Shades of Summer

Deirdre Bean, Janet Dawson Merran Esson, Rachel Fairfax, Jane Gerrish, Rod Holdaway

30 November - 18 December

We round off a strange, dislocated year with the joy and peace of a summer exhibition, in all its varied shades and colours.

DEIRDRE BEAN develops an intimate relationship with her subjects over many hours of close inspection. Although BEAN draws directly on her experience as a natural history illustrator, she maintains a subtle, yet rich layering of meaning in the compositions.  JANET DAWSON’s ongoing desire to explore and expose the resonance of a place emerges through her pastel drawings and watercolours of, often, rural Australian landscapes and the everyday of her still-life such as her delightful studies of eggshells.

Travelling through the Monaro plains of NSW in Autumn, MERRAN ESSON was inspired by the change of colours in the European trees planted in the plains. The resulting works reflect the orange, green and gold tones of the tree change in season. The paring back of forms enables ESSON to distil the trees, as if viewed from multiple perspectives. Drawing from her rural upbringing on the land, ESSON explores the vessel in relation to man-made catchments such as tanks and dams, as well as naturally occurring catchments such as basin shaped areas and drainage networks in nature.

RACHEL FAIRFAX presents sea and landscapes as well as paintings that provide reference to childrens’ play and motherhood. Her sea and landscapes, which start from plein air drawings, refer mainly to Forster and Tuncurry where she grew up, as well as current home around the Coogee area. Inspiration in painting is taken from Ben Nicholson’s early drawings and Richard Diebenkorn’s mid-career landscapes. As the paintings develop, they become more about memory than representational paintings of still objects. Busy brushstrokes reflect movement of the tricycle, and the circular form of the wheels. Simpler than her landscape paintings, these paintings catch a moment in time of how motherhood has impacted her art practice.

As a lifelong coastal dweller, inspiration for JANE GERRISH’s body of work initially came from enjoying the perfection of natural sculptural forms during the isolation of daily Covid lockdown walks. She found observing Nature’s majesty and permanence both immersive and reassuring during the isolation. GERRISH was further inspired when reading the poet Mary Oliver’s poem Breakage. Her words resonated with reflections on journeys, and the beauty of earned imperfection. Another touchstone for thought was Frank Lloyd Wright; the architect was to have said that seashells were nature’s perfect architecture. GERRISH’s drawings of seashells – both whole and fragmented - are a result of this time and reflection.

Collage has been an integral part of ROD HOLDAWAY’s practice since 2014, though this most recent return to including collage in finished paintings links to his work in the 1980s. HOLDAWAY’s practice mimics the movement of light, space, form and shadow in his compositions. The appeal is in the play of making, as he states, “I like the freshness of collage, the way it enables me to chase and capture images from my imagination fast - to bring things to 'plastic' reality immediately. Then there is time for reflection and fine tuning.” Working within the city HOLDAWAY fragments and dissects familiar streetscapes and public parks, with their materiality simultaneously captured and dissolved.



Bean - Nectarines 2021
Deirdre Bean
Nectarines
oil on birch board
20 x 25 cm

$2,600 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Bean - Reloved: cream spoon 2021
Deirdre Bean
Reloved: cream spoon
oil on board
25 x 20 cm

$2,600 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Bean - Reloved silver salt and pepper 2021
Deirdre Bean
Reloved: silver salt and pepper
oil on board
20 x 25 cm

$2,600
For Sale
For Sale
Bean - Pepper Grinders 2020
Deirdre Bean
Pepper grinders
oil on birch board
20 x 20 cm

$2,500
For Sale
For Sale
Bean - Egg 2021
Deirdre Bean
Egg
oil on canvas
10 x 10 cm

$400
For Sale
For Sale
Bean - Quail Eggs 2021
Deirdre Bean
Quail eggs
oil on canvas
10 x 10 cm

$400 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Bean - King oyster mushrooms
Deirdre Bean
King oyster mushrooms
oil on canvas
10 x 10 cm

