Katherine Wood ‘Connection’ Exhibiting at Red Hill Gallery – 6 – 22 September 2019

“This body of work is about finding a connection; not only a connection with ourselves but at the same time a connection with others. The theme of my art has always been based on our relative insignificance in relation to the bigger scheme of life. The parody that we are all capable of more than we think and ultimately to persevere in the face of adversity. Although the tree/figure may stand alone we are all intrinsically connected, this isn’t just my story – it’s also yours. The underlying message in this, is our oneness and that we are all connected.”   – Katherine Wood

Wood has always tried to create art that strikes deeper emotions and resonates with the viewer on a sublime level, that is beyond words. She hopes that through this body of work you are inspired to go deeper. Inspired to look into yourself, express yourself and connect with yourself.

Wood believes that we should surround ourselves only with things that are immensely useful or beautiful. There is so much beauty in this life, it should be embraced completely — including the lessons that can sometimes be very painful. Through finding connection, these pieces bring comfort and consolation in knowing although we appear alone, we are not.

Through her painting she hopes to create portals of solitude for the viewer to escape from life’s chaos and give relief and calmness to an ever-increasing frenetic world. When you stop the internal dialogue battle and let in stillness and silence, we are no longer subjecting ourselves to fear.

“I hope “Connection” creates portals of solitude for the viewer to escape from life’s chaos and give relief and calmness to an ever-increasing turbulent world. In creating just, a glimpse of something to define reality but allowing one to dream up any space or time. Taking the viewer into a deeper meditative outlet. Giving the mind a break. Amidst the serenity and calmness in these pieces we are able to exhale and let go.” – Katherine Wood

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Internship at Red Hill Gallery: An Invaluable Experience

As more employers require a certain amount of existing work experience, internships become one of the most highly recommended experiences for undergraduates. With the help of the Queensland University of Technology and Red Hill Gallery, we have had the opportunity to gain some of the most valuable knowledge in our final year of study. Through 100-hours of work placement at the gallery, under the guidance and support of the amazing team, we both have grown significantly as professionals and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Interning at Red Hill Gallery I was given the opportunity to learn more about the business of Art Consulting and Corporate Art Consultation. Being able to discuss the business with people in the profession and see the work process for myself has been an amazing experience that I will take with me after graduation and hopefully be able to use to start my own career in the industry.

The gallery has always been a welcoming and accommodating environment, which is a credit to the wonderful people that work there, that I am extremely grateful to have learnt so much from. Interning at Red Hill has been a vastly rewarding experience and one that I will always remember.

Sarah Meehan   |   QUT Bachelor of Creative Industries (Art and Design History)


The short time I spent at Red Hill Gallery has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my journey as an undergraduate. While the university has provided me with the theoretical understanding of the art and various skill sets, this work placement is an impacting lesson which taught me how to apply those skills in the real world. The internship has helped me meet more people in the industry and assisted in developing a network, giving me a tremendous competitive advantage for my future endeavours.

Learning more about the role of an Art Consultant and the commercial side of a gallery, I’ve gained better insights into the fine art industry in Brisbane and discovered my place within it. The excellent staff at the gallery have played such a significant role in my growth as a professional and as a person. Passing on their wisdom and experience through trusting me with different tasks in the gallery, I’ve learned how to be more detail-oriented and persist through any challenge presented to me. I’m very grateful to the gallery and the university for giving me this invaluable learning experience that prepared me for bigger adventures after my graduation in June.

Chloe Cao (Duyen Le Cao)   |   QUT Bachelor of Creative Industries (Art and Design History)

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NEW REFLECTIONS ON PAST IMPRESSIONS • Jamie Boyd • Exhibiting Red Hill Gallery July 2019

This July Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane is honoured to present and offer the rare opportunity for art collectors to view and procure paintings by Australian artistic royalty, Jamie Boyd. With his newest body of artwork – ‘New Reflections on Past Impressions’ opening on Friday 5 July 2019.

