5 February - 2 March 2019
In Summer 2019, our artists have responded to the sublime nature of an Australian summer; both its awe inspiring beauty and its wild and terrifying potential. Each artists has engaged with their local experience of the summer months, including around the Hawkesbury, the South Coast, rural NSW, in and around Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and Tasmania. From the crackling, dry heat through to refreshing coastal scenes, the artists capture the unique qualities of summertime.
ANNABEL BUTLER’s paintings take us on a road trip along the Hume and around Lake George. Her painterly landscapes evoke the dry heat and strong light of an Australian summer in the passing landscapes on a stretch of highway. JANET DAWSON’s ongoing desire to explore and expose the resonance of a place emerges through her pastel drawings of, often, rural Australian landscapes and the everyday subjects of her still-life.
VIOLA DOMINELLO finds inspiration near her home around the Hawkesbury and the hinterlands. Working en plein air she captures an instant of changing light and tone. Through painterly gesture DOMINELLO’s practice is imbued with a sensitivity that reveals moments of intricate and transient beauty of the landscape. Painting at the turning points of each day ASHLEY FROST’s works capture the sublime transition of early morning or late evening light. Fluid in form and composition, his paintings engage with the relationship between bodies of water and vast skies and their otherworldly evocations of light through a vivid and viscous palette.
STEVE LOPES settled into daily life of Carss Park, observing the minutiae of everyday scenes along the rambling coastline, and the people passing through it. Working en plein air, the fluid brushstrokes in Lopes’ studies of Carss Park respond quickly to light and tone, resulting in lively vignettes of the surrounding coastal and bushland area.
CORINNE LOXTON’s focus is often on the sky and its transient light, colour and form; uncontrollable and ephemeral. Her paintings recognise the potential for both beauty and harshness through her depictions of land and sky amidst the devastation of the Blue Mountain bushfires; a familiar scene during a hot, dry Australian summer. IAN MARR’s panoramic paintings capture vast, uninterrupted, and rambling landscapes. Glints of copper peak through MARR’s warm colour palette; appropriately twinkling and glowing as they catch the light.