Art Connected 2017 - 26th of March 2017 . 520 Orrong rd, Armadale
Meet the artists:
I fell in love with steel and tools at art school thirty years ago. After a hiatus of a few years, I am creating again, developing a “home” series of sculptures, which I think is very pertinent to our fraught and disconnected times. I am interested in shape, pattern and texture, and want my artwork to convey a story - real or imagined. As an accompaniment to the metal works, I have also been making collages, incorporating my love of soft pastels and the aforementioned.
In her creative pursuits Lisa is drawn to the intriguing details in her surroundings and loves colour, shape and pattern. “My work as a Pathologist involves looking down a microscope at biopsies that reveal the hidden beauty of the human body - in these I see wondrous microscopic details, incredible designs and colourful patterns”. This visual filter influences the artistic style of her photographs and paintings which often have an abstract quality. She also creates art from actual microscope images.
Sav is a professional portrait photographer. He loves working with people and specializes in family, event and commercial photography. However he has a camera with him where ever he goes, so all range of subjects constantly grab his attention as creative photographic opportunities, be it street, travel, landscape or aviation photography “I’m always looking to capture the decisive moment.” He also photographs the older generation with their families. “I love capturing a grandparent’s essence, hearing their stories and bringing out their inner beauty in memorable photographs.” He is an award winning accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.
Miriam Morris has a dual career as an artist and musician. Alongside her art practice, Miriam performs nationally in the field of early music. She teaches the viola da gamba at the University of Melbourne, also the cello and viola da gamba in her private studio.
Exhibitions have included Tuggeranong Arts Centre Canberra, Art 06 Exhibition Building Melbourne, ArtsSpace Wodonga, Montsalvat and Steps Gallery, Carlton. She has been artist-in-residence at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and Cranbourne. Miriam is represented by 100th Gallery, South Melbourne.
Amanda Toniolo is an Australian artist who exhibits both nationally and internationally, paintings and ceramic art works that reveal her passion for colour and beautiful line work.
2016 Pop Up Gallery High St. Prahran
2015-16 Barry Sherman Gallery, Armadale
2014- Bird Gallery, Kew
2013-2015 Suburban Gallery, Brighton, Victoria
2013 Ballyhoo, Geelong, Victoria
2012 Barry Sherman Gallery, Group Show, Armadale
2012 Solo Show, Ochre Gallery, Collingwood
2009 Artists Residential, Point B Worklodge, Brooklyn, NYC
2007 McCulloch Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Affordable Art Show, Melbourne Exhibition Building
2003 Arkaringa Gallery, Black Rock
2001 Seaview Gallery, Sorrento
I believe in the unity of Nature. My work embraces 3 themes: the fate of many women, the oneness of cultures and people throughout the ages, and a connection and reverence for nature.
The ceramic pieces are in stoneware and earthenware.
Textures feature, employing various means - leaves, lacework, Indian fabric stamps and my own individually designed stamps. Layers of oxides, stoneware and earthenware underglazes and glazes, and acrylic paints are used for decoration.
Also included in this exhibition is charcoal figure work and creative photography.
In summary I combine beauty and emotion to express the human condition.
JESSICA SOLOMON nee MUSHIN
Jessica’s work is an expression of freedom and nature, with a particular love of animals. The clay, a form of freedom in itself is both malleable and easy to control; but can often have a spirit of its own. She loves to explore different finishing techniques using glazes, underglazes and patinas.
With her Arts - Ceramics Design degree from Monash University, Jessica has had a number of solo exhibitions and been part of a number of joint exhibitions. Jess runs classes out of her Kew Studio. In 1998 Jessica was awarded the prestigious “Martha Ash Award” for young Jewish artists.
Leaving his land of birth (Tel Aviv, Israel) at the age of 30 for true love, Rubi Kuriel never lost his passion and patriotism towards Israel and its people. Returning frequently to visit family has given Rubi the inspiration to continue to sketch scenes of Israel that have depth of meaning for him.
Natural talent and an occupation in the paint industry have served as his apprenticeship for his outstanding charcoal sketch art.
