Contemporary Art Awards 2015

Finalist Exhibition 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lauri Smith

Fremble, the whole universe is contained within us

Resin, Silicon, and Human Hair

30 x 43 x 30cm

2015

 

Contempoary Art Awards 2015 Highly Commended | Felicity O'Connor | She is only Happy in the Sun | Oil on Canvas | 91 x 91cm | 2015

Felicity O'Connor

She is only Happy in the Sun

Oil on Canvas

91 x 91cm

2015

 

Contempoary Art Awards 2015 Highly Commended | Vanessa Stanley | Eastern Branch Brisbane River - Outside | 2014

Vanessa Stanley

Eastern Branch Brisbane River - Outside

Mirrored Perpex and Aluminium

Variable Dimensions

2014

Award Winner 

Lauri Smith

Highly Commended

Felicity O'Connor

Highly Commended

Vanessa Stanley

Aidan Weichard | Nolan | Oil on Canvas | 95 x 95cm | 2015
 

Aidan Weichard 

Victoria

 

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, always drawing, painting, carving or constructing something out of wood. My father is a sculptor and passed on the admiration of the human form, which for me evolved into an appreciation of the animal form and the complexity and diversity within their kingdom. The unique markings and distinct characteristics of these creatures is what inspires me to capture the raw beauty through colour and shape.

 

Nolan
Oil on Canvas (Tasmanian Oak Frame)

95 x 95cm
2015
 

 
Alahendra | Held Back | Mixed Media on Canvas | 92 x 92cm | 2015

Alahendra

Queensland

 

Alahendras’ artwork focuses on the concept of haunted-beauty through her research which investigates mental health. The word 'Haunted' alludes to a person being weighed down mentally. ‘Beauty’ is interpreted as looking for, or finding strength during an internal struggle. Through her works, Alahendra hopes to connect to those who cannot relate with others faced with mental illness by visually displaying this process within a contemporary context. By using mixed media, she focuses on creating paintings filled with depth and emotion to dictate a story.

Held Back
Mixed Media on Canvas
92 x 92cm
2015
$900.00

 
Alexa Brehas | State of Purity | Engraved Aluminium | 103 x 44xm

A State of Purity
100% Engraved Aluminium

130 x 44cm (Framed)
2015
 

 

Alexia Brehas is a freelance artist and designer whose practice focuses on incorporating detail to create highly intricate finished works. Her artistic practice is highly influenced by the physicality of nature, ornate cultural patterning, and the sleekness of monochromatic Swiss design. This work was engraved entirely by hand on pure aluminium providing a commentary on the relationship between the benevolent forces of mythology and mortality. Alexia has exhibited at the Deakin Phoenix Gallery, in the 2015 RAW Natural Born Artists ‘Current’ showcase, and in the 2015 Drawing Group Show at the Brunswick Street Gallery.

Alexia Brehas

Victoria

 
Alison Peters | Afterimage | Digital Print on Arches Paper | 118.9 x 84.1cm

Alison Peters

New South Wales

 

'Afterimage’ began as a still from the video of the immolation of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh in January 2015. Painted via acrylic, oil, and digital means, the work represents countless layers of recreation, reduction, overpainting, and editing. Printing defects, pixellation, and breakdown of resolution are left uncorrected or amplified as a metaphor for the sifting of the ‘truth’ of an image through the cameras of eye witnesses and combatants, perpetrators, and victims, through media outlets, on the internet and finally through our own eyes - how we network those visual vestiges and file them in our memory.

 

 

 

Afterimage
Digital Print on Arches Paper

118.9 x 84.1cm
2015
 

 
Amelia Kingston | Ocean Ramble | Porcelain, Clear Glaze, and Gold Lustre | 39 x 17 x 6cm | 2015

Ocean Ramble
Porcelain, Cobalt, Clear Glaze, & Gold lustre

39 x 17 x 6cm

2015
 

 

'Ocean Ramble' draws inspiration from Matthew 3:13-17

‘As soon as Jesus was baptized he went up out of the water. At 
that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God 
descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from 
heaven said, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well 
pleased”.

The story of Jesus’s baptism in the River Jordan by his cousin John is the basis behind the work ‘Ocean Ramble’ Matthew 3:13;17 evokes the imagery of movement and demonstrates Jesus faith and commitment to God. 

The very permanence of clay and water themselves allude to the permanent faith of Jesus, and his faith in the redemption of mankind. Water both washes clean and renews the soul and spirit and the work ‘Ocean Ramble’ exemplifies this.

