Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Whats New....

"Three Females"
103x79cms acrylic

75x53 cms mixed media

Pat Tolcher shows a continuing theme throughout her paintings - the human figure, usually women and children.  The "totemic structure" influence is evident in Pat's work, which depicts the interaction and interdependence of the human race.  An award winning contemporary artist, Pat produces a range of artwork from collage to sculpture, however Pat is mostly known for her unique figurative work. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Paint Your World

"Colour Splash" 25x20cms

"Colour Splash" ii

"Bold Bouquet"

Colour Splash (i) & (ii) in situ

"Bold Bouquet" on the easel

Art lovers of bold and colourful just love Kendall's thick luscious acrylics.   Kendalls paintings take you on a path to discovery, finding motifs throughout her works - you just want to revisit the paintings again and again purely for your own visual enjoyment or contemplation, but mostly for pure pleasure! 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Handmade Cards by Leigh Jones

"Triple Kimino"




"Traditional Kimono"

Am loving the new little cards made from authentic Japanese Papers made by Leigh Jones.  Leigh makes these cards up exclusively for us and we cannot get enough of them - nice to know something is handmade by a local artist.  There are many more to choose from, this is just a very small collection.  So....for a special gift - choose a special card!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Watercolour on Silk Paintings

"Clusters of Hydrangeas" 98x40cms

"Flight of Fancy"

I really dont know of many artists that produce paintings so beautifully on silk as Margaret Meiklejohn does.  She is a very talented local artist, who after many years of painting traditional watercolours, turned to painting the watercolour onto the silk.  It is a very laborious artform which requires special techniques and Margaret has certainly mastered this throughout the many years she has been with our gallery.   You really have to see this work in the flesh - its so liquidy (such a word!) or delicate is probably a better description.  They have been beautifully framed in an oyster coloured frame - just perfect.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Interiors & Landscapes

Golden Fir Trees Interior 61x61cms

Interior with Eastern Influence

"Toogoolawah"  60x52cms (now sold)

"Toogoolawah Homestead"  76x71cms

"Blairmore" 61x77cms oil

I just love the way Caroline paints her interiors, they are delightfully simple, warm and almost
playful, displaying beautifully modulated light, and so very rich in texture at the same time.
I believe that a good painting has paths for the eye to follow – allowing the viewer to explore the complexity of the painting, which is ever so true when it comes to the landscapes shown here.  Caroline has been a finalist in the annual Tattersalls Art Show, which attracts artists from all over Australia. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


~~  Blue Wren ~~

~~ P e a c o c k ~~
SilvereyeTree Frog

~~  Red Rumped Parrot ~~

~~  Yellow Tailed Cockatoo ~~

Christophers beautiful birds are currently featured on the -55cent stamp, so if you are passing by the Manly Post Office, have a little squizzy on the wall and you will find the little Wren featured in a framed print above the counter.  The giclee reproductions can be ordered unframed.

Christopher's artworks capture delightfully intimate encounters with shy and elusive subjects, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer. His understanding of three dimensional objects and their relation to the surrounding space give the viewer a clear sense of being present.  Christopher's love for art and wildlife began early on in childhood.   Although he has studied illustration and art in various forms, Chris is basically self-taught and is regarded as one of the leaders in the field of wildlife art in Australia.  We currently have three beautiful limited edition giclees framed in a silver frame of the "Silvereye", "Wren" and the "Honeyeater".  

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wattle Painting of the Queen

This is my all time favourite portrait painting of the Queen - I can remember it from my school days, I think it was in the Principals office! or thereabouts.  The 'wattle painting' as it became known is of the young Queen painted by Australian artist Sir William Dargie in 1954. Completed soon after the Queen's 1954 tour – the first time a reigning monarch had set foot on Australian soil – the wattle painting is one of the most recognisable 20th century Australian portraits.  Dargie depicts the Queen wearing a Norman Hartnell mimosa gold tulle dress adorned with sparkling gold wattle motifs. Hartnell designed the dress for the 1954 Australian tour. It is unambiguously patriotic and easily recognisable as the dress worn during her first evening engagement of the royal tour in Sydney, and again to her last evening function in Perth before leaving Australia.  Dargie later painted a third version after the Queen expressed her delight at the original and requested a personal copy.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Little Cuties

~~  Best Friends ~~

~~ The Bathers ~~
~~ The Traveller ~~

~~ C a n d y ~~ 

New work from Susan just arrived, unpacked and now on the walls.  The top three paintings measure 50x40cms each and "Candy" is slightly smaller at 30x23cms - how does one choose!
Just look at the amazing colours Susan uses - like no other!   we did have another little one  (see below) but it sold as we were unpacking it.

"I Luv Butterflies" (sold)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hat Exhibition at The Queensland Art Gallery

made for Christian Dior

"Stephen Jones"with some of his collection


AN ANTHOLOGY BY STEPHEN JONES  - Hats worn by Camilla Parker-Bowles, Marlene Dietrich, Mick Jagger and Kylie Minogue are featured in an exclusive exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery  until June 27. The Queensland Art Gallery is the only Australian venue for the spectacular exhibition direct from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

  I was totally enthralled with this famous collection, I literally spent hours engrossed in all the beauty of hats, to me they are all works of art.  Finishes on the 27th June - dont miss it!

Images from QAG website

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pen & Wash Paintings

"Grand Canal - Venice" 
45x50cms with mat

"Montepulciano - Italy"
40x46cms with mat

I just love Italy and so do some  of my artists, who are lucky enough to visit frequently, and Helen is one of them.  The two pen and wash paintings featured are unframed and presented with a white mat, so you only need to choose a frame of your liking - and you have a beautiful piece of Italy to dream about until you visit the real thing.

Helen undertook a Fine Arts course at the Brisbane School of Art (“The Tech”) gaining wide experience in sculpture, oil and acrylic paintings, but it was the challenge of handling watercolours that inspired Helen to concentrate on this medium.