Art available as originals (A3), prints (A3) or custom requests (A3 and A2).
Melbourne born Brigitte brings over 45 years of devotion to her pieces. She always had a paintbrush, pencil, chalk, clay, wool or pastel in her hands, finding new ways and mediums to express her love for texture, feel, colour and heart freedom. Working in fashion, beauty and the food industry, Brigitte had an exquisite eye for detail and how to create the best outcome with her tools and fabrics, creating masterpieces in her cafe, or fine art pieces on fingers and toes. In 2015 Brigitte became a qualified Art Therapist, helping and healing others through art play and discovery.
As a child, my grandfather encouraged me to draw and colour.
I converted this love of colour and design into a Diploma of Art / Textile Design at RMIT.
I worked in industry as well as freelance.
Later I qualified as an art teacher, and taught at PLC.
Eventually I established, and solely operated a children's greeting and wrapping card business, using my own designs.
I have now come full circle, back to decorative coloured pencil art.
I hope you enjoy my recent pieces, as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
900 Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield VIC 3162
Merryl Sacher was born and educated in South Africa. After immigrating to Australia, she managed a management consultancy for 19 years. In 1997 she discovered her love and flair for colour, and subsequently qualified in Interior Design at RMIT. In 2008 she set up Merryl Mosaics & Glass Studio where she runs mosaic and glass fusing workshops for adults and children, hosts parties and Team Building Workshops, runs Holiday Programs, and does commission work. Merryl’s own work and those of some talented artists who work at her studio will be for sale.
I look for beauty in man-made and man-damaged items. Rotting, rusty and paint splattered surfaces all have a place in my heart. They are signs of human endeavours, failures, and adventures.
I see so many landscape images on the side of a rusty hopper. There is beauty in the undesirable.
I record the beauty of a passing moment in time. This beauty is often hidden in the 'noise' around it. On canvas, we see it as ART, yet it was there in our everyday lives all the time.
We just have to want to look.
US-born Maureen Whitaker is an award-winning mixed-media abstract artist. “My abstracts are moody, expressive and gestural; they are more concerned with colour, line, form, and texture than subject matter. They are not based on reality; instead they are reflections of the moods and emotions I’m feeling at the time, which could explain why my work is so eclectic. I don’t pre-plan my abstract works; instead, I allow them to happen organically. I love to experiment with an array of media and colour palettes to create complex pieces with depth and sense of mystery.”
Born in Bologna, Italy, I received my Bachelor of Art, Painting Major at Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and exhibited in Bologna and Venice. After leaving Italy I travelled through Europe, the Middle East and Asia before settling in Melbourne, where I attained a Bachelor of Education at the University of Melbourne. I have exhibited extensively in Melbourne over the last 40 years.
Andi has a passion for quilting and in recent years has elevated her personal craft to the creation of textile art-works. She has a particular focus on portraiture and loves to create works that bring out the character of the subject.
Andi is well known in the quilting world as an innovator of new design techniques and is the public face of the website www.youpatch.com that supports quilters to create their own pixel quilt designs.
Andi is available for bespoke commission work.
Heritage: Dino is a proud Gunai/Kurni man, whose roots are from Ramahyuck/Sale in Gippsland.
Aboriginal painter Dino Damiani is a focused high achiever where ever he sets his sights.
Also a gifted musician and writer, Dino is driven by an overwhelming passion to create and express.
Throughout his school years Dino was a star tennis player whose idol was John McEnroe. He was destined to be a National Champion, however life had other plans.
It was later in life that Dino picked up the paint brush. Since then Dino has taken great delight and found endless freedom in manifesting his beautiful and magical dreaming on canvas.
Elaine is a graduate of the Australian Photography Studies College. Her fine art photography works are influenced by paintings through the ages and seek to celebrate beauty and colour. She has had numerous Melbourne and Sydney solo shows and has been invited and included in group shows around Australia. Recent achievements include: Finalist - MGA William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2016 and Finalist - Fremantle Art Centre Print award 2016, Winner of the 2011 Clifton’s Art Award People’s choice (Melbourne) award. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections.