Amelia Kingston | Ocean Ramble | Porcelain, Clear Glaze, and Gold Lustre | 39 x 17 x 6cm | 2015

Amelia Kingston 

Victoria

 
Andy Bates | Aurora Arc | Mixed Media | 100 x100 x 60cm | 2015

 

Aurora and Arc is a physical data visualization that draws

attention to the disparity in treatment of LGBTQIA+ citizens

across the major states and  territories of Australia. 

Aluminium rods intersect with two halves of a circle– a universal metaphor for a ‘whole’. The length of each rod from where they meet the raised arc is representative of how long it was punishable by life imprisonment to be in a same-sex relationship – one inch equals a decade. Some rods also include small holes cut into the underside, which indicates states or territories that still don’t allow legal adoption for same-sex couples.

Andy Bates | Aurora Arc | Mixed Media | 100 x100 x 60cm | 2015

Andy Bates 

Queensland

Aurora and Arc

Acrylic, Aluminium, Screws, Coloured LEDS, & Lithium Polymer Batteries

100 x 100 x 60cm

2015
 

Beatrice Prost | Phosphorescence | Hand Carved Unique Print on Rag Paper | 2015
 

Beatrice Prost

Queensland

 

'Phosphorescence' is an imaginary story unravelling the mystery of a mangrove by night. A sense of sacred is awakening in this fictional works on paper, where reality meets fiction, where patterns come out of chaos. What is hidden below takes life, allowing us to escape, dream and become sensitive to other realities.


Technically my work cannot be categorised. After hours of photographing nature, the careful selection of choosing the final image is digitally manipulated to enhance its beauty and bring magic. Then begins the meditative, productive days of hand-carving the unique image print on rag paper. Each mark starts with a dot. Each dot forms into a line. Lines and dots might develop into patterns or not. Those scars create movement and dance on the artwork while writing a story. There is no return as the white purity of the rag paper is irreversibly revealed.

 

 

Phosphorescence
Hand Carved Unique Print on Rag Paper

105 x 75cm (107 x 76cm in perspex frame)

2015
 

 
Caroline Austin | Modes of Absense, Presence | Glass, Hair, Speaker, and Sound | 2015

 

 

'Modes of absence, presence' examines the fluidity of place, asking the viewer to reflect on the complex relationships that underlie constructions of place.

Auge states that places are never pure in form – continually reconstituting themselves between place and non-place. They are relational and in process and can be experienced as places and non-places by different actors. 

To consider how non-place can represent place for many of us, replete with identity and meaningful interaction, a collective identity was developed and narrated in these sound sculptures and exhibited within the non-place of a hotel room.

Press Play - This artwork has sound

Caroline Austin | Modes of Absense, Presense | Glass, Hair, Speaker, and Sound | 2015

Caroline Austin

Queensland

Modes of Absence, Presence

Glass, Hair, Speaker, and Sound

40 x 40 cm

2015

 

Cherie Devlin | The Music Man | Watercolour Pencils on Fine Art Paper | 64 x 44cm | 2015
 

Cherie Devlin

Tasmania

I find my inspiration from photos of people,  particularly from magazines. My aim is to lift an image from one piece of paper to the other,  with nothing more than my pencils and artistic skills which are self-taught. I chose 'The Music Man' as he is full of mystery, and appears to be very knowledgeable; I can almost smell the leather of his hat. 

The Music Man

Watercolour Pencils on Fine Art Paper (framed)

64 x 44 cm

2015

 

Constance Hunter | Top Heavy Forest | Pen on paper | 50 x 65cm | 2015
 

Constance Hunter

Victoria

 

'Top Heavy Forest' is an exploration of pattern, repetition, and balance. The line work and mark making used is repetitive and busy, this contrasts with the empty space surrounding the vegetation. The vegetation itself is not actually a pattern despite the limited and repeated use of the same plants. The trees bend down at the top of the picture to give a sense of clutter, cramped space and slight anxiety. While the content is beautiful the viewer hopefully can't help but want everything to move down the paper a few inches. Why must beautiful things only be beautiful? sometimes beautiful things are frustrating.

