Exhibition Highlights of the Week #4 – as selected by Tony Jackson, Director, Quadrant Design Architects.
Jerry GALEA, “Untitled” (no 1, photography and mixed media on paper, $500)
Tony Jackson’s first choice for the Exhibition Highlight of the Week is “Untitled”, by Jerry Galea, professional photographer and freelance photojournalist for leading national and international periodicals. “I am drawn to this image because it conjures up the feeling of a hot summer night, when the last light of the dusk creates its own shapes and shadows, and immerses the landscape in meditative and contemplative mood. It is an image that is at once laconically simple and compositionally complex; tonally subtle yet texturally rich.”
Ross MILLER, “The Boat – La Barca” (no 121, bronze sculpture, $1,000)
Tony has also singled out “The Boat – La Barca”, by the sculptor Ross Miller. “This is a delightful scene embodied in a minimalist and compressed way. It really captures in my opinion the romance of Venice and the summery feel of lazy afternoons by the canal. The verdigris patination of the bronze sculpture conveys something of that all-pervading aroma of the famous canals, lagoons, and innumerable waterways. The elevated platform of the sculpture suggests a setting for a drama; its descending steps create an illusion, a nexus to the underworld.”
Jane WILSON, “From the Verandah” (no 88, water-soluble oils, $550)
Tony Jackson’s third Exhibition Highlight of the Week is “From the Veranda”, by Jane Wilson. “The simplicity and originality of the composition, its unusual cropping, the artist’s skills, and surface textures are delightful in this picture. It truly captures how the crows – or in this case butcher birds – love hanging out in the field with that inimitable attitude. I readily respond to the way in which Wilson depicts the birds. There is always that mixture of humour and menace that makes you wonder just what are they thinking about when they stare at you. I feel that that clump of trees in the background is a haven that the birds might need, for they are not as tough as they would like to appear, and will retreat into the trees then time comes.”
The exhibition is current until Saturday, 1 February.
View complete exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/summer-exhibition.html
Exhibition Highlights of the Week #3 –
as selected by Cresina Tillman,
Interior Design Specialist, Quadrant Design Architects.
Marian QUIGLEY, “Buttock Blues” (no 28, acrylic on canvas, $300)
Cresina’s first choice for the Exhibition Highlights of the Week is “Buttock Blues”, by Marian Quigley, the multi-award winning artist based in the Bass Coast region of Victoria. The painting is a joyous celebration of colour, movement, and free-flowing forms. “I really enjoy the sense of design within this work, and admire the artist’s ability to combine the flowing lines, the bright colours, and the inspiration from nature and the human body in one harmonious composition,” says Cresina of the painting.
Otto BORON, “Catch!” (no 52, oil on canvas, $980)
Cresina has also singled out “The Catch!”, by the Italian-born, Melbourne-based, award-wining artist Otto Boron, whose works were profiled on ABC’s Art Nation television program in 2010. The painting is one of the many works in the exhibition featuring birds and animals within a landscape setting. “This little work is remarkable for the layers upon layers of pigments which result in a richly textured surface of the painting. Yet in spite of its textural complexity the image remains sharp and precise; all elements within the composition are sharply defined,” comments Cresina.
Jane HENRY, “The Last Three” (no 71, basketry, stitched pine needles, antique bottle necks, $250)
Cresina’s third Exhibition Highlight of the Week is “The Last Three”, by Jane Henry, a member of the highly esteemed Basketmakers of Victoria group, whose works are richly represented throughout the Summer Exhibition. Henry’s pieces utilise a variety of natural and found media, including antique ceramic bottle necks. “I enjoy the overall sense of design within these works. The usage of diverse materials creates highly textured, intricate, and complex patterns. The implementation of recycled materials is also quite ingenious,” remarks Cresina.
View complete exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/summer-exhibition.html
All works in the exhibition are available for sale and immediate pick-up - a perfect and unique gift for Christmas!
SUMMER exhibition features 182 works by more than fifty artists, and this week we have asked Pam Jackson, Director of Quadrant Gallery, to select three works as 'Exhibition Highlights of the Week'.
Pam selected the following works:
Judy PERFECT, Fine Feathers (no 110, watercolour, $400):
"This delightful work shows the skill of the artist very well – the expert blending of the pigment and the light touch of the artist has created an image of a bird that has both dignity and personality. It is the simplicity of this image that makes it work. It needs nothing else."
Sonja ROBAR, The Surfers (no 75, mixed media, $295):
"The Surfers epitomises Summer – the theme of this exhibition. The artist has created an iconic Australian image using photography and digital imaging. Mounted on an aluminium backing, this work has a very contemporary look that verges upon abstract. Robar has chosen a classic summer scene of surfers at the beach, but has cleverly avoided cliché in the use of her unique view and presentation of the work."
Darren GILBERT, Seed Head (no 6, metal & wood sculpture, $795):
"This work has an elegance of shape despite the medium of rusted metal and rough wood. It symbolises the balance of life in the Australian countryside: the necessity of making do with what you have yet creating something beautiful from it. The delicacy of shape belies the tough core of metal – something that seeds need to survive and flourish."
