“A Kaleidoscope of Colour for the Festive Season”

Red Hill Gallery presents the talents of four diverse leading ladies for their final exhibition for the year. Collectively their creative artwork is innovative and refreshingly evocative. The exhibition “Kaleidoscope of Colour” opens at Red Hill Gallery on Friday 2 December 2016.

artchatchristinereillyChristine Reilly is a respected and imaginative Queensland artist, who strives to portray her evocative images with colour and movement, making them come alive on the canvas. Her work demonstrates a long-held love of travel, people-watching, local city scenes and beachscapes. It chronicles not only the progression of her subjects and style but also her own journey as an artist and woman.

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Larissa Blake creates vibrant and energetic works inspired by the everyday, her love of travel and interiors. Larissa was exposed to Art from early childhood through her mother, professional artist, Loretta Blake. Her work references the domestic and feminine domains in a celebratory context, using an exuberant, joyful, uplifting colour palette.

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Loretta Blake whose passion is classic art, has had a distinguished career in Australia and overseas, working in oils as well as water based paints.  Flowers, a first love of subject matter, gradually gave way to the exploration of people and landscape, whilst still expressing vibrancy and spontaneity.

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Karen Atkins is constantly amazed by possibilities, enormous skies, sumptuous colours and extraordinary relationships between people, animals, land and art. Karen’s paintings evolve from experiences and observations and explore, with romance and whimsy, the places our choices may take us.

“Throughout our 30th Anniversary year, we have been privileged to present some outstanding Art Exhibitions from our wonderful stable of Artists. Thank you for joining us on this journey.”
Margaret Campbell-Ryder, Gallery Director and Curator

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ICONIC BRISBANE ART GALLERY CELEBRATES MILESTONE

Throughout the year Red Hill Gallery has been celebrating its 30th Anniversary and on Wednesday 31st August the gallery presented its major Anniversary Exhibition of Excellence.

A number of successful artists, many with International reputations, will be exhibiting including Jamie Boyd, Mel Brigg, Regina Noakes, John Maitland, David Hart, Conchita Carambano, John Beeman, Bill Powell and Dean Rusling.

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Since first opening its doors in 1986 the Red Hill Gallery has remained at the same premises, 61 Musgrave Road, in a building over a century old which has become a part of Brisbane’s historical fabric.

The property was built in the early 1900s by the Whitehouse family to house their famous organ business, supplying organs to most city halls, civic buildings, churches and cathedrals throughout Australia and New Zealand. It subsequently became the home of many other businesses including a confectionary manufacturer, a sound studio and a printing press.

For the last 30 years, thousands of paintings, handmade glass, sculptures, jewellery and ceramics have been purchased from this quaint little ‘red’ building with the green awning on Musgrave Road.

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With highly-successful careers in the retail and marketing sector, Graham and Margaret Campbell-Ryder purchased the gallery in 1998. According to Mr Campbell-Ryder the Red Hill Gallery’s longevity and success is due to many factors however one of the most crucial ingredients has been customer service. “Regardless of what business you’re in, if you don’t provide excellent service from start to finish then you won’t stand the test of time,” Mr Campbell-Ryder said.

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Seeing art in the flesh is an enriching experience, there is colour, beauty, passion, thoughtfulness and intensity in art that is soothing to some and exciting to others. It’s an experience that should be enjoyed by all. “At Red Hill Gallery we look forward to continuing the tradition of providing excellent customer service and welcoming clients to the gallery during our 30th Anniversary celebrations and for many years to come” said Margaret Campbell-Ryder.

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The 30th Anniversary Exhibition officially opens on Wednesday August 31 at 6pm and continues daily until 25 September 2016.

 

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #87] – David Hinchliffe

ArtChat recently spent 5 minutes with Brisbane artist David Hinchliffe, to discuss his upcoming exhibition and recent trips overseas. His latest exhibition at Red Hill Gallery features the energy of New York City, the chaos of Havana, the romance of Paris, together with the architecture of London and iconic Brisbane landmarks.

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AC: What’s your philosophy about art? 

DH: Art doesn’t change the world, my opinion however, it does change the way we see the world.  That’s my job as an artist: to help people see the world.

AC: You have painted so many different parts of the world, do you have a favourite location to paint?

DH:  I keep finding new places to paint, in addition to my regular painting visits to New York, London, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne.  I’ve just come back from running a painting workshop in Bali and that was special.  But I have to say the more exotic destinations like Marrakech and Fez in Morocco and Havana in Cuba are still my favourites…along with Brisbane of course.

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AC: We loved the photos of your recent trip to Bali, can we expect to see some of your Bali paintings in the near future?

DH:  Absolutely. I especially loved the Balinese people and culture, I’d never been to Bali before. I guess I was put off by so many Australians going there. But I was surprised to find most of the people hadn’t been corrupted by the commercialism and tourism that has swamped a few parts of Bali. It was painting the people that I really enjoyed most, partly because my first love is figurative painting and partly because the people were so lovely and willing to be painted. (See pic of Balinese girl at Candidasa.) I’d be delighted to share those paintings in the months ahead.

Bali Painting

AC: It has been hinted that there is going to be a double David Hinchliffe exhibition in the future, can you tell us more? 

DH:  It all started a few years ago when there was some internet confusion about David Hinchliffe artist (Brisbane) and David Hinchliffe artist (Somerset UK). I got in touch with the U.K. David and he and his wife Patsy invited me to their home and studio in lovely Somerset.  That was about 4 years ago and the friendship has grown and each year we visit the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. (See pic.) We even have very similar painting styles, although he has an OBE after his name!  I’ve invited him and Patsy to Brisbane and I’m hopeful that might result in a joint exhibition — “Two David Hinchliffe’s are better than One” is the working title!

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AC:  What do you like most about the Luxembourg Gardens?

