Anna is a ceramicist working out of the Kanimbla Valley in NSW, Australia.
A love of animals and nature is integral to her work, with many different styles, specializing in “funk” ceramics. She has exhibited regularly since the mid 2000’s and in 2015 was finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize, National Portrait Gallery 2016.
Anna Di Mezza
My body of work is influenced by found vintage photos and films. I like to superimpose images on unrelated and unexpected backgrounds to create a visual narrative. My paintings are mostly monochromatic palette with occasional pops of colour. My influences are wide and varied, from Magritte, DeChirico, Surrealism, PopArt, Hitchcock, Kubrick to David Lynch.
My work is always about people, their habitations and their things; I make portraits about the real or imagined history of places and of people and I assemble installations attempting to distill something, the subject. I collect tools, culinary implements, measuring devices, combs and brushes; all of these things relate to some kind of repeated human activity. These sounds and the rhythms of these activities are part of every day life and the ordinary objects we use to order our world. My intention is to transform a known and ordinary thing into something new and not previously imagined.
The shape of cows, individually and as a herd, move in the landscape in a way that invites me to play with their forms within the geometry of paper and canvas. Cows are often gregarious, protective of their calves and extremely curious. As Rosamund Young says in her recent book, The Secret Life of Cows, “Just like people, cows can be highly intelligent, or slow to understand, friendly, considerate, aggressive, docile, inventive, dull, proud or shy.”
The Cox’s River, which encloses our farm, is a constant source of inspiration. The hovering presence of trees, vines, bush and rocks hint at the diversity of its changing moods, colours and patterns. Some paintings may appear to be abstract but are still recognisably connected to the landscapes of river and cattle country.
Chris Stevenson, 9 th April 2018
Colette began her art studies in 1990, later completing a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the National Art School in 2003. She hes held a number of solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Upper Blue Mountains; received various awards for her paintings, including semi finalists in the 2015 Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Colette’s paintings have featured in the Sydney Morning Herald “Critics Picks”, Daily Telegraph Archibald Prize and Essentials Magazine and are currently held in private collections in Australia and internationally.
David Newman-White is acclaimed as a master visual artist and has been a teacher for the past 34 years. He studied in Australia, and has taught in East Sydney, Liverpool, Penrith and Seaforth TAFE, The Gallery School, Meadowbank Northern Institute TAFE, Nepean Art and Design Centre, Western Sydney Institute and the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum (National Trust). These days he lives with his wife in the Blue Mountains.
APRIL 13 – MAY 7
The work of Gabrielle Jones has been described by Charles Blackman, Artist as
“…full of shining light, radiant… [she] lets the inner things – her soul – come into her paintings [and] evokes feelings from the viewer”.
. Gabrielle Jones is an Australian abstract artist with an expansive exhibition history since 1999. In addition to her regular solo exhibitions across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and appointment as drawing instructor for the Sydney Biennale Events in 2012, Gabrielle has been awarded the Brentwood Art Prize (Acquisitive); the William Fletcher Trust Grant in 2003; and the Northbridge Art Prize in 2005. Jones has been short-listed for a number of art prizes including the the Mosman; Fleurieau Biennale; Duke Gold Coast; Muswellbrook; Paddington; Calleen; Fishers Ghost; Korea Art Foundation; Kedumba and Rick Amor Drawing Prizes. She has exhibited at Grefti Cultural Projects in Italy; had a solo at Goulburn Regional Gallery; and will exhibit again in Italy in June, 2018 and at Gosford Regional Gallery and Muswellbrook Art Centre in 2019. .Her work has been collected across public Australian institutions locally (Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, Bundanon Trust), as well as internationally by Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain and Art Scape Organisation, Toronto. Her work is held in private collections in London, New York, Italy, Canada , the Netherlands, New Zealand and Tahiti. Jones’ practice has seen her complete residences abroad in Tahiti, Spain and Canada; as well as locally at the Tweed Regional Gallery. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the National Art School in 2003
SEPTEMBER 14 – OCTOBER 8
Join current Exhibitor GARRY PETTITT for drinks and a chat as we farewell his collection – Sunday October 7th @ 3pm-5pm.
