– were shown in 2 exhibitions at Eva Breuer Art (The Wings of Eros 2008, and Hill End Stories 2006)
The Wings of Eros
– explores the ancient myth of Psyche and Eros, using the dramatic landscape of Hill End, perched between sky and mountains. These works explore the human experience of desire and yearning for love – the aching spaces between earth and heaven. Works such as The Visitor 1 and The Visitor II play with the tensions between our creatureliness and the impulse for flight and transformation.
Hill End Stories
– works inspired by the artist’s initial connection with the old gold mining town of Hill End. The richness of this experience: whether evoking devonshire teas, riotous burlesque performances, or the timelessness and history of the village. Jean Bellette’s Bed depicts the bed the artist slept in at Haefligers Cottage”. A bed of dreams and timelessness, in smoky sunset-drenched intensity. The Open Door depicts the outside/inside of Haefligers Cottage on a sunny afternoon. This work is now owned by the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, and is used as promotion for the artist-in-residence program.
The Bear and the Bird series resulted from a performance held in the local Royal Hall by fellow artists Julie-Anne Long and Kathy Cogill – Julie was dressed as the bear, and Cathy the bare-breasted bird – gasps were heard from the audience as Cathy revealed her almost nakedness. These works, including Afternoon Delight reflect Valadon’s constant interest in the politics of gender and identity, and delight in sensual story telling.
Hill End- Summer Portrait of Gria 2005, oil on canvas 122 x 183cm
Wings of Eros (diptych) 2008, oil on canvas
152 x 212
The Visitor I 2008, oil on canvas
111 x 137cm
Towards Dusk 2008,
Oil on canvas 137 x 183
The Visitor II 2008,
Oil on canvas 111 x 137cm
The West Wind I 2008, oil on canvas
41 x 30.5cm
Smoking Angel 2008, oil on canvas
137 x 101cm
The West Wind II 2008, oil on canvas
41 x 30.5 cm
Jean Bellette’s Bed 2004, Oil on canvas
152 x 122cm
The Open Door 2004, oil on canvas 152 x 137cm.
Bathurst Regional Gallery Collection
The Bear & the Bird 2005,oil on canvas 152 x 274cm.
Finalist Portia Geach Prize 2005
Bear & Bird III 2006, oil on canvas 152 x 122cm
Fan Dance 2006, oil on canvas 153 x 137cm
The Party 2007, oil on canvas 111 x 137cm. Finalist Mosman Art Prize 2007
Burlesque II 2007, oil on canvas 91 x 108cm
Afternoon Delight (Royal Hall) 2006, oil on canvas 244 x 137cm. Finalist Mosman Prize 2006
Afternoon delight (red small) 2006, oil on canvas 60 x 55cm
Afternoon Delight (red small) 2006, oil on canvas 60 x 55cm
The White Girdle 2007 oil on canvas
91 x 60cm
Summer Show, (group show) at Wagner Contemporary until 1st March.
Profile in March Country Style magazine, available 23rd February
ABC documentary ‘Rosemary Valadon - A Sensual World’ to be aired Tuesday April 4th at 10pm, as part of their ‘Creatives’ strand.
Travelling Archibald - my finalist painting of Luke Sciberras is now at Cowra Regional Art Gallery until 19th March.
Rosemary Valadon is a multi-award winning Australian artist (the Blake Religious Art Prize, Portia Geach Portrait Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize, amongst others). She is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, Blake, Portia Geach and Mosman prizes... read more