Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mother and Child

"New Babe"
46x46cms oil on canvas

"Summer Love"
55x56cms oil on paper

~ C h o o k s ~
42x47cms oil

"The Chook House"
67x76cms pastel

New work from Veronica Robilliard has just arrived at the gallery - quite a different mixture this time.  The top two paintings are just beautiful - the suble image of the "New Babe" along with  "Summertime" on the lawn with her new baby.  Don't you just love chooks? well - I do!  they are so commical the way they come and go looking for anything to eat and how I love those fluffy backsides.  Look at that dandy rooster  (2nd last image) - king of the chookhouse!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Still Life and Zebras by Jan Hodgson

* Pear Shaped *

* A Toast to Us *

* Looking Out *

* Watching You *

Gorgeous new pastel works by Jan Hodgson shown in the above images.  Jan has been working on her Zebra collection for many years now and over this time, we have seen an amazing array of compositions of this very complicated technique (all those stripes!)   The Zebra paintings have become her signature style. Having said that - her still life are just as exquisite.   This is a lovely collection of new works.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter -
 and not forgetting Lest We Forget on ANZAC Day on Monday - a very special day for all Australians and New Zealanders

Hours of the gallery over the long weekend:
CLOSED:  Good Friday
Open: Saturday (11-4pm)
Open: Sunday (11-4pm)
Open: Monday (11-4pm)

Denise will be in the gallery over the Easter break, so pop in to say Hi if you are in our beautiful part of the world. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Local Scenes of Manly

~ View to Rose Bay - Manly ~
38x55cms watercolour

"Storm over Rose Bay - Manly"
55x38cms watercolour

"The Garden Seat"
50x35cms watercolour

~ Picnic at Rose Bay - Manly ~
57x40cms watercolour

A delightful collection of watercolours by our artist Vanessa Goodland.  I love the looseness in this style of painting which almost has a contemporary feel to it.   Grouped together, they make a lovely set of paintings.  The local scenes of our beautiful area are always popular, especially this little picnic spot on a little beach which is just around the corner from the gallery.  Vanessa takes delight in visiting Manly as there is so much inspiration around this area and when its a beautiful day like today - it certainly helps getting those creative juices flowing

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Delightful House Paintings

"Flowering Garden"

"Country House"

"Shades of Grey"

I realise we are are in Autumn, but I just love these beautiful homes and stunning gardens which Jeanette Morris paints.  They make me want to do something decent in our own garden!  just loving the Jacarandas in bloom - will have to wait a few more months for that to happen in Manly.  These gardens are "picture perfect" and of course make for wonderful paintings. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wonderful Oils by Chris Reilly

* Cafe De Flore *
69x78cms oil

* Italian Flower Stall *
79x69cms oil

* High Tea *
40x44cms oil

French inspired? not this time - its the Italian flavour in this new collection of works by Christine Reilly.  A big traveller, Christine is a real "people watcher" even more so when she is in Europe.  The adorable painting "High Tea" is only small - but its a nice little size to place anywhere.  I actually have one of Christine's in my kitchen and I look at it every day - and I never tire of her delightful compositions.  The painting of "Italian Flower Shop" started its beginnings out the front of the gallery as a demonstration painting - so it had a lot of input!  hope you enjoy this collection.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Best Watercolour at Rotary Spectacular 2011

~ Dusk at the Waterhole - Mungerranie ~
(our new painting by award winning artist Bruce Buchanan)
74x90cms watercolour

The Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular is a prestigious event which is expected to welcome more than 35,000 visitors in 2011. The art show is currently showing at "The Riverside Centre" 123 Eagle Street in Brisbane.  

This years Winner for the "Best Watercolour" goes to our very own artist Bruce Buchanan with his painting titled "Across the Lake, Cootharaba".  Naturally, we are very proud of Bruce and his achievements and congratulate him on this well deserved award (the Winning painting was sold at the Exhibition opening). 

Many of my artists are represented in this show which I am very proud of - so if you get the chance, see if you can catch the show.  For further information - have a look at their website HERE for details  "The Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular" for 2011 - its a wonderful art show and one of my all time favourites of the year.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Archibald Prize 2011 Packing room prize winner

Melbourne artist Vincent Fantauzzo has been awarded the Packing Room Prize in conjunction with the 2011 Archibald Prize for his portrait of celebrity chef, Matt Moran.

Matt Moran is now a household name from his appearances on television cooking shows including MasterChef, The Chopping Block and My Restaurant Rules. Moran and his business partner Peter Sullivan own two of Australia’s premier restaurants: ARIA in Sydney and in Brisbane. He is also the author of two cookbooks.

“Matt is one of my best friends. I’ve known him for years,” says Fantauzzo.

Fantauzzo experimented with numerous different poses before settling on this one. “Some of them looked a bit sinister with the knife and meat.”
Fantauzzo chose to surround Moran with meat. “He grew up on a dairy farm, he has a lamb business and he’s very into fresh produce and meat. It’s a bit intense, I suppose, if you’re a vegetarian.”
Born in England in 1977, Fantauzzo came to Australia as a child. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) and a Master of Fine Art from RMIT University, Melbourne. He was GQ’s Artist of the Year in 2009 and Cultural Ambassador for the 2011 Melbourne Fashion Festival. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Hong Kong, India and Vietnam and currently has an exhibition called Light and Dark at the Western Australian Museum.

Vincent Fantauzzo won the People’s Choice Award in both 2008 and 2009 for portraits of actor Heath Ledger and child actor Brandon Walters, who played the young Aboriginal boy Nullah in Baz Luhrmann’s film Australia. His portrait of Ledger was also Highly Commended by the judges.

The Packing Room Prize gives the gallery staff who receive the entries for Archibald a chance to vote for their favourite Archibald portrait. This is the Gallery’s head storeman Steve Peters’ 27th Archibald and 20th Packing Room Prize.

Vincent receives $1,000 and a $500 ANZ debit card.

Finalists for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes were also announced today.

This year there were 798 Archibald entries, 810 Wynne entries and 633 Sulman entries.

Archibald opens to the public on 16 April 2011 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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(info taken  from the Art Gallery of New South Wales - see link above)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This is What I Saw Today

I walked through the Gallery door today and this is what I saw.  Beautiful porcelain bowls by Shannon Garson, wildlife paintings by Christopher Pope, exquisite landscapes by Christopher Hooper, Lorraine Rogers and Robin Hines and not forgetting the very popular "glow in the dark" Jellyfish series of paintings by Trevor Platt.  We are literally "packed to the rafters" at the moment with lots of paintings coming and going, always something to look at - along with sculpture and glassware - jewellery and painted boxes - like no other gallery in Brisbane!   we look forward to your visit soon, come down to Manly and blow those cobwebs away!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Richard Bogusz - Colourful new works

~ Yabulu Valley ~

~ Stones Hill ~

~ Maiden Voyage ~

Gorgeous new work from Richard Bogusz just delivered.  The three new pieces measure 60x60cms and are acrylic on board.  If you know Richard's paintings, you will know how bright and  colourful they are "in situ", its unfortunate that I am not the best photographer (but how I try!!).  This collection of paintings are simply superb and they never disappoint.