DH: Luxembourg gardens in Paris has been attracting artists for 2 centuries, particularly the impressionists at the end of the 19th century. It’s just down the road from the Pantheon and near the Sorbonne but its attraction is the relief it offers to the local built environment. I love the cafe in among the tightly planted rows of trees on the Pantheon side of the park where the local head waiter terrorises customers. I know him now and I know his gruff wiles and ways, so I enjoy observing how new patrons respond to his very Parisian style of ‘waiting’. I’ve sat at that cafe many times painting the dramatic light and shade and the shapes of people moving in and out of those regimented rows of trees.

AC:  In your current exhibition you have a small number of paintings (for example Marrakesh) that are different from you usual style, can we expect to see more of this?

DH: My ambition as an artist is to try to capture the personality of the cities I visit. No two cities are alike. Parts of some cities might resemble parts of others, but I hope I am able to reflect their individuality in slightly different styles.

AC:  What style of art do you personally collect?

DH:  I don’t collect a lot of paintings partly because I don’t have room enough to hang them!  I do like representative painting – I like a painting to look like something. However I also love pure abstraction, paintings that don’t have any specific elements. I find I enjoy a painting that holds my attention. It needs to represent something. My favourite paintings were painted by my father when he was just a young teenager. (See pic of David with his father’s paintings, painted when his father was approx 15 years old)

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AC:  What was the lightbulb moment that made you switch from politics to painting fulltime?

DH:  It wasn’t so much a ‘switch’ as a ‘reprioritising’. I’ve been painting continuously since I was a teenager including on my holidays when I was in politics. That’s how I was able to have more than 60 exhibitions by the time I retired. I’d had enough of politics and the dumbing down that has been an increasing feature of political discussion. I’m now lucky enough to have had just over 4 joy filled years of uninterrupted full-time painting, undisturbed by the madness or mediocrity of politics.

AC:  Having travelled and exhibited all around the world, why do you call Brisbane home?

DH:  No matter what great times I have painting in extraordinary parts of this world, I have never returned to Brisbane wishing that that I’d stayed longer in the city or cities I’ve been visiting. I always return with a sense of gratitude that I belong to such a special place with such good sub-tropical weather, magnificent parks with Poinciana’s and Jacarandas, its unique traditional Queenslander architecture,  and incomparable coffee!

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David Hinchliffe’s current collection of artwork is on exhibition at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road Red Hill, Brisbane until 21 August 2016. Make sure you visit the Gallery and its amazing team.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #86] – Creatures – Kayo Yokoyama

At first glance, the works created by Kayo Yokoyama are beautiful, peaceful and delicate. Using glass as her canvas, her latest collection “Creatures” is etched with intricate, wistful detail that invites a closer look. The inspiration behind this series is born from the idea of taking time to stop and look. Creatures live in this world with us and this series has frozen them in time. They are incredible, beautiful and unique – a whole other world waiting to be discovered. Quite simply, all Kayo wants is for people to look at these delicate creatures, hand etched onto contemporary glass and say “I love that – I want it.”

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AC:  Tell us the inspiration behind your Exhibition title “Creatures”

KY:  Love of the planet and life.

 AC:  Have you had any noteworthy experiences with any creatures portrayed in this latest collection?

KY:  The first time I went to the beach and braved the ocean in Australia, I was stung by a Blue Bottle.

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 AC:  If you weren’t an artist, what career would you be pursuing?

KY:  I would be a Professor on World Economy

 AC:  What inspires your artwork?

KY:  It takes time to really look at what’s surrounding us to admire our life; this new body of work is just like a time capsule. You have to freeze time to really look at what is happening in the world around you.

 AC:  The detail in this latest collection is mind-blowing, roughly how long does each piece take. Does it vary depending on size or the creature you are creating?

KY:  Every day is a different day, it all depends on my feeling and how motivated I am.

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 AC:  If you could be a creature, which one would you be and why?

KY:  hmmm, no idea…

 AC:  In the past, you have likened the experience of engraving to a zen-like meditation, do you still feel this way?

KY:  For me, it has always been like this. I feel like I am working in a bubble. You need motivation to work and you need to get excited about what you are making.

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AC:  What inspired you to engrave glass? Do you draw your idea first?

KY:  I wish I could, but I am not good with drawing, so I just look at glass and start to engrave.

 AC:  First it was trees, now it is creatures, what will come next?

KY:  The Moon…

“Creatures” an exhibition of amazing etched contemporary glass by Kayo Yokoyama continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, Brisbane until Sunday 24 July 2016.

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Joseph Zbukvic – Hidden Treasures 2016 – Part 4

28 By the Billabong

‘BY THE BILLABONG’

A quintessential Australian scene which I painted with some reservation because I feared I was too obvious and a bit kitschy. However, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it all while accompanied with a song by a pair of magpies to boot! I ended up really liking it and decided to keep it for a while for something special. So here it is. I hope you like it as much. It’s a small work but I think it conveys the majestic gumtree well. I am particularly fond of the water reflection in the dam. Joseph Zbukvic

 29 Late Afternoon, Paris

‘LATE AFTERNOON, PARIS’

Everybody loves the beautiful city of Paris. I think it has taken over as the No. 1 subject for artists wanting to paint streetscapes. It used to be Venice but Paris offers more variety and is more relevant in the modern world. The architecture is just stunning as this painting shows. Even though it’s a small work it still manages to portray the majesty of that city. I believe it is the uniform height and colour of the buildings that gives it its individuality. This gives it a unique look of uniformity. The Parisian style is individual and unmistakeable. I hope to keep painting it forever. Joseph Zbukvic

 30 Winter Evening, Melbourne

‘WINTER EVENING, MELBOURNE’

I love painting the crisp winter light. Even though I sometimes freeze to death painting out there! In winter the angle of the sun always remains relatively low, which provides lovely long shadows. The other benefit of painting in the cooler part of the year is that the paint doesn’t dry too fast which gives me the luxury of extra time to work on the painting. It’s worth freezing to eventually get this result. Joseph Zbukvic

