One of my favourites, Australian Galleries (open seven days a week and just off Smith Street Collingwood) has three excellent exhibitions on at the moment.
Mary Tonkin “Ramble”. The star of this exhibition is a series of 1.8m high panels put together which curve around the large gallery space. Mary’s works are of the bush in Kalorama Victoria – not far from Melbourne. Her visions straddle the seasons invoking bright summer days, cool misty mornings and vibrant autumnal colours. The gallery has provided benches, so if you have the chance sit awhile soak in her colours and brush marks, you can almost the birds sing and the leaves rustle.
Across the road in their second building is an exhibition of works by John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda.
This is the fourth collaboration between these two artists focusing on Arnhem Land. This exhibition focuses on the coastal stretches – sea creatures, sea plants, mangrove swamps and so on.
John Wolseley works include sculpture, paintings, and prints. His is a very unique style of “painting” – using the objects or living specimens (e.g. , branches, seaweed) to create images on his medium. His aim is to beyond a fact of existence and capture a sense of a life over time.
Mulkun Wirrpanda works include beautiful bark paintings and memorial poles, focusing on the creatures and plants of coastal Arnhem Land. Mulkun’s art is not just inspiring, it is also her means of recording and passing on knowledge within the indigenous and broader Australian community.