Joshua Yeldham – Art on the Hawkesbury

An intimate video portrait of Joshua Yeldham, which describes his relationship with landscape, in particular the Hawkesbury River. Beautiful viewing.

Art on the Hawkesbury - Joshua Yeldham

Click here to watch video at SMH website

Please join us at the gallery on Saturday 23rd Nov at 3pm for an insightful Q&A with Joshua Yeldham, hosted by Prue Gibson – arts writer, lecturer and author.

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Danelle Bergstrom wins People’s Choice Award | Portia Geach Memorial Award 2013

Congratulations to Danelle Bergstrom on winning the Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice with her portrait of dance collaborators and life partners Graeme Murphy AO and Janet Vernon AM.

When informed of the award Bergstrom said that she was humbled on winning the Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice Award.

“The three of us – Graeme, Janet and I, would like to thank everyone that voted for us. It is a privilege to win this prestigious award again”, said Bergstrom.

This is Bergstrom’s 5th Portia Geach Memorial People’s Choice Award.  She has previously won the People’s Choice with Independent Spirit, a portrait of artist Ann Thomson (2010), composer Peter Sculthorpe (2009), artist Nancy Borlase (2006) and art collector Michael Hobbs (2005).

Danelle notes that:

“Every portrait is a collaboration between the artist and sitter. With Graeme and Janet I felt truly comfortable working in their presence. They were so supportive, encouraging and understanding of what was required and of the challenges I faced. I was captivated by their life stories and their 31 years at the helm of Sydney Dance Company, creating more than 50 works, and by what they have worked on since.   It would have been logical to portray dancers in motion – graceful agile bodies in action, engaged in their craft. In trying to distill their art to its essence, it became clear that their connection is as much intellectual as it is physical. A dual portrait painted in close perspective, to reveal the collaboration of body and spirit, a representation of memories made together expressed through Janet’s sinuous neck and Graeme’s mindful pose.  Two lifetimes of motion, energy, power condensed into a stationary image, expressing the strength and elegance of two bodies and two minds together.”

The Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice Award has been generously donated by Mrs Josephine Delacour.

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2013
S.H. Ervin Gallery
Until 17 November, 2013
Sydney

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Darren McDonald finalist in Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

McDonald_Portrait of Stephen BenwellWe are delighted to announce that Darren McDonald has been selected as a finalist in this year’s renowned Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, with his portrait of distinguished Australian ceramist Stephen Benwell.

For 25 years, the Moran Prize has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture. The acquisitive prize is a very important part of Australia’s art calendar boosting a first prize award of $150,000.  The prize is to be judged by art historian and museum curator Daniel Thomas, and artist and previous Moran Prize recipient Ben Quilty. We wish Darren the best of luck ahead of tonight’s announcement. The exhibition opens 24th October at Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney.

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Chelsea Lehmann finalist in Portia Geach Memorial Award

Arthouse Gallery would like to congratulate Chelsea Lehmann on her selection as a national finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award for her portrait of artist Deborah Paauwe, titled ‘Threshold’.

The exhibition of national finalists will be held at the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery,
4 October to 16 November 2013.

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Says the artist, “In this portrait of artist Deborah Paauwe I have grafted figural and compositional elements from pre-existing paintings onto an image of the artist through the process of painting.

The portrait is therefore hybridized; a transhistorical incarnation in the sense that it comprises of both contemporary and art historical sources. Its ‘temporal homelessness’ means the portrait is fixed only by it’s time of painting. The figure’s subtle incongruity with the surrounding landscape underlines the disjuncture of past and present images: they are not quite seamless, even if they are co-dependent. The ‘homelessness’ of the portrait reflects my aesthetic and conceptual questioning of the genealogy, inheritance and relevance of portrait painting today.

The intimacy of the imaging process between subject and artist derives from a relationship of sorts; reliant, in part, on physical proximity and (often) mutual affinities. It posits a slow release communion between people that belies the cultural imperative of rapidity.

The time, materiality and technical investment inherent in this painting constitute a ‘space’ and quality both rich and fraught with historical association.”

 

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Hobie Porter selected as Paddington Art Prize finalist

Arthouse Gallery would like to congratulate Hobie Porter on being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Paddington Art Prize. This national art prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre, its long tradition in Australian painting as a key contributor to our national ethos, and is a positive initiative in private patronage of the arts in Australia.

Hobie Porter’s stunning painting, ‘Tenterfield Widescreen’ can be viewed in the exhibition of national finalists at Mary Place Gallery until Sunday 6th October.