Top Heavy Forest

Pen on Paper (unframed)

50 x 65 cm

2015

 

Constance Hunter | Top Heavy Forest | Pen on paper | 50 x 65cm | 2015

Detail

 
Danae Thyssen | Struggling to Breath | Conceptual Digital Photography on Paper | 2015

Danae Thyssen 

South Australia

 

'Struggling To Breathe' is layered with a kaleidoscope of emotions that resonate with feelings of desire, loss and isolation, unfulfilled passions, and conflicting ideals. It is a conceptual photographic artwork with a narrative undertone, an emotive and unsettling disquiet that has been created to evoke an emotional response from the audience. It is based around the experience of women who feel trapped by circumstance, speaking of lives truths within a domestic violence relationship. There is a vulnerability and hope that exists simultaneously, yet still speaks of the beauty that can be found even within the darkest situations, reflecting the strength of the human will to survive.

Struggling to Breathe

Conceptual Digital Photography on Fine Art Paper

50 x 50cm

2015

 

 
Daniel Kneebone | Behind the Crimson Curtain | Archival Fine Art Paper | 100 x 71cm | 2015

Daniel Kneebone 

Victoria

 

Behind the Crimson Curtain encompasses the very essence of burlesque and the burlesque performer. Not only is she the star performer, but often also the choreographer, costume designer, beautician, production manager and promoter. Liberated, sensual, feminine and funny, her skills encompass a blend of dance, theatre, cabaret and comedy that formulate this empowering art form known as ‘burlesque’. Once on stage, however, the audience is completely captivated by her unique beauty, her spirit and the anticipation of what’s to come.

Behind the Crimson Curtain

Archival Fine Art Print

100 x 71cm

2015

 

 
David Hayes | Pina Grenada | Aerosol, Acyrlic, and Resin on Board | 60 x 60cm | 2015

David Hayes 

Queensland

 

'Pina Grenada' is a pop-political work inspired by the changing culture of the Gold Coast. Around 2012/3 where bikie gangs were taking over the historic “people’s paradise”. The pineapple is symbolic of Queenslands welcome and relaxed subtropical culture—no more so than in the cocktail “Pina Colada”. The geometric symmetry of a pineapple grenade is a perfect metaphor for the creeping substitution of paradise overtaken by crime, which also served well to name the work “Pina Grenada”. This piece is an example of my pop-based realism approach to subject matter.

Pina Grenada
Aerosol, Acrylic, and Resin on Board
60 x 60cm
2015
$1500.00

 
Ekaterina Vostroukhina | Crossing of Spaces | Oil on Canvas | 75 x 100cm | 2015

Ekaterina Vostroukhina

Western Australia

 

My artwork represents an idea of memories related to my past. Treating memory as a physical space I am seeking for a visual representation of the multiple connections and intersections of memory pathways. My aim is to show an ambiguous nature of memories were real and unreal , exterior and interior , personal inner world and external reality are interweaved.

Crossing of Spaces

Oil on Canvas

75 x 100cm

2015

 

Felicity O'Connor | She is only Happy in the Sun | Oil on Canvas | 91 x 91cm | 2015
 
 
Hayley Roberts | Siren's Sorrow | Photography on Fine Art Paper | 50.8 x 50.8cm | 2015

Felicity O'Connor 

New South Wales

 

My quick mark making and painterly gestures of abstraction are expressions of moments or moods from places both physically and emotionally that I have visited. They are landscape and inscape paintings that reflect both physical and internal landscapes. 


I'm interested in the authentic and direct energy and mark making that abstract painting allows. I strive to work without controlling an outcome but allow the painting to emerge in its own time and space.

She is only Happy in the Sun

Oil on Canvas
91 x 91cm
2015
 

Hayley Roberts

Queensland

 

'Siren's Sorrow' is a conceptual self-portrait photographed on location at the HMQS Gayundah shipwreck in Woody Point, Brisbane. The image is an HDR panorama consisting of three different exposures taken from four different angles that were stitched together to form a whole. It was created as part of my Exposing Illusions project, through which I explore trick photography and Photoshop manipulation to create illusions that blend fantasy into reality.

 

Through the use of costumes, props, and posing, my art aims to tell imaginative stories that could easily have leaked from the pages of fairy tales. Magical realism is at the heart of my images that seek to elate, inspire, and provide an escape from the monotony of life’s routines by adding a touch of magic to the everyday and helping people recapture the wonder they felt as a child. My own childhood dream was to become a mermaid, my art allows me to make my dreams come true in a way that life cannot. 

