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.