AUGUST 5 – SEPTEMBER 12
USHA SINGH – MARTIN GARIBAY – MARIA GRZYBOWSKI – KAREN BLOOMFIELD
A beautiful exhibition that reflects the issues that shape our diverse world, the four artists take us on a journey of exploration on personal and cultural identity, curiosity, and intimacy, encouraging the viewer to question their own beliefs and inspirations.
Saturday 7th August – Opening Event – From 2pm
USHA SINGH – Painter
My art is a journey from Darkness to Light. Tracing every ray of light with strokes of colour on a canvas as it comes to life. I pay close attention to detail in the way colour fills up a place or a subject to create a realistic rendition. I paint to capture the fleeting magic of an illuminated space. I find inspiration in wilderness and heritage structures and still life alike often capturing an illuminated perspective which has ruminated and emerged from my creative subconscious. Through my work I want to transpose viewers into the scene and have an emotive experience. To feel what it’s like to be inside a painting and interact with its characters.
MARTIN GARIBAY – Painter
I paint because I have no other choice if I want my life to have purpose. This is a recent discovery for me, a very happy one.
As a painter I like to create paintings with a soul, so connections between a painting and the observer can be made, and emotions can be conveyed. I enjoy the goodness in the world and I don’t enjoy the pain in it bit I know that beauty can be found even amongst ugly and painful things, it’s about perspective.
MARIA GRZYBOWSKI – Painter
Soul & Wilderness – In the modern age of technology we are in a constant hurry, which leaves us detached from nature. My personal experience as an artist living in Australia, has given me the opportunity to create works inspired by local native flora and my garden. The beauty and perfection of the wilderness, innovates the creative flow within my artwork.
The six paintings series “Solitude & Wilderness”, represent my feelings of freedom from daily difficulties and demands and the state of calm and exploration of my inner soul and identity.
We humans can’t separate ourselves from nature, we are part of it.
KAREN BLOOMFIELD – Painter
I believe that my role as an artist is to capture & preserve society in this very moment & to garnish this captured moment with my own filters, wit, emotions & beliefs.
It is in this way I share my vision of how I perceive that simple, mundane, ugly & unexpected things may be viewed to be beautiful or, at the very least, engaging. It is my desire to encourage the growth that comes from seeing more than one viewpoint – in everything.
HANDS ON CLAY II
SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 31
JULIE BARTHOLOMEW, KWIRAK CHOUNG, ANNA CULLITON, MEIKE DAVIS, LISE EDWARDS, ROBERT LINEGIN, SIMON REECE, BILL SAMUELS, LINDA SEIFFERT and CAMERON WILLIAMS
A group exhibition showcasing a collection of masters in their field in this dynamic and thought provoking show.
OPENING EVENT – Saturday 25th from 2pm
Hands on Clay II and GANG GANG gallery are proud supporters of Clay Gulgong
“I would like to think that clay objects at their best, whether understated or strongly expressed, illustrate a harmonized interplay, between surface texture, colour, form and interestingly enough, the makers perception.”
Anna is a ceramicist working in the Kanimbla Valley of NSW.
A love of animals and nature is integral to her work, with many different styles, specialising in “funk” ceramics. She has exhibited regularly since the mid 2000’s and in 2015 was a finalist in The Muswellbrook Art Prize, National Portrait Gallery 2016.
“….In my own way it exemplifies my approach to the creative process – realizing a whole new technique then solving the problems as they emerge. The idea also evolved out of my approach to ceramic materials in general. While I lean heavily on the traditional approach to ceramics I have deliberately chosen to find and use my own materials rather than commercially prepared ones. THe beauty of some of the old pots from cultures that have a long ceramic history (unlike Oz that has none) has intrigued me for the last 50 odd years. I believe their beauty resulted from the potters use of “materials at hand” and their “primitive” methods of preparation. I don’t mind being called a nutter by my colleagues because I enjoy the chase, the research is endless and it’s what keeps me going, albeit at an increasingly slower pace.”
Compelled by the physical and metaphysical (metaphor) language of nature – my practice explores the infinitely evolving visual expressions, of patterns and structures throughout Natures organic processes. The mystery of nature excites me, exploring the realms where physical matter is infused with the unquantifiable substance of spirit, and where spirit can breathe and pulse in the densest most inert form of matter. I aspire to embody in the hand formed, abstract organic, clay sculpture – the sense of mystery, sanctuary, diversity and dynamism that I experience as the spirit of Nature.
As an artist working primarily with clay and the ceramic process, I inherit the legacy of an artform which has held a space, telling stories of earth and culture through millennia. “The vessel”; the archetypal ceramic container, remains as important now as ever, as do the methods of creating with clay. Within and outside of the vessel there is the infinite world of potential expression in clay.
My recent body of work explores “breaking the boundaries” of the “vessel”. Challenging conventions, evolving ceramic traditions and inspiring fresh audience perceptions and understandings of this art form. The work Undulatus resides “off the plinth”. The sequential wavy modules emerge from the ground, forming a sculptural environment. As the sculpture interfaces directly with the surfaces of the gallery space, a dialogue has been introduced which allows the audience to share the space with the sculpture, to feel the physical impact of the work, and to navigate their way as they would through a living landscape. This work is the latest expression of a body of work which ponders the place of humanity within the natural universe; reflecting on our relationship with nature in all its forms. As an innate part of nature we exist inarguably within an earthly and cosmic ecosystem, yet the prevailing condition of our modern lives is an unreconciled, alternating experience of belonging and separation that leaves us searching for meaning, connection and wholeness. The transitional zones between the man made & natural world can be like a bridge between dimensions.
AUGUST 5 to SEPTEMBER 12 – SOUL – USHA SINGH, MARTIN GARIBAY, MARIA GRZYBOWSKI, KAREN BLOOMFIELD. A collection of works from four accomplished artists
SEPTEMBER 23 to OCTOBER 31 – HANDS ON CLAY 2 – JULIE BARTHOLOMEW, KWIRAK CHOUNG, ANNA CULLITON, MEIKE DAVIS, LISE EDWARDS, ROBERT LINEGIN, SIMON REECE, BILL SAMUELS, LINDA SEIFFERT, CAMERON WILLIAMS – A selection of Master Potters show off their works in conjunction with Clay Gulgong
NOVEMBER 4 to NOVEMBER 28 – ADRIFT – JILLIAN CULEY, CAROLYN DANCE, KAYLENE BROOKS, MICHIYO MIWA – Organic artworks from natural and handmade fibres. ADRIFT is a whimsical and beautiful collection.
DECEMBER 2 to DECEMBER 19 – CHRISTMAS ART FAIR – A selection of artworks from emerging and celebrated artists, all priced under $500. Find the perfect Christmas gift for the person you love.
CAITLIN GRAHAM – PRINTMAKING – 30th September to 3rd October 2021
My name is Caitlin Graham. I’m an artist from the Lithgow region and am currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the National Art School in Darlinghurst. Majoring in printmaking, I have been developing my skills in a number of disciplines including etching, lino carving, screen printing and drawing.
I love creating works that highlight our region’s beauty and uniqueness. I want to share our unique perspective with a broader audience and bring light to some of our local issues through my art. I also enjoy incorporating landscapes, architecture, mathematics, humour and my everyday life, both here and in Sydney, into my artworks.
IMAGES – “Hivemind” & “Hoist, Colourbond and Gums”