Siren's Sorrow

Photography on Fine Art Paper
50.8 x 50.8cm
2015
 

 
Holly Pepper | Depleting | Spotwelded Stainless Steel | 1200 x 400 x 2400cm | 2015

Depleting

Spotwelded Stainless Steel
1200 x 400 x 2400cm
2015
 

 

 

Through this work I seek to explore the beauty of our natural environment. The patterns and forms that I observe in the natural world inspire me. However, the diversity of the natural world is currently threatened by climate change, through my work I intended to explore the impact that this changing climate is having on our delicate reef ecosystems.

 

Depleting is a relief sculptural work, I love making works with a lot of repetitive patterns and shape. These singular metal shapes are welded into forms, which create a sense of rhythm and movement in the work.

Holly Pepper 

Queensland

Holly Pepper | Depleting | Spotwelded Stainless Steal | 1200 x 400 x 2400cm | 2015
 
Janet Angus | Enjoy the Silence | Oil on Board | 122 x 81cm | 2015

 

My art practice investigates the representation of psychological space, through constructed worlds suggestive of emotional states. I am interested in exploring the narratives of dreams as driven by the unconscious, and how this association can be used to give visual form to an internal experience.

My paintings take the form of three-dimensional constructions as a means of reflecting the composition of the human mind. They reference architecture as a compositional device, and for establishing the psychological foundations of the work. I aim to generate an experience of the paintings, which is understood on both a visual and emotional level.

Janet Angus  

ACT

 

Enjoy the Silence

Oil on Board 
81 x 122 x 9cm
2015
 

Jeramie Scahill | The Thinker | 316 Stainless Steel | 40 x 40 x60cm | 2014
 

Jeramie Scahill 

New South Wales

 

The Thinker is a modern day take of Auguste Rodin's Thinker. I wanted to bring the sculpture into the twenty-first century, still keeping the integrity and classic shape of the original while using a contemporary medium and modern lines.


By using 316 stainless steel with a mirror finish, the viewer gets to not only see their own reflection but that of their surroundings. I think that viewing ourselves and surroundings, thinking about what we are looking at and working out the distortions and reflections is the essence of life.

 

The Thinker

316 Stainless Steel
40 x 40 x 60cm
2014
 

 
John Davies | Handerchief | Pencil on Fine Art Paper | 30 x 20cm | 2015
John Davies | Narooma | Pencil on Fine Art Paper | 30 x 20cm | 2015
 
John Procter | Going Underground | Copic Markers, Gouache on Cresent Board | 2014

John Davies

New South Wales

 

John Davies is a Sydney based artist. After a long career as a residential and commercial Architectural Designer, whose credits include the re-designing of the historic Como Hotel after it was destroyed by fire, he has turned his love of nature and the Australian landscape into highly detailed pencil sketches.

Hankerchief

Pencil on Fine Art Paper (Framed)

30 x 20cm

2015
 

Narooma

Pencil on Fine Art Paper (Framed)

30 x 20cm

2015

 

John Procter

South Australia

 

Socially and culturally marginal, embracing unconventional views and alien to the prevailing dominant culture, life is about the living, the real relationships between people and places. My art is the savoring of the moment, the emotional tie between the subject and the heart, deriving everything from my own depths and nothing from convention. A creative outsider possessed of an expressive impulse, externalising the overwhelming desire to share the experience, self- expression entirely for my individual satisfaction and inner need. Encouraged by memories, guided by instinct, content and context, the visual image is primarily a vehicle of my storytelling impulse.

 

 

 

Going Underground

Copic Markers, Gouache on Crescent Board

100 x 75cm (Framed)

2014
 

Jordan King | I am Creased | Acrylic, Oil, Oil Stick on Linen | 122 x 111.5cm | 2015
 

Jordan King 

South Australia

 

My work is built on mistakes and accidents, which accumulate on linen drop sheets covering my studio floor. I step on them, smearing, and smudging paint. On top of this mess, I layer awkward scribbles using thick, clumpy oil stick. Ultimately, my paintings are weird and flawed.

I am Creased

Acrylic, Oil, Oil Stick on Linen

122 x 111.5cm

2015

 

Kalinda Nelson-Boyd | I Am (Untitiled 3) | Metallic Pearl Archival Print | 56 x 84.1cm | 2015
 

Kalinda Nelson-Boyd 

New South Wales

 

 

'I Am' celebrates and challenges traditional notions of gender roles and expectations. It is an exploration of feminine sexuality, gender non-conformity and assertive expression. Historically, within the Western cultural context, roles and expectations within society have been constructed through patriarchal parameters set by religion and tradition. I Am challenges these traditional conventions and promotes the acceptance and embracing of feminine sexuality and gender non-conformity. The superficiality of blended illustration and photography accentuates the existence of struggle surrounding feminine sexual expression and restrictive gender constructs. The amalgamation of conceptual and technical elements creates a metaphor that reflects tension and desire.

