Dream Sanctuary

Dream Sanctuary

Paul Compton ~ Hannah Caprice ~ Lana de Jager ~ Ying Huang ~ Chris Ingham ~Hyun Ju Kim ~ Damon Kowarsky ~ Pip Ryan

A Group Exhibition

Exhibition Dates July 16th – 27th

In this exhibition, artists explore depictions of wildlife and landscapes through the lenses of dreams and the unconscious. Whimsy, intellect, social consciousness, spiritualism, myth…
the grotesque, and cuddliness collectively span the spectrum of inspirations and emotions.
We see reconfigurations of the familiar into the unfamiliar. Creatures that embody a fusion of the natural world and human industry. Landscapes reflect the uncanny, sometimes elusive imagery of dreams, myth, and fantasy. Artists share a deep interest in interpreting dreams as conduits for unspoken feelings and desires. They craft stories which investigate our sense of belonging and where boundaries between reality and imagination blur, inviting contemplation and connection.

Opening night reception, July 18th 5.30 – 7.30pm

 

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Force of Nature: Mystery in the Australian Landscape

Landscape is at the heart of Australian culture.
In this exhibition we pay homage to the artists at PG Gallery who share a deep connection to their natural surroundings. These artists explore the elusive qualities of light and weather, inviting viewers to embark on a sensory journey through evocative, atmospheric, and mysterious landscapes. Landscape art serves as a powerful conduit for the expression of emotions, transcending the mere depiction of scenery, to evoke a profound resonance with the viewer. Each artist uses their environment, evoking our awe-inspiring land; the rugged terrain, majestic forests, a deserted outback town or tumultuous sea, as a complex representation encompassing a range of projected states of being. These explorations delve into climate, history, and memory, navigating themes of trauma, grief, renewal, growth and fertility. All the while, the contemplation lingers on the enigmatic mysteries intrinsic to nature.

Opening night, Friday June 21st 5.30 – 7.30pm
DATES JUNE 18th – 29th

Justin McShane (TAS)

Dieter Engler (SA)

Kevin Foley (VIC)

Evan Shipard (NSW)

Joel Wolter (VIC)

Kylie Blackley (VIC)

Rosemary Eagle (VIC)

Irene Torres (VIC)

EXHIBITION DATES JUNE 18th – 29th 2024

 

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JENNIFER SMYTH | Monuments & Momentos

A fine art printmaker, photographer and painter, Jennifer’s work forms a nexus that explores the themes of cultural nostalgia, collective memory, societal change and urban development.

For over two decades, Jennifer has explored printmaking – from relief prints, to etchings and stone lithography. Studying printmaking at RMIT and the Australian Print Workshop, recently, Jennifer has been drawn to photogravure – the combination of photography and fine art printmaking, and is currently developing a body of work for exhibition in 2024.

Travelling through China, Japan, and Hong Kong, Jennifer captured urban landscapes of cultural and historical significance, building on her photographic portfolio with images from the dense mega cities of Philadelphia and New York. Keen to explore ancient cities, Jennifer travelled to Egypt, Palestine, Israel and Jordan, and captured some of the Seven Wonders of the World. This included the breathtaking Pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx. As well as Pompey’s Pillar and the Great Library at Alexandria. Further south in Aswan, Jennifer visited the hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs, the Abu Simbel Temples, the Temple of Luxor, Phillae Temple, and the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Horus, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Followed by a visit to the deserts in Jordan including Wadi Musa and Petra, and the spectacular Wadi Rum – also known as the Valley of the Moon.
Seeking further travels in ancient lands, Jennifer drove around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, exploring cities such as Riyadh and Jeddah, along with the desert at Al Ula in Medina to see the ancient tombs at Mada’in Salih.​

EXHIBITION DATES JUNE 4th – 15th 2024

Opening night, Thursday June 6th 5.30 – 7.30pm

 

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PESKY | Lost in Time

Lost in Time delves into themes of femininity, objectification, aging, and death by
challenging the notion of women as consumable objects and decorative pieces.
Through a combination of doll heads encased in glass domes and large
photographic portraits displayed on the gallery walls, the narrative unfolds to explore
the cycles of life, mortality, resilience, and transformation.

The artworks in the exhibition serve as a poignant commentary on the relentless
passage of time and the disposable nature of contemporary society. Once treasured
items, now forgotten and discarded, such as vintage cake stands, porcelain dolls,
and pearls sourced from thrift stores, are given new life as they are repurposed and
arranged into symbols of resilience and wisdom.

Exhibition dates April 16th – 27th, 2024

CATALOGUE

DEAN BOWEN I The Home of Love: Small Paintings and Prints

Dean Bowen is an esteemed Australian sculptor, painter and printmaker who has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally for decades. He has held one hundred solo exhibitions in Australia, France, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

His paintings and bronze sculptures address the human condition and are known for their renditions of personages, animals, urban and rural environments and quirky characters that evoke the simple pleasures of human habitation in optimistic ways within the contemporary world.