JANET WOLF BAU
In 1981, my first book, “Her Book” was published in my native New York. My journey has taken me halfway around the world to a husband and child in Melbourne.
The monoprints in that book are about intimacy and specialness of the everyday. The flower series reflects this.
Colour, light, pattern and texture are central to me. The Jewish series was born from a set design for 'Fiddler', ink and gouache on rice paper. The series grew, became more personal.
I aim for humour and warmth. My work has been shown in galleries, one-woman shows and many publications.
Known as the Torchlight Artist, Bernadette Jordan is an internationally exhibiting and selling local painter, currently showing in New Orleans, USA.
An unexpected blackout in her neighbourhood was inspiration for her current ‘Out of the Shadows’ series.
Reaching for the household torch Jordan discovered how magical her subjects looked in this light. “It was a blessing in disguise, the light effect brought out colours and shapes not seen in the daylight.” said Ms Jordan
Combining her meditation and paintings skills, her intention for the viewer is to be effected visually, physically and even spiritually. It’s her gift to the world.
Margarita Krivitsky is a Melbourne-based painter, sculptor, public artist and fine art teacher.
Born and formally trained in fine art in the Soviet city of Odessa, Margarita migrated to Australia in 1988.
She has exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas, as well as completing several major public art works in Melbourne. She currently teaches privately and exhibits in Melbourne and may be contacted for commissions or purchase of works.
I am pursuing my passion for travel, connecting with people and our vast landscape, through photography. To me, photography is about capturing cultures, stories and ideas. I aim to take photographs that create understanding and insight.
I strive to record the world as I see it, with honesty and compassion. I have travelled extensively and publish my photos on our travel blogs, in books and on my website. I enjoy the huge scope of photography.
I have photographed weddings, model photo shoots and family portraits. A number of my wildlife photos are exhibited on four new Anglo Eastern cargo ships.
Chris Lants is a Melbourne based artist exhibiting in both solo and group exhibitions for over twenty-five years. Chris’ paintings have a wide range of subject matter including landscape, cityscape and dreamscapes but all his work is done in his distinctive cartoon surrealist style. Many of his paintings depict animals both real and imagined but always with a quirky twist.
Chris does not often explain the meanings behind his work preferring the viewer to come to their own conclusions.
You can see paintings by Chris Lants at chrislants.com at chrislants on instagram or Chris Lants on facebook
In my recent body of work, I have been capturing the Australian landscape, reinventing it and then expressing what I have seen through my own artistic lens. As a painter, I am interested in complexity, detail and unusual colour combinations. I have been working mainly on wood and paper using gouache, watercolour and oils. I am exploring different ways of composing a landscape, specifically looking at the composition and texture.
Jake Clark is a Melbourne based graffiti artist who uses varied materials to subversively depict iconic pop culture characters and landmark destinations. Centring around the themes of money, power and capitalism, Jake had his first exhibition in 2016 in Richmond, Victoria. Inspired by his frequent travels to LA, London and Dubai, Jake is best known for his Richie Rich and Sultan characters.
To find out more about Jake’s art, follow his Instagram page @jakec_rich.
My first sole exhibition was in 2011, showcasing fourteen pieces exploring texture colour and composition depicting abstract impressionist art.
My process consists of choose image, memorise, then deconstruct on canvas, shattering all of the elements that make up reality of the image. Colours are richer, bolder forms are twisted, transformed into shapes trying to find a form through a non-existent geometry.
2017 - thrilled to be exhibiting with Kedem Art Connected presenting four works from my HOMAGE to EDWARD HOPPER collection, which was an extraordinary challenge.
Gerard Richter and Kandinsky are amongst painters who inspire me to paint.
Studied painting at Swinburne 1967-1969.
Tonal painting involves harmonising or unifying colour in terms of the overall light or atmosphere of the work.
Tonal painting with Barbara McCallum , Lee Machelak and Fiona Bilbrough.
