Remote and Wild – the photography Richard Green

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Richard Green

Helicopter pilot and photographer Richard Green has for over 20 years explored Australia’s wildest places. Most of the destinations he visits are not accessible even by four-wheel drive vehicles and many have never previously been photographed. Through his images, he captures the untouched, raw beauty of nature.

REMOTE & WILD is a stunning and dynamic exhibition opening at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday afternoon 9 February 2013. It comprises 25 of Richard Green’s large-scale photographs, including several images which are over three metres in length. This exquisite collection spans the whole continent, from the wide open skies of the Central Deserts to the heat-scorched Top End and the wind-stripped Tasmanian Wilderness. Richard’s images are a powerful testament to the timelessness of the environment and the majestic splendor of nature.

Green has quickly built a reputation as one of Australia’s most sought-after landscape photographers. He has presented nine solo exhibitions during the last five years and his works are on permanent display at The Australian Museum in Sydney. A sense of the response that these shows have elicited can best be judged by the following comment by Michael Beckmann, Director of the Ipswich Art Gallery:

The visitor response to ‘REMOTE & WILD’ during its showing at the Ipswich Art Gallery was overwhelming, with 100% positive feedback….. The photographs are spectacular, showing a series of panoramic and diverse Australian landscapes, that connect with something deep within the psyche of the visiting public — this is the Australia they adore.

In 2008, Richard Green presented an exhibition of his photographs at the National Library in Canberra where it attracted more than 30,000 people. This exhibition unveiled his lyrical collection of panoramic landscapes to the Australian public on a large scale for the first time, and viewers were captivated.

Responding to the public’s interest in his images, Richard has now published many of his most beautiful photographs in a high-quality publication entitled REMOTE & WILD – Seeking the unknown Australia. The book has been met with wide and positive acclaim from the public and critics alike.

Richard Green uses the latest photographic technology to produce the dramatic large format, and highly detailed panoramic photographs in the exhibition. Along with his wife Carolyn, he has flown across Australia more than thirty times, covering in excess of a quarter of a million kilometres.

Behind the beauty of Richard Green’s photographs, however, is a serious message. He is hopeful that the popularity of his images will contribute to environmental awareness. An active conservationist, he is passionate about the politics of climate change and commercialization. “I’d like to think my images may help convince politicians and the public that the environment’s protection is key to our continued existence on the planet. It is clear to us that if significant changes are not made, in years to come my images will no longer be a celebration of what exists, but a record of the magnificent wilderness that once was. Protection of our unspoiled and irreplaceable landscapes is vital,” says Richard Green.


Jimmy Pike exhibition celebrates a unique talent and revisit some spectacular fashion from the eighties

Friday, January 25, 2013

Jimmy Pike Grandfather and Grandson, 1989. Colour screenprint. Courtesy of Desert Designs. Photo: A. Higgins.

Jimmy Pike Grandfather and Grandson, 1989. Colour screenprint. Courtesy of Desert Designs. Photo: A. Higgins.

Museum and Gallery Services Queensland is proud to present the national tour of Desert Psychedelic: Jimmy Pike. This significant exhibition features original prints, textile lengths and garments produced from Jimmy Pike’s fabric designs during the height of the Indigenous cultural renaissance.

Jimmy Pike’s designs were vivid, dynamic and groundbreaking in their use of nontraditional colours. Due to his collaboration with the company Desert Designs, they exploded onto an international stage via high-fashion garments, textiles and furnishings, and represented one of the most successful forays into the intersecting territories of Indigenous art, craft and commercial design to date.

Born in the Great Sandy Desert around 1940, Jimmy Pike grew up in a traditional Indigenous hunter / gatherer community. He had no contact with non-indigenous Australians for much of his childhood. He didn’t start working with western art materials and techniques until the 80s when he was imprisoned for an alcoholfuelled crime, but within a comparatively short time was producing powerful drawings, paintings and prints which are now housed in major national and international collections.

His art captured the explosive beauty of the desert in bold form and brilliant psychedelic colours. It was so extraordinary that it inspired his prison art teachers, Stephen Culley and David Wroth, to launch Desert Designs, a company that would gain worldwide recognition through the application of Pike’s art to textiles. Effortlessly Australian and flamboyant in their brilliance, Jimmy Pike’s prints appeared on everything from bed linen, to accessories as well as garments ranging from high-fashion to sportswear.

After his release Pike, and his long-term partner Pat Lowe, a psychologist he had met while in prison, spent several years together in the desert. Pat collected the stories of Jimmy’s country and published books, which Pike illustrated. He also continued to paint and exhibited internationally in the Philippines, China, Namibia, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Jimmy Pike died in 2002 but left a legacy of brilliant paintings, prints, textile designs, stories and illustrations. Desert Psychedelic offers an opportunity to celebrate his achievements, but with its focus on the textiles, also acknowledge Jimmy Pike as one of the great Australian textile designers of the 20th Century. Museum & Gallery Services Queensland Limited receives financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. Museum and Gallery Services Queensland is assisted by the Commonwealth through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Desert Psychedelic: Jimmy Pike is curated by artisan in partnership with Desert Designs and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.

Call for artists – 2013 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Top: G.W. Bot Glyphs: Tree of Life 2012, watercolour and graphite on colombe paper 100cm x 100cm  Bottom: Genevieve Carroll The Wattle Room: Portent of the Enlarged Thought 2011, oil on canvas 120cm x 130cm

2012 winners
Top: G.W. Bot Glyphs: Tree of Life 2012, watercolour and graphite on colombe paper 100cm x 100cm
Bottom: Genevieve Carroll: The Wattle Room: Portent of the Enlarged Thought 2011, oil on canvas 120cm x 130cm

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is delighted to once again invite artists to enter the following art awards.

