Saturday, August 8, 2015

Past and Present

Newcastle Art Space - Gallery 1 & 2
20 August – 6 September 2015
Official Opening Friday 21st August at 6pm.
A number of past exhibitors present their work in the gallery space in 2015.  



Kerrie Coles, Kelly Barlin, Gina Ermer, Vicki Gerritsen, Natalie Engdahl, Mal Cannon, Kerri Shying, Dane Tobias, Grant Keene, Chris Byrnes, Lynette Bridge, Ahn Wells, Susan Ryman, Helen Dunkerley, Susan Porteous, Toni Amidy, Sharon Williams, Linda Swinfield, Barb Nanshe, Peter Lankas, Paul Murphy, Priya Joy, Leslie Duffin, Josh McGregor, Damien Slevin and Nicola Bolton.

Leading up to the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize 2015, we step back into the past to acknowledge the incredible contributions made to support and maintain the Newcastle Art Space Gallery (NAS).
The inaugural committee was set up in April 2000 under the Gallery Director Kerrie Coles, with Braddon Snape, Shellie Snape, Helen Thomas, Steve Thomas, Lili-Anne Berg, Fiona Dewis and Danielle Palmer.

The names below indicate the participation of artists in the Gallery over the years (NEAP not included in this data) and identifies NAS as both a ‘starting point’ for the transition into professional arts practice and an opportunity for others to follow on into professional arts administration and management, all from the West End of Newcastle. 

Are you amongst the list of artists.  If I have accidentally missed you out, let me know, as I was expecting to type a sea of text but not expecting it to flow on so long....
First review in Weekender 20 October 2000

