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Natura Morta – AUTUMN HARVEST – Orange Regional Gallery November 2014 – 11th January 2015

This wonderful, peaceful exhibition is still open, closing in a few days time on the 11th January. It features work by Bill Moseley, Genevieve Carroll, Luke Sciberras, Euan McLeod, Guy Maestri, among others. My work – “Rosemary’s Garden, Autumn Harvest” sits on the end wall. Here is an extract from the catalogue by Gavin Wilson, the Curator.

Rosemary's Garden-Autumn Harvest (S)

The artist’s mastery of chiaroscuro creates the effect of anointing each subject chosen for the table with a sense of purpose, reminiscent of the great 17th century Flemish painters such as Pieter Claesz and Frans Snyders. The horizontal format allows the viewer to leisurely peruse the tableau, contemplating the weight, shape, tone and texture of each object in this intriguing assembly. As Valadon points out: ‘… the subjects are what I regularly grow in my garden (with the pumpkin, corn, chillies and persimmon supplied by neighbours) …the yabbies cooked and uncooked are from my dam …and I have made very successful quince paste from the quinces.’

The one sombre note in the composition is the figure of a dead rabbit tucked up beside a bowl of produce at the centre of the table. Yet, it too will enter the food chain as a tasty morsel from the artist’s kitchen. Rosemary’s Garden – Autumn Harvest, speaks of time passing – as Hill End’s long, frosty winter is about to take hold.

Gavin Wilson –  Exhibition Curator

Wicked Women at Orange Regional Gallery commences 3rd October 2014

Please join us at the Orange Regional Gallery for the Wicked Women exhibition, featuring portraits of contemporary Australian Women influenced by pulp fiction covers and film noir imagery.  Subjects include Margaret Cunneen SC, crime writer Tara Moss, actor and director Rachel Ward, Professor Larissa Behrent, World queen of Burlesque Imogen Kelly, amongst others.  Margaret Cunneen will be the guest speaker.  Available at the exhibition are Wicked Women postcards, a DVD showing the process of creation, and a limited edition catalogue.  'She tried to be good' (M Cunneen)

‘THE THIRD WAVE’ – artists in residence at Hill End – BRAGS – August 2014

I have some works on display in this exhibition opening at Bathurst Regional Gallery on the 1st August.  These are from my residency at the Haefliger cottage, Hill End, in 2003.  Which started my love affair with Hill End.Jean Bellette's Bed '04 152 x 122cm

This work titled ” Jean Bellette’s Bed” was inspired by the bed in Haefligers  cottage, and surrounding landscape, in particular a scene I experienced when passing through Sallys Flat one evening around sunset. Burning off had taken place, and the darkening sky was misted with smoke.  The evenings are so spectacular in Hill End with streams of golds and reds, against the darkening land, and you become aware of the very spiritual and ghostly presences around you.  Hence the disturbed and tousled bed as though the sleeper could not rest.

‘Into the Dark’ is a landscape from the rear of Haefligers cottage looking towards the East as sunset occurs.  There is a small running figure – on closer observation you can see it is a nun.  In 2003 a performance troupe led by Julie-Anne Long, reinacted the JeffreInto the Darky Smart painting of the Nun’s Picnic – my quick homage is below.  For a period of 4 weeks,  nuns would appear in different places around Hill End, and in this case one of them was seen running towards the town.

 

 

 

100km Art Show – Orange Regional Gallery

I have a work in this group show which is open to artists living within a 50 km radius of Orange.  The show opens on the 6th December and closes 2nd February 2014.  Its a beautiful gallery and well worth visiting.  I have one of the tea cups – Lily of the Valley – in this show. Lily of the Valley 09 (75 x 91cm)

Open Studio Day & The Guardian article:Writers favourite artworks

Artemis-Germaine-Greer(s)

Lovely surprise on Saturday to read the online Guardian and Larissa Behrendt’s choice of my work above: Germaine Greer as Artemis  

Also had a special day on Sunday with the Open Studios in Hill End – weather perfect, interesting visitors to the studio, a string quartet in the local park, and flowing champagne!  What a great weekend!

OPEN STUDIO•HILL END•Sunday 22nd Sept 9.30-3.30

I am opening my studio to the public for the first time on Sunday 22nd Sept.  This is part of the Hill End Open Day and other artists participating are Luke Sciberras, curator Gavin Wilson, Rebecca Wilson, Bill and Genevieve Moseley.  Come to beautiful Hill End and visit us – there will be music in the park and good food at the store, the pub and Hosies.  This day is a fund raiser to renovate the old Catholic Church and you can buy tickets at the Royal Hall from 9am, from where you will get directions to the studios (which will the close at 3.30pm.)    For more information check out the website for the Hill End Arts Council. Looking forward to seeing you, and here are a couple of pictures of my studio.

studio-interiorWinter studio 2013_(s)

Swedish Delights

Last year my dear friend, Danelle Bergstrom, while doing a year long residency in Sweden, found a very special cup and saucer which combined both of my recent themes:  decorative tea cups and pulp fiction women.  She posted it to me and just recently I have been able to do a portrait of it.  So here is Swedish Delights 2013, oil on canvas 56 x 61cm.

Here is a detail of the bathing beauties – a great antidote to the freezing weather and strong winds currently experienced in Hill  End.

 

Rosemary’s Garden

 

Its the first of July, half way through the year already,  and most of June has been spent in the garden – the weather has been kind for late Autumn and the beginning of Winter, with many still sunny days, cold nights down to 0.2 degrees, and good rain.  The snake maple has been splendid holding onto its mixture of orange, green and red leaves.  The kangaroos are in the garden every night, along with rabbits and the occasional deer.  Wonderful to catch up with the garden again.

Snake maple 1st July looking towards rose bower(s)

WICKED WOMEN – end of exhibition at the J & P Museum, 26th May 2013

Please join us in the Blackett Court of the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, for the final viewing of the Wicked Women exhibition hosted by the Historic Houses Trust.  This exhibition, which has run for a fabulous seven months, is the culmination of four years of Rosemary’s work and  has been met with wide public and critical interest.  This is a special opportunity to not only see the exhibition before it closes, but to purchase work and have the opportunity to talk to Rosemary  about the series, as she will be present on the day.  Sales enquiries – [email protected]

Examples of new works are below:

Great time at WW panel discussion

Back home to the cats, wild rabbits, kangaroos etc, and the roses blooming again.  it was a wonderful night on Friday at the panel discussion mediated by Annette Shun Wah and panel members Larissa Behrendt, Charles Waterstreet and Antonella Gambotto-Burke.  Talk ranged from the possibility of being ‘wicked’ as a virtue, to woman as ‘source’, how each sitter felt about the portrait process and their own stories of what was brought up for them.  My intention in painting these portraits, was to show the ‘dark’ side of personality that is not usually seen, but to keep it a fantasy, play acting, dressing up – not necessary to act out on these impulses.  There is only one drop of blood (painted) in the entire show, and in this painting I made the gun fire (Billion Dollar Body).  I had a wonderful time and thank Historic Houses Trust for putting on this event, and to the panel and all the people who attended, my heartfelt thanks.