I Am (Untitled 3)

Metallic Pearl Archival Print

56 x 84.1cm

2015

 

 
Katya Petetskaya | Spill no.8 | Synthetic Polymer Paint on MDF Board | 61 x 91cm | 2015

Katya Petetskaya 

New South Wales

 

My most recent series of works (The Spill) have addressed the politics of contamination and explored oil spill sites as Anthropocene landscapes. Such pollution exposes the imbalance of our dialogue with nature – the irreversibility of our impact on the environment, but also our vulnerability and fragility that comes with the inability to keep this impact under control. Found in different parts of the world, these sites are unique and distinctive nature-culture, landscape-human interactions.

Spill no.8

Synthetic Polymer Paint on MDF Board

61 x 91cm

2015

 

 
Keiko Matsui | Scar Bowls | Porcelain & White Matt Glaze | 10-23 Diameter x 11-18cm Height | 2015
 
Kelly Southee | Morning Coke in Greenslopes | Soft Pastel on Sanded Card | 81 x 67cm | 2015
Kelly Southee | Annerley Junction: Before the Hail Storm Re-Roofing | 62 x 76cm | Soft Pastel on Sanded Card | 2015

Keiko Matsui

New South Wales

 

Directly stemming from my Japanese heritage and familiarity with the mending and restoring technique known as Kintsugi, my work explores the altering of fine porcelain forms through the cutting and rejoining of sections. I make a symmetrical shape on the wheel, and then alter the form by cutting and re-joining the parts. When putting the parts together with liquid clay, excess clay pushes out of the joint and makes a line like a human scar. I am drawn to the idea of organic detail juxtaposed with the consistent lines of the wheeled form. It is like finding imperfection in our everyday.

Scar Bowls

Porcelain and White Matt Glaze

10-23cm Diameter, 11-18cm Height

2015

 

Kelly Southee

Queensland

 

A suburban Art Deco treasure
Boarded up for many years
Now being peeled open and undergoing an unknown transformation
I decide to check it out one sunny morning
From a side window, which lacks glazing, I'm greeted by sun back-lighting the old shop front COKE sign.
What a sight - change illuminated!

Morning Coke in Greenslopes

Soft Pastel on Sanded Card (Framed)

67 x 81 x 4cm

2015

 

Shimmering iron roof-tops in red & green
Soon to be a sight unseen
A single hailstorm transformed our town
Now we await re-roofing
As old iron is being torn down

Annerley Junction: Before the Hail Storm Re-Roofing

Soft Pastel on Sanded Card (Framed)

62 x 76 x 2cm

2015

 

Lauri Smith | Fremble... | Resin, Silicon, and Human Hair | 30 x 43 x 30cm | 2015
 

Lauri Smith 

New South Wales

 

I wanted to explore the connection between the universe and all the creatures contained in it. I am fascinated by the connection between the macro and micro worlds that are living within ourselves and the world around us. From the smallest cell in our body, it can be seen to be reflected and mimicked in nature and the cosmos, this inherent link between animal, human and the universe. Utilising this idea I created a creature that incorporates different combinations of animals and human characteristics featuring fleshy skin, human-like eyes and hair that is intended to invite the viewer to contemplate this idea.

Lauri Smith | Fremble, the whole universe is contained within us| Resin, Silicon, and Human Hair | 30 x 43 x 30cm | 2015

Fremble, the whole universe is contained within us

Resin, Silicon, and Human Hair

30 x 43 x 30cm  

2015

 

 
Leisl Mott | Looking to the East | Oil on Canvas | 121 x 91cm | 2015

Leisl Mott

Queensland

 

This piece is inspired by the beauty of a landscape that used to mean ‘home’. There is a multi-faceted beauty in this place... Not only is it appealing to the eye, but it is a hopeful place, a place with qualities of patience, generosity and honesty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking to the East

Oil on Canvas

121 x 91cm

2015

 

 
Lisa Kotoulas | Eyes Heavy | Oil on Canvas | 51 x 61cm | 2015

Lisa Kotoulas

New South Wales

 

Human gesture and expression remain the primary focus of my art practice.

A preoccupation with the idea of Self is supported by an intent observation of others. Convinced that answers can only emerge by looking outward, I attempt to seize instances where emotion is unlocked.

