10 Favourite Works from 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, the Art Partners team thought readers would enjoy a retrospective of works chosen for the Art in the City series (exhibitions of solo works in the City of Bunbury).  Accompanying the images are pieces of prose and poetry offered up by artists, or descriptive comments and anecdotes about the works.  Please enjoy our imaginative and colour-packed salute to 2013.

Galaxy by Daniel Marinovich

Galaxy, in the style of abstract expressionism, uses strong colours and bold brush work to create a sense of movement, and the contrast between warm and cool colours gives the work an ‘outer space-like’ atmospheric perspective. The painting’s visual texture is created by the ingenious use of collaged tissue paper. Daniel is intrigued by science and science fiction, thus the name Galaxy.

Galaxy by Daniel Marinovich

Galaxy by Daniel Marinovich

Sleeping Beauty by Sam Everitt

Sam Everitt attended one of my workshops at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries in 2011. He is a serious photographer who produced some splendid images. It is wonderful to see his gorgeous recent work, Sleeping Beauty, as a feature of Art in the City in May. It is a beautiful photograph that shows a love of colour and light. I particularly like the way he has shot the flowers close up, using depth of field to bring our eyes into close proximity with the subject matter, and allowing us to imagine the flowers extending beyond the frame.

Sam has also managed to capture the movement of the blooms on their delicate stems in a way that celebrates a moment in time. The photograph is a kind of haiku, a poem that allows the viewer to recall moments of pleasure in gardens at times of new growth and change.” (Pippa Tandy, artist, curator and dedicated photographer)

Sleeping Beauty by Sam Everitt

Sleeping Beauty by Sam Everitt

Three Peaks by Janine Egan

“To these three peaks I want to go,

From where they stem I do not know;

Please tell me where in your heart they hide,

So I too can know where beauty lies.” (anonymous)

Three Peaks by Janine Egan

Three Peaks by Janine Egan

Blue Vase of Flowers by Roslyn Burns

When Art Partners asked artist Jenni Doherty to comment on Roslyn’s Blue Vase of Flowers, she offered the following:

“Each stem of every flower conceals a thousand words – be gentle with them” (Fujiwara No Hirotsugu)

Blue Vase of Flowers by Roslyn Burns

Blue Vase of Flowers by Roslyn Burns

Self-Portrait by Emma Matthews

“With a cheeky little wink of the eye, this portrait captures happy times.  Like wrapping from a birthday present, the stripes and bold black mane of hair make me want to know more about what lays within this gorgeous girl.” (Nicole Mickle, artist)

Self-Portrait by Emma Matthews

Self-Portrait by Emma Matthews

Poinsettia by Art Partners

As one of the first projects of 2013, Helen Seiver, the Art Partners Consulting Artist, hosted a series of workshops in her Capel studio with the aim of fashioning three handmade flowers for Fingers and Petals – the handmade flower show – taking place in two WA galleries in the month of May.

Creating the flowers was a multi-stage process with Roslyn Burns drawing petal shapes with a pencil held between her toes. Helen then scanned the petal drawings and reproduced them in different sizes. Paper patterns were cut, Roslyn suggested colours, Tracey Musham mixed paint, and Roslyn painted canvas in varying shades of the chosen colours. The canvas was then cut according to the paper patterns. The three flowers were lined with fabric and given wire inserts.  Thus, each one is flexible and can be manipulated to achieve a desired effect. Billie Griffiths, Helen and Wanda Ariano stitched the flowers to provide the finishing touches.

The three Art Partners flowers were named Barcelona Olé, Pink Rose and Poinsettia and were exhibited, along with many others, at the Freight Gallery, Fremantle.  The original Poinsettia measures 25 centimetres in diameter. 

Poinsettia by Art Partners

Poinsettia by Art Partners

Australia Day by Zoe Hogan

Australia Day was created by Zoe Hogan in 2013 while in an art class taught by Helen Murray at Bunbury Primary School.  The technique involves applying a base layer of oil pastels and then coating the layer with ink.  Designs and patterns are then etched in to the ink, revealing the colours of the oil pastels just below the surface.

The Art Partners team felt that Australia Day captures the spirit of Bunbury.  There are so many recognisable icons:  a variety of boats, the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower with its spiral staircase, the chequered pattern of the Bunbury Lighthouse, and the peak of the Bunbury ‘milk-carton’ Tower.  The Australia Day theme comes across once you spot the fireworks.

Australia Day by Zoe Hogan

Australia Day by Zoe Hogan

Flower Frenzy by Janine Egan

Although Janine Egan attends a weekly art class with her mentor Judi McGuigan, she does spend time creating in other locations as well.  Janine painted Flower Frenzy at home, and it was beautifully framed at Southern Picture Framers.  Janine visited the frame shop and was presented with her framed work by shop owner Mike Waldin.

