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.
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.
‘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
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.
Two works by Catherine O’Donnell have just become available in our Gallery Stockroom. These detailed charcoal drawings image the Hopetoun Hotel in Surry Hills and the Courthouse Hotel in Darlinghurst, both in Sydney.
A little on the artist:
This year opened while O’Donnell’s exhibition A Notion of Home was on view at the Murray Art Museum Albury, and 2016 will also see her work at Newcastle Art Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery for Just Draw, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor (as detailed above), Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as one of just six artists selected for the second edition of the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, from July to December. This show will coincide with her inaugural exhibition at Brenda May Gallery in late 2016.
> For further details, click here for an extended bio and CV
Highlights from the MRAG Collection
12 February to 29 March 2016
Currently hanging in Maitland Regional Gallery’s exhibition of collection highlights (from 1957 – 2015) is Peter Tilley’s relief work ‘Shards with leaves and flowers’. As the exhibition placard reveals, this piece is composed of century old fragments of bone china collected from near the mouth of the Yarra River in Victoria, and was a joint winner of the Maitland Art Prize in 1992.
> Sign up to Peter Tilley’s email list here.
23 April to 5 June 2016
The next stop for Peter Tilley’s touring collaborative exhibition with Andy Devine is Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. Black Harvest includes both individual and joint artworks by Devine and Tilley, with reference to the Hunter Valley Region.
“The collaborative 3D collages and sculptural pieces, assembled from paintings, printing plates and objects either found or made, embrace the idea that the works remain open to a multiplicity of meanings and interpretations. Duality of meaning is an aspect that we have consistently pursued and consciously incorporated in our work. There is an apparent simplicity to the objects and images yet they are richly symbolic and capable of multiple or contradictory interpretations. This is an area of primary importance to us both. The symbolism can be read as a metaphor for humankind’s disregard for the natural world. There is also an undercurrent of the lived experience both of us have weathered before settling in Newcastle.”
– Peter Tilley
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre will have an exhibition opening from 6pm on 22 April 2016.
> Sign up to Peter Tilley’s email list here.
Wait, Weep & Be Worthy: Women, The Home Front & War
1 April to 22 May 2016
Catherine O’Donnell’s intricately detailed drawing, ‘Time for rounds‘, has been included in an upcoming exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery that reflects on the role of women during World War I. This major work is from O’Donnell’s series Home/Front. In this suite of drawings, some background information pertaining to time and place has been removed, taking visual focus away from the wartime situation to instead focus on camaraderie and identity.
> Sign up to Catherine O’Donnell’s email list here.
Best in Show: Dogs in Australian Art
9 April to 3 July
Orange Regional Gallery pays homage to the varied representations of canines by Australian artists in their major exhibition loosely based on Steven Miller’s publication Dogs in Australian Art. James Guppy’s work ‘Cerberus’ is one of 70 important works that has been selected for Best in Show: Dogs in Australian Art.
In mythology, Cerberus is the dog that guards the gates to the underworld. In Guppy’s painting of this name, we see a scruffy Maltese Terrier on the top half and a fierce, crackling fire in the section below. This exhibition will launch at Orange Regional Gallery on Friday 8 April.
> Sign up to James Guppy’s email list here
We are delighted to announce that Lezlie Tilley’s major work ’53. Part’ has been acquired by Newcastle Art Gallery. This impressive work was produced through a careful procedure of addition and erasure, as the laser cut letters were applied to a plywood support and filled in with plaster, before the artist performed the laborious process of sanding and filling until the surface was flat and smooth. The words that punctuate the panel were extracted from a thesaurus and appear as though they are floating in a field of white.
On view from Saturday 19 March to Thursday 14 April 2016
Afternoon drinks with the Artist, Saturday 19 March, 3-5pm
Special performance by Sue Healey at 4pm
▶ SUE HEALEY, On View
The On View series (2013 – present) is concerned with the acts of seeing and being seen. Inspired by the embodied awareness of the dance performer, the works seamlessly combine dance and film to interrogate ideas about identity and the moving body. Four glimpses of this work can be seen at Brenda May Gallery.
Join us on Saturday 19 March at 4pm for a special performance as part of Art Month Sydney.