Media Release: Three Ways G.W.Bot, Meg Buchanan, Anita McIntyre

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Three Ways showcases the recent work of three artists whose major aesthetic explorations are concerned with the Australian landscape as it impacts on them through the immediacy of their living and working environments and through each artist’s particular histories of their relationship with the land (in its broader sense). The three ways of the title refers not only to the aesthetic and conceptual approaches of the artists but also to the formal means they choose visualise their imaginative creations. They use a range of means to express the reactions to and embracing of the land. Bot is printmaker, painter and sculptor. Buchanan is painter, printmaker and drawer. McIntyre is a ceramist.

G.W.Bot’s art celebrates the relationship between self and place and the importance of the balance of humanity’s balance with the natural world. Meg Buchanan is also interested in the interactions of man with the natural world. In a reductive almost abstract language she confronts, examines and analyses the landscape and man’s interventions in that landscape to produce powerful visual statements. Anita McIntyre’s art is the expression of an inner need to reflect on the world around her through the exploration of family, history and place. The three artists will be familiar to Cowra audiences through their involvement in the Calleen Art Award. G.W. Bot was the 2012 winner, Meg Buchanan, the 2005 winner and Anita McIntyre Highly Commended in that same year. Three Ways is a Cowra Regional Art exhibition, curated by Peter Haynes, curator, writer and visual arts historian.

The official opening for the exhibition is Friday 9 September, doors open at 6pm. On Saturday 10 September from 2pm there is a special artist’s talk with the three artists in conversion with the exhibition curator. Admission is free to both events.

Exhibition Dates: 10 September to 9 October 2016.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, 2794
Brian Langer, Gallery Director
Email: blanger@cowra.nsw.gov.au

Tel: (02) 6340 2192 M: 0429 072 282
Hours: Tues – Sat, 10am to 4pm; Sunday 2pm to 4pm

Admission free

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Cowra Shire Council

Media Release: NGA Max & Olive open at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Friday, July 29, 2016

Max Dupain, Portrait of Olive Cotton, 1940.

A new travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia will open in the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 6 August from 2pm. This is the first exhibition to look at the work of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain as they shared their lives, studio and professional practice. The exhibition includes 71 photographs from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and features some of Australian photography’s best-known images, including Dupain’s Sunbaker (1937) and Cotton’s Teacup ballet (1935).

As exhibition curator Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator Photography, National Gallery of Australia, notes: ‘Looking at the work of these two great Australian photographers together is enlightening; they were often shooting the same subjects, or pursuing subjects and pictorial effects in similar ways. Rarely do we get to see two great Australian artists working side-by-side in this way. And while Max Dupain’s reputation might now stand well above most other Australian photographers, this exhibition shows that Olive Cotton had a significant role to play in his development as a photographer, and was in many ways his equal.’

Dupain and Cotton were at the centre of Australian photography in the mid-twentieth century, and were influential figures in Australian culture at the time. Their professional relationship spilled over into their personal lives, and the two were married for a short while from 1939.

Keenly aware of international developments in photography, Cotton and Dupain experimented with the forms and strategies of modernist photography, and drew upon the sophisticated lighting and compositions of contemporary advertising and Hollywood glamour photography.

They brought to these influences their own, close association with the rich context of Australian life and culture during the 1930s and ’40s.

The exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Exhibition Dates: 6 August to 4 September 2016.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, 2794
Brian Langer, Gallery Director
Email: blanger@cowra.nsw.gov.au

Tel: (02) 6340 2192 M: 0429 072 282
Hours: Tues – Sat, 10am to 4pm; Sunday 2pm to 4pm

Admission free

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Cowra Shire Council

2016 Calleen Art Award People’s Choice Award Announcement

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Shannon Doyle, Deigo, 2015, acrylic on canvas 80 x 60cm.

The votes are in and the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 2016 Calleen Art Award is Shannon Doyle from Bilinga Queensland for his painting Deigo, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 60cm.

This year’s exhibition consisted of an amazing range of outstanding paintings artworks by 47 finalist’s selected from 279 entries from around Australia. Over 390 visitors to the exhibition cast their vote in a tight contest for the winning work. Congratulations to Shannon Doyle and thank you to all who voted, we look forward to seeing you in 2017.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794

Brian Langer, Gallery Director
Tel: (02) 6340 2192
M: 0429 072 282

Hours: Tues–Sat, 10am to 4pm; Sunday 2pm to 4pm

Admission free

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Cowra Shire Council

 

Warakurna: New Aboriginal art movement showcased at Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Detail of Helicopter Ride with Brooksy to See My Father’s Ngurra (Country), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 101.3 x 102cm by Ken Shepherd, one of a collection of artworks by Warakurna Artists donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch, National Museum of Australia.

An exhibition of unique works from an Aboriginal art movement emerging from the Western Desert will open at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 25 June 2016 commencing at 2pm, guest speaker Andy Greenslade, Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program National Museum of Australia. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday 31 July 2016.

Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes, is a collection of paintings which was produced at Warakurna, a community at the foot of the Rawlinson Ranges in Western Australia, 300 kilometres west of Uluru (Ayers Rock). The works are the product of Warakurna Artists, a thriving art centre in the heart of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

The paintings in the Warakurna exhibition are more figurative in style than traditional Western Desert art. The artists from Warakurna use their painting to document their history – the coming of explorers, prospectors and missionaries, building roads, missile testing and their return to their homeland.