Nerida ACKLAND Sanaa AFRIKA Kelly AGNEW Brett ALEXANDER Yvette ALICE Kerry ALLEN Gavin ANDERSON Paul ANDREWS Dion ARCHIBALD Toni ARMIDY BALINESE ARTISTS Conor ASHLEIGH Melinda AVERY Jo BACK June BAILEY John BAILY Simone BAIRD Diana BAKER Doris BAKER-GORDON Kelly BARLIN Mark BARNES John BARNES John R BARNES Don   BARNETT Stephen BARRY Michael BATEMAN Wendy BATISTE Callan BEATTY Gregory BELL Robyn BELL Philippe BENEDETTTI Lili-Ann BERG Donna BIELESKI Warwick BITE Shirley BJORNSSON Errol BLACK Kim BLUNT Nicola BOLTON Maureen BONOMINI Gary BOOTE Eddie BOTHA Gisela BOUDJEMA Sally BOURKE Darryl BOWES Susan BOWRING-MILLER Peter BOYLE Kate BRADY Dallas BRAY Carley BRETT Kim BRIDGLAND Warwick BRIGHT Lynne BRITTEN Michelle BRODIE Caelli Jo BROOKER Don BROOKER Ashley BROWN Chris BROWN Jo BRUDERLIN Christine BRUDERLIN Alicia BUCK June BUCKLEY Kennethe BULL Jessica BURGMANN Gail BURROWS Lauren BURROWS Sallyann BURTON David BUTTLER Debra BYRNE Chris BYRNES Roberta CALLANDER Barbara CALLCOTT Shirley CAMERON-ROBERTS Joe CAMPBELL Malcolm CANNON Chris CAPPER Tom CARMENT Annette CARROL Robyn CARROLL Janey CARTER Damien CASTALDI Donna CAVNAUGH Abbey CECIL Melissah CHALKER Cheridan CHARD Melissa CHERRY Jan CLARK Ilena CLARKE Lynsay CLEARY Rob CLEWORTH Tara CLINTON-MCHARG Joyce CLULOW Sarah COCKROFT Holly COLEMAN Sarah COLEMAN Kerrie COLES Gabrielle COLLINS Chrissy COPE Muriel COREY Shelley CORNISH Neville COTTEE Soozie COUMBE Angela COWAN Roger CRAIG Emma-Lee CRANE Margaret CREIGHTON Tracy CRISP Catherine CROLL Kate CROLL Jane CULTHORPE Maureen CUMMING Bree CUNNINGHAM Brian DAFFERN Joanna DARBY Simone DARCY Alison DATE Carley DAVIDSON-PAWLICA Amanda DAVIES Daphne DAVIES-SMART Neale DAVY Sue DAWES Joan DAWSON Pierre DE BERRI Nadia DE CEGLIE Clare DE MAYO Ross DEAMER Breony DELFORCE Loretta DE-LORE Carmen DELPRAT Leigh DENNIS Daphenie DENNIS Andy DEVINE Fiona DEWIS Ryan DIGNEY Diane DIROU Nadia DJORDJEVIC Callum  DOCHERTY Steven DODDS Brian DOHERTY Joe DONKIN Sally DOONER Jan DOWNES James DRINKWATER Leslie DUFFIN Margo DUGAN Margo DUGGAN Rachael DUGGAN Helen DUNKERLEY Penny DUNSTAN Dean EDMONDS Louise EKETONE Ros ELKIN Mark ELLIOT-RANKIN Clare ELLIOTT Gian ELMAR TRIPUTRA Collette EMBE Natalie ENGADAHL Susana ENRIQUEZ Mario ERMER Shelly EVANS Lynne FABIAN Ben FAIRBAIRN Erin FALCONER Gianna FALLAVOLLITA Nola FARNHAM Yvonne FAULKNER Andrew FAULKNER Carla FELTHAM Margaret FERGUSSON James FERRY Paula FINN Andrew FINNIE Jennifer FINNIE Liz FIRTH Margaret FITZGERALD Melanie FLETCHER Lisa FLORIEN Nev FOSTER Elizabeth FRANCIS Todd FULLER Chris FUSSELL Frances FUSSELL Peter GARDINER Michael GARTH Tania GEALE Michelle GEARIN GERANT Vicki GERRITSEN Karen GILBERTSON Jae GILKINSON Denise GILL Rosemary GILL Robyn GILL Megan GILLARD  Kristy GIMBERT Vicki GLASGOW Eileen GLEESON Kristian GLYNN Isobel GOMEZ Wildred GOOLD Jackie GORRING Linsey GOSPER Sarah GOSS Naomi GOW Judy GREAVES Alison GREEN Daniel GREY