Driven by a place where time stands still, I engage in the moments where the masquerades of daily life are disrupted. Within these moments, the possibility of truth can be revealed.

I encourage the consideration of using the canvas as a type of mirror, allowing oneself to thoroughly observe and reflect.

Eyes Heavy

Oil on Canvas

51 x 61cm

2015

 

 
Lisa Mattock | Jewels | Textile Collage | 60 x 70cm | 2015
 
Loique Allain | Calanque de Morgiou | Linocut on Paper | 165 x 102cm | 2015

Lisa Mattock

New South Wales

 

I have always valued textiles as being more than merely functional. I appreciate their colour, variety, and texture.My artworks evolve after a colour palette is selected. Different fabric combinations are then stitched together. These layers are then cut, stitched, and embellished multiple times.

My current body of work is titled 'Forage', as the fabrics and embellishments are sourced from discontinued textile sample books that would otherwise be added to landfill. The silk embellishments are sourced from women's cooperatives in India which specialise in repurposing the off cuts from sari factories.

Jewels

Textile Collage

60 x 70cm

2015

 

Loique Allain 

South Australia

 

This print is a response to my experience of being in this landscape. An important process of the art making is traversing through the land. This allows for an immersion into the site which invites new experiences and discoveries. In the studio, I drew from my memory, photos and intuition to bring it to life through carving lino and then printing onto paper.

This print evokes the emotion that the site provoked in me at the time I was visiting. This place has compelled me to be expressive in my mark making. It is the land and the human connection to place that is the essential influence of this work.

Calanque de Morgiou

Linocut on Somerset Paper

165 x 102cm

2015

 

Michael Simms | Transcendence | Oil on Canvas | 50 x 82cm | 2015
 

Michael Simms

New South Wales

 

The surreal experience of entering a hypnotic state of consciousness while creating art has always fascinated me. I wanted to produce a self-portrait that reflected this place.

 

Transcendence

Oil on Canvas

50 x 82cm

2015

 

 
Miho Watanabe | Awareness of Between-ness | 2015

 

My obsession with 'between-ness' started while taking photographs as a professional photographer. I explored the space between a subject and the camera as an energy flow, and found how important to be aware of ‘between-ness’.


Katami is an object that was once a possession of deceased, kept as a remembrance of the dead by Japanese people. Living in Sydney for nearly half of my life and having missed the communal sharing to honour/appreciate the life of the deceased, I created artworks of Katami that represented the visualisation of the ‘between-ness’: the interconnectedness between the deceased and the living.

Miho Watanabe  

New South Wales

Miho Watanabe | Awareness of Between-ness | 2015

Awareness of Between-ness: Katami, once a possession of decreased

Photograph and Painting on Silk, Aluminium, Pespex, LED

500 x 500cm

2015

 

Nigel Laxton | Le Terroir #4 | Acrylic on Board | 60 x 60cm | 2015
 

 

 

My paintings relate to an artist's sensory encounters with landscape. They are based on cultural geography and the feeling and perceptions of being in wild places.

 

My art practice as a whole is influenced by phenomenological enquiry, a philosophical framework that relates to the structures of personal experience and consciousness.

 

I am currently working on a series of semi-abstract paintings that explore the concept of 'Ambiguous Romanticism': contemporary art that has its base in an appreciation of both natural and urban environments, individual expressions and a deliberate ambiguity in the composition and colour of the paintings.

Nigel Laxton

Western Australia

Le Terroir  #4

Acrylic on Board

60 x 60cm

2015

 

Noriko Sugita | A Commemorative Photo | Oil on Wood Panel | 24.4 x 34.4cm | 2015
 

 

 

There are two aspects behind this painting. The first is about the strange moment when people are posing in front of a camera, waiting for the photographer to take a photo. It's almost like time has stopped for the camera and people's face expressions are not real.

The second idea behind this painting is that you can't judge people from outside impressions. Even if someone looks weird, the person might be pure of mind. The contradiction of scary looking creatures who care for everything down to the smallest flower or butterfly is funny to me.

Noriko Sugita

New South Wales

A Commemorative Photo

Oil on Wood Panel

24.4 x 34.4cm

2015

 

 
Pamela Pudan | Blue Rondel | Stained Procelain in Perspex Box | 2015

Pamela Pudan

New South Wales

This work is an exploration of central spaces and the forms that contain them. Rondels, mazes and forts are all organised around a central, mysterious space. In the bird world, the lapwing performs a beautiful, intricate dance to protect its own central space, the nest. Examples proliferate everywhere. I am fascinated by our notion of our own centres, by what lies therein, and by our own intricate and colourful ways to both express and protect what is there.