“These paintings provide first-hand accounts of significant events which shaped the lives of an Aboriginal community and help all Australians understand their complex history,” said Dr Mathew Trinca, the director of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

The Warakurna exhibition was launched at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, in December, 2012 and is now touring the country.
Western Desert people were among the last groups of Aboriginal people in Australia to have contact with Europeans. Warakurna lay in the middle of the flight path of missiles launched from Woomera in the South Australian desert in the 1960s.

The majority of the paintings in the exhibition were donated to the National Museum by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch under the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program in 2011. The National Museum purchased a further 10 paintings in 2012. All of the paintings have been included in the Museum’s permanent National Historical Collection where they sit alongside early Papunya boards and important works from the Canning Stock Route collection.

A National Museum of Australia Travelling exhibition, supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.

Detail of Helicopter Ride with Brooksy to See My Father’s Ngurra (Country), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 101.3 x 102cm by Ken Shepherd, one of a collection of artworks by Warakurna Artists donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch, National Museum of Australia.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794

Brian Langer, Gallery Director
Tel: (02) 6340 2192
M: 0429 072 282

National Museum of Australia
Andy Greenslade, Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program
Email: andy.greenslade@nma.gov.au
Tel (02) 6208 5325

Hours: Tues–Sat, 10am to 4pm; Sunday 2pm to 4pm

Admission free

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Cowra Shire Council

 

2016 Calleen Art Award

Friday, May 6, 2016

This year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery received 272 entries into the 2016 Calleen Art Award from across Australia and 47 works were selected by a panel of art professionals as finalists.

The official exhibition opening and announcement of the 2016 Calleen Art Award winner took place on Saturday 30 April 2016, attracting over 100 visitors, including many of the finalists. Cr Bill West, Mayor of Cowra Shire Council, welcomed guests and opened the exhibition and the announcement of the winner by the Award Judge John Cheeseman, Manager Cultural Services and Gallery Director, Mosman Art Gallery.

2016 Calleen Art Award Winner

Tania and

Tania Mason and her winning work Irregular Plasma

The winner of the 2016 acquisitive Calleen Art Award is Tania Mason from Sydney, for her work Irregular Plasma, 2016, gouache and acrylic on canvas, 102 x 84cm. Irregular Plasma explores concepts linked to the neurological patterns within the human brain and natures complex geometric shapes such as vines, plants, trees and leaves. Tania received $19,000 in prize money from the Calleen Trust and her winning painting joins the Calleen Art Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Judge’s comments

Tania Mason Irregular Plasma: “In the first passing of works I did not think this was in the running. But then I looked at all works in detail and the more I looked the more I was drawn to this work. This is a painting exploring the mind and pioneering new ways of expressing neural connections – organic complex geometric shapes and connections, neurological patterns and pathway formations. What I especially admired was that this was a beautiful work and, on balance, a positive and optimistic painting with a sense of wonder. The artist herself was driven to explore the neural condition of her son who has faced behavioural challenges – a very personal work and a brave work to share.” – John Cheeseman

Highly Commended awards

The Awards Judge announced two Highly Commended awards to: Ivan Goodacre for The Dam, 2016, oil on canvas, 152 x 198cm and Hal Pratt, for Hidden Gorge NT, 2015, watercolour, 36 x 36cm.

Hal Pratt, for Hidden Gorge NT

Hal Pratt, Hidden Gorge NT.

Judge’s comments

Hal Pratt: Hidden Gorge NT. “This work of great beauty shines like a beacon within the gallery. It re-addresses our collective memory of Namatjira works and the images of places that have been embedded into our minds – this is a reimagining of this mythic Australian landscape. A striking work skilfully composed in watercolour”. – John Cheeseman

Ivan Goodacre: The Dam. “A very impressive work, almost abstract in form, with an upside-down perspective that disorients, challenges and excites the viewer. An evocation of the landscape and place, it is also an added bonus that the subject matter of the work, Wyangala Dam, is so relevant and connected to the Cowra district and community”. – John Cheeseman

Commended awards

The Awards Judge also announced two Commended awards to: Peter Lankas, for Helen Street, 2015, oil, pigment, calcium carbonate, eggwhite, oil emulsion on board, 30 x 40cm and Rachel Milne, for Potters Studio, 2015, oil on board, 81 x 122cm.

Judge’s comments

Peter Lankas: Helen Street. “This work was executed from memory and takes us on a contemporary odyssey through the suburbs. This is a painter with a strong love of the medium, to the point he makes his own paint, and I enjoyed the strong and direct application and brushstrokes. The work is a contemporary take on landscape, combining the darkness of Drysdale with a touch of Quilty, all done in miniature form”. – John Cheeseman.

 

 

2016 Calleen Art Award winner, Tania Mason receiving her prize money from Trustees Jeni and Peter Fagan. Awards judge John Cheeseman (far left) and the artists son Arthur bottom right.

2016 Calleen Art Award winner, Tania Mason receiving her prize money from Trustees Jeni and Peter Fagan. Awards judge John Cheeseman (far left) and the artists son Arthur bottom right.