No-one could have been more surprised (or delighted) than me when my painting, Rainforest Dream was announced as the winner of the Art Lovers Australia art prize last month. The painting will soon be on its way to a new home, as well, which is also very pleasing.
It feels as though I’ve been very busy since the beginning of this year, and taking some time to update this page with my 2018 works to date, I can see why.
Last week was a very busy one, with one half of the team (Sue) up in Brisbane for the Brisbane Art Prize and Life Art Worldwide Expo, while the other half (Steve) manned the gallery. What can one say? Well, no experience is ever entirely wasted, and it was a great opportunity to meet and chat at length with wonderful regional artists such as Lyne Marshall, Kym Barrett and Beatrice Prost. Perhaps we could consider an invitational Art Expo at Hillier Skuse Gallery some time next year? What do you think?
Our first twin exhibition openings are coming up in a little over a week. We are excited about the wonderful works our two artists have been producing, and we think you will be too. It should be a great show and a fun night.
Every day lately, wonderful new works have been coming into the gallery. Striking and innovative work from David Warren, beautiful romantic works from Tony Duarte and atmospheric seascapes from Leisa O’Brien, just this week.
Our two featured artists have very different ways of reacting to the landscape around them, but love of the natural world is paramount for both of them. We hope that you will find something that resonates in this show, whether your taste runs to the contemporary, or to the traditional.
For anyone seriously on a mission to acquire that special piece of artwork, pre-show viewing can be arranged by contacting us at email@example.com.
HILLIER AND SKUSE GALLERY
This is a painting I did for the large group exhibition we have on at the gallery at the moment. I was aiming not so much for a serious depiction of a horse as something about the symbolic power and grace of the animal. I was also after a bit of a surreal feeling. You can see the whole catalogue of wonderful equine-themed artworks here: http://hillierskusegallery.com/
Jewel Box is another in the series of paintings I have been doing of Mudgeeraba Creek. I was walking along the edge of the creek one day when I noticed a shaft of light coming in between the tree branches and lighting up the stones on the floor of the creek with a golden glow. The richness of the reflections of leaves and branches, and the shapes and colours of the underlying rocks seemed to create a complicated sort of Rococco pattern; not a collection of mundane objects, but a secret cache of precious things. That’s why I’ve called the work ‘Jewel Box’.