Painted for many years at Barbara McCallum’s studio. Currently tonal portrait painting with Lee Machelak. Also painting with Fiona Bilbrough at Mont du Soleil studios in the Dandenongs.
Bachelor of Arts (Art) (2014)
Influences range from Rothko, Pollock, Matisse, to Jack Kirby and Quentin Blake. Movement and colour are common to my process whether with watercolour, gel pen and markers, or with paints -oil, acrylic and spray paint. I work to discover the image that I can see, though you may see something else. Creating is both instinct and planning; the fun part is the discovery. There are no mistakes or accidents just explorations that sometimes find something more than what you expect.
Born in Hungary, emigrated to Australia as a child.
I studied Medical Technology, worked in Medical Research, enabling me to travel overseas. I combined these trips with photographing the ever-thrilling documentation of everything that presented itself: people, street photography, architecture, landscapes. Capturing special moments that are unposed, be it family, friends or strangers.
When a change in career presented itself, playing in photography was the obvious choice.
I am a self-taught photographer, who doesn't use too much Photoshop or alter my images - old school perhaps.
With a brand new granddaughter to experiment on, I will pursue natural lighting photography.
I am an independent artist/craftsperson. In my practice I use Japanese textiles to create highly coloured collages on paper and whimsical abstract soft sculptures - bringing together a Japanese and modernist sensibility with a love of textiles. For more than three decades I have practiced Sumi-e ink drawing and calligraphy, which has informed my understanding of the Japanese aesthetic. Pattern and creating movement in line is another area of interest.
I hold a Diploma of Fine Arts, an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts and a Graduate Certificate of Visual Arts from the VCA.
Prior to mid-2013 I worked as a Dental Ceramist in a very successful Dental Laboratory I established in 1976.
Working in dental ceramics requires a great deal of artistic input, therefore, on retirement, it was instinctive for me to further pursue this interest in colour, medium and aesthetics.
I began to dabble in art after I retired, and this has become a serious pastime for me. I am an active member of the Glen Eira Artists society and have exhibited in numerous exhibitions.
I generally produce abstract and scenic works, using mainly acrylics and resins.
My name is Jamos. I am a local artist who loves to paint for people such as yourself. Combining traditional techniques with creative intuition, primarily I use acrylic paint with an airbrush, a tool I love to use because of its speed, which matches my impatience for getting ideas out of my mind and onto the canvas. When painting I am driven by the creative process, yet when done the personal satisfaction for myself is when I have affected someone on an emotional level. My hope is that my work will affect and inspire you too.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, I graduated from Odessa Institute of Art in 1957.
My migration to Australia (1988) was a creative awakening from the social realism governing fine art in the Soviet Union.
I am continuously inspired to make art which celebrates the colours and vibrancy of the Melbourne landscape; oil paintings of hills and harbors, inner-city compositions and our temperamental seasons by the sea.
The most recent collection includes a series of oil and acrylic paintings, imbuing Federation Square in Melbourne with movement and colour, to landscapes, desert of Central Australia motives, and others including abstract paintings and portraits.
RACHEL MAKAY - GEAS
Artist Rachel Mackay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) - Drawing, from Victoria College -Prahran in 1988. Commissioned projects are held publicly, and paintings, drawings and sculpture have been sold privately or in group or solo shows around Melbourne.
Artworks record aspects about time, place, transition, and the domestic or natural environment.
Community Development is integral to Rachel’s art practise. Recent collaborations include involvement in the Anthony Breslin Community Garden Art Project, Murrumbeena, and she is current President of the Glen Eira Artists’ Society.
JAN BULL – GEAS
Jan Bull is an Australian born artist with interests including the creation of the universe, the human condition, and politics. Jan uses the human form to depict and define her place in the human sphere and her internal world. Her fascination with the power of line is shown within her diverse figurative images. Jan also experiences her self-development and place in the universe through semi-abstract portraits and intriguing collages. Her emotional power and knowledge of form and sense of Self is shown with great control of her medium.