Garry was born and educated in Lithgow. He began painting at the age of ten and is self-taught. Garry left his career as an electrician in 1994 to pursue his art.
Since turning professional, his success has escalated, winning many awards. In 2008 and 2011, Garry won the prestigious Royal Agricultural Society Art Award for the best landscape painted in a “Traditional” style at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. In 2011 he was awarded First Prize in the figurative section and that portrait also won Best Exhibit across all art sections and an Award of Excellence.
He was awarded People’s Choice at Portland Art Show 2010, and was Guest Artist at Portland Art Show in 2012.
He has had six major solo exhibitions, all of which have been a huge success.
Garry captures the atmosphere of Australia in his oil paintings, whether they are of the landscape, seascape, a streetscene or its’ people, through his attention to light, colour and detail.
Garry’s paintings are in collections around Australia, as well as USA, Singapore and Belgium. Garry resides in South Bowenfels, a suburb of his home town of Lithgow, in the Blue Mountains, N.S.W., Australia.
3rd AUGUST – 3rd SEPTEMBER
EXTENDED TO MONDY 10th SEPEMBER
“MODERN IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER” Greg Jarmaine has been painting professionally for over 30 years. Greg held his first one-man show in 1980 (exhibition sold out on opening night) and has had 25 solo exhibitions in total. Greg’s work could be considered modern impressionism and he has been featured twice on the cover of Australian Artist magazine. Greg Jarmaine distributes his paintings through galleries in New South Wales and Victoria as well as the USA and UK
Greg is also represented by SHOWCASE of Australian Art – the largest distributor of new, original Australian paintings.
3rd AUGUST – 3rd SEPTEMBER
I love what I do. And I find constant wonder in the world which I think this is what drives me to interpret what I see. I often travel in my 1974 VW Kombi Campervan with my little dogs and go on ‘road trips’ to find more inspiration, mainly painting en Plein Air or collecting many studies to develop in the studio.
I see my work developing into semi abstraction, as I don’t want to reproduce a replica but an interpretation of what I am seeing. I often make marks very quickly and then try to ‘pull out’ the colour from the marks and the painting then starts to get a life of it’s own. But hope that viewers can still see the landscape, the interior or whatever it may be that inspired it.
A regular finalist in NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Paddington Art Prize and Calleen Art Award (Cowra Regional Gallery) and in 2014, was invited and the work acquired into the Kedumba Drawing Award. In 2009 I was a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize, with the work selected by Margaret Olley AC. I have had 12 solo exhibitions and exhibited in numerous group exhibitions.
Jillian Culey and Caroline Dance
Branching Out Designs is a Collaboration of sisters Jillian and Carolyn. They create and sell woven products from natural and up-cycled materials. Jillian works predominantly with local harvested fibres. She explores and experiments with traditional techniques and functional baskets as well as playing with new ideas and creating more abstract forms. For Carolyn, weaving is a meditative process where the purposeful, slow and rythmetic movements help to transform natural materials into a practical basket or abstract and unique piece.
A Ceramic Artist specializing in totem poles and one of a kind forms. In her featured piece, birds represent flight. At times the ‘birds’ beaks are ascending and sometimes descending, similar to the emotional path in earthly life but,the ascending path leads on. The moons are the highest point of the totem pole, representing the higher path to be encountered.
KIETH LAMPORT watercolours
Keith has been painting since 1988, from oils to pastel and acrylic and now, since 2004 captivated by the challenge of watercolour.
Influenced by Australian Watercolourist Masters: Joseph Zbukvic, Malcom Beattie, Amanda Hyatt, John Lovett, Malcom Carver and John Haycraft, Keith has taken favour to urban and water landscapes incorporating boats, buildings, people and light and shadow.
Kieth has recently retired to Lithgow after 35 years in Sydney, he has held numerous exhibitions and received many highly sort after awards. His paintings have sold both nationally and internationally.
The Greater Lithgow region has an abundance of creative talent both emerging and established. The Lithgow Contemporary Art Prize (L’CAP) is open to all artists and is a great opportunity for some of these people to share their work in our unique gallery space.
