For me the animal kingdom is the driving force behind my art as I love to delve into the diversity of animal life. My intention is to capture my subject’s character and expression, incorporating their humour, their majesty and wonder, and as a result, the painting then tells its own story.
Chris Blake has been painting for over thirty years. He is a multi-award winning artist, working in pastels, oils, acrylics and pen and wash, and is a master pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia.
His favourite subjects include outback, marine and town scenes. His style is vibrant impressionist. Whatever he does, it is usually exciting and dramatic. Chris could be described as a tonal colourist. In his paintings, he pushes tones to their dark and light extremes while also layering colour to create intensity and depth.
Chris is also a dynamic tutor and demonstrator, giving speedy and informative demonstrations of technique, while at the same time adding spice with interesting, humorous stories and anecdotes. He teaches classes on Tuesday mornings in his own studio and ensures that his students learn as much as they can while still having a lot of fun.
Chris has collaborated with Unison Pastels, UK, to develop the Blake Outback sets of pastels. His work is represented in a number of private collections in Australia and overseas. It can be seen on the website www.chrisblakeart.com , on his facebook page, ‘The Blake Studio’, and at his own studio in Landsborough by appointment (07 5439 9558).
I am a mostly self-taught visual artist living and working on acreage in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland area of Montville, Australia.
Like smiling at people with kindness; art can transform a day for a nanosecond. In hope of this transformation, I paint stories and fleeting snapshots from life experience in ways that ring true to me. The results may be abstract or representational. I delight in spare compositions and minimal colours to mix each work from.
Most of my images contain figurative and ornate decorative elements. Some of my works turn word play into visual statements.
I find that drawing is the most direct medium for conveying my visual intention and idea. One chance with one pencil - with help from an eraser.
Printing involves three stages: inscribing the image, 'biting' the drawn plate and then printing the art work.
Making the handmade books involves creating making book size prints for the cover, finding beautiful fabrics plus papers to complete the journal
Throughout one’s life experience, change allows the individual to process and articulate the stages of progression; whereas loss has the ability to challenge the notions of one’s own identity.
Through the trauma of loss and the associated grief, the coherence of a social structure begins to disintegrate under the pressure of anomalies and contradictions and as it does, relationships become confused and difficult to identify.
My studio practice considers the ways in which a visual dialogue can be presented in sculptural forms which addresses individual and collective experiences with the processes of loss and grief.
Using presence and absence, reality and illusion to create metaphors for the frailty of the human body and the institutional processes involved in these stages of progression.
Working across new media, ceramics, painting and installation Turner's work evokes the landscape of her childhood: central Queensland, a place of dry grass, listless cattle and the scorching sun. Poignantly, memories of bodily responses to this landscape form the foundation of Turner's work.
I am a contemporary painter working in Maleny. My arts practice explores the relationship between painting and photography, and how each of these complicates our interpretation of how we think we see. My paintings use the temporality of hand to entice the viewer into the photographic nature of the works, only to then hopefully open a more meaningful dialogue regarding how we 'process' what we see.
Working as an artist is not always confined to the studio, I am a sculptor who draws and paints with an interest how the two inform each other. Wood and metal are materials that keep me wondering how one compliments the other.
The work encompasses issues of social justice as well as political commentary in so much as an obligation to "keeping the bastards honest" The latest works are an effort to use recycled timber and question the use of what some may consider waste or discard materials giving them new life and meaning. The skill level required to using substandard materials becomes a juggle as this challenges the process of construction. This material is metephorical for the fragility of the dispossessed.
Glimpses of European ancestry peek through the sketches and journals that accompany her travels. Through her Artwork, she can transport you to exotic locations, skilfully depict the character and spirit of animals and communicate the quiet beauty of still life...her favourite subjects!
Welcome to my space!
Creation has always been a part of my life. It is my soul's voice. I have no more logical way to describe it as it takes me on journeys that require no words to beautiful realisations and wonderful insights. Over the past ten years my work has gone through many phases but I always come back to drawing with a pencil! It is the thing that lets me find the quiet place with no words that the next story flows from.
My most recent story began with a request to draw a paper plane in space and ended up with images about memory, connection, Freud and of course the purpose of living. There are also lots of inner goddess images about moving through those ideas. It paralleled moving homes and beginning in a new community. Art does that: journal life in the moment.
Annie's studio is situated outside Peachester, south of Maleny. From the Kilcoy Beerwah Rd, turn into the delightfully scenic River Rd. Drive approximately 5km , cross a double concrete bridge, and follow the signs to an original Queenslander farmhouse, situated right at the roadside amongst pasture and forest. Access is easy, lots of parking.
Annie participates in the Open Studio trail and is happy to show visitors her art techniques and practices. There are art works displayed gallery style as well as works in progress to see.