Saturday, February 11, 2012

Openings at Tweed River Art Gallery

I headed down to Tweed River Art Gallery yesterday for the opening of three exhibitions, Stuart Cussons 'De Chirico's Train', The 2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award finalists, and Personal Space: Contemporary Chinese and Australian Prints.

Before the openings curator and artist Michael Kempson gave an informative talk about the curating process for Personal Space, and discussed a few of the works in detail. The exhibition has a wide selection of printworks created through processes including etching, wood cut, collagraph, screen printing and lithography. I was delighted to see works by Belinda Fox, Rona Green, Fiona Hall and Reg Mombasa; alongside artists less known to me, such as the intriguing work of Milan Milojevic, and contemporary Chinese artists. This exhibition is well worth a visit with plenty to contemplate and admire in both the aesthetic and conceptual qualities.

The 2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition was opened by guest speaker Jenny Sages. As in the past Jenny was a delight to hear with poignant insight into the drive for artists to have their work seen.
 The Portia Geach Memorial Award is an annual award for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists. The exhibition presents paintings by fifty two finalists from across Australia, each featuring a portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences. This is the first time the Award has been exhibited outside of Sydney.

De Chirico's Train by Stuart Cussons presents still and at the same time contemplative works. I think these are best seen in the flesh as subtle surface finishes have an impact on the viewing of these pieces.

You can check out the continuing dates for the shows online here.

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