As the most prominent living member of the famous Boyd family dynasty, Jamie Boyd is a highly accomplished artist, based in London, with artworks exhibited all over the world. As the fourth generation of an artistically gifted bloodline, he is the only son of the late Arthur Boyd and grandson of the late Merric Boyd. With a rich family history and equally rich understanding of artistic expression.

A master of colour and craft, Boyd utilizes materials of any shape, colour or description to create visually mesmerizing artworks. Having begun his career at an exceptionally early age, Boyd has painted en plein air with John Perceval, Charles Blackman, David Boyd and his father Arthur Boyd.   

This collection harks back to early subject matter painted by Boyd “on the spot”. Jamie believes that by looking back again at the early sketches, it is possible to see more in them now than at the time they were painted, granting reflection as a primary theme within this collection of work.

“It seems one often paints what is in the imagination – what one wants to see – but even so, an essential element of the landscape settles there too, on the canvas – only later to come into focus.” ~ Jamie Boyd

Some of these new works reflect that new insight. Reflection has always been of primary concern for the artist as his determination to be continually challenging and redefining his knowledge of art is expressed through Boyd’s experimentation and reinvention of his work.

‘New Reflections on Past Impressions’ a collection of predominantly oil on canvas works magnificently crafting with key attention to colour theory. The artists observation of his subject matter is influenced by light and atmospherics, expressed through his exhilarating visions.

This July, Brisbane art lovers will be given an insight into one of Australia’s most well-renowned artistic families, experiencing the influence of an entire dynasty within Jamie’s new work.

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The 4 Amigo’s – Ben Lucas | Herman Pekel | Ted Moran | Todd Whisson

The 4 Amigo’s, Ben Lucas, Herman Pekel, Ted Moran and Todd Whisson come together to bring to Red Hill Gallery a tranquil and eclectic collection of works. Inspired by the natural beauty of the earth, these 4 collections of works combine to form a dynamic exhibition, with an ode to mother nature and the natural environment. Lucas, Pekel and Whisson express their own personal adoration and relationship with nature through their paintings of coastal landscapes, floral arrangements and familiar Australian scenery. Whilst sculptor, Ted Moran’s love for the ocean influences his nautical sculptural designs. Presented together, the 4 Amigo’s will bring a soothing and refreshing new exhibition, adorning the walls of Red Hill Gallery with the colours of the earth, from Saturday 8 June 2019.

Ben Lucas is a painter of colour, light, movement and memoires. The artists concern for capturing and conveying the emotions evoked by the landscape meet his concerns for the landscape itself. Ben paints from memory, drawing on his time spent watching the constant shifting moods of the ocean and the play of light on its surface at different times of the day. As Ben says, “With my painting there’s always this tension or balance between portraying what is seen and what is felt”.

For Herman Pekel, environmental issues are of paramount concern. This veneration of mother nature in all her contrasting glory is reflected in each of the unique landscape panoramas he paints. His paintings reveal a complex inner design as the scope of his pictorial work, ranging from soft and cozy interiors to dynamic pastoral imagery of tempestuous Australian vistas and romantic European reminiscences.

As the only sculptor in this exhibition, Ted Moran brings a different dimension to the 4 Amigo’s exhibition. Ted’s career in art includes sculptures in stained glass panels and a combination of metal and molten glass pieces. Now based on the Sunshine Coast, the influence of the oceans rich colours and movement is extensively evident on Ted’s nautical inspired sculptural pieces.

Todd Whisson’s recent work takes an abstract impressionist approach, which continues to reflect his skill in traditional techniques. This approach has enabled Todd to communicate more than a visual representation, expressing the beauty of floral arrangements and coastal landscapes. “As an artist, my paintings are loose and suggestive allowing the viewer to place personal thoughts and memories reflective of a time and place” – Todd Whisson.

Combining an eclectic collection of painting and sculpture, the 4 Amigo’s moody, romantic and soulful landscapes, still life and sculptures will exhibit from Saturday 8 June and continue until Sunday 23 June 2019 at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, QLD.