All works in the exhibition are available for sale and immediate collection.
The exhibition is open until Saturday, 1 February 2014 (by appointment only between 23 December 2013 and 13 January 2014).
View complete exhibition online at
This week’s Work of the Week from Tony Jackson’s exhibition ‘Forest Kaleidoscope’ is ‘Forest Flight’ (no. 23, digital print on portfolio photorag paper, ed of 9, 55 x 82 cm, $550 (unframed) / $750 (framed)).
The photograph expresses Jackson’s love of nature, which provides a continuous source of inspiration for his photographs. The diffused focus allows the viewer to dwell on the essence of the background landscape. The accidental detail of the bird flying through the dense forest injects the image with a sense of movement and vitality.
The exhibition is on view at until Saturday, 23 November 2013. See the complete exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/tony-jackson.html
This week’s Work of the Week from Norm Borg’s exhibition ‘Zooids’ is ‘Dragon Eye Zoanthid’ (no. 12, glass, 19.5 x 17.0 cm, $470).
As the title of the glass sculpture suggests, Borg’s ‘Dragon Eye Zoanthid’ was inspired by the exquisite deep sea creatures, which populate coral reefs and other marine environments around the world. Their uniquely bright and vibrant colouring is masterfully conveyed by the artist. Zoanthids frequently form colonies, and just like in nature, this ‘Zoanthid’ also comes from a series of three works in the exhibition, which are available for sale individually or as a group at $1,380 (nos 11, 12 and 13).
The exhibition is on view at until Saturday, 23 November 2013. See the complete exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/norm-borg.html
This week’s Work of the Week from Janette Thompson’s exhibition ‘Birds and Mammals’ is ‘Cat Bird’ (Etching and Aquatint, ed 10/10, $ 150 (unframed) $ 290 (framed)).
This week we are profiling Thompson’s abilities as a graphic artist and printmaker. ‘Cat Bird’ is just one of a number of exquisite etchings and aquatints on view at the gallery. It showcases Thompson’s creative processes as the artist carefully traces precise lines in the plate, and the delicate tonal effects of the aquatint enliven the printed impression.
The exhibition is on view at until Saturday, 23 November 2013. See selected works from the exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/janette-thompson.html
This week we are bringing you a selection of works from each of the three exhibitions which are currently on view at our gallery.
Janette Thompson’s ‘Paradise Bird’ (no 13, pencil, acrylic and oil stick on arches aquarelle, $ 1,100) showcases most advantageously her artistic talents.
The meticulous execution utilises a variety of media to create vibrantly coloured and richly textured surfaces. It is also reflective of the artist’s close observation of – and ongoing fascination with – the Australian flora and fauna, which is amply represented in her current exhibition.
View selected works from the exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/janette-thompson.html
Tony Jackson’s ‘Forest Attitude’ (no. 17, digital print on portfolio photorag paper, ed of 9, 55 x 82 cm, $550 (unframed) / $750 (framed)) expresses his love of nature, which provides a continuous source of inspiration for Tony's photographs.
The diffused focus allows the viewer to dwell on the essence of the background landscape. The accidental bird popping up within the picture frame is reflective of Australian forests as a lived environment as well as of the photographer’s own impish sense of humour.
View the complete exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/tony-jackson.html
This week’s Work of the Week from Norm Borg’s exhibition ‘Zooids’ is
Norm Borg’s glass creations, such as ‘Large Polyp - Orange Blue Murrine’ (no. 20, glass, 49 x 16 cm, $ 680), complement and complete the symbiosis between our three current exhibitions inasmuch as all three artists turn for inspiration to nature.
The rich colours and inimitable shapes reverberate throughout the gallery and create artistic and aesthetic dialogues between the artists.
View the complete exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/norm-borg.html
All three exhibitions are current until Saturday, 23 November 2013.
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our three new exhibitions - recent paintings and drawings by Janette Thompson; photography by Tony Jackson; and contemporary glass sculpture by Norm Borg.
Janette Thompson is a Melbourne-based artist specialising in painting, drawing, and printmaking. Her current exhibition reflects the artist’s fascination with the local fauna. Most of the drawings are meticulously created with coloured pencils. Complex layering of pigments conveys differing textures of marsupials’ fur, and the colourful plumage of different bird species.
Tony Jackson is a Melbourne-based painter, photographer, and architect. The current body of work is inspired by his continuous fascination with nature and the environment.Jackson says about this works: “In this series of images I explore the colours, vibrancy and moods. My experience of life informs me that clarity is an elusive state. These images celebrate this aspect and allow the viewer’s own emotions to permeate these forests.”
Norm Borg is an East-Gippsland based glass artist and sculptor, founder and director of Tallon Glass studios in Nungurner. Borg describes his distinct glass art style as “focussing on organic shapes and surface manipulation, using colours and shapes found in natural and manmade environments.” His recent works of bold contemporary shapes and organic forms draw on the patterns and colours abstracted from a fusion of eucalyptus bark and modern architecture.
The exhibitions will be on view until Saturday, 23 November 2013.