 31 Mending the Nets Venice

‘MENDING THE NETS, VENICE’

Despite centuries of tourism Venice is still a living city and locals carry on with everyday chores even when surrounded by clicking cameras. If one stays away from Saint Marco Square and other popular tourist spots, it’s easy to find things such as this. I have a particular fondness portraying people at work. Today’s modern world has almost forgotten the beauty of manual labour and handmade things. I watched this old fisherman with envy while he was completely absorbed in his task and totally relaxed. We had a chat and a laugh. I treasure that memory. Joseph Zbukvic

 32 Back from Fishing

‘BACK FROM FISHING’

An artist should tell a story with each painting he does. Painting mere objects creates pictures rather than works of art. It’s obvious the boats and their reflections are the main subject in this piece, but without the figures it would lack a theme. It was good to be able to silhouette them against the sky so they are very visible; however I had to make sure they looked casual and not too obvious as well. A bit of a balancing act. It’s important to me not to overstate anything in my work. All elements in the picture should relate to everything else equally. Joseph Zbukvic

 33 Winter Mooring

‘WINTER MOORING’

I have obtained permission to enter many private properties and clubs in order to paint. This is why we call art a passport through society. This mooring is at a private yacht club and I find that during the week there is hardly anybody there which is a blessing for me, so I don’t have to answer passers-by who usually ask such things as; are you an artist? Yachts and boats are one of my favourite subjects. I particularly like the play of the reflections on the water surface. They are painted last and it’s very satisfying to see the painting finally come together. Joseph Zbukvic

 34 The Homestead at Daylesford

‘THE HOMESTEAD AT DAYLESFORD’

Come to think of it I should have called this a cottage rather than the Homestead. It is quite a humble building. Just like everything else, the original farmhouses are slowly being replaced by modern buildings. I think these old-fashioned houses have a particular charm. They are a home rather than just a house and show traces of generations that have lived there. I was particularly taken by the colour of the roof on this house. It’s the classic Australian corrugated red roof you see everywhere. It takes on a lovely glow in the sunlight which is a joy to paint and a great colour contrast to the green grass and foliage next to it. Joseph Zbukvic

 35 The Last Dash

‘THE LAST DASH’

I discovered horse racing as a painting subject many years ago but I never tire of painting these magnificent creatures. Of course it is impossible to be fast enough to paint them in full flight like this so I rely on photos and memory. This particular piece was done at the races by retaining the memory of that final moment in the race when every effort is made to get across the finish line first. Passersby are bewildered to see me working long after the race is done, with nothing in front of me. I place the final details in, back in my studio. Joseph Zbukvic

 36 Sunny Corner, Carlton

‘SUNNY CORNER, CARLTON’

This is one of the few original corners in Melbourne. Progress has taken away many good subjects over the last few years. It’s hard to find buildings with character which have not been touched up and over restored so they look brand new. However my interest in this subject was the afternoon light. The shadows slowly creep onto that wall and I have to paint fast before the entire building is in the shade. Orange detailing around the windows accentuates the warmth of the sun and adds a bit of excitement. Joseph Zbukvic

 37 The Old Steamer

‘THE OLD STEAMER’

This scene could be from last century but it’s actually a small boat shed in Melbourne where some enthusiasts keep a couple of old steamboats which are lovingly restored. They ferry tourists on them, but I don’t think they care for them, that much. I have spent time talking to them and they have a love for their boats transcending their commercial value. Sadly they tell me the port authority wants them to go and the council complains about safety and such. They are also in the latter stage of their lives and worry about who will take care of the “girls” when they are gone. I hope they do find someone who will. A lot of old stuff like this is disappearing and we will all be poorer for it. Joseph Zbukvic

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Exhibiting July 2016 at Red Hill Gallery

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Joseph Zbukvic – Hidden Treasures 2016 – Part 3

19 Paris Reflections

‘PARIS REFLECTIONS’

I visit Paris every year and always stay in the same hotel in the Latin Quarter near Boulevard St Michelle. My room offers a great view and good painting subjects in comfort if it’s raining or I simply don’t feel like going out. The high vantage point is not easy to draw but does offer good reflections. I have painted this view a number of times, but I kept this little piece for myself, so I can reflect on my good times in Paris, hence the title. It’s a little play on words? Time now to let it go and paint another next time I’m here. Joseph Zbukvic

 20 Notre Dame

‘NOTRE DAME’

Every city has its icons. Paris is blessed with many and when painting those you follow in footsteps or brushstrokes of so many artists before you. That can be very intimidating but I never shy away from such subjects. I try and see it in a new way and give it my own twist. When I painted this near a bridge, I saved a tourist from drowning! She jumped into the Seine fully clothed in a winter coat and amazingly I was the only one to see her? I alerted a policeman nearby and within minutes there was pandemonium with sirens, speedboats and frogmen!  I just kept painting, what else could I do? I got a mention in the next day’s newspaper. Tourist saves tourist from drowning, was the headline.  Joseph Zbukvic

 21 Across the Seine

‘ACROSS THE SEINE’

Paris has many beautiful bridges and they are a delight to paint. There is something special about the arches reaching across to the other side. It must go back to the times when rivers were major obstacles. If you think about it, every time we come to a bank we look to the other side wishing to be over there. However for me it just makes for a wonderful composition leading your eye into the picture. Foregrounds are a particularly difficult element to do correctly when painting. They must lead you into the picture, if they fail to do this, you lose their depth of perception and the painting appears flat. Joseph Zbukvic

 22 Frosty Morning

‘FROSTY MORNING’

I have always been attracted to gentler light of mornings or late afternoon. I rarely paint in the bright midday sun. I think watercolour medium with its gentle effects is by far more suited to twilight. I love the sophisticated washes you can use to portray this effect. It gives me a chance to use all the colours on my palette. People often ask what colours I use to get the greys, well here’s the answer: all of them! Joseph Zbukvic

