It has been a disruptive year for everyone and unfortunately we have had to cancel our 2020 exhibition that was to have occurred on Thursday 17th September. However the positives are that we are still working with some interruptions. COVID restrictions turned out to be a joy for us, giving us time to spend with a certain little family member and his parents who extended their visit.
Anyway, back to the artwork we have been busy doing. I have completed works on paper that I had begun while visiting Carnarvon Gorge late last year and have started some new collages for an exhibition coming up. News on those later. See if you can recognise these works from previous posts.
Carmen meanwhile has been working on new works for CQUniversity Creates Online Exhibition and Qld Regional Arts Awards with these two works.
Carmen and I were lucky enough to visit Carnarvon Gorge in October 2019 and we are making a start with our art work for 2020. With an exhibition booked for September 2020, we are launching ourselves into new work, all loosely based at this stage, around travelling and viewing the scenery from the car. Here are a few glimpses of what we were did while visiting the Gorge.
Carmen’s quick watercolour study done while in the Gorge.
Carnarvon Gorge is a beautiful part of Queensland, the bush was just starting to green up after the bush fires that ravaged the Gorge in late 2018, giving us some spectacular vistas.
With the year coming to a close, we are long overdue a post. It is not that things haven’t been happening, but that I am not good at recording events. With a final hurrah to the year I have had some lovely news in the past few months. I was delighted to again be a finalist in the Clayton Utz awards for 2019, with my work titled ‘Katherine Gorge’. The opening night was really a wonderful event for all the artists with the work is curated beautifully and a chance to chat to fellow finalists.
A small work done in similar media was selected as the winner of the Easel Section of the Springsure Art Awards for 2019, which was a great end to the year.
The final art event for the year, which was a real experience for me, was that of a volunteer for Brisbane Portrait Prize during the month of October. This inaugural year of the Brisbane Portrait Prize, hopefully annual art prize, surpassed the expectations of all involved. I was fortunate enough to have been selected as a volunteer and because of this was involved with touring groups through the exhibition and attending the opening night. All the winners are up on the website of www.brisbaneportraitprize.org with information regarding the prize. Definitely worth a look.
Last Saturday evening, Carmen was announced as the recipient of the CQU Creates Award for 2019. Carmen’s award winning collage and mixed media art work references the Woolwash Reserve situated on the Tropic of Capricorn, just a few kilometres south of Rockhampton in Central Queensland. The Central Queensland University has also purchased this piece to add to their considerable collection of artworks.
This work started with collage and developed from there, as you will see in the photos below.
It is interesting to work out how many kilometres each piece travels during it’s exhibiting lifetime. Some paintings travel long distances and visit several destinations, while other paintings are sold on their very first viewing. Some can be exhibited over several exhibitions and then take out a major prize when least expected.
Carmen and I have had some small successes in the last 6 months with our work being selected in different exhibitions, so our paintings have been travelling up and down the coast as well as inland to hang on regional art gallery walls.
In mid March I was advised, my painting titled ‘Katherine Gorge – NT’ had been selected as a finalist in the 2019 John Villiers Outback Art Prize, so this painting travelled 1,360 km to reach the gallery wall in Winton and is due to do the return journey any day now.
Both Carmen and I exhibited in the Mackay Art on Show 2019 with Carmen receiving a Commended award with her painting ‘The Dry Dam’. This painting had previously been exhibited in our joint exhibition in Brisbane in February, so it had travelled 1,230 km to and from Brisbane before making the journey to Mackay, another 336 km north of Rockhampton and then returned to Rockhampton, a total of 1,900 km. Let’s not even discuss the costs of sending work all around the state.
Other news is that Carmen had her painting ‘Tracks to the Bore’ selected in the Bayton Awards 2019 at the Rockhampton Art Gallery and having not travelled outside Rockhampton, this glorious new painting, sold, with a total travelling distance of only a few kilometres.
You just never know what journey you or your art will take.
