Coming in Waves - Sue Beiboer

Sue Beiboer

Opening: 6pm Friday 5 January 2018
Exhibition: 6 January to 4 March 2018

Coming in Waves is a body of work centred on the sea and the debris, both natural and man-made, left behind by the tide. The images depict the intricate details and patterns found in the shells, weeds and other sea life on the shoreline. These objects may not be considered in themselves beautiful, however when removed from their normally distracting context and reimagined through drawings and etchings a new aesthetic is achieved. The detailed imagery dissolves away into a fine line work of pixelations. Man-made objects appear comfortably within the composition, camouflaged amongst naturally occurring ocean debris. The pixelated imagery references the slow return of each object to its original components or elements thus reflecting on the transience of life.

Etched imagery takes the sea motif in a new direction, simplifying forms and creating a graphic representation of the subject. These works explore the dynamic possibilities of line work and colour, amplifying the beauty of the subject through repetition.

This body of work aims to draw the viewer closer, the intrigue of the details enabling the viewer to see and appreciate the beauty of these forms. The subtle inclusion of unnatural objects, shifts the focus, disrupting the harmony of the imagery. Whilst the sea life will decompose and benefit the ecosystem, man-made synthetic objects will not.

Image: Sue Beiboer

Stencil Art Prize 2017

Justinas Zozo (Lithuania), King Fisher (detail), aerosol on canvas.

06 January - 04 March 2018

Opening Night 6pm Friday 5 January 2018

Showcasing 67 stencil artists from 25 countries, the Stencil Art Prize is the world’s largest stencil event. Influenced by the ephemeral nature of street art, these stencil-based works blend pop-culture imagery and global politics to highlight the growing concerns of a socially engaged generation of artists.

This exhibition is a unique collection of works from Australia, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Syria, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA.

Highlights of the exhibition include the Austrian duo Jana & JS with their intimate style of portraiture; David Soukup (USA) and his internationally acclaimed Chicago fire escapes; Iranian artist Afshid with his portrayal of refugees, migration and heritage; Mue Bon’s (Thailand) playful take on capitalism and Australia’s own Kirpy who has layered dozens of street posters as a base upon which to create a streetscape.

The stencil artists in this exhibition encompass nearly every stencil making method on the planet including hand drawn and hand cut stencils, computer generated stencil layers, silk screen stencils and screen printing processes, collage and mixed media stencils, spray paint techniques, water colour, ink and more.

Artworks and print editions of the stencils are for sale at www.stencilartprize.com

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Reflecting on Nature: Birdlife studies in oil and through the lens - Bernice, Mark and Mitchell O'Mahoney

Mitchell O’Mahoney, Red Backed Fairy Wrens 2017, oil on silver.

Opening: 6pm Friday 5 January 2018
Exhibition: 6 January to 4 March 2018

Mitchell O’Mahoney, Hunter Valley portrait artist and drawing teacher, has put aside his portrait subjects and teamed up with wildlife photographers Bernice and Mark O’Mahoney for this collection of parallel works – Reflecting on Nature.

Bernice and Mark O’Mahoney began photography as a pursuit to complement their interest in Australian bush, its wildlife and native plants. Their objective is to observe, photograph and identify as much as possible of the unique flora and fauna this great country has to offer. The photographs included in this exhibition are a selection from their Australian birdlife series.

Drawing on the Australian birdlife captured by Bernice and Mark, Mitchell’s own unique portrayal of Australian birdlife, executed in oil on silver, features a role-reversal of sorts in which the viewer affects the subject by contributing one’s own colour and movement for a changeable visual experience.

Image: Mitchell O’Mahoney, Red Backed Fairy Wrens 2017, oil on silver.