tattersall’s Club. Curtis won the prize in 2001 and also in 2003. Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is the first venue in this touring exhibition which will include fifteen of the winning entries and be exhibited across regional Queensland.

Curtis was also included in the recent exhibition Garden at the Queensland University of Technology with her painting, ‘The grey and the green’, from the QUT Art Collection.


November 2014 Exhibitions

▶ SYBIL CURTIS, Structures in the Landscape
“When travelling through the flat, monotonous country of inland Australia, agricultural and mining structures are often visible for a considerable distance, rising like giant sculptures out of a flat plain: three-dimensional forms intersecting horizontal lines.”

To receive a preview of the work in this exhibition with prices, please click HERE to be redirected to Sybil Curtis’ mailing list form.


ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, Animal Welfare League fundraising exhibition
A portion of the sales in this exhibition, depicting critters, creatures and canines, will directly benefit the Animal Welfare League NSW. The Gallery will donate 20% of each sale to the AWL to support them in caring for surrendered, neglected and abandoned animals. AWL has been in operation for over 50 years and maintains two shelters, a veterinary clinic and twelve branches of volunteers and we are delighted to be able to support them.



From 2015, Brenda May Gallery will no longer host traditional openings and instead celebrate exhibitions by creating custom events, tailored to each show, with an invitation only requirement. These events will include intimate dinners, performances, themed breakfasts, artist talks and more. We have already hosted such exhibition-specific gatherings with great success.

By joining an individual mailing list you are registering your interest in that specific artist and will also be the first to receive information on new work and exhibition previews. In order to ensure that you do not miss out on these events and news for our represented artists, please click HERE to be redirected to more information and simple links to each mailing list.

Never fear, should you decide not to register, you will still receive all information pertaining to upcoming exhibitions, gallery news and titbits.

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.

Sybil Curtis + Michael Edwards – Closing 29 September

Sybil Curtis’ current exhibition Cylinders Cones and Spheres uses shapes found in industrial settings to create vivid or quite moody paintings. Curtis imbues a sense of warmth and beauty in stark landscapes and objects of construction through her use of colour, placement and light.

Presenting quotidian objects with ironic captions and possessing an oxymoronic balance of critical and playful engagement, is painter Michael Edwards. This exhibition uses the guise of the traditional still life while subtly suggesting more overtly political ideas. Both exhibitions will be on view until 6pm on Saturday 29 September.

In other news, Todd Fuller and Robert Boynes have been awarded major fellowships, with Boynes’ accolade following on the heels of an acquisition of a major work by the NGA, Canberra. Fuller won the 2012 William Fletcher Travelling Fellowship to Rome which he will undertake in the first half of 2013. Robert Boynes was awarded the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation Fellowship with his painting ‘Eclipse’ which was part of the body of work exhibited in Language of the Street in the Gallery earlier this year. Huge congratulations to both artists!

We are also delighted to announce that Waratah Lahy has joined the Gallery as a Represented Artist. She is currently undertaking a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and will be holding her next solo exhibition in the Gallery in May of 2013. Welcome Waratah…

A final reminder that the 2 Danks Street Spring Equinox Opening is tomorrow evening, Wednesday 19 September. All of the Danks Street Galleries will be open until 8pm followed by a special $45, two course menu offered by the Danks Street Depot – we hope to see you here.

Sybil Curtis + Michael Edwards – Opening 11 September 2012

Please join us for drinks with the Artists

Saturday 15 September 4-6pm
Michael Edwards Artist Talk, 15 September, 3:15pm
Sybil Curtis Artist Talk, 15 September, 3:40pm

The new body of work by Sybil Curtis, Cylinders, Cones and Spheres, considers the geometric shapes found in grain silos and other agricultural structures. Curtis greatly admires Cézanne who in his later years, “attempted to give underlying structure to his landscapes by rendering them in terms of cones, cylinders and spheres”. But instead of attempting to apply this theory, Curtis found actual landscapes that contained these shapes, looming like gigantic monuments out of the vast western plains.

In the still life paintings by Michael Edwards, he takes an in-depth look at household objects. As related by Edwards, “Household objects can seem emotionally neutral; we often overlook them because they are so commonplace and unobtrusive. Seen on their own they appear to tell us little, and they lack the grandeur and punch of more overtly social or political subject matter in painting. But despite that they can tell us a lot about people’s home and their lives.”

Don’t forget to also come along from 11am Friday 7 September for the Silver Room’s first week long celebratory Spring Sale! For this short time only, all the jewellery on display will be 50% off the marked price!

Stockroom Collection: The Colour Blue

Click each thumbnail for a large image and artwork details. Artists included in this collection: Robert Boynes, Will Coles, Sybil Curtis, Fiona Fenech, James Guppy, Waratah Lahy, Al Munro, Patsy Payne, Lezlie Tilley and Peter Tilley.

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.

Artist Profile: Sybil Curtis


Brenda May Gallery is proud to present the second Artist Profile about Sybil Curtis from our series of films featuring each of the represented artists.

The Profile was filmed in the Gallery among the paintings from her February 2011 exhibition, Inside Outside, a series of urban landscapes from Cockatoo Island.

The series is produced and directed by Simon Baré and the interview is conducted by Jeanavive McGregor.

Left: Preparatory photograph by Sybil Curtis for ‘Sweet Grass’
Right: Sybil Curtis, ‘Sweet Grass’ 2010, oil on linen, 35 x 35cm

New in the Stockroom: Sybil Curtis ‘Strike a Light’

Sybil Curtis, ‘Strike A Light’ 2011, oil on linen, 35 x 35cm

The detailed painting ‘Strike A Light’ by Sybil Curtis presents a silent moment within a deserted industrial building on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island. Curtis’ ability to find the beauty in and give warmth to factory scenes and other areas of construction is displayed in this image through her use of tone and light. Despite her employment of hard lines and solid shapes, softness is achieved through the teal features and blue undertones.

The salient feature is five roadwork bollards huddled along a wall, providing a point of contrast. As they jump from the otherwise calm colour pallet, they become personified. The arched windows and streaming light, that are a focus of ‘Strike A Light,’ give this industrial setting a Cathedral-like presence. As Curtis explains, she is interested in the energy created when different structural elements are interfacing, such as “…when two colours or textures meet, or a curve intersects with a straight line.”