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PLAYING IN LIGHT WITH A SPLASH OF COLOUR – John Maitland & Ken Strong – May 2019 at Red Hill Gallery

Renowned Australian artists, John Maitland and Ken Strong return to Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane to showcase their new, vibrant body of works. Through the joyous lens of youth, Maitland explores the naivety and fragility shown within the harnessed imperfections of each work. Meanwhile, Strong combines light, colors and contrast in his portrayal of the Australian landscape and Brisbane. Presented together, the two collections will bring a dynamic new breath to the gallery with robust colors and textures from Wednesday 15 May 2019.

John Maitland’s skillfully executed oil and acrylic paintings are informed by figurative expressionism and imbued with rigorous colour and texture. Within the ‘Splash of Colour’ body of work, Maitland draws inspiration from the ballet, depicting young ballerinas resting after training, a little exhausted and exhilarated. Sunday School is another theme explored by the artist, giving him “an excuse to have a lot of fun with paint” – John Maitland. The artists cerebral interaction with the painting and the canvas informs a sequence of physical movement and paint application, using flicks, dabs and splashes to achieve the texture of a completed work of art.

Ken Strong’s latest body of work, ‘Playing in Light’ is an alluring new addition to his 20 years of Australian landscapes paintings. Characterized by bold applications of paint, Strong continues to build on his legacy of Internationally acclaimed impressionistic paintings. The artist describes the essence of this selection of works as “the feature of light as the subject”. With his essential creative combination comprised of the portrayal of light, colour and contrast, the artist plays on the viewers imagination. Merging obvious points of interest and suggestive compositions, Strong graces the canvas with an otherworldly interplay of light and hues that pulls on one’s heartstrings.

Combining a collection of figurative beauty in ‘Splash of Colour’ by John Maitland and Ken Strong’s vibrant artist landscapes in ‘Playing with Light’, this duo bathed in talent will exhibit from Wednesday 15 May and continue until Sunday 2 June 2019 at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, QLD.

For further information about the gallery and its represented artists, please visit redhillgallery.com.au

For additional details, interviews and/or image requests please contact:Jan Griffith, Senior Art Consultant, Red Hill Gallery
P: (07) 3368 1442 M: 0448 114 007

Sales will commence prior to the opening of the exhibition.

Red Hill Gallery is located at 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, Brisbane QLD, and is open seven days


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 John Maitland • Splash of Colour • Artist’s Statement – Red Hill Exhibition 2019  

Being an artist, I believe I see things and situations rather differently to most. My work is made at my Gold Coast studio, at Korora, Coffs Harbour and sometimes in the UK. Whilst it is not context specific, the context does affect how I work.

Recently, after being awarded an important commission for an historic Brisbane school, I happened to glance at a print of one of my works which was painted some years ago and, which is now in the collection of Brisbane Catholic Education.  I was immediately captivated by the humble old chair which is depicted in the piece. Although an integral part of the painting, it is simply and quite childishly portrayed. But …it is quite powerful.

I became fixated on it, just an old school chair, it had been around the house for a few years. I decided to honour it by painting it into this new small series called Ballerinas. So, why did I decide to paint a series around an old chair, rough around the edges? Well, contrasted with the beauty of the ballerinas, it has an incredible beauty of its own.

In my latest exhibition I’ve drawn inspiration from a few themes, the ballet, youth and, from one of my favourite series which I have revisited, Sunday School. In the Ballerina paintings most are with the young ballerinas resting after their training, a little exhausted, a little exhilarated and their naivety and frailty clearly shown within the harnessed imperfections of each work.

Another  theme, Sunday School is from a series I did quite a few years back,  it’s simply an excuse to have a lot of fun with paint, children either tumbling out of  or into Sunday School with big sisters and brothers or parents in a suggested vast landscape, with the Sunday School itself nowhere to be found!