Blue Rondel

Stained Porcelain in Perspex Box

48 x 48 x 35cm

2015

 

Pamela Pudan | Blue Rondel | Stained Procelain in Perspex Box | 2015
White Atol | Chinese Porcelain and Perspex Frame | 2014

I’m fascinated by form and texture, by taking familiar things and trying to distill them. By stripping them of colour and by repeating them, interesting rhythms can be created. Making things in clay is fraught with mishaps and invariably becomes a negotiation between what I want to make and what is possible. I usually start with one idea and end up making something different, but still containing the original seed. This process is both frustrating and rewarding - the struggle to express my idea, eventual surrender to the process, and final acceptance that what eventuates is not wholly within my control.

White Atoll

Chinese Porcelain and Perspex Frame

C. 75cm

2014

 

Samir Hamaiel | Stamford Brook Station | Acrylic on Canvas Paper | 59.4 x 42cm | 2015
 

Samir Hamaiel

Queensland

 

A memory of my previous life in the UK, this work is of an Underground station in West London. Neither day nor night, it is an in-between time of day at an in- between place. I attempted to capture the ideas of stillness and movement in the scene to celebrate the everyday elements of urban life.

Stamford Brook Station

Acrylic on Canvas Paper (unframed)

59.4 x 42 cm

2015

 

 
Samuel Kim | Curiouser and Curiouser | Aerosol and Acrylic on Canvas | 102 x 76cm | 2015

Samuel Kim 

New South Wales

 

I have a humble background and beginning in art through graffiti and street art. Over the years I have transformed and taught myself to use different mediums such as acrylics and oils to incorporate them alongside aerosol paints. My work strongly focuses on layers and how it makes up an individual or object, to represent an idea or emotion whilst retaining an element of grit and rawness. This piece in particular, portrays Alice from Alice in Wonderland with her bewildered look along with her famous quote “curiouser and curiouser” layered within it.

Curiouser and Curiouser

Aerosol and Acrylic on Canvas

102 x 76cm

2015

 

 
Sanne Koelemij | My Mark is a Shape, is an Object, is a Mark | Mixed Media | 2015

Sanne Koelemij  

ACT

 

My work explores the relationship between colour, shape, and material to construct ambiguity in the pictorial order of marks. Specifically I am investigating how colour, in the form of a painterly mark, can be deconstructed by the diversity of texture within my support. I construct my support out of non-traditional painting materials. By doing this I create tension between representation and illusion. Using and maintaining the form of the support materials allows for the shapes on the surface to be recognised as part of our everyday and brings the ‘everyday’ into the gallery context.

My Mark is a Shape, is an Object, is a Mark

Acrylic and Spray Paint on Cardboard, Plastic, Hessian, Raw Canvas, Tracing Paper, Polyester, and Wood.

194 x 205cm

2015

 

 
Silvia A Sellitto | Lost in Orbit | Oil on Linen | 57 x 75.7cm | 2015
 
Simone Linssen | The Safe House | Oil on Canvas | 76 x 61cm | 2015
 
Steve Pond | The Count | Image File | 2014

Silvia A Sellitto 

Victoria

 

From the "Impossible Body" series. I am inspired by the performance-based feats of contorted and awkward postures that one experiences in the daily grind of work and play. My altered portrait of the Artist and Mother, Magdalena Bors, represents her desire to fly like a celestial being and “how insignificant an everyday obstacle can feel when thinking about it in terms of the scale of what we are all part of”. I pay homage to the tradition of collage with my two-step process of creating an oil-painted copy of my collage.

Lost in Orbit

Oil on Linen

57 x 75.7cm

2015

 

Simone Linssen

Queensland

 

Throughout my artwork I explore particular issues of identity, anxiety, and loneliness. I am interested in private and intimate spaces that can be a place of comfort and solitude but also a place of entrapment and isolation from the outside world.

 

The Safe House

Oil on Canvas

76 x 61cm

2015

 

Steve Pond 

Northern Territory

 

This image was captured late at night in the walled City of San Gimignano, Italy and depicts the movements of Count Dracula.

The Count

Aluminium HD Print - Float Mount

30 x 45cm

2014

 

 
Susan Gourley | A Consumer's Guide to Unobtainable Happiness | Dimensions Variable | 2015
Susan Gourley | A Consumer's Guide to Unobtainable Happiness | Dimensions Variable | 2015

A Consumer's Guide to Unobtainable Happiness

Recycled cardboard, polystyrene, paper, acrylic paint, modelling paste, glass, and paper. 