Luke GREY Shahrzad GROENHOUT Myfanwy GULLIFER  Jessica HALL Warwick HALLINAN Vicki HAMILTON Tim HAMILTON David HAMPTON Ellie HANNON John HARCY  Varelle HARDY Aksara ARRIRAM Paul HARRIS David HARRISON Jeanne HARRISON Adam HARTREE  Patricia HARVEY Kathleen     HENDERSON Justin HENDERSON  Maggie HENSEL BROWN Lukos HEY Cherie HIGGINS Sue HILDER Amy HILL Melissa HINTON Colleen HOAD Roberta HODGSON Peter HOLBROOK Emma HOLLAND Drew HOLLAND Yasmin HOLM Trevor HORSNELL Len HORTON Bill HORTON Marlene HOUSTON Felicity HOWARD Lochlan HOWARD Ellen HOWELL Mandy HOWLETT Kirsten HOYLAND Barbara HUBBARD Samuel    HUGHES Anita HUMPHREYS Lesley INSTONE Pamela IRELAND Tom IRELAND Ainslee IVIN-SMITH Dee JACKSON Lynden JACOBI Curran JAMES Wendy JAMES JJ            JANNU David JARRETT Laura JEFFERSON Catherine JONES Rachel JONES Charles JORDAN Lee JORDON Kira JOVANOVSKI Priya JOY Marella K Corey KAMINSKI Christian KAUTER Dominic KAVANAGH Emily KAVANAGH Catherine KAVANAGH DI GRAVIO Limerick KAYE Tom KEARNEY Grant KEENE Annie KELLY Jenny KELLY Keiran KEMP Tamara KENNEALLY Ben KENNING Trish KING Roland KIRKBY Anna KLING Sarah KNGHTS Peter KORO Marea KOZACZYNSKI-MCCAIG S* LA ROVERE Michael LANGENEGGER Peter LANKAS Ross LAURIE Helene LEANE Aileen LEE Julie LEE Joerg LEHMANN Sharna LEMAN Mike LENKOWSKI Laura LENOX Barry LESTER Dudley LEWIS Llawella LEWIS Megan LEWIS Dudley LEWIS Peter LEWIS Faye LINDSAY Bethany LINZ Ruth LIOU Andrew LLOYD Lucy LONERGAN Matt LONGWORTH Jenny LOSS Eddy LOU Patricia   LUBINSKI Shelagh LUMMIS Carol M LUMSDEN Tini LYLE  Annette LYNCH Karen MA Wayne MACARTNEY Andy MACDONALD Peter MACKIE Simone MADIGAN Paul MAHER Jessica MAIDEN Scott MAIR Judy MALONE Ash MANNEY Sidy MANUEL Jenny MARTIN Helen MARTIN Hollie MARTIN Sarah MATTHEWS Alexandra MAXWELL Ari MAYGER Claire Mc DONNELL Janet Mc KENNY Syd Mc MURRAY Jade MCALLISTER David MCBRIDE Len MCCARTHY Wayne MCCARTNEY Tamara MCCORMACK Jacquie MCCOY Gina MCDONALD Penny MCDONALD Lindsay MCDONALD Maxine McDOWALL Roger MCFARLANE Dean MCGILL Josh MCGREGOR Ally MCGREVY Carolyn  MCKAY Anne MCLAUGHLIN Dave MCMURRAY Hayley MCMURRAY Barbara McNAMARA Robyn  McPHERSON Diana MIDDLEBY Rachel MILNE Merrilyn MINTER Dylan MITCHELL Tania MITCHELL Sophie MONTGOMERY Misha MOON Esme MOORE John MORONEY Don MORRIS John MORRIS Heather MORRIS-PRYOR Wendy MORTIMER Sue MUDGE Margaret MUIR Rudy MULDER Jennifer MULDOON Rita MURDOCCA Annemarie  MURLAND James MURPHY Frank MURRI Barbara NANSHE Vivienne NELSON Dan NELSON David NEW Maree NICHOLS Bridgett NIELSEN Ellen NORMOYLE Robyn  NUNAN Sherryl OAKEY John O'BRIEN Paul O'BRIEN Ell O'CONNOR Fay OLDHAM Kathleen Tara O'MALLEY Ken O'REGAN Jill ORR Joanna O'TOOLE Jan OWEN Danielle PALMER Laraine PALMER Sarah PANKHURST Johanne PARENT Lois PARISH-EVANS Alana PARKER Louky PARKES John PARKES Christina PARNELL Olivia PARSONAGE Lyndall PASCOE Alison PATEMAN Graham PAULEY Trudy PAWLIK Wendy PEACOCK Rebecca PEAK Danny PELERAITIS