KATE BIRRELL – GEAS
Melbourne artist Kate Birrell has a love for colour and movement and paints football or lively scenes of horse racing events, and crowds in public places such as at the beach.
Kate trained with artist John Lawry, and had her first solo show about 10 years ago. Kate has regularly hung work in the annual Footy Show, and exhibited as a member of the Glen Eira Artists’ Society.
Kate recently shared a series of her satirical illustrations on social media. Kate’s work can be viewed or purchased on her website or at her shopfront studio in Glenhuntly.
Sculpting has been a hobby during my medical career as an ENT Surgeon. I found it complimented my work as a surgeon and was good relaxation for a very stressful occupation.
All my sculptures are done in wood as I have a love of the feel, the aroma and wonderful grain and contours of the wood. Selected wooden sculptures are cast in bronze.
Since retiring and moving to Australia from South Africa, I have more time for sculpting and getting inspiration from fellow sculptors by having joined the ASV.
My works are generally stylized and abstract forms
Without a formal art education, yet having creative passion and a keen eye for detail (observational skills), Linda creates carefully constructed works of realism and surrealism in a variety of media. She is inspired by both nature and the built environment. In particular she is drawn to magnified enhancement of the irregularities of organic forms and the regularities of inorganic forms. Through her career as a doctor she has developed a fascination for the intricacies of the human body and their visual resemblance to elements unrelated to humankind. This ambiguity, often unintentional, may be viewed in her artwork.
Ruth Silver, born in Melbourne in 1951 to Polish and English parents.
Life began in Carlton. Family moved to Elwood. Ruth attended Elwood High School.
In 1972 Ruth married Jack Steel. Leon was born in 1979. Leon married Yael in 2006.
In 2013 Ruth became a Bubba to Avah Henri, named after her late father, and in 2015 to Maxwell Lea.
Ruth is an AustSwim Accredited Swimming Instructor, teaching all levels, for the last 20 years.
Ruth enjoys Israeli dancing, tap-dancing, piano and painting in acrylics, oil and charcoal.
She is now enjoying experimenting with new techniques and mediums.
Elana Gryngras, a Deakin University Bachelor of Media and Communication Graduate, creates amazing abstract and realistic paintings using vibrant acrylic paint, layering colours and textures. Her pieces are soothing, drawing the viewers’ eyes around each area of the canvas, allowing them to internalise the image and determine their version of the story it portrays.
Her latest works include gold and silver leaf smatterings and symbolic messages. Her experiences, travels through Europe and Israel, knowledge from great artists and the wonders of nature around her have influenced her.
She shares her visions through her paintings and photography.
Nance Silverman is an artist who was born in Melbourne. Her most preferable medium is painting with acrylics. She is inspired by portrait and figure drawings, and has an imparted love for form and colour which she has used to influence the many students she has taught in her classes over the years.
Nance has been a finalist in the prestigious Westpac Maritime Exhibition and is the recipient of countless prizes, awards and commendations, her paintings are represented in Melbourne and interstate galleries. Her work is also owned by various private collections throughout Australia and overseas.
Olga Morris is a Melbourne artist who completed a B.A. at Monash University, majoring in History and Human Geography. These subjects have influenced her drive to provide a visual commentary on the human condition, in the environment in which we live.
In 2009, she studied three Fine Arts subjects at Curtin University and RMIT, including Dynamic Drawing at the BSG. She has spent many years learning, experimenting and honing her artistic techniques. She uses three software programs, constructing her digital paintings through a process of drawing, painting, cutting and pasting and multi-layering her own creations, to produce her works.
Miranda Davis grew up in Perth, WA and has been drawing and painting as far back as she can remember. Along the way, life, career and family got in the way, but in recent years Miranda has returned to painting with a flourish.
Now an award winning artist, Miranda works mainly with oils and acrylics. Vivid colours, layered textures and movement themes play a central role in Miranda’s paintings.
Miranda has exhibited in many group exhibitions and sold works to private collectors throughout Australia.
Julianne Epstein is an Illustrator/Painter with a Bachelor of Illustration from RMIT.