Dimensions Variable

2014-15

 

 

 

Using strategies of assembling, disassembling, and reassembling, this installation emerges from my own concern that current forms of consumption in western society are unsustainable, leading to environmental damage by depletion of the earth’s resources almost as if without consequence.


Ironically, consumerism has been regarded as a means to social progress, refinement of taste, pleasure, and the fulfilment of happiness. Creating objects out of waste materials I seek to destabilise the role that ‘luxury’ plays in the nexus between the ‘aesthetics of display’, desire and the promise of pleasure fulfilment, drawing attention to the emotional inducements embodied in consumerist cultures.

Susan Gourley 

New South Wales

Thomas Thorby-Lister (Skulk) | Crash | Acrylic on Linen | 90 x 120cm | 2015
 

 

Skulk is a Sydney-based visual artist working across painting, drawing, and muralism. Expressive large-scale murals and playful characters have long-formed the basis of Skulk’s practice, but his more recent work shows an exciting development toward figurative abstraction, yet retaining a strong sense of style and authentic energy.

Thomas Thorby-Lister (Skulk)

New South Wales

Crash

Acrylic on Linen

90 x 120cm

2015

 

 
Vanessa Stanley | Installation | Dimensions Variable | 2014

Vanessa Stanley 

Queensland

 

This artwork installation and video was created on site of the Eastern Branch of the Brisbane River at Crossing No. 18. The work comprises seventeen individual convex mirrors positioned in a curve, rising and falling in height emulating the bed of the river. The still and moving water caresses and surrounds the mirrors. This work disrupts the notion of a fixed perspective as you see the sky and clouds floating, reflecting and disappearing in the water. Earth's measured rhythm is visible within the reflection and flow of water. Observation, the ongoing moment, time and present, simultaneously exist.

Eastern Branch Brisbane River - Outside

Mirrored Perspex, and Aluminium

Dimensions Variable

2014

 

 
Violet Bond | The Cow God | Bone, Adhesives, Acrylic, and Pland Material | 2015

 

I grew up in Maningrida, an Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land NT. The name of the town means 'The place where the dreaming changed shape' and my work has always been influenced by this concept. Morphing shapes, the spirit world, and everything that lies beyond.

Aboriginal culture, religion, and belief in reincarnation into animal forms is an element in all my work, the connection of people and animals, alive and dead and where our spirits go.

I am also influenced by Christianity and the way it has been accepted by many Aboriginal people and how the two ways of life can often exist in parallel, rather than one becoming dominant over the other. Ancient bones and feathers sitting along side the image of a Mary or a crucifix on the wall. Or in the case of this work, gold halos and bones. My art is from my heart, from the dirt, from the dust, from the bones, from the wild!

 

 

The Cow God

Bone, Adhesives, Acrylic, and Plant Material

116 x 66 x 20cm

2015

 

Violet Bond

Queensland

Violet Bond | The Cow God | Bone, Adhesives, Acrylic, and Pland Material | 2015
 
Youjia Lu | Loop | 5:25mins | 2014

Youjia Lu 

Victoria

 

'Loop' explores the duality that exists when one is trapped in thought suppression. A double consciousness exists as the paranoia-fuelled anxiety generates an individual who, while consciously attempting to escape thoughts, is at the same time indulging in them obsessively.

Loop

Video

5:25mins

 

 
Helen Oprey | Waiting | Acrylic on Mixed Media Binded to Linen | 100 x 100cm | 2015

Helen Oprey

New South Wales

My work is inspired by my environment. As a social worker, I have been exposed to the vulnerable, the wonderful and the wacky. Since becoming a mother, I am also exposed to innocence, wonderment, and mother stress. All these elements combined influence my art. My paintings are a combination of creative play and thoughtful contemplation. I hope to capture something both beautiful and meaningful. I allow my love of colour and experimentation to take me on a  carefree journey before my adult mind takes over. Respecting this is an attempt to capture the freedom of expression within the confines of balance, harmony, and integrity. I, therefore, use a variety of mediums and techniques in my paintings.

Waiting

Acrylic on Mixed Media Binded to Linen

100 x 100cm

2015

 

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Silvia A Sellitto ~ Lost in Orbit ~ Oil on Linen ~ 57 x 75.7cm ~ 2015