Detail of Flower Frenzy by Janine Egan

Detail of Flower Frenzy by Janine Egan

Happy George by Keon Hall

Keon Hall attended a workshop earlier this year hosted by Helen Seiver.  It was decided that Keon and the workshop participants would stretch themselves by trying their hands at monoprints.  The task, laid out by Helen, was to sketch a creature or a character inspired by an animal skull.

From there, the monoprint process involved applying paint to a sheet of glass.  Paper was laid on top, then even pressure was applied in a circular motion using a hand-held ‘baron’ pad.  This transferred the image from the glass to the paper.  When the paper was peeled away, there were designs on both the paper and the glass.  By repeating the process of applying more paint to the glass and applying fresh paper, interesting variations were brought to life.

Happy George by Keon Hall

Happy George by Keon Hall

Tim & Tom by Emma Matthews

“Did you look for your reflection in another person
and find them hiding in the same layers of paint as you?

Did you learn to travel on wheels
to mask the instability you feel?

Do you cling to brands
to avoid writing your labels with your own hands?”  (Kate Wilson, poet)

Tim & Tom by Emma Matthews

Tim & Tom by Emma Matthews

Over to You

What have you particularly enjoyed about these special works, and the beautiful bits of text that accompany some of them?  Let us know in the comments section.

25 thoughts on “10 Favourite Works from 2013

  1. Johanna

    I always love wrap-ups and this is a beautiful wrap of a busy (and beautifully artistic) year for Art Partners. I’ve gazed at these pictures this morning on the blog post, and spent far too much time just letting my mind wander as I let them suggest thoughts and ideas to me. How I loved Tim and Tom by Emma Mathews, for its quirkiness and eclectic charm, and Sleeping Beauty by Sam Everitt not only because daffodils are one of my favourite flowers, but because of the way they’ve been photographed, up close and with such clarity.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Jo. We are really fond of Sam’s piece. It’s just so beautiful. As for Tim & Tom, well, it’s really quirky and intriguing. If you’re ever in the area of the Withers Library, the original Tim & Tom is on display until the end of January. Do check it out if you get the chance.

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  2. BRAG WA

    Such beautiful work! Congratulations to all the artists who have been part of art in the city in 2013. BRAG is so proud to have bee one of the venues in which some of these artworks were created! Looking forward to 2014!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you BRAG for being one of our partner venues for 2013. Bring on 2014, that’s for sure! And, just a historical note, I do believe that Three Peaks was created when Janine attended an evening art class at BRAG. So, you have another claim to fame!

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  3. helenseiver

    What a wonderful year this has been with so much amazing art work done by all. Thank you also for the thoughtful comments. I think my favorite artwork/comment combination is the work by Emma and Kate. The words and the image sit like a hand in a glove.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Yes, Helen, it has been a wonderful year. We, too, love Emma’s artwork and Kate’s thoughtful piece. I think we’ll have to have some cards printed to celebrate such a beautiful combination. Thanks for all your steadfast support throughout 2013!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Lyndendale Gallery for stopping by the blog. It’s always great to hear from you and to know that an artist and gallery owner is following our artistic journey!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Deborah! It’s always great to hear from you. You are very much part of our journey, and we really value that. You’re right, the combo of Emma’s ‘Tim & Tom’ and Kate’s piece fit so well together.

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  4. Gina Crowley

    The Blue Vase of Flowers by Roslyn Burns is definitely my favourite of the year. The combination of soft colours and strong brushstrokes work together in a way that is quite special and make her work instantly recognisable. I have followed Roslyn’s work for some time now and I was really impressed to see her painting technique and style continue to develop as is evident in this painting. Congratulations on a fabulous year Art Partners. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      How nice to hear from you Gina. Yes, we all love Ros’ Blue Vase of Flowers. I can imagine that you have a special connection to her because you came by the Stirling Street Arts Centre to meet her and ended up writing about the experience. Come by again in 2014!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Rob. I’ll be passing your comment on to the Art Partners. Thank you for your collaboration, and we look forward to continuing our work together in 2014!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Michael for stopping by. Roslyn is thrilled about the sale of her piece. Also, she’ll be launching a line of greeting cards in January. Watch for information on the launch and on the retail outlets that will be carrying the cards. See you then.

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  5. Adam Johnson

    I must say I really like Flower Frenzy by Janine too. Well done Janine! Well done all you talented and amazing artists.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      You’re right Adam. Flower Frenzy is just lovely. It’s currently part of Art in the City and is on display at the City of Bunbury’s Main Administration Building. On February 1, it will move to the Withers Library. Enjoy!

      Reply

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