She works as a visualiser, illustrator & painter from her studio/home in St Kilda.
Julianne takes frequent sketching trips, where all her drawings are sketched & coloured
"en plein air". This gives a more authentic view from the artist's eye & style.
She has exhibited widely in Victoria at Dogs Bar & Pumpkin Lane in St Kilda, Eltham Gallery,
Apollo Bay summer exhibitions, Armstrong St Wine Bar Albert Park.
“You can take the child out of Africa, but you can never take Africa out of the child”
Born and raised in South Africa, I studied graphic design and photography.
I emigrated to Melbourne in 1987 and after raising four sons, I rekindled my passion for design and painting.
My abstract/figurative, mixed media acrylic paintings depict my interpretation of the essence and vitality of the land and people of South Africa, using impasto, resin and the application of layers of paint to create a rich texture.
I also create African inspired clay, bone and wire jewellery.
My passion for painting and the art world as a whole has spanned over the past 20 years. Greg Irvine was my teacher for 14 years as well as Jeffrey Kelson for four. Both who mentored me and taught me the skills that developed my potential to what it is today. My passion has always been art and history and I love anything French. I especially love bold colours, flowers and design as well the theme of history. Currently my main works are portraits, concentrating on the vulnerable and quirky features of those who I paint. I love people hence my desire to paint them in the very special way I see them.
My original works were abstract mixed media collage, using rich colours, ink, pastels, gold-leaf on paper.
My current work is multi-layered, using washes to create depth and dimension.
I love abstract expression, and try to infuse a ghostly, illusive, ambiguous quality into what I do.
Christian Hook, Gerhard Richter, Odillon Redon, Debra Hurd, amongst others, have captured my imagination.
I'm learning & experimenting all the time, my work is continuously evolving. At the moment I am using various forms of impasto to create additional textures.
I aspire to create art that touches and surprises the viewer and evokes a gut-response.
ln September 1948 l was born in a refugee camp in Cyprus, to Romanian parents and 6 months later arrived in Israel.
For as long as l can remember l was drawn to art and colour. l never learnt art formally, or drawing but all my knowledge come from observing art and developing my own style over time.
ln my paintings you will see the various types of medium used together to create vibrant and exciting abstract works of art. l hope you get as much pleasure from seeing my paintings as l enjoyed painting them.
Face book, Black Possum Design
Language Name: Metubeener (Black Possum).
Multi Clanned: Trawalway Pliermernier, Ben Loman. North East Tasmania
Salt Water People
I’m an Aboriginal visual artist, designer, mother of 5, nana of 6. l love mixing traditional with contemporary art, experimenting and working with lots of colour. It’s important that my work tells a story, catches the eye.
I’ve been painting for the best part of 40 years, but it’s only the past 15 years that my work is being recognised.
l enjoy seeing joy on people’s faces when they see my work. I’ve had many exhibitions and overseas commissions. The past few years I’ve also been designing for Indigenous Fashion Runway. I also do art and cultural workshops in schools.
Charlie Buchner is a Melbourne artist, specialising in photography and sculpture.
Charlie’s photography centres around water and reflections. Through travels, Charlie has discovered the calm, captivating power of distant horizons and beautiful, earthy colours.
Charlie’s sculptures are inspired by nature and organic forms of water, using natural materials to create large free-flowing artworks.
Charlie has exhibited in the Minister’s Art Series, Artland, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, among others.
Charlie received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Studio Arts in Year 12 and was awarded a study tour scholarship to Hong Kong where he visited Art Basel in 2016.
I have been painting for twenty years and find it creative and therapeutic. It helps me to relax and find meaning in my somewhat hectic life. My art is more a passion than a true profession - I get inspiration from almost anything: my surroundings, travel experiences, nature, whatever catches my eye and imagination. I had one exhibition ten years ago. I am self-taught though I have had instruction from well known artists, Greg Irvine and John Lawry. My works range from vibrant, colourful abstracts to subtle landscapes. I am also available for commissions for property styling and pet portraits.