 

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Artwork details:

The Home of Love, Dean Bowen. Lithograph, Edition of 25. 480 x 680 mm

 

Exhibition Dates: 6th – 24th of February 2024

FITZROY PAINTING STUDIO I 2023 Exhibition

Fitzroy Painting is an artist-led independent art school located in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

The studio functions as a hub for art education and exploration, and hosts a diverse group of artists whose creative interests encompass a broad range of interests including portraiture, travel experiences, landscape and still life. Fitzroy Painters share a profound dedication to oil painting, furthering skills and knowledge, and a strong commitment to supporting one another’s creative endeavors.

Most of the artists exhibiting in this exhibition have been attending classes at Fitzroy Painting for many years, are dedicated oil painters, and are representative of the diversity of the Fitzroy Painting community.

 

 

Artwork details:

Today is the day (2023), Amanda Karakas. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 510 x 510 mm

 

Exhibition Dates: 7th  – 18th of November

Opening Night: November 9th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

 

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ROSEMARY EAGLE | Solitude

Artist Statement:

“I am fortunate that I thrive on solitude, peace and silence. My studio is my quiet place where I get lost in my art work. My abstract landscapes are inspired by locations that I have visited and moments in time I have experienced. The sunrises and weather that I closely observe from level 5, Epworth Geelong during regular stays for pain management are a constant source of inspiration as is the surrounding landscape of the Grampians region where I live.

Art lets me enter an inner world that’s beyond words, this is my sanctuary.”

 

Artwork details:

Smoke Haze No.3, Rosemary Eagle. Monoprint, edition of 1, 210 x 210mm.

 

Exhibition Dates: October 10th – 21st

Meet the artist: October 14th, 3pm – 5pm 

 

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ROBYN RAYNER | New Works

Artist Statement:

“My immediate surroundings, the local environment and especially parklands and reserves where I walk every day is the inspiration for my work.

I am fascinated by the ever-changing light and mood of these familiar landscapes that differ each day. I depict my personal experience and memories of these scenes, often working intuitively as each work evolves.”

Exhibition Dates: September 5th – 16th

 

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Sue Cooke | Deep Time

The concept of Deep Time refers to the time scale of geological events. Almost unimaginably greater than the time scale of human lives and history. It is one of geologies great gifts to the worlds set of important ideas.  The Pilbara and Kimberley regions in North Western Australia embody the concept of Deep Time with ancient geological land forms shaped through, rain, wind, volcanic activity and more recently an arid climate exposing the many geological formations. The Pilbara has been declared the oldest place on earth at an estimated 3.6 billion years old. Kimberley as a region has been shaped by rifting and plate collision, comprised mostly of sandstone and limestone. It is one of the hottest and driest regions of Australia .

As an Australian living in New Zealand it has been a pleasure to explore these regions and dig deep into my formative knowledge of the Australian landscape to create this exhibition of mini prints. I have endeavored to encapsulate the ruggedness, expanse, heat, colours and textures of these ancient landforms.

I respectfully acknowledge the many Traditional Custodians of the land in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions and the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation whose land PG Gallery lives on and pay respect to their Elders, past, present and future.

Exhibition Dates: July 4th – 15th

 

 

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CONTEMPLATING AUSTRALIA | Collectable prints of the 20th Century

Contemplating Australia celebrates printmaking by significant Australian artists of the 20 th century.
This exhibition focuses on mid-century figurative artists associated with The Antipodeans movement and artists who were deeply engaged with the Australian landscape.

The Antipodeans movement emerged in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a response to the dominance of abstract expressionism in the art world. The group, which included artists such as Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, and Robert Dickerson, sought to revive figurative art and explore the human form as a subject. Printmaking was an essential medium for many of these artists, allowing them to create multiple copies of their works and reach a broader audience. The exhibition showcases their prints, offering visitors a glimpse into their artistic vision and technical mastery.

In addition to the Antipodeans, the exhibition also highlights artists who were deeply engaged with the Australian landscape. These artists, such as John Olsen, Clem Millward and Indigenous painter Jarinyanu David Downs, drew inspiration from the unique and diverse Australian environment. Through their prints, they captured the vastness, beauty, and cultural significance of the Australian landscape, showcasing its rugged terrains, distinctive flora and fauna, and the deep connection between the land and its people.

Contemplating Australia celebrates the artistic achievements of these significant artists and offers viewers an opportunity to reflect on Australia’s cultural heritage and the profound influence of the country’s natural surroundings on its artistic expression.

EXHIBITION DATES: June 6th – 17th

OPENING EVENT: June 8th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

 

Artwork:
Robert Dickerson, ‘Ginza Women’. Lithograph, edition of 30, 565 x 765 mm.

 

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