 23 Fiaker Study

‘FIAKER STUDY’

I have exhibited similar work before but this one I kept for a while as I really liked it. People often ask why they are not finished and I say to them that they are. Studies such as this have a special quality because it’s not complete. It’s a pity that artists’ sketches are neglected as exhibition pieces. I really like them, they show the depth of observation needed before you paint major work. It shows artists thinking process. It’s important to sort out the important elements of anything you are painting; otherwise you paint everything and end up with mere pictorial record. Joseph Zbukvic

 24 Barista Study 1

‘BARISTA STUDY 1’

I had a major painting of this subject in my last solo at Red Hill Gallery and these are some of the studies I did for it. I go for my morning coffee here and do many studies of the baristas at work. I kept these two as I particularly liked them and for future reference. The staff always check my efforts and are bewildered at my interests in their everyday job, which I see as a form of beautiful ballet offering endless subject material. Joseph Zbukvic

 25 Barista Study 2

‘BARISTA STUDY 2’

I had a major painting of this subject in my last solo at Red Hill Gallery and these are some of the studies I did for it. I go for my morning coffee here and do many studies of the baristas at work. I kept these two as I particularly liked them and for future reference. The staff always check my efforts and are bewildered at my interests in their everyday job, which I see as a form of beautiful ballet offering endless subject material. Joseph Zbukvic

 26 Red Awning, Paris

‘RED AWNING, PARIS’

I am not a colourist but I could not resist painting this beautiful red awning. Paris has many of these and they usually shelter a cafe or restaurant. I have spent many hours sitting under them sketching while sipping an aperitif. Well, someone has to do it! Europeans have an amazingly sophisticated lifestyle which they have developed over centuries. They seem to be able to enjoy life in such an elegant way. Yet again, for me it’s just another subject. The strength of that red colour and contrast of light and shade is made for painting. Joseph Zbukvic

 27 Kitchen Gossip

‘KITCHEN GOSSIP’

This is another of my people working pieces. Manual labour provides many fascinating subjects. I’m very thankful for the new trend in restaurants with open kitchens for providing readymade models. I observed these guys sharing a story and paying only scant attention to the actual cooking. Painting human figures is a very difficult discipline. Not only do you have to get anatomy proportions correct, but also make them animated and communicate. I am pleased with this composition and the interaction between them. I still wonder what the story was. Joseph Zbukvic

Zbukvic Signature

Exhibiting July 2016 at Red Hill Gallery

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Joseph Zbukvic – Hidden Treasures 2016 – Part 2

10 Milking Time

‘MILKING TIME’

I use cattle and animals as actors in my work quite often. If you look at their positions and posture you can see how they direct your eye through the picture plane. By making some look directly out front it engages the viewer. I don’t overdo the detailing either or it can look a bit kitschy. If you can imagine this scene without the cows, it’s easy to see how important they are. All elements in painting are like notes in music. The way they relate to each other creates the tune. Alone they are a single note with no rhythm or melody. Brushstrokes are useless marks when on their own, but they can convey a plethora of moods depending on their arrangement on paper. Joseph Zbukvic

 11 Casting Off

‘CASTING OFF’

The direction of boats can signify if they are coming into port or casting off for a sail. I used the smoke from the engine and the man in the boat to convey this message. In reality there was nobody there and the scene lacked actors. I often do this and many times what I imagine actually occurs. Moments after I finished this that boat did go out! I had to smile when it happened. Once I imagined a lady hanging out sheets on a washing line of a cottage I was painting, sure enough she came out with a basket the moment the thought came into my mind! Amazing! Joseph Zbukvic

 12 Sailing Albert Park Lake

‘SAILING AT ALBERT PARK LAKE’

For most people this lake in Melbourne has become synonymous with car racing and it is a hub of activity and noisy racing machines once a year. However after that’s all cleared away it returns to a delightful quiet place where locals picnic and enjoy watching small sailing boats gently navigate its waters. I have loved it as a subject for many years and never fail to return with a painting after a visit. The city in the background gives it a modern feel as a contrast to the idyllic scene that could be from last century. The reflection of that sail was quite a task to execute in a single go. I think it came off really well, but you be the judge. Joseph Zbukvic

 13 Springtime

‘SPRINGTIME’

I tried to achieve that fresh feel of spring in this piece. I painted this on a perfect day while accompanied by a song of magpies from that tree. I take my 1956 classic Triumph sport car on my outings and truly enjoy my time painting. It’s a solitary profession and can be very lonely and sometimes frustrating, but I wouldn’t last a day working in an office. When the painting is done I sit back and enjoy the scene and sponge in the feeling of the place, so I can see if the painting reflects the same feeling. I am pleased with the way this one speaks of spring sunshine on your back. Joseph Zbukvic

 14 Paris Skyline

‘PARIS SKYLINE’

Another view from my hotel room in Paris. It’s an irresistible subject and quite often I simply stay in my room all day and paint. I love the chimneys of Paris and often wonder what it was like when they all had smoke coming out? I’m fairly sure you are not allowed to burn open fires there any more due to pollution worry. Pity! It would make a great painting subject! In this case I was actually more interested in the street below with its shadows but I feel the roofs are an innocent focus of this work. Joseph Zbukvic

 15 Summer Pasture, Bathurst

‘SUMMER PASTURE, BATHURST’

I painted this on Australia Day and it’s an entirely appropriate piece to celebrate this great country of ours. It’s a quintessential “Streetonesque” Australian scene of golden plains and blue horizons. It was a difficult painting to do due to extreme heat. Watercolour is not easy to use in hot weather as it dries rather quickly. However this also makes you paint briskly so you produce fresh spontaneous work. I was particularly pleased with the sky. When I began it was threatening to rain so I had an extra reason to hurry. The farmer came down to see what I was up to. He thought I was a buyer as the property was for sale. I just prayed that he wouldn’t notice the for sale sign I had “borrowed” to paint on. Joseph Zbukvic

