Phil Day ‘Twenty-Plus Things

May 20th – June 3rd
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“The subject of Twenty-plus things is basically a ‘secret’ thought or memory of mine.

I say ‘secret’ because I doubt my thought-memory is not conveyed to others in the paintings.

I’m not trying to hide anything – I just reckon these thought-memories would be dull for others to know,

but I find them stirring …. Not wanting to sound flippant; I really don’t know what I’m trying to do.

I’m just a bit bored by things, and I find doing paintings of these thought-memory-things more fun.” Phil Day

 

Opening night reception Thursday 20th May 6pm – 8pm
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Angela Coombs Matthews ‘Flights of Fancy’

Exhibition opens Thursday April 15th

April 15th – 29th⠀⠀
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Join us in the gallery for morning tea with Angela on Saturday April 17th, 11.30am – 12.30pm⠀
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Flights of Fancy is an exhibition monotypes and paintings referencing the natural environment and the inner landscapes of the mind, of the imagination and of dreams. ⠀⠀
These works are a visceral response to a harsh yet beautiful landscape. Angela’s work has always reflected the inner psychological world just as it reflects aspects of the physical world.
The interplay between these two worlds provides the stimulus for much of her creative energy and output. The distinctive marks which inhabit the surface of the works become the visual language through which Angela hopes to create yet another world which invites the viewer to empathise or re-imagine and feel. The ambient stillness is interrupted with the introduction of birds and creatures which swoop, dive, glide and hover, sometimes ominously, over the imagined landscape to bring ‘a lightness of being’ to the otherwise challenging environment.⠀⠀

Artwork: ‘Gathering’ Monotype, 93 x 60cm

 

JESSI WONG ‘Aftermath and Rebirth’

Exhibition opens Thursday Feb 11th, 2021

These 3-dimensional imagined sea- and landscapes draw inspiration from the effect of human activity on the environment. The dystopian landscapes are occasionally dark, barren and bleak in shades of grey and black in an imagining of the future. They are sometimes a strong bright red with yellow clouds, drawing reference to the skies after a nuclear apocalypse; or they can be deep blue, like a vast expanse of water engulfing the planet. Other 2-dimensional works on paper are borne from the misprints and offcuts of these works and rebirthed through a combination of collage, drawing, and print. These are more playful in nature and act as a contrast to their original intention. While different in subject matter, these works rely on the creation of the other and emerge as hope in the aftermath of the destruction.⠀⠀

Dates: Feb 11 – 25
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Coming soon: SUSAN WALD ‘ Mungo’

EXHIBITION OPENS THURSDAY MARCH 4th, 2021

Susan Wald’s upcoming exhibition explores her response to Lake Mungo, the land, its structure, spirituality, and ancient history, with a series of monotypes made during her residency at The Art Vault in Mildura. These black and white prints were inspired by her visits to Lake Mungo, sitting, drawing and writing in solitude among the sand and mud pinnacles. The artist’s aim was to try and capture a sense of the time, spirit and energy of this ancient, powerful land. Experimenting with the space, form and thick black ink, Susan used tools, rags and brushes to wipe, draw and paint the images, trying to penetrate deeper in order to reflect some of the power of this sacred place.

Exhibition dates: March 4th – 18th
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Mungo XX III⠀
Edition: 1/1 ⠀
Monotype – Ink on Hahnmuller paper⠀
68 x 58cm⠀
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Exhibition Program 2020

PG Gallery exhibition program 2020

CHRIS LAWRY
PHIL DAY
SUSAN WALD – Virtual Exhibition Sep 11 – 25
MAY BLUEBELL – Virtual Exhibition Oct 20 – Nov 3
ANGELA COOMBS MATTHEWS (postponed)
SUE COOKE – Virtual Exhibition Oct 1- 15
JESSI WONG – Postponed
SAM BECKHAM – Postponed
ELAINE CAMLIN – Postponed

 

 

Image: Sam Beckman
The Lake in the Hills
2017
Edition of 30
90 x 60 cm
Archival pigment print on Canson Platine Fibre Rag

 

 

 

 

PHIL DAY ‘Edited & Illustrated’

Opening reception Thursday March 5th 6 – 8pm

Launched by Adrian Kellett

Recently, Phil Day has turned his attention to literary broadsides: a sheet of paper with a short piece of writing accompanied with an image. For each broadside, Day has chosen and edited lines from writers he has come to cherish, these include, Cassandra Atherton, S. K. Kelen, Paul Hetherington, Xavier Hennekinne, and Julia Leigh; resulting in seven lithographs and one copper engraving. (Edited & illustrated also includes Day’s oil paintings.)

Lithographs printed by Adrian Kellett of Sunshine Editions
Engraving printed by Greg Harrison

Exhibition dates: March 5th – 20th

 

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Forests

Chris Lawry
Forests

Feb 6th – 20th 2020

Hailing from Belgrave, Chris Lawry specialises in linocut, woodblock and dry point printmaking. She grew up in a small house surrounded by the forests of far East Gippsland, where she spent her childhood exploring this beautiful and peaceful habitat. Chris’s fond memories from her upbringing amongst the forest continue to inspire her art practice and her desire for a closer connection with nature. Created in three parts, the works are based on her nature walks through Sassafras as well as the Aokigahara forest and Nakasendo Way in Japan.

Opening Night Thursday February 6th, 6 – 8pm

Image: Chris Lawry, Bridge off O’Donahue Track, 2018, Linocut printed on Kozo paper, image size 75 x 43cm

 

 

 

Bloom

Jenny Kitchener
‘Bloom’

Dates: Nov 7 – 21

 

“The flower is the poetry of reproduction. … ‘William Wordsworth.

As well as playing an important role in enabling the reproduction of the flowering plants, flowers have long been admired and used by humans to bring beauty to their environment, and additionally as objects of romance, ritual, remembrance, inspiration, symbolism and as a source of food and medicine.

Pollinating insects and birds inadvertently fertilize flowering plants as they forage for the sweet nectar hidden within the flower, transferring the pollen from one flower to another.

My recent work seeks to highlight the alarming decline in numbers of the pollinating insects which are essential to plant reproduction and the biodiversity of our planet. Indiscriminate use of pesticides and the encroachment of humans into areas of wilderness are two major causes of this reduction in numbers. Most places on the planet now bear some trace of human occupation at the expense of both animal and plant habitats.

The works in the exhibition Bloom celebrate both the alluring beauty of flowers, and the important symbiotic relationship between pollinators and flowering plants, in an attempt to bring attention to this disturbing decline in insect numbers.

Image: Out of kilter, linocut and collage, unique state, 53 x 35cm, 2019.