Tacit Galleries in Collingwood has some great exhibitions over the next 4 weeks.
Until 1st July, Albert Koomen, Celia Bridle and “the Exquisite Palette”.
Until 15th July, Peter Newton, Anna Hamalainen and Craig Daniels
Albert Koomen has a display of portraits that celebrate men and hair; beards and body hair, not your typical subject matter, for a portrait. In his artists statement, Albert explains “…. aim to uncover the qualities of their handsomeness, strength, intelligence and vulnerability”. Job well done.
Celia Bridle has created drawn and collaged works, scanned them and then created digital prints the same size as the original artwork. Sometimes she goes back and repeats the processes, drawing over the digital image, rescanning etc. The end result is very detailed drawings (both black & white, and colour). Where she has created depth and a 3D sense by drawing contour lines in the images. These works are small, detailed and demand up close examination.
“The Exquisite Palette” – this is a show put on by St. Luke art store of 347 artworks, created using small wooden artist’s palettes. It is a fun display of the ingenuity and sense of humour of our Australian artists (and I think about 30 odd international artists). Our artists have applied paint, sea shells, glass, enamel, feathers, sculptures, and one clever clogs, cut up the artists palette to create a miniature freight palette! Remember everyone had to work around or incorporate into their work that damned little thumb-hole. It has been used as a pregnant belly, a gasping mouth, filled in, used as a window to other images. Serious thought, humour and then effort has been put into the creation of this little art works. A fun exhibition. Well done St. Luke and all the artists who contributed.
Craig Daniels is titled “Sebastian and the Ghosts of the Old Edo Road” in Japan. The works include oil painting, watercolour, digital print and sculpture. There is a whimsy and hope to many of the works but sometimes I sense (or impose) a slightly dark undertone, the way some fairy tales may do. I love his use of simple form and bright colours. Sebastian is a star.
Peter Newton has created eleven works that display his reaction to and memories of snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, from reef, to sea grass, to rock pool. He layers colour, adding and subtracting until the image resembles his response to the location. His colours and brush strokes / mark making has you feeling the sea grass and colourful coral swaying in the tide.
Peter Newton: “Reef #2” synthetic polymer on canvas 100 x 120cm. Copyright Tacit Galleries and Peter Newton. Included with artist consent.
Anne Hamalainen has another display of artistic humour. She has a quirky take on the humanisation of our pets; her paintings put animals in human situations and, just to keep it fair, humans in animal situations. I’m thinking our animals look much smarter and better suited to a human situation, than we humans do in an animal situation.