The Calleen Art Award – an acquisitive art award worth $17,000 for an original painting. The award is open to artists over 18 years living and working in Australia.

The Calleen Art Award was initiated in 1977 by Patricia Fagan OAM and is sponsored by the Calleen Trust.

The Central West Regional Art Award – a non acquisitive prize of $2,000 for an original painting or drawing. The award is open to artists over 18 years and living in following central west local government areas; Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mudgee, Gulgong, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Weddin, Young and Wellington. The winner of the Central West Regional Art Award will also receive the opportunity of an exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

A selection panel appointed by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in the first instance will view all entries submitted as digital images and select the finalists for exhibition and the awards judging.

Entries close 6 March 2013.

2012 Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Image: Scott Leary Turkish Landscape 2011 acrylic paint (detail). 2011 Merit Award Year 10.

Image: Scott Leary Turkish Landscape 2011 acrylic paint (detail). 2011 Merit Award Year 10.

Make a note to visit the 2012 Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition will open together with the announcement of the winners of the awards on Saturday 24 November from 1.30pm. Special guest to open the exhibition is Cr Bill West, Mayor Cowra Shire.

This must see exhibition is an exceptional collection of works by over 135 young artists in years 10,11and 12 from eleven high schools in the region. It is an impressive showcase of the talent and creativity of the young artists and a unique opportunity to see their work presented in a regional public gallery. There is a diverse range of works in the exhibition including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, 2D digital art, ceramics, textiles and sculpture.

This is the ninth year the Gallery has presented this regional youth art exhibition. Participating schools this year are: Blayney High School; Boorowa Central School; Canowindra High School, Cowra High School; Forbes High School; Kinross Wollaroi School (Orange), Molong Central School; Orange High School, Parkes High School, St. Raphael’s Central School (Cowra) and Young High School.

The awards section of the exhibition has received the very generous support from local and regional businesses Webster Optometrists, Lachlan Fertilizes, Yoveda and Rural Press/The Land, as well as generous donations from The Friends of the Gallery, The Cowra Art Group, The Cowra Arts Council, Mrs Margaret Henley, Mrs Pamela Heikkinen and Mr Tommy Jeffs. The exhibition opening is supported by Eagle Boy Pizza (Cowra).

This years awards judge is Orange based artist Rachael Ellis winner of the 2010 Central West Regional Artists Award (Cowra Regional Art Gallery).

Exhibition Dates: 24 November to 9 December 2012.

For more information please contact the gallery.

New exhibition celebrates the career of master Australian potter Geoff Crispin.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Geoff Crispin
The career of renowned Australian ceramicist Geoff Crispin is celebrated in a new exhibition Form Fire & Fruition Geoff Crispin: a regional practice in clay commencing Saturday 20 October 2012 at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Utilising local materials from his studio in the Clarence Valley, northern New South Wales and the traditional forms and techniques of early Chinese pottery, Geoff Crispin ( born 1951) a potter for 40 years has expressed a distinctive synthesis of material, form and tradition including the use of beautiful glazes ranging from green and blue celadon to highly prized red copper and tea dust.

The exhibition also examines the interactions between an artist and local and remote communities within Australia and overseas. Geoff Crispin has drawn from the communities in which he works and gives back to those communities in varying ways, through the mentoring of emerging artists, establishing and enhancing small business practice, and contributing to the collection of his local regional gallery in Grafton NSW. Moreover, Geoff’s work has evolved through these collaborative interactions influencing his artistic output, style and content within the studio and through exhibition. The excellence and innovation of Geoff’s work is apparent when showcasing this broader view of a regional arts practice.

The exhibition includes pots sourced from major institutions by the exhibition curator Angela de Martino Rosaroll such as, the National Museum of Australia and leading regional galleries including Tweed River Art Gallery, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and Grafton Regional Gallery. In addition several private collectors, including the artist’s own collection, have also allowed significant pieces to be loaned. Additional works by regional artists have been included to represent the development projects undertaken by Geoff. Tiwi Island artists include, Eddie Puruntatameri, Robert Puruntatameri and John Patrick Kelatumama (Yelle). Ernabella artists include Ungakini Tjangla, Carol Williams and Ingawintji Stanley, and Jamaican artists Norma Harrack and Phillip Supasod.

Internationally he has worked with indigenous communities in Jamaica, Middle East, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, spoken at numerous forums and written articles for various publications in Australia and overseas.

The exhibition in Cowra is complimented by a significant public program of events and activities commencing with an illustrated talk by Geoff Crispin about the work in exhibition and floor talk on Saturday 20 October at 12.30pm followed by the exhibition opening at 1.30pm with guest speaker Andy Greenslade, Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, National Museum of Australia at 1.30pm > 3pm – admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Other events include on Sunday 21October from 10am – 3pm a workshop and demonstration Working with Porcelain with Geoff Crispin – BYO lunch + snacks, hot drinks and a glass of wine provided by the Gallery – cost $10 (Friends $8), places are limited.

On Wednesday commencing at 11.30am to 12.30pm there is a special schools and public talk by Geoff Crispin about his work as an artist working in the community including projects he has undertaken with indigenous communities in remote areas of Australia – admission is free.

Exhibition Dates: 20 October to 18 November 2012

For more information and bookings for the Working with Porcelain event please contact the Gallery on 63402190.