 16 Going Fishing

‘GOING FISHING’

I was a fisherman in my childhood. I still cast in a line every now and then. There is something very relaxing about fishing, but it can also be exciting when you catch a good one. Fishermen also make great subjects because they stay still for a long time. This is a jetty at Apollo Bay and very popular with locals. I was taken by the sky and the boatyard in the background so this time the fishermen served to provide a good foreground lead into the picture. Joseph Zbukvic

 17 Correct Change

‘CORRECT CHANGE’

I have been travelling to Dordogne for some years now and have become a familiar figure at this market place. I got to know some of the locals and shared their everyday moments. This lady was one of those difficult customers and I had to laugh at Jean-Luc watching her dole out the precise amount of coins for just the one tomato she did buy! After she left he turned to me and said she made his life a misery every time, but he liked her and looked forward to seeing her, without her it would be just another boring day at the market. Smart man.

 18 The Green Awning

‘THE GREEN AWNING’

This building is across the road from my hotel and it’s where I have my regular breakfast sitting under that awning. Naturally it also makes a great subject. Paris has many corners like this. They remind me of a ship’s bow sailing into the mist. There is one thing I don’t like about painting in Paris and that is the endless windows! They have to be painted and there’s just so many! If you look closer you can see that I only indicate the detail on them, otherwise I’d be there for hours doing each one. Joseph Zbukvic

Zbukvic Signature

Exhibiting July 2016 at Red Hill Gallery

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Joseph Zbukvic – Hidden Treasures 2016 – Part 1

1 Venice in Winter‘VENICE IN WINTER’

Most paintings of Venice portray it in sunshine and full of colour. I try to visit it when it is meant to be devoid of tourists, in dead of winter. However there is no off season in that amazing city. It’s easy to see why as it looks beautiful at any time. There is no city that can match its beauty. It has fascinated artists for centuries and provides endless subjects. This time I particularly liked the reflection in the wet pavement which provided a great foreground in this painting. Joseph Zbukvic

 2 The New Kitchen Hand

‘THE NEW KITCHEN HAND’

I observed this little story at my local café quite some time ago. Everyone could see that the pot was boiling over, but the head chef was too busy talking to notice it. The kitchen hand kept quiet with a smug look on his face. Possibly a payback for some past indiscretion. Eventually the chef noticed and dressed him down for not telling him anyway. I did a small sketch at the time, but most of this work was done from memory. Artists can retain visuals for future reference for a very long time. Joseph Zbukvic

 3 Frosty Evening

‘FROSTY EVENING’

When portraying winter light, one is faced with the problem of making warm colours appear cool. I think I managed to interplay with the right mixture of colours in this typical country town piece, to make it look like winter. The smoke from the chimney pots helps as well. I think I managed to achieve just the right balance and am very pleased with that soft winter evening effect. By the way, I also froze to death doing a study for this! Joseph Zbukvic

 4 Morning Blues

‘MORNING BLUES’

I had a bit of fun making up this title, which is obviously a play on words. This was painted at Williamstown which is one of my favourite painting locations. There are fewer of them nowadays, but there are still some lovely old wooden boats there. The reflections on the water have always fascinated me and I love painting them. However many a time I end up cursing them as they need to be painted quickly and in one go! No second chances. Joseph Zbukvic

 5 Home Paddock

‘HOME PADDOCK’

Most farms keep a few animals close to home on what’s commonly called a home paddock. There might be a milking cow there or some chickens and maybe a retired horse. It also sometimes has discarded cars or machinery lying about. When I paint a scene I try to tell a story rather than just do a picture of it. Therefore these innocent details become actors to assist in this tale. It can be quite subtle or exciting, depending on the scene. Not much happens in the country so it needs a quiet story with lazy action. Almost a detached sense of being a quiet observer in this scene. A horse race or busy city would be told in a totally different manner using action and movement. Joseph Zbukvic

 6 Fence Repair

‘FENCE REPAIR’

I was attracted to this scene because of the old sheds on this property. When it was done I felt it was a bit empty and lacked actors. The horses were there but that wasn’t enough. The man was originally meant to be feeding the horse, but I decided to make him work on the old slip rail fence. Figures in my work are there to engage the viewer on a personal level. Sometimes they are actually there as well, but most of the time I place them in with care to give painting life. Joseph Zbukvic

 7 Wet Day, Amsterdam

‘WET DAY, AMSTERDAM’

This painting is my first from the lovely city of Amsterdam. It reminded me somewhat of Paris but on a much smaller scale and instead of the river Seine there were endless canals meandering through it. This scene attracted me more than the barges and what one might see as a classic Amsterdam view. I always try to find a new angle and a different perspective to old favourites. Of course, I often just paint classic compositions as well, but it’s exciting to find something new. It also appealed to me because it had a similar palette to rainy Melbourne. I often get asked if I use different colours for different countries, which is a strange question. Rainbow has the same colours in it world over. It’s how I see the subject that results in which colours I choose to use at that place. Joseph Zbukvic

 8 Sunny Corner, Paris

‘SUNNY CORNER, PARIS’

I almost gave up on this piece once I started. It has so many elements and they all had to be painted in! It wasn’t an easy piece to manage but I was happy with the end result. One of the difficulties of painting street scenes such as this is their complexity. If you compare it with a seascape or a simpler landscape you soon realise how many more shapes there are in this. The watercolour medium makes it harder as well as it does not allow for too much fiddling or it loses its freshness. However I like to challenge myself and am glad I had a go at this. Joseph Zbukvic

9 Beachcombers

‘BEACHCOMBERS’

I don’t paint seascapes very often, as it is a subject favoured by many painters. I was on a weekend drive near Lorne on the Great Ocean Road and when I stopped for lunch I couldn’t resist painting this classic scene. There was a drizzle at the time so I did it standing under the tailgate of my car. I have also done work on what I like to call “steering wheel easel”. Painting ‘Plein air’ presents many difficulties but it also offers many opportunities. I prefer it to studio work. By the way, the figures in this were carefully placed into the picture in the studio. I try not to finish the work on location. I just capture the essence and add detail at home. Joseph Zbukvic

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Exhibiting July 2016 at Red Hill Gallery

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #85] – Hidden Treasures – Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic’s current exhibition at Red Hill Gallery showcases his stunning paintings from all over the world.  A master in watercolour his atmospheric renderings accurately depict the mood of many romantic cities.  Whimsically portraying the sensitivity and emotion of his subject matter Zbukvic will seduce you into another world.  Make sure you visit the gallery in Brisbane to check out his latest body of work in his exhibition “Hidden Treasures“.