In the course of the last few months I also embarked on a series of works for which I have a great affection. In general, the paintings depict youthful figures…female but a younger brother in some, they represent the joy of youth when every day is lots of fun, giggling laughing and just being together in a little huddle…. just the way things should be in an idyllic world.… so important now when pressures on our youth from a number of quarters can make that special time extremely difficult to navigate!!!  They are in truth rather story bookish, and they are meant to be.

A little while ago I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Crescent Heads, a coastal town in NSW. It was exhilarating itself just to watch the fun and joy of adults and children hurtling down the Killick Creek on buggy boards towards the ocean, courtesy of the current as the tide goes out. There the idea for the series was hatched, not to depict sea views, but  just children being children in a range of settings.

I am also looking forward to painting  a response to the recent news stories about the historic Travelling Stock Routes and the drovers who have been moving extraordinary  numbers of cattle down these from North Queensland to Dalby and beyond. Amazing!! I can’t promise anything due to time constraints but keep watching this space!

In conclusion, I’d like to share with you that as I work I move from what appears to be chaos to the finished work. I have an almost ritualistic sequence of physical movement and paint application using flicks and dabs and splashes, building them up, leaving them outside in the elements. There is a cerebral interaction between myself, the painting and the canvas which makes no sense to anyone but me. Eventually, when it is sitting on the easel it makes sense. And with the addition or subtraction of strokes of paint and harmonising of colours like a musical score sheet it will make sense as a completed work of art.


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“In Wonderland” Regina Noakes – Indulge Magazine 02.05.2019

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Ken Strong Exhibiting at Red Hill Gallery – May 2019

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Colour in Your Life – Joseph Zbukvic paints an amazing street scene

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ARTIST STATEMENT: Regina Noakes ‘Between Dreams and Memories’

Photograph courtesy of Viva Photography, Subiaco

Both dreams and memories are both personal and universal so I hope that everyone can take something from this collection of paintings in some way. I am attempting to draw the viewer in and to have him or her experience and grasp the ‘puzzle’ and by bringing in a bit of themselves too. My work deals a lot with identity and the figures search to find themselves, as mothers, as women, as children, as artists.  The women in our family constantly recall memories and stories from the past and ‘dreaming’ is very much encouraged.

I draw and paint from imagination, instead of from life, as this gives me a freedom to express and explore ideas and themes. My work is often large-scale, brightly coloured with primal and primitive compositions with their motifs and content invariably overshadowing discussion of their formal properties. I come from Romanesque and Mughal heritage and this too permeates my work.

I am known and am unapologetic for my female perspective in my artworks. I try to create a bond between realism as their defining style and a narrative which focuses on single moments, mysterious and revealing at the same time. Most works manifest a distillation of collected experiences into a visual unity, time and feeling. There is an essence of myself, combined with elements of alter egos and moods to match any given day. Art inevitably reveals your life and you as a person, exposing you to your audience, and you become very aware of what you choose to present and what you choose to hold back or, maybe, modify.

There are so many mysteries in life. Motherhood is one of them and a subject that is quite a significant part of my work. It dominates the way you take. No matter how much you think you’re going to be able to keep going on your route, it really affects you.  Nurturing kids, (even now with adult sons, daughter and daughters-in-laws), nurturing your creativity, all of that still feeds into my work in a very positive way.

‘Creativity and nurturing have become intertwined. All becomes quite a significant part of my work.’

Regina Noakes 2019


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Artist, John Maitland, shares his experience on painting Cats for this exhibition.

Painting cats is something very new for me, but I found the challenge very interesting! My first response was to research the history of the bond between people and cats.

The fire was lit when I heard the poem Pangur Ban (the White Cat) which gave me a greater understanding of how close our relationship has been with these little animals, and just about for ever….As the poem illustrates, the illustrator  and scholar  working on the illuminated manuscripts by candle light and Pangur Ban his sole companion, the cat, keeping his environment free of pests . They are both looking after each other’s interests and the scholar’s biggest need is the companionship offered by the sleek, purring, lightning- like assailant of the small inhabitants behind the monastery walls!