$400
For Sale
For Sale
Bean - Olives 2021
Deirdre Bean
Olives
oil on canvas
10 x 10 cm


$400 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Bean Blueberries 2021
Deirdre Bean
Blueberries
oil on canvas
10 x 10 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Dawson - Eggshells on Turquoise ground 2021
Janet Dawson
Eggshells on turquoise ground
pastel on paper
34 x 40 cm

$2,400
For Sale
For Sale
Dawson - Eggshells 2021
Janet Dawson
Eggshells
pastel on paper
34 x 40 cm

$2,400
For Sale
For Sale
Dawson - Cauliflower 2021
Janet Dawson
Cauliflower
pastel on paper
31.5 x 40 cm

$2,400
For Sale
For Sale
Esson - Monaro Trees 1 - 9
Merran Esson
Monaro Trees 1 - 9
ceramic, copper glaze
Monaro Tree 1 - 15 x 11 x 11 cm $400 SOLD

Monaro Tree 2 - 24 x 11 x 11 cm $600 SOLD

Monaro Tree 3 - 28 x 11 x 11 cm $700 SOLD

Monaro Tree 4 - 21 x 10 x 10 cm $550 SOLD

Monaro Tree 5 - 29 x 12 x 12 cm $750 SOLD

Monaro Tree 6 - 24 x 13 x 13 cm $700 SOLD

Monaro Tree 7 - 18 x 9 x 9 cm $500 SOLD

Monaro Tree 8 - 24 x 11 x 11 cm $650 SOLD

Monaro Tree 9 - 20 x 18 x 18 cm $750 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Fairfax - After Rain Coogee 2021
Rachel Fairfax
After Rain, Coogee
oil on board
55 x 55 cm

$2,200
For Sale
For Sale
Fairfax - Ocean Baths, Coogee
Rachel Fairfax
Ocean Baths, Coogee
oil on board
55 x 55 cm

$2,200
For Sale
For Sale
Fairfax Rainy Harbour 2021
Rachel Fairfax
Rainy Harbour
oil on oil paper
45 x 45 cm

$1,500
For Sale
For Sale
Gerrish - A Grand Story 2021
Jane Gerrish
A Grand Story
white charcoal and pastel pencil
16 x 68 cm

(Framed size 24 x 79 cm)

$1,100 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Gerrish - Tales of Distant Shores 2021
Jane Gerrish
Tales of Distant Shores
white charcoal and pastel pencil
16 x 68 cm

(Framed size 24 x 79 cm)

$1,100 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Gerrish - Sea Shanty 2021
Jane Gerrish
Sea Shanty
white charcoal and pastel pencil
9.5 x 51.5 cm

(Framed size 17.5 x 62 cm)

$880 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Gerrish - pair 2021
Jane Gerrish
Pair
white charcoal and pastel pencil
16 cm diameter

(Framed size 24 x 24 cm)

$660 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Gerrish - Coil 2021
Jane Gerrish
Coil
white charcoal and pastel pencil
16 cm diameter

(Framed size 24 x 24 cm)

$660 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Gerrish - Reach 2021
Jane Gerrish
Reach
white charcoal and pastel pencil
16 cm diameter

(Framed size 24 x 24 cm)

$660 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Gerrish - Fragment 2021
Jane Gerrish
Fragment
white charcoal and pastel pencil
16 cm diameter

(Framed size 24 x 24 cm)

$660 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Gerrish - Twist 2021
Jane Gerrish
Twist
white charcoal and pastel pencil
16 cm diameter

(Framed size 24 x 24 cm)

$660 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Gerrish - Shine 2021
Jane Gerrish
Shine
white charcoal and pastel pencil
16 cm diameter

(Framed size 24 x 24 cm)

$660 SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Holdaway - Rising Tide in Newtown 2021
Rod Holdaway
Rising Tide in Newtown
pencil, collage
42 x 30 cm

$1,800
For Sale
For Sale