Jan PENGILLEY Perdita PHILLIPS Cin PICTON-BARNES Christine PIKE Sheryl PILZ Maureen PIPER Angela POOLE WILEY Susan PORTEOUS Sarah POST Roslyn POTTER Lauren POTTS Eric POULTER Samantha POWELL Liam POWER Jeni   PRICKETT Ardel PROUT Taryn RAFFAN Michael RANDALL Rebecca RATH Rachael RAWSON Margaret RAYNER Zan RAYNOR-GRAY Margaret RAYNOR-GRAY Peter READ Amanda REEVES Peter REID Suzanne REID Natalie REID Haylee RENEE Brendon REYNOLDS Rae RICHARDS Lynne RICHARDSON Mahfuza RIJAT Anjie RIVERO Fiona ROBBIE Brian ROBERTS Emily ROBERTS Karen ROBINSON-SMITH Sean ROCHE Peter RONNE Bruce  ROXBURGH Nathan RUDEL Susan RYMAN Prue SAILOR Rindi SALOMON Veritas SAN CLEMENTE COMMUNITY Malcolm SANDS Niomi SANDS Matthew SAXON Theresa SCHUBERT Robin SCORGIE Diane SCORSE Alf SCOTT Kath SELLEN Gillean SHAW Barbara SHEPHERD Natalie SHERRING Jenny SHIELD Andrew SHILLAM Livio SICIU Vicki SIENCZUK Meredith SIMMS Pam SINNOTT Christine SKORYK Damien SLEVIN Greg SLEVIN Ashlee SMEETH Bernadette SMITH Kris SMITH Catherine SMITH Daniel SMITH Sue SMITH Ian SMITH Jacky SMITH Neal SMITH Joy SMITH Alison SMITH Braddon SNAPE Shellie SNAPE Brendon SNELL Peter SPEIGHT Cameron SPENCE Alison SPENCER Emerald SPRINGS Julie SQUIRES Gail STAHMER Robyn STANTON John STARTIN Tam STEELE DALY Leah STEVENS Sue STEWART Neridah STOCKLEY Isabelle STRACHAN Catherine STRUTT Jennifer STRUTT Jay SULLIVAN Katherine SULLIVAN Brian SUTERS Ann SUTHERLAND Ewen SUTHERLAND Alexander SUTHERLAND Sandy SUTTON Anne SWANSON Linda SWINFIELD Pablo TAPIA Norma TAPPER Angela TARLINGTON Anne TAYLOR Helen THOMAS Steve THOMAS Meghan THOMAS Dawn THOMPSON Wayne THOMPSON Kaz THORPE Luke THURGATE Penny THWAITE Pauline TICKNER Darrell TICKNER Danielle TIEDEMAN Peter TILLEY Lezlie TILLEY Warrick TIMMINS Richard TIPPING Jasper TIPPING Jzhonnie TIPPING Renae TITCHMARSH Dane TOBIAS Matthew TOME Johanna TRAINOR Elizabeth TREADWELL Jessany TROTTER Michael TROY Eli TURIER Angie TURNER Mazie  TURNER Vanessa TURTON Grant VERCOE Jacky WACHTEL Beryl WAGNER Kelsie WALKER Naomi WALLER Bill WALLIN Gunnell WATKINS Kelly WATSON Bridie WATT Sophie WEBB Clare WEEKS Ahn WELLS Eric WERKHOVEN Robyn  WERKHOVEN Lauren WHARTON Hayley WHEATON Kelly WHITE Brayden WILKINSON John WILKS Heath WILLGOOSE Sharon WILLIAMS Patricia WILLIAMSZ Natasha WILLS Graham WILSON Rose WILSON Nipper WILSON Penny WILSON Laura WILSON Patricia WILSON-ADAMS Dorothy WISHNEY Eva WISPEREIT Teresa WOJNA-KENC Jim WOODBURY Joan WOODCOCK Ross WOODROW Ric WOODS Meredith WOOLNOUGH Fern YORK Rhianna YOUNG Gordon ZIEHNERT Julia ZIPPER
NAIDOC ARTISTS GROUP LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS LEAPFROGABILITY SAMARITANS DRAWING IN THE CASTLE Carinya Centre TAFE ART COUNTS THE DRAWING ROOM ARTS IN RECOVERY POST IT NAS FUNDRAISER BOXES FUNDRAISER HEADSTART MATE MUSIC & DRAWING EVENTS SPRING SALON SHOWS LIFE DRAWING STUDENT SHOWS PODSPACE POPUP EVENT BOUNCEBACK OTHER FUNDRAISER SHOWS           