The second inspiring moment arrived just before Christmas when my daughter’s Tom cat (apparently) gave birth to a litter of kittens.

Archie my grandson, aided and abetted by granddaughter Sarah, organised a fitting and proper and very comfortable nursery for the tiny newcomers……on the best chair in the house! It was all pink and grand until, with only one kitten left, the temporary protective seat cover was removed ….. unveiling the fact, it had been very ineffective.

Eight weeks later…….

The next painting, I made was “The Last Man Standing”. As the other kittens had now gone to new home, the chair had to be reupholstered and is showing off the family’s brand-new addition, the one no one else wanted.  Jeffery is pictured-proudly sitting on his new blue chair.

“We’ve Found Her”

Hands up any parent who hasn’t heard that triumphant and highly emotional cry!

Everyone’s looked for the missing kitten without success and just when you think everything’s really good the cry rings out…….oh! such joy.

With the other paintings my aim was to capture the “essence “of cat.  Tom speaks for himself, Pangur and friends depicts the subject with his chums doing what cats do and of course Autolicus, fierce proud and aloof.

I think AlOOf is the essence of cat!


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Cats – a small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractile claws. In this case, an exhibition featuring this much-loved animal like you’ve never seen before. Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane is set to open its doors on Saturday 9 February for a CAT-tastic Exhibition featuring all things feline. This exhibition
is sure to excite cat lovers and art lovers alike, with nearly the entire stable of artists contributing their Puurrrrfect artworks.
We hope we haven’t caught you CAT-napping because CATS THE EXHIBITION, is about to begin. With a selection of paintings, etchings, ceramics, glass and sculpture there is sure to be something to tickle your whiskers for every cat lover out there. We can’t wait for this CAT-astrophe to begin! The Puurrrrfect way to kick start the Red Hill Gallery 2019 Exhibition Calendar. We’re FELINE Fabulous with excitement!


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With the lead up to Christmas well on its way, Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane is set to encapsulate and excite all who visit with an exhibition featuring not one, but four of our fabulous femme fatales. Opening on Saturday 1 December Danielle McManus, Denise Murray, Christine Reilly and Simonn Schumacher combine to showcase a visually inspiring collection of artworks.

Intertwining experiences from everyday life with her Maltese heritage, Danielle McManus produces superbly whimsical artworks and ceramics. Relying on the beauty of the landscape as a constant backdrop, her inspiration at present is drawn from everyday life. Her three children provide her with a constant stream of ideas and that along with the changing seasons of the Hunter Valley, and the birds and fauna there, supply more than enough material! Whether fictional or based on real life events McManus’s love of story telling is evident in her colourful, figurative offerings.

For Denise Murray, her sculptures use form and expression to communicate. Body language has always held a fascination for her and the message received is immediate and without guile. Murray’s Dancer series is a celebration of the joy of life, the figures are pared down to the essentials, giving expression to the limbs. With a stunning collection including Welded Bronze Sculptures, Limited Edition Bronze Sculptures and Cold Cast Bronze Sculptures, each artwork is a feast for the eyes.

With over 35 years’ experience both in front of and behind the canvas, Christine Reilly is a respected and imaginative Queensland artist. The figurative work in this collection has come together, marrying in part Reilly’s observation, people watching, memory, imagination and some photography, for reference. She strives to portray all her characters with colour and movement making them come alive on the canvas. Her work
demonstrates a long-held love of travel and chronicles not only the progression of her subjects and style but also her own journey as an artist and woman.

Having drawn ever since she was a young girl, Simonn Schumacher has exhibited worldwide. After a life of travelling overseas on one venture or another, she studied under the tuition of Michael John Taylor in Lismore and feels that the greatest lesson learned during this time, was to paint what you feel and not to think too much, as this has the ability to block the natural flow of creativity. This is evidenced in her highly distinctive and
individual style with her luscious, sassy and often soulful paintings.

