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John Morrison to showcase some of his portraits including entries into the Archibald Prize.
John who has been a professional artist for the last 40 years with over 40 solo exhibitions and 37 joint exhibitions loves the challenge of portrait painting. He has won many awards over the years , but there is one that stands out in his mind as being rather special and that was of a World War One, Battle of Britain Spitfire Fighter Pilot. This work was jury selected for the annual exhibition of the Australian Watercolour Society held at the S.H.Ervin Gallery in Sydney. The painting also won the Noosa Portrait Prize. John also hopes include Archibald entries of Bob Irwin and Fred Conway –Bidjara Elder and ranger at Carnarvon Gorge Qld, which holds a special place in John’s heart.
Fred Conway, Bidgera Elder. Carnarvon Gorge
Bob Irwin. Acrylic on canvas. 91cm x 122cm
These portraits will be on view and for sale at Seaview Gallery from June18. He will also be having a full exhibition of his works at the White gums Gallery in Chinchilla from Sept 1 until September 29 this year.
Raelean with intotheart@MoMa_NY
Following her successful win last year for Best Artist at the Caloundra Rotary ArtCoast Prize ($10,000 Shadforth Prize), Raelean Hall put her winning trip to New York to good use with yet another win at this year’s Rotary Art Spectacular in Brisbane.
Gathering artistic momentum and inspired by her visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Raelean recently won first prize in the oils/acrylic section with her colourful painting titled intotheart@MoMA_NY
With a modern twist, Raelean was inspired to represent the youth of today caught up in the social trend of texting. During her visit to MoMA, New York last year, she noticed many students seemed more interested in the art of networking on their mobiles, than viewing the artworks.
“Illuminated by my current PhD studies in Arts Therapy, I am enjoying the relational experience that art offers… how it brings us together in many ways. In this painting I have loosened my artistic grip leaving the students in the foreground almost faceless, and instead, I have projected them (or their identity) up into the artwork. Hence the pseudo title – intotheart@MoMa_NY. Now caught in-the-grid or on-the-net, they are held for a moment in a new creative space.
In the same scene, a young girl (to the left) floats across the floor attentively viewing the artwork above her. She is lifted into the artwork too – with her trailed outline suggesting intention and direction as she engages this space.
Far from my more traditional style of painting, this painting has got the ‘what-ever’ appeal, which I imagine may have impressed the judges – though I am not too sure what caught their interest. This award-winning painting has child-like undertones of scribbles and dripping paint indicating a liberated technique in application and approach. Both structure and disarray play equally. It toys with the idea of restraint versus abandon – with something not quite known in-between.”
Pauline Ramsay Murray:
Pauline is back from her annual buying trip to Tuscon, Arizona, where the world’s largest gem and jewellery show is held for professional buyers. Exhibitors and buyers alike arrive from all over the globe and in early February each year, a two-week buying frenzy erupts at around 50 special sites in Tucson. There are fossil exhibitions, metaphysical shows, tailgaters from the hills and more precious gemstone and ornamental beads than you ever knew existed. Satyaloka Azeztulite, Rosophia, Danburite … and many more. So, having spent all her money, Pauline is back with newly inspired jewellery pieces and gemstone combinations..Come and see Oco agate & Druzy’s from Brazil , Lapis from Afghanistan, Emerald beads from Columbia, Lemurian crystals, more Cananea Mine & Silver City Turquoise… and…. baroque pearls….and….well just come and have a browse.
Still forging ahead with his appetite for the contemporary art form, Rich has introduced a series of marathon inspired works. Those of you who have visited the gallery recently will have seen the first two cabs off the rank!
Front Runners At The Marathon
A special part of Seaview Gallery is the opportunity to meet the artists. Seaview artists each take turn to be on duty at the gallery and are available to answer your questions and show you the wonderful works of art on display. You can see who will be on duty on our website SeaviewArtGallery.com.au