Chris Byrnes
NAS Committee



Friday, July 24, 2015

July 30 to Aug 16 G1 Ellie Hannon G2 Damien Slevin


As we close the door on the fabulous exhibition from the Seven Painters we open the door to Ellie Hannon and Damien Slevin. Two different, exciting and enticing exhibitions that continue to highlight Newcastle’s position as a major contributor to the Australian and international art scene, open on 30 July at Newcastle Art Space. Ellie Hannon “Traces” in Gallery 1 and Damien Slevin “Windows” in Gallery 2.

Traces – Ellie Hannon – Gallery 1

Coffs Harbour raised Ellie Hannon is passionate about art and is committed to the idea of art accessibility.  To this end, Ellie raised funds and collaborated with an existing art collective ‘Rumah Kreatif’ to build a community art space in Jatitujuh, Indonesia.  Ellie refers to this on her blog as being as a place of creation, collaboration, experimentation, discussion, performance, education….
This is Ellie’s first solo exhibition in Newcastle since winning the Peoples’ Choice Award at Newcastle Emerging Artists Prize in 2014.  During her time in Indonesia, Ellie kept a travel blog of her adventures and achievements which is fascinating to read and can be viewed at: http://onmywaytofindout.blogspot.com.au/ 
On her blog Ellie introduces herself...” as an artist, traveller, listener, learner and teacher. Having a degree in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle she decided to travel with the idea of art and sharing. Travelling through South East Asia, Ellie has volunteered for various projects in many countries teaching visual and recycled art, English and sustainability studies. Her travels have seen her creating art with various communities and holding workshops in many art and community centres.” Ellie Hannon
When I visited her in her studio at Newcastle Community Arts Centre to see her works in progress, Ellie talked about her interest in pattern and repetition and showed me circular wood panels and some larger rectangular works. The circular panels utilise Ellie’s soft colour palette choices and reveal finely drawn organic and leaf-like patterns.  Historical layers were often scratched and wiped back in areas to allow the application process to reveal itself as traces of the past.  Another new layer was then carefully considered and re-worked again. These surfaces provide an enriching experience of discovery under close visual examination and when set out in a repetitive historical line formation, it was evident that the later panels had become less figurative and more open, fluent, and loose in structure.
We briefly talked about her ‘worry dolls’ and specific sculptural pieces that were being made as a separate response to the idea of traces. These botanical inspired ceramic and metal works form a pleasing pattern of surface and shadow along the back wall.  

“This series of new works traverses the fields of painting, drawing, ceramics and assemblage, seeking a poetic relationship between combinations of elements and materials. It is journey exploring the idea of a trace being a surviving mark, a memory or evidence of the existence or passing of something....the mark making leads the viewer, via the suggestion of a footprint or the dashed line of an intermittent path, into a rich litter of colourful leaves and fallen flowers.” Ellie Hannan
Email :ellie.hannon@hotmail.com

  

 Windows – Damien Slevin – Gallery 2

Damien Slevin was born in Canada with Irish / Australian parents and came to Australia to study in the early 90’s.  He lives in Newcastle and teaches Drama and English at Toronto High School. When we met to discuss this exhibition, Damien was uncertain what would occur first, the exhibition installation or the birth of his first child.  August James Slevin was born on 3rd July.  Congratulations to Damien and Jade from all at NAS. Damien has won a variety of art prizes across the mediums of animation, short film production and painting.  His two brothers are also artists/creatives and they have exhibited together in Newcastle. Extensive details of Damien’s achievements can be found at: http://www.slevinarts.com/damien/main.html


"The exhibition will be an examination of space and how it is altered and framed through the perspective of windows.  Windows often offer a voyeuristic and certainly unique perspective as one often wonders what the view might be through a certain window.  Whether looking out through a window to an exterior or into a space via such a plane there is always an interesting aesthetic from these ubiquitous architectural accessories, which we often take for granted." Damien Slevin
Damien uses a  personal and intimate format to create images, usually of smaller scale.  This show also includes larger work which offer space for open and extended mark making.  The viewer must look closely into the work to discover the painterly magic within in much the same way as a viewer may peer into or out of a window to see what lies through the glass surface. In this new work he talked of a desire to replicate the intensity of light as it was encountered through, across and around these windows. This is a complex process and requires defined skill and expert examination. The task requires establishing the spatial relationships between the window pane and the interior and exterior objects. At the same time, each object and space may have a separate reflection onto, through and across the glass pane itself.  Damien layers these transitions with fine and believable detail and it is this detail that supports the charm and atmosphere that can be found in the familiar everyday haunts into which we all may venture.  If I say these works are beautiful and charming, am I being dismissive in fine art academic terms by using these particular words.  The works may evoke a memory of places visited, of shared experiences, of time spent unconsciously making such memories or connections.  These images work for me especially in light of such definitions.  It is in the everyday detail that the richness of life may often be found.
Website:www.slevinarts.com
Email: damien@slevinarts.com

Chris Byrnes
Assistant Director
Newcastle Art Space 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

OPENING  FRIDAY 10TH JULY AT 6PM

THE SEVEN PAINTERS - THE FIRST FIFTEEN

Jennifer Finnie, Patricia Williamsz, Michael Bateman, Neville Cottee (not exhibiting), Malcolm Sands, Sarah Knights, Andrew Finnie


Exhibition runs from 9th to 26th July with the gallery open Thurs - Sunday 12 to 5pm.


I managed to catch up with three members of the group over the last week..