Carmen’s and my first art showing for 2019 has finished and we were very pleased with the results. The gallery space worked well, with lots of visitors coming through daily. Some were art lovers, some overseas visitors and others were garden lovers strolling through the gorgeous Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. And finally we did well with sales, which is always a nice result, but by no means the aim of exhibiting our work.
The gallery was a single room unlike previous gallery spaces we have used which consisted of several rooms. This allowed us to have more interaction with visitors which was very rewarding. The lighting was good and particularly atmospheric once the sun filtered in through the large overhead studio windows. As you can probably tell, Carmen and I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 days we were at the gallery.
Carmen and I had a great year of art in 2018, that ended with us both exhibited in the Rio Tinto Martin Hansen Art Awards 2018 in Gladstone. This was especially memorable as out of all the paintings exhibited, our work was hung side by side.
A new year with 2019 and we are off to a great start with an exhibition titled ‘Views and Vistas’. After a very busy last few months, we are back on the walls. Opening event this afternoon and then the exhibition continues until Sunday 10th February.
It has been a great couple of weeks with art exhibitions and competitions. My painting, ‘Mt Morgan Dam No. 7’, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Clayton Utz Art Award. The Award offers a $20,000 winner’s prize and exhibition space for the finalists and is awarded to an outstanding artwork by a Queensland-based artist, or an artist with a strong connection to Queensland. I am very pleased to be a finalist, with the exhibition running (and my work on display) from 24th September 2018 until 20 September 2019.
To continue the great news, Barcaldine Arts Council contacted me today to inform me that my work on paper titled ‘View from Ubirr Rock – NT’ was awarded the Best Overall Painting in the 2018 Barcaldine Art Exhibition.
This painting is one of several works on paper that form a body of work taken from drawings I did while on holidays in the Northern Territory in 2017. I really must do more road trips as they seem to be the best inspiration for me. Lots of drawings, done quickly while travelling through the landscape, then taken back to my studio where I can’t be too precious or precise about the details. I enjoy this way of working as it leads to a much looser quality of work, which I prefer.
Winter seems to be a popular time for art competitions and exhibitions in Queensland, with quite a few in June and July. Perhaps it is directly related to the beautiful winter skies and tourists visiting the regional areas. At any rate, I seem to be in a whirl of packaging tape and cardboard at present.
Tuesday, I collected Carmen and my paintings from the Moreton Bay Art Awards. Upon collecting our art work from the Pine Rivers Art Gallery, I was very pleased to find that I had received a merit award for ‘Ubirr escarpment – NT’ which I featured in the April post. While there is no monetary gain, it is nice to hear that the judge at least had a considered look, while judging the exhibition. It gives me the drive to continue on with the packaging tape and cardboard routine of sending work off to various parts of Queensland to be hung in competitions and exhibitions.
Yesterday, I posted this work ‘View from Ubirr Rock – NT’ (pictured below), to Stanthorpe for the Stanthorpe 2018 Art Awards. I was delighted to have been selected this year as it is the third year I have entered, but first time to have been selected. A win just to get my work on the gallery walls, so I am happy!
Still packaging though and this next one is off to the Mackay Art on Show Awards for 2018. So it has really been a week of cardboard and packaging tape for me.
The 2018 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular is held this year in the iconic Central Plaza One building in Queen Street in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. This will be the 39th annual Rotary Art Spectacular, and to quote their website,
“it is Queensland’s largest and most prestigious annual art exhibition. It has raised almost $2 million for Brisbane Rotary community projects and local charity partners. The exhibition is an amazing collection of local, interstate and international artists offering beautiful artwork for the most discerning tastes. We are proud to support AEIOU Foundation’s life changing program for children with autism and are delighted to nominate them as the major beneficiary for 2018.”
Carmen and I are among the many artists whose work has been selected. I will be delivering our paintings next weekend for the week long exhibition. If you are visiting Brisbane city, this exhibition would be well worth the visit. The exhibition is open from Monday 14th May 8am – 6pm until Saturday 19th May at 12pm.
Here is a preview of the work that we will have hanging as part of this large art event.