EXHIBITION OF NATIONAL FINALISTS
Tuesday 24th until Sunday 6th October 2013.
10am-5pm Sunday 12-5pm
Mary Place Gallery
12 Mary Place, Paddington, Sydney

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Tenterfield Widescreen
Oil on linen
50cm x 100cm

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Danelle Bergstrom – Whisper. Essay by John McDonald

 

001-070813“Cadence of Time” Danelle Bergstrom 100 x 300 cm – oil on linen

Arthouse Gallery
Wednesday 9th – Sunday 27th October 2013

“Sweden has become known round the world as the land of detective novels. In those books by authors such as Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, there are frequent scenes set in forests or remote, isolated townships. Even in pulp fiction one begins to imagine Sweden, and Scandinavia in general, as a place where human life seems small and trivial alongside the vast presence of nature.

In 2011 Danelle Bergstrom spent an entire year in Sweden, undertaking a residency at Konstepidemin in Göteborg, a not-for-profit institution that provides 105 studios, but only five for international artists. Bergstrom is half-Swedish by birth, but born and raised in Australia. This was the first time she has been able to spend such an extended period in her father’s country. Her parents had divorced when Bergstrom was five years old, and she grew up with little knowledge of the European side of her family.

Travelling north into Lapland, Bergstrom was struck by the silence of the forests. For an artist accustomed to the cacophony of the Australian bush, the atmosphere was eerie and perhaps a little disturbing. Yet she admits to never previously having experienced such peacefulness and tranquility.

It was an opportunity for introspection, as Bergstrom was able to look back on a sad and difficult period in her life. Spending time in a foreign landscape to which she felt some residual connection, was a way of restoring the balance of her existence.

The paintings she made in Sweden put Bergstrom firmly within a tradition that sees landscape as a mirror of the mind. The recurrent motif of the empty boat on a calm expanse of water is an image of perfect repose, as if a mass of turbulent thoughts and emotions had been tamed. The boat may represent the self, but also a journey into the unknown. One thinks of those ancient Swedes, the Vikings, who would bury their dead in a boat.

Although there is a melancholy aspect to these paintings the outstanding feature is Bergstrom’s attempt to capture the special quality of Nordic light. Sunlight glistens on the surface of a lake that reflects sky, clouds and trees with mirror-like precision.

Inevitably there are echoes of Monet in his garden, painting reflections on the water of a lily pond, as his vision grew increasingly blurred. Bergstrom is aware she is venturing into territory that will always be associated with these late Impressionist masterpieces, but she is working from her own observations and experiences, not from the art history books.

In these pictures Bergstrom has responded in a spontaneous, lyrical fashion to the experience of an unfamiliar landscape. In doing so she has diffused her own cares and sorrows into her experience of the physical world, letting the senses chip away at the emotions. There is a feeling of optimism in these works, a suggestion of catharsis and renewal. The exhibition describes a slow spiral outwards, from the dark recesses of the mind to the clear light of a Scandinavian summer’s day.”

John McDonald is art critic for the SMH & film critic for the AFR

008-070813“Betide” Danelle Bergstrom 153 x 183 cm – oil on linen
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Danelle Bergstrom – Portia Geach Memorial Award 2013 Finalists

StudioDanelle Bergstrom has been selected as a finalist for this years prestigious Portia Geach Memorial Award. Her gorgeous painting depicts choreography and dance duo Graeme Murphy AO and Janet Vernon AM .

Say the Artist: Back to back the dancers sit. Touching, communing. Such is the life and work partnership between the multiple international award winning duo, choreographer Graeme Murphy AO and his wife, dancer and creative associate Janet Vernon AM.

Every portrait is a collaboration between artist and sitter. With Graeme and Janet, I felt truly comfortable working in their presence. They were so supportive, encouraging and understanding of what was required and of the challenges facing me. I was captivated by their life stories and their 31 years at the helm of Sydney Dance Company, creating more than 50 works, and by what they have worked on since.

It would have been logical to portray dancers in motion – graceful agile bodies in action, engaged in their craft. In trying to distill their art to its essence, it became clear that their connection is as much intellectual as it is physical. A dual portrait painted in close perspective, to reveal the collaboration of body and spirit, a representation of memories made together expressed through Janet’s sinuous neck and Graeme’s mindful pose.

Two lifetimes of motion, energy, power condensed into a stationary image, expressing the strength and elegance of two bodies and two minds together.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is a celebration of female Australian artists. It’s Australia’s most distinguished portrait prize for female artists and has greatly contributed to the development of female artists in this country.

It was established by Florence Kate Geach in 1961 in memory of her sister, Portia Geach and is awarded each year to the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences.

The finalists work will be on display at the S.H Ervin Gallery from 4 October – 17 November, the winner will be announced at the opening next Thursday 4 October. This exhibition will be running concurrently with Danelle’s major solo exhibition of her beautiful landscape paintings at Arthouse Gallery. 9 October – 26 October 2013.

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