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“Every artist has special paintings hidden somewhere in the studio. Some works have that elusive magic which we constantly try to achieve. As artists, we hate selling those works quickly and usually keep them in the bottom drawer for a special occasion, whether that be an exhibition or art competition. For this exhibition at Red Hill Gallery, I have raided this drawer to find these hidden treasures. It is time for them to be seen. In the end that’s their purpose; to be enjoyed.”  Joseph Zbukvic

AC: What is the inspiration behind your exhibition title ‘Hidden Treasures’?

JZ:  We all have precious things we like to treasure. They may be just simple material object, such as a shell or a pebble, but they are connected to memories of special moments. My paintings and sketches are mostly done painting Plein air, and therefore when I look at each work I recall the time spent doing it. The reason for keeping some of them is not necessarily that they are unusual works, it’s just that I treasure the time I spent doing them. However, paintings are not meant to sit in a drawer, they come alive by being enjoyed. Hence the title…

 AC:  Do you find any one subject more compelling to paint than another?

JZ:  Not really. I cover a variety of subjects when I paint. My main inspiration in painting any subject is the quality of light. The same subject can look totally different depending on the time of day and the season.

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AC:  Has water colour always been your chosen medium?

JZ:  Actually I started with oil and acrylic as a medium in my youth, but once I discovered watercolour there was no turning back. It’s a magic medium with a life of its own. It still holds surprises and keeps me intrigued after all these years.

 AC:  Who or what first inspired your love of painting?

JZ:  I like to think art chooses you, rather than the other way around. I see too many people who decide to become an artist and never really become one. However, I must say that my love of drawing as a child, with anything on any surface, was first recognised by my grandmother. She was the first person to encourage it and gave me my first set of coloured pencils when I was four. It has been a wonderful journey since.

 AC:  Your paintings show scenes from all over the globe, where do you enjoy travelling to the most?

JZ:  Recently I have discovered China and really like the culture and scenery there. It is an amazing country with ancient customs mixed in with the latest technology. It is also the birth place of watercolour. However having said that, I still love Europe the most. I grew up there and have a fundamental connection to it. I could live in Paris tomorrow.

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AC:  You capture special moments in each of your paintings, what does painting mean to you?

JZ:  Well, that is a question and answer in one. It is who I am. I often say that I just paint and all else comes after that. I have actually tried to take a break from painting a few times, only to find that I lasted no more than three or four days!

 AC:  If you weren’t a painter, what career would you have pursued?

JZ:  I can’t imagine being anything else but I do love making things with my hands. In my spare time I repair things and do handy work. My daughters nicknamed me Mr. Fix it. I would be happy as a carpenter, a builder, or tradesman in any field as long as I made things to look at and use. I’d be no good at paperwork and figures.

 AC:  If you could stop time, what moment in time would you stop?

JZ:  There are many moments in history that seem ideal at a glance, but I’m sure they were not wonderful for everyone at the time. We talk of good old days, but while Michelangelo did his miraculous work, there were peasants living in total squalor and ignorance. Every moment is precious and worth living. The very precariousness of it is the beauty of living a full life.

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Hidden Treasures” an exhibition of outstanding water colour paintings by Internationally Acclaimed Water Colourist Joseph Zbukvic continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, Brisbane until Sunday 24 July 2016.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #84] – says who? – Dean Reilly

“Art is a Universal Landscape. It is a thinking agent which reaches across and stirs the imagination. These paintings are a window for your imagination, not mine. I love that.” – Dean Reilly

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AC: Your exhibition title ‘Says Who?’ denotes a questioning mind, would you say this is true of you?

DR: I am afraid so, I tend to be a little defiant and contrary.

 AC: You are obviously inspired by the human form with its various facial expressions. When you are out and about do you visualise people the way you paint them eg. Men in suits with floral heads and is there some hidden meaning behind the crossed out facial features?

DR: No hidden meanings, however I always have been interested in physiognomy. Our beliefs and convictions shape our appearance.

 AC: Tell us a bit about your “Heads of State” Series.

DR: Images arise to create profiles. They are idealised. They are romanticised and they are charismatic. We are living in the cult of personality. This is the state we are in.

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 AC: If you were unable to paint is there another passion you would want to pursue?

DR: All the Arts, music, acting dance but maybe not ballet.

 AC: If you could collect another artist’s work, who would it be?

DR: Michael Zavros. I believe he is Australians leading contemporary painter.

 AC: If you could ask Picasso or Dali a question, what would it be?

DR: “How you going, are you having a win?”

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 AC: Is there a Movie you saw as a teenager that you still like today?

DR: Bruce Lee – “Enter the Dragon”. My respect for him has grown as I matured, not so much for his acting ability but more for his philosophical views. The only problem is, bright candles burn fast, he was gone too soon.

 AC: You do the most beautiful floral paintings. Is there any particular flower that you like the most?

DR: No, it is like asking if I have a favourite colour. I do however have favourite combinations of colour and flowers.

 AC: Would you have any advice for up and coming young artists?

DR: “Have you thought about a career in Engineering?”