My pots are hand built and fired with wood in the tunnel kiln I built in Hampton. Wood produces fly ash that can enhance and interact with applied glazes or form its own glaze.The kiln is fired just 3 times a year. Preparation involves developing clay bodies and making pots and gathering, cutting and stacking enough wood for the firing. 3 days are needed to pack the kiln being mindful of the flame path and its effect with the placement of each pot. A team of potters is needed to stoke and manage the firing day and night for 3-4 days.
“My paintings in this exhibition are inspired by the Australian natural environment, through the prism of multi-sensibilities influenced by my French-Australian culture and my interest in Asian Philosophies. On canvas I aim to express the meditative, spiritual exchange that I experience from nature……BREATH”
NATASHA DANILOFF contemporary landscapes
“Born to Russian émigré parents who lived in Iran for 20 years before migrating to Australia, I grew up on a farm near Brisbane. My early education included attending Russian school on Saturdays and piano lessons at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. These early experiences have subsequently influenced the content of my work. I now live and work in Blackheath.in the beautiful World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains.”
Natasha’s work is held in private and public collections in U.S.A., U.K. Denmark, Singapore, N.Z. Australia
Nicole is an already accomplished metal worker who has recently turned her skills towards a career as a sculptor. Her featured piece; “Stallion” is inspired by beauty, power and spirit of the untamed stallion. “I have created a figurative sculpture aiming to represent an expression of poise, balance and tension.”
As an Aboriginal woman of the Wiradjuri Nation I like to tell stories through my paintings. As part of my art practice I paint the Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations blending into the landscape, their own Country from which they were removed. My hope is that when people view my work they will leave with a new understanding of people who have been taken away from their family, home and Country. That they are real people with real stories to be told. Then I know my painting narratives have achieved what I hoped they would.
APRIL 13 – MAY 7
“My paintings speak of the lifecycle that is enhanced in the shadows and the sky by the quintessentially Australian light. The materiality is also significant, both conceptually and for its painterly value. Using oil on board and tin, the surface of each painting is important, as it reflects the surface of the cement, metal barricades and the wooden fencing that surrounds livestock.”
Rachel is an Australian artist residing in the Blue Mountains. Her works capturing local flora and fauna in her unique and whimsy style gives the viewer a beautiful glimpse into the Australian bush using a variety of mediums. To add to her creative skills, she also has an acting diploma from NIDA and has appeared in a number of stage productions and movies.
Ronald Frederick Horstman
Born in Orange 1947, his first brush with the art work was when he won a prize at school in 1959. Inheriting his grandfather’s oils, he took on the art world winning a Commonwealth Art Scholarship taking him on a journey studying painting at the National Art School. After several subsequent years of study at Sydney University as well as the Institute of Western Sydney. Ronald is now embarking on a retrospective of his works through painting, drawing and informal surveys for his first solo exhibition in 2018.
Sandi lives on the Sydney north shore and started studying printmaking in 1997. Her work is often influenced by long bush walks. She tries to capture the mood of the subject with colour, pattern ,texture and detail, layering plates and working both conceptually and realistically.
As part of her undergraduate studies at the National Art School, Sydney, O’Sullivan spent a semester on exchange at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, where she learnt to refine a number of industrial ceramic processes such as designing and printing decals, plaster mode / mould making and slip casting. These skills have stayed with her and form the foundations of her current practice. O’Sullivan focused her 2012 Masters of Fine Art research project on Australian imagery on porcelain. During this study she undertook a three month internship at a remote indigenous Art Centre in Ikuntji ,NT.
My paintings merge acute social observation with poignant symbolic metaphor to illuminate the heart of the contemporary human condition. Explaining my work limits it’s potential. My work is meant to force the audience to break with the rational and to see things in a new way.
Residing west of the Blue Mountains in Little Hartley, Plein air painter, Warwick’s career has spanned over 35 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW with paintings hung in private, corporate and institutional collections in Australia and overseas. He is represented in prominent galleries in Sydney,the Blue Mountains and London and has won numerous awards and had over 60 one man exhibitions. He is also the occasional art judge, adviser and teacher.