OCTOBER 2 – NOVEMBER 9
RICHARD BARGWANNA – ANTHONY CAHILL – SILAS CLIFFORD-SMITH – HAROLD DAVID – ANDY McROBERT – PETER PORTEOUS
An all male exhibition exploring the diversity of art without boundaries
3rd October – Opening Event – All day event
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 crisis, NSW Government restrictions will apply
RICHARD BARGWANNA – Painter
This body of work is inspired by other artworks or photographs of women from books and magazines and by building on the ideas generated by the original artist or photographer: I have retained the attitude of the women that I found so compelling.
My medium is cut paper collage
ANTHONY CAHILL – Painter
Has been exhibiting in commercial and public galleries in Australia and abroad since 1982. His work explores notions of Landscape and human presence within a contemporary representation of landscape painting. Images are derived initially through direct observation; his subjects are varied usually involving a figure in landscape, working without concern for formal boundaries of figuration and abstraction. Cahill enjoys exploring notions of the absurd and his working method is intuitive and improvisational.
This collection is an “ongoing investigation of the absurd.”
SILAS CLIFFORD-SMITH – Painter
My preferred form of artistic expression is painting but I also enjoy creating the occasional lino-cut print or pastel. My work is generally semi-abstract as I enjoy the ambiguous boundary between realism and pure abstraction. I’m inspired by many things: landscape, plants, architecture, tools, machinery and even elements from the celestial realm. I am influenced by many artists, especially Modernists of the early and mid-20th century. Important people that certainly strike a chord with me are Ian Fairweather, Jeffrey Smart, William de Morgan and last, but not least, my late-father Stanley Clifford-Smith.
I follow the dictum of William Morris and the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement, that we need to turn our backs on objects made by machines and return to those made by people. Although not a complete Luddite, I’m distrustful of computer technology encroaching into the world of art. This doesn’t mean we have to only do pre-industrial art but we should strive to return to our own skills and physical abilities as artists. Put simply, a return to an appreciation of handmade objects. This is expressed in my art as a love of the freely drawn line, after all, there are no straight lines in nature.
As the son of two artists I grew up in the family-run art centre in England. My art training was varied and intermittent and included ceramic tuition at Braintree College in Essex (a fellow student was the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry) and later a Foundation year at the respected Sir John Cass School of Art in London. After moving to Australia in the 1980s I put my art career on hold to concentrate on making a living as a Horticulturist and being a dad. Since 2011 I have returned to art making after discovering the joys of painting and printmaking.
I have exhibited my work in a number of shows in Sydney and the Blue Mountains and look forward to new exhibitions, projects and collaborations in the future. A five-page illustrated profile of my work was published in the Summer 2015 issue of OZ ARTS magazine. As well as my hands-on art making, I also have a keen interest in the history of art and have written widely on art and artists both in Australia and Britain. I have also written two art books: Percy Lindsay: artist and bohemian (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011), and a biography of my parents: Under Moonlight: a portrait of Great Bardfield artists Stanley Clifford-Smith and Joan Glass (self-published, 2016).
HAROLD DAVID – Painter
Harold David is a multidisciplinary artist that draws his inspiration from life, his personal feelings and the universal field. “I tap into the unknown space that we all share as humans.” After establishing himself as one of Australia’s premier portrait photographers, Harold turned his focus to painting. “I have been painting since the age of 12. Growing up in America with a single mother who worked night shift in a factory, I used this time sneaking into her make-up bag and using her nail polishes as paint,” he says. “Now in my 50’s I have mustered up enough courage to share my love of painting with the public.” His first solo exhibition for his painted works in October 2019 was a sold out show. The man has serious style. When asked about is process he explains, “I put paint on the brush and I have faith and do it. As an Abstract Surrealist I apply pure automatism and invent my own figurative universes. I work in a spontaneous and fluid way and I don’t take into account coherence and sense.” There’s a sense of pure freedom in the work that’s universal and poignant.
Harold David’s photographic exhibition practice includes solo shows: Uniform World and Tracksuits of St Marys, Penrith Regional Gallery; Fujieda City Museum and Hakusan Citizen’s Arts Centre, Japan; Surface, Sydney Fringe Festival; Texas Trailer Park and Rapture, Rubyayre Gallery; Runway, Australian Centre for Photography, Others, Art Gallery of NSW, Garage Barbershop, Blacktown Arts Centre and Survey, Day Fine Art. His portrait of Bob Hawke drinking a milkshake won the 2018 National Portrait Prize – People’s Choice Award.
ANDY McROBERT – Painter
I’m a self-taught artist working in the Graphic Arts Industry with a Lithographic Printing Trade, and a Degree in Communications. My work is influenced by the industrial environment I work and revolves around themes of life and death, art, music and fashion. I often work on retrieved upcycled industrial substrates which would otherwise be discarded or recycled. Like the substrates I collect, my preferred mediums have industrial roots, for example black board paint, spray paint and permanent markers. I work quickly to capture the moment, rarely dwelling on works. I celebrate imperfections and a raw aesthetic dominated by hard lines. The works presented in No Boundaries exhibition represent a range of themes and styles recently explored.
PETER PORTEOUS – Painter
Peter was born in Sydney and has lived there for most of his life. He is a full-time artist and writer. He has been a soldier and educator and is now a casual academic with a Sydney university.
Peter attended Meadowbank TAFE graduating with majors in painting and drawing. His teachers were Jocelyn Maughan, Robin Norling and Michael Kempson.
His work includes figure studies in pencil and crayon. His major works are landscapes and figurative works in oils and acrylics. Peter has drawn from his extensive travels and varied life experiences to shape his work and has exhibited widely in Australia. His work is in collections in Australia, Europe and the United States.
Peter’s use of negative space and the dissonance of his line work draws the viewer into his conversation about the Australian landscape. In his lyrical deconstruction of those uniquely Australian forms he attempts to develop a deeper understanding of the mystical and spiritual objects found in the bush. His use of colour compliments the elemental shapes found on his canvases and places him in the great tradition of Australian abstract expressionists.