Opening Night Friday April 7th 6-8pm
On Common Ground is our F.O.O.D. Week 2017 exhibition featuring the work of four artists responding to the Cabonne landscape. Jaq Davies and Tonya Graham both live locally, while Ingrid Bowen (Sydney NSW) and Belinda Street (Newcastle NSW) are from further afield and feel a strong connection to the area and thus offer a different perception. Each artist paints with their own unique style, offering beautiful and varied interpretations of our surroundings.
Belinda Street, Newcastle NSW
Belinda Street is a professional Australian Artist, currently living and working in Newcastle, Australia. The artist is twice winner of the Mosman Youth Art Prize, has been awarded a full scholarship to Julian Ashton Art School, and has attained a degree in Visual Arts at Newcastle University, with Honours at The College of Fine Arts.
Known for her expressive Australian Landscapes, Street’s work explores the relationship between representation and abstraction and her technique is constantly evolving, redefining her place within contemporary art culture. More interested now in an intuitive approach, the artist is exploring with the possibilities of landscape while moving back and forth between abstraction and representation.
Jaq Davies, Clifton Grove NSW
My paintings are more about drawing. They have the feeling of drawings and are a lot about the varied process of mark making and the use of different materials. I like the contrast between the flat surface and the 3D object and I like that sometimes the objects disappear into the work.
Many of my paintings reference landscape albeit imagined, abstracted ones. Others are built up using a more internal visual language which gives the work a kind of story telling quality. Change is one of the real constants within my process. My works are built up with layers of painting, drawing, rubbing back, reworking and adding things over and over again until there is some sense of completion.
Ingrid Bowen, Sydney NSW
Im a Sydney based artist drawing inspiration from my travels and wonder for the Australian landscape. I enjoy interpreting the endless colour, form and feel of our land. Patterns in nature and agriculture, and clusters of farm animals often feature in my work. I aim to present a sentiment or impression, and am always happy when viewers’ interpretations vary. I’m hoping to make art that engages and delights, and evokes some of the nostalgia and contemplation that is invested in the making.
Tonya Graham, Millthorpe NSW
Tonya has studied Art, teaches Art and makes Art. Her art is about the landscape, the shapes in the landscape. We see the big things but if we stop for a while the subtle details reveal themselves.