‘La Femme’ showcases the stunning artwork of four very talented female artists and is set to take centre stage at Red Hill Gallery in the lead up to Christmas. Each artist brings their own uniqueness and vibrant colour palettes to what is set to be a stunning feast for the eyes.

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Graeme Stevenson (Colour in Your Life)

In this fine art TV show episode Adrienne Williams is interviewed with Colour In Your Life about painting, drawing, art workshops, art tips and art techniques.

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Sunday Courier Mail U On Sunday – 11 11 2018

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My proposal is to sculpt and mimic nature by weaving pulled glass cane through existing human artefacts and natural vines in the forest. Art can mimic nature, by seeking to visually replicate objects as they appear in real life. Art can open our eyes to the intricacy and beauty of the natural world. It is a challenge to express our complex human connection to nature. The artwork proposes to draw attention to this complex relationship. Pulled glass canes mimic the vines and plants which cover an old coal sieve, which remains, slowly rusting away in the rainforest. This work has the ability to interact with and educate the viewer about what miners used to do in the forest, spreading awareness about their lives. We feel an instinctual need to take care of the things we feel connected to. Often in our busy lives, we seem to take some of the important things for granted. History is an important factor for me, learning about the past and its connection to my life now.

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Kayo Yokoyama – at Red Hill Gallery 2018

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Paintings, sketches and Hand-etched glass what more could you want?

Internationally acclaimed watercolourist Joseph Zbukvic and hand-etched contemporary glass artist Kayo Yokoyama reunite for their bi-annual Solo exhibitions at Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane on Friday 9 November 2018.

A leading master of the watercolour medium of his time, Joseph Zbukvic’s impressive achievements and enormous success is due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Covering infinite subjects, his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from all over the world. For Zbukvic, the last two years have been extremely busy with much travel and many new ventures, particularly in China, where he has become somewhat of a celebrity. The Chinese invented watercolours and have embraced Zbukvic with total devotion. However, he never forgets his supporters and faithful followers in Australia, and always sets aside those special pieces for his bi-annual show at Red Hill.

For contemporary glass artist Kayo Yokoyama, her work centres on the theme of home. This specific collection, entitled ‘Secret Garden’, quotes the same title as the ever popular book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” This is how Yokoyama sees her world sometimes. From her perspective, you have to nurse it, admire it, otherwise the world won’t be there in the future. With a love of English literature and the meanings that can be found in-between the lines, Yokoyama quotes “At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they see it can be done – then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago”.

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Enchanting… Dreamlike… Starry-eyed… each aptly describes Starr’s latest collection of artworks, recently gathered in her latest solo exhibition ‘Stardust’.

On Friday 12 October Red Hill Gallery will open its doors with an enchanting explosion of colour. We invite art lovers and collectors alike to discover her artistic talents, with their very own ‘starry eyes’.

Starr has been painting her entire life, and has been selling her bright, romantic and energetic works for nearly as long. She reflects a sense of Expressionist movement, with a modern twist. Embedded with a sense of immediacy, Starr’s works invite the viewer to recognise the beauty and importance of every moment, whether these be in the bustling cities of Brisbane, Paris, London, and New York, or in the entrancing landscapes of Starr’s own imagination. Her rapidly expanding career has propelled her worldwide; with works being exhibited and collected in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States.

This October’s ‘Stardust’ exhibition extends from Starr’s previous ‘Wanderlust’ show, which revealed a passionate love for towering cityscapes, and includes her brand-new Tiffany & Co. series. The figurative, still-life and fantasy showcased in each painting, eagerly arise in one of Starr’s most exciting shows yet.“Vincent van Gogh once said, ‘Go out and paint the stars,’ and that quote was the inspiration that has been inside me while painting this entire body of work. I have taken that advice both literally, in my series of starscapesand almost enchantingly, as it feels as though my every brushstroke has been undertaken in a dream-like state.” – Starr


Red Hill Gallery – Starr Exhibition Nov 2014

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