Jennifer Finnie

 I found Jennifer Finnie working quietly away in Studio 20 at Newcastle Community Arts Centre and we spoke briefly about her art practice.  She spoke about being drawn towards the likes of Fred Williams, Vincent Van Gogh and the Bay Area Figuratives amongst others.  She spoke of the desire to capture the sense of being in the landscape, through sketching plein air whenever possible, then painting directly wet on wet alla prima style to capture the essence of the view in quick, direct mark making.  When I left, Jennifer had set up a brand new pure white canvas in front of the window light.  I wonder which work this has become in the exhibition.  Perhaps Northern View along Newcastle Beach pictured below.
 Resolving the picture plane in terms of abstract composition while maintaining distinct figurative reference poses another exciting challenge for me ..... I am currently exploring this idea in various media." Jennifer Finnie.

Michael Bateman

Formerly from the western suburbs of Sydney, Michael Bateman talked of his love of Newcastle.  He walks from home to work past Newcastle’s primal iconic buildings, landscape and streetscapes, sighting whales and dolphins in the harbour.  Here he sees at close hand the changing face of our city, the restored historical facades, the lost history of other buildings, transport infrastructure changes, and the alterations to our local spaces.  He commented that while the seven painters had been working away, they had simultaneously, without realising, been documenting the city’s history in paint and media.

He is a realist painter of the city and his Tuesday night studio
time is personal and precious.  Here he immerses himself in his love of drawing. Michael talked earlier of the camaraderie, honesty and openness that had developed amongst the group and the trust they have for each other’s opinion.
“Europe schmurope, look in your own backyard. Your yard is an amazing place and carries with it loads of emotion and experience. Be true to yourself and paint from experience”. Michael Bateman

 

  Patricia Williamsz  

Patricia Williamsz was born in Northern Ireland and has worked in many professions including law and finance.  She studied landscape design and is obsessed with landscape.

Patricia discussed her art commitment as “an itch that has to be scratched”.  She immerses herself into the landscape, drawing plein air.  She then puts away all her drawings, photographs and research materials in an attempt to capture the ‘essence’ of the experience of being in the space, through memory and emotion without further obvious planning. In this way she reacts to both the remembered experience and the direct response to the medium itself.  Patricia talked about the influence of the works of Judith White and her fascination with geology.  As part of her process Patricia talked of sometimes scrubbing back and erasing surfaces and re-layering new marks, in the same way that the geology of the landscape is scrubbed backed and re-built layer upon layer over history.
"..... amalgam of both the outer reality through which we travel and the secret inner landscapes of the memory and imagination”. Patricia Williamsz

Andrew Finnie 

Andrew Finnie is a prolific artist working in digital animation, illustration, writing and painting to name just a few.  His childrens' books are currently with a literary agent in New York hoping for publishing soon and he is sought after for his book illustration work.  One of the original four of the (now) seven painters, his current work depicts local scenes of Newcastle, produced in his well established style.  They reflect our local streets, the house next door and the changing face of Newcastle's architecture.  These works are absolutely charming, filled with colour as they reflect an obvious joy of mark making with paint.

Sarah Knights


In the gallery Sarah's work reflects the light and colour of the Laparinta Trail.  Sarah states in her CV that she began painting seriously only five years ago and has recently joined the Seven Painters Studio Group. In her statement she talks of the influence of Matisse, Arthur Boyd and David Hockney.  
"My interest was in the rhythms, shapes and patterns, which reoccur in the landscape.  I have tried to capture the feeling of walking in the midday winter sun, the colour of the land, which appears magnified while you are there and is somehow lost in the photograph." Sarah Knights

 

Malcolm Sands

Malcolm has just recently returned from Venice and I have not been able to catch up with him.  Funnily enough, the influence I felt when I first viewed his work was Italian and they somewhat evoked a memory of my own travels in Italy and Tuscany.  These works are small, personable and highly desirable.  The perfect size to fit into any space in an office or home environment.

"My art practice is focused on themes relating to the human presence in the landscape in the form of buildings and roadways.".......

"In the past year I have concentrated on mark making with broad brush strokes on randomly shaped recycled cardboard which produces interesting relationships between the painted composition and the outer edge of the support in much the same way that the developing suburbs form new and diverse intersections across the landscape." Malcolm Sands

Chris Byrnes
NAS Committee (with assistance from Andrew Finnie)