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“says who?” by Dean Reilly continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 19 June 2016.

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End of Financial Year – Artwork Tax-Deductible for your Business

It’s more than possible to claim art as a business expense, as long as you stay inside the tax rules.

Tax moneyIt seems too good to be true, but if you’re buying art for your office you can claim a tax deduction for it. Recent amendments to tax rules that allow an immediate write-off for items that cost less than $20,000 make art an increasingly attractive purchase for a business. Under the recent budget announcement, small businesses can claim an immediate deduction for artwork, so long as it is not stock, such as stock for an art gallery, that costs less than $20,000.

If you’ve had your eye on a fabulous piece of art for your office, now’s the time to consider making your purchase.

Tax Money 2Interested? Then please contact one of our experienced Art Consultants, who would be happy to assist you further.

(Source The Sydney Morning Herald, My Small Business, Alexandra Cain) http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/tax-time/taxdeductible-artwork-for-your-business-20150523-gh83pl.html

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A letter to Mum, on Mother’s Day

Dear Mum,

I know I’m not always perfect and I don’t always make my bed.

But seeing you every morning puts a smile on my head.

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There’s a reason I think I can do anything, you told me so the other day.

So every time I have friends over, we get up to mischief and play.

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 You have loved me unconditionally and scarified your life.

I just hope that one of these day, I can make a good wife.

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 You have inspired and supported me for many many years

And now it’s my turn to say Thank you because you’re very very dear.

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You’ve been my best friend through thick and thin and I love you so very much

Now that I’ve said thank you, it’s time to go to Lunch.

Your Loving Daughter

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Green Day

Celebrating the life and Spiritual work of Saint Patrickthe Patron Saint of Ireland – Thursday 17 March 2016

Whether you live in a modern house with a minimalist look or a classic Queenslander that is full of clutter (or vice versa) the little changes can make all the difference. The year is still young and many of us are suffering from the reality of being back at work (aren’t holidays bitter sweet?!) so why not start a new project. Bring Green into your life! Enhancing your home doesn’t have to be costly, perhaps you buy a potted plant with lush  leaves, a new throw for the couch, a couple of cushions, a piece of glass or (and of course we would say this) why not add a bit of art to your walls?

Here are a few suggestions of our own…

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ECLECTIC ART STATEMENT FOR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

When Red Hill Gallery opened its doors in 1986, the selection of artwork that adorned its walls was radically different to the eclectic statement that will be featured as part of the Gallery’s 30th Anniversary celebrations commencing on Sunday 13 March.ArtChat March Media

An eclectic mix of unique thought provoking work by six established artists will be gracing the walls of the Red Hill Gallery. “We are honoured to present such varied modes of representation, visual perception and interpretation in what is a truly marvellous showcase” said gallery Director Margaret Campbell-Ryder.

Artists represented in this exhibition include:

Plein Air Artist – Adrienne Williams

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Figurative Haute Couturist – Lisa Lee

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Contemporary Landscape Watercolourist – Terry Swann

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Modern Abstract Wildlife Artist – Carole Foster

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Contemporary Traditionalist Artist – Katherine Wood

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Abstract Impressionist – Todd Whisson

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Women of Substance – from Strong Women Strong Girls

A woman of substance is a woman of power, a woman of positive influence and a woman of meaning. To be branded a woman of substance is one of the greatest compliments one can give a woman that wants to be an “influential” female. Below, I have assembled four qualities a girl/woman should possess in order to become a “woman of substance.”

Embrace your individuality and be happy the way you are

The pressure put on women in today’s society is immense and I admire any female out there who doesn’t let the high demands and expectations get them down. In my experience, I have learned that we, as women, should not let the likes of “perfected” images or “criticism” affect us and It has came as such a relief to me to realize that being different and imperfect is far more interesting than being a “perfect” person. I believe that being yourself and feeling happy as yourself- just the way you are signifies the word “beauty.”

Use your voice

We were all blessed with voices to use them- so use them! I’m a relatively quiet person and a woman of not many words who next to never will indulge in small talk chit chat. It’s just who I am. However, on the other hand, when it comes to standing up for what I believe in or voicing my opinions on things, I never fail to make use of my voice. And neither shall you! Make use of what god has given you and say what you think, say what you believe in, and argue against what you don’t.

Find your dream in life and pursue it

Follow your heart…never give up…and you can do anything. We all have the ability to do whatever it is we want to do and fulfil any dream we want to fulfil; we just have to go and do it. When you find your passion in life, it creates a meaning in your life and gives you a purpose in the world: it generates happiness.

Live up to your morals and values- always remain aware of them

Living by your morals and values in life; inspires you, motivates you and energizes you for doing something significant in the world. As children, we were always being told to be a person of moral and were educated to understand what our values are. I think, when we grow older we seem to loose or forget about those crucial qualities and in order for us to be descent human beings, we should consider re-educating ourselves on morals and values.

Written by Lauren Kearney for Strong Women Strong Girls

FB CoverWomen of Substance featuring Beci Culley, Suzy Galloway and Danielle McManus continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #83] – Women of Substance – Suzy Galloway

Women of Substance launches the 2016 Exhibition year with three talented and dynamic women, bringing together different styles in what will be a collaborative and dynamic exhibition.

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At Artchat we wanted to know more about Suzy Galloway

Who are you and what inspires you?

Suzy is an Sydney born and raised girl, who still is a girl, but in the shape of a woman.

She is loud, a tad on the wild side, but sensible…. Suzy resides in Cairns QLD and keeps an active view on life as she skateboards her way around the city, “this way you get to meet more people and see the world in a slower view” rather than driving a car.

Her artwork is inspired by the everyday scenes in the “Aussie Way“ of life.

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Suzy has a huge love for all Flora and Fauna of Australia, so her inspiration is drawn from the native landscapes of Australia, from the Outback to the Sea, and all the way around..

