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The Dobell Drawing Biennial: modestly staged, impressively rendered

The Conversation
12 August 2016
Andrew Frost

Catherine O'Donnell's massive Inhabited Space (2015-16) is a wall drawing that depicts the simple lines of the suburban fibro house; its windows and screen doors hyper detailed charcoal on paper drawings. Together, the schematic outline and the detail coalesce, and like Yunupingu's drawings, float between abstraction and figuration. ...more


Glebe artist inspired by childhood fantasy of a pet dugong

Daily Telegraph
11 August 2016
Elizabeth Fortescue

In a consumer society, the precious commodity of imagination is in just as much peril as the gentle dugongs whose dwindling supply of seagrass has put them on the endangered species list. ...more


Close to home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Art Guide website
9 August 2016
Naomi Gall

Presenting the work of six artists, Close to home is the second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial. Jumaadi, Maria Kontis, Richard Lewer, Noel McKenna, Catherine O'Donnell and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu explore narratives based on memory and experience. With an intense intimacy and personal poignancy, these six storytellers present complex themes, from death to depression, that are both beautiful and unnerving. ...more


Close to Home : Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Art Gallery of NSW
July 2016
Anne Ryan

Over the past three decades there has been a significant revival of drawing in Australia. Today there are more artists drawing, and more drawings being made, than ever before.

Close to home, the 2nd Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, includes the work of six artists whose work is connected by a simple thread of visual story-telling. Their drawings are poetic narratives, based on memory and experience. While their subjects come from the particular, they resonate beyond with universal relevance and appeal.

The artists:

- Jumaadi
- Maria Kontis
- Richard Lewer
- Noel McKenna
- Catherine O'Donnell
- Nyapanyapa Yunupingu ...more


8 Days: Your Sunday to Sunday Planner

SMH (S Liftout)
17 July 2016
Nicole Elphick

The architecture of the beach-side suburb is charmingly depicted in Kevin McKay's small oil paintings on display for So Bondi (until August 4). ...more


Environment art is no longer just a political voice but images that stoke the heart with passion

Western Advocate
9 July 2016
Emma Hill

BRAG audiences will remember the highly successful Illumination: New Work by Nicole Welch exhibition, shown here in 2012. Eastern Interiors follows on, utilising similar processes while surveying new forms, destinations and histories.

Beginning in her home of Bathurst and finishing in Albury, Welch has drawn on the historic archives and journals of Thomas Mitchell, explorer and the original Surveyor General of NSW to extract the original pathways into the eastern interior of NSW. ...more


Art & Design

Vogue Living
July 2016
Freya Herring

In Kevin McKay's new exhibition, So Bondi, the historic buildings of Australia's most celebrated beach are given the same dignity as would befit a formal portrait, as Blue Building, North Bondi (2016, above) illustrates. It runs 9 July - 4 August at Sydney's Brenda May Gallery. ...more


Drawn from within

Look
July 2016
John Saxby

Among the works on paper, glass and video that visitors to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial in 2014 encountered was a gigantic boulder from the state's far west, installed by artist Peter Sharp and evoking the show's landscape theme.

This year's theme - artists' personal narratives of memory and life - aims to reflect a more interior experience. ...more


Visual Art. Op Art

SMH (Spectrum)
25-26 June 2016
Patricia Anderson

Op art is a movement based on optical illusion, which can be traced back to the English artist Brigitte Riley. In this show, a selection of Australian artists has created illusions on canvas, board and aluminum that exercise the eye - and dazzle it too. ...more


With Op Art what you see isn't what you get

Art Guide
14 June 2016
Naomi Gall

The term op art (optical art) was coined by Time Magazine in 1964. Op art explores the optical effects that can be garnered from the use of geometrical shapes and various colour contrasts. Op Art at Brenda May Gallery challenges its audience and makes them question what they are seeing. Incorporating various technologies and media equipment, the 16 artists in this group exhibition delve deeply into this area of visual ambiguity. ...more


The Quarterly 2.3


Winter 2016
Brenda May Gallery

Exhibition information and news for the third quarter - July-September 2016 - at Brenda May Gallery. ...more


Galleries on the move

Art Collector #76
April-June 2016
Helen McKenzie

Time has been called on the Danks Street art gallery precinct in Sydney.
...

Galleriest Brenda May says that she would be looking to buy a gallery space, if possible. Preferred locations for the new space are Zetland, Alexandria, Redfern, Roseberry, Chippendale, Paddington, Darlinghurst and East Sydney. "I like Change, it is good for artists and collectors," says May. "Ideally it would be good to be with like-minded individuals, but not necessarily just other galleries. Parking is important, people are time poor so parking just once makes sense." ...more


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