The Native Fauna that are seen in Suzy’s Works, have a quirky touch, Suzy captures them as she see’s her characters..

With visits to  Zoo’s, National Parks, and in the Ocean Suzy gets “up close and personal”with all of her characters seen in her pieces, adding that extra bit of “quirkiness” to her works.

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Women of Substance featuring Suzy Galloway, Beci Culley and Danielle McManus continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #82] – Women of Substance – Danielle McManus

This year, Red Hill Gallery launched the exhibition year with three talented and dynamic women of substance. Bringing together different styles in what is a collaborative and dynamic exhibition. ‘Women of Substance’ opened on Sunday 14 February and continues until Sunday 6 March.

At ArtChat we asked the question, Who are you and what inspires you?

Here’s what Danielle McManus had to say…

Dan 1I have been painting and drawing since as long as I can remember. I guess that pull to create and draw inspiration from around you is ingrained and it was just something that occurred organically . I didn’t set out to be a gallery artist, (I never believed my art was that good!) but I just wanted to create and express.

As artists I think we are inspired by so many things. I am sure we look at the world differently and see beauty in things others may miss. Nature has always been inspiring to me. Colours, light and form you find, it seems boundless. We are so fortunate to live in a country that provides so much for us to enjoy.

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My children are also my inspiration, the innocence of them, the imagination they have. Their ability to pretend to be anything with no limits! It may be said a lot, but “The simple things” are the most important and are generally the subject of my work. Before we were staring at phones and tablets and television, we played outside and got dirty and imagined!! Memories from my own childhood are also key. I was lucky enough to have grandparents  that lived on a large farm and holidays there were spent outside walking, playing and make believing!!I hope that the works can inspire others to take a closer look at the simple things.

Dan 3Women of Substance featuring Danielle McManus , Suzy Galloway and Beci Culley  continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #81] – Women of Substance – Beci Culley

Beci 3‘Celebrating 30 Years in 2016, Red Hill Gallery launches the exhibition year with three talented and dynamic women of substance. They bring together different styles in what will be a collaborative and dynamic exhibition.’ Margaret Campbell-Ryder, Director

As an emerging artist, we at ArtChat wanted to know….

Who are you and what inspires you?

I think my heart missed a beat when Sam asked me to respond to the question “Who am I? And what inspires me.” There are so many questions that I get asked every day but when asked something like this in particularly, it takes a little time to reflect and respond with a clear answer…So I hope this sums me up to a tea!Beci 1

Initially I thought I could start off with the first thing that comes to mind which interestingly enough is my job title. But a few moments later I think to myself that I should really be listing something more substantial and deeper than just a title which could include my personality…And by now I am realising I am already spreading my thoughts across the page like a “dear diary ” entry but I haven’t yet answered the question. (I hope I haven’t lost you here!)

I am someone that is always in search of the cause and effect process. I am intrigued by all things and it is in all things that intrigue me to create. Being a dreamer I can only imagine that my first experiences in life were ones of being an inquisitive soul. I find myself in a state of dreaming constantly and there is never a subject that is always the same but different things trigger my mind to wander. I think this is what drives me to be always asking questions, always trying to work my way through limitations and develop in new and different areas.

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To describe my deepest layer, I would say that I am always searching to connect. Connection is vital for me to be in an area of creating and I thirst for it constantly. There are many areas that tie me into this where a person, a song, colour or even nature unites me with an emotion and I find it to be the ground from where inspiration is unlocked. In this process I free my mind of the conventional and set the stage to catch concepts for my works in hope to convert the connections into a tangible experience. The practise reminds me of a quote from Hermin Melville that explains it so elegantly.

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

Herman Melville

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Women of Substance featuring Beci Culley, Suzy Galloway and Danielle McManus continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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“Women Of Substance” – Must Do Brisbane

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‘Women of Substance’ showcases three emerging artists in what is set to be a stellar exhibition, the first for 2016 at Red Hill Gallery.

Now in its 30th year, Red Hill Gallery, one of Brisbane’s best established commercial art galleries, continues its tradition of celebrating Australian female artists in this collaborative exhibition. Featuring the works of Brisbane artist Beci Culley, Danielle McManus and Suzy Galloway, ‘Women of Substance’ epitomizes the fantastic diversity in Australia’s contemporary art scene.

Says Curator and Director Margaret Campbell-Ryder, “At Red Hill Gallery we believe that diversity brings beauty, originality and food for thought. This exhibition will kick start our 30th Year with vibrancy, charm and individuality.”

About the Artists:

Beci Culley’s body of work is infused with expressions of romance and powerful displays of patterned layers that reflect a love of nature and fashion. Her journey has dipped into a broad range of the arts including Graphic Design, Musical Theatre, Make-up Artistry and Photography.

2 Danielle McManus continues to charm with her wide-eyed whimsical characters in her latest collection. The narrative style of her paintings are enriched with the inclusion of a little white rabbit, a paper plane or dandelions. She moves across various mediums working her gentle characters on ceramics, paper and canvas creating timeless memories with a touch of innocence.

3Suzy Galloway works with bold colours and has a quirky, cartoony style to her work. With a love of Australia, from the beaches to the outback, the people and all the flora and fauna this country provides. Suzy has incorporated this love into her paintings to make people smile, and giggle when they see her work.

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I am, you are, we are Australian – Salute to Australia

With so many Aussie’s celebrating Australia Day  in many different ways, it is also a time to reflect on how lucky we are to live in such a great country where we have peace and freedom that is not afforded to many countries. We are indeed the lucky country. Happy Australia Day on this special Day January 26.

“I am, your are, we are Australian”  now go sing your heart out and celebrate everything great in Australia and to be an Australian and “Dream the Dream”

And remember, “You never Lamb alone on Australia day”!

For details and more information on Australia Day Celebrations Queensland “Festival of being Aussie” click here.

Happy Australia Day folks!

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