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 The beauty of Moonee and the contrast of the local urban landscape inspired fifteen of Australia’s most prominent artists and painters to create new works which go on exhibition at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from Friday, September 30, until October 29.

The ‘Paint My Place’ exhibition features new and original works by Elisabeth Cummings, Myf Gullifer, Alan Jones, Ross Laurie, Steve Lopes, Euan McLeod, Reg Mombassa, Idris Murphy, Peter O’Doherty, Susan O’Doherty, Adrienne Richards, Isabel Ricketts, Amanda Penrose Hart, Luke Sciberras and Ann Thomson.

“The artists, who are mainly based in Sydney, were invited to a ten-day residency at Moonee Beach earlier this year thanks to the very generous support of Slater and Gordon Lawyers,” said Cath Fogarty, Council’s Cultural Development, Gallery and History Services Coordinator.

“The resulting works were inspired by a variety of landscapes – the natural beauty of Moonee Beach, local suburban landscapes and Coffs Harbour’s cityscapes. The artworks were as varied as the subjects. The exhibition features landscapes in oil created outdoors, ceramic plates, sculptural installations and mixed media collages.

“It was a hugely successful artists’ camp and we’re all delighted with the more than 70 new works that are now starring in the ‘Paint My Place’ exhibition.”

Many of the artists will be attending the Opening Night on Friday September 30 from 6pm – 8pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Artist Talks will be held the following morning on Saturday October 1 from 10am – 12pm. Entry is also free and morning tea will be provided.

Artist biographies:

  • Elisabeth Cummings is one of Australia's most respected living artists and was listed in Australian Art Collector in 2002 as one of the 50 most collectable. She has won the Fleurieu Art Prize, The Portia Geach Portrait Prize, The Mosman Art Prize and The Tattersalls Art Prize amongst others, and is represented in many private and public collections including Artbank, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Gold Coast City Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

  • Myf Gullifer has exhibited prolifically in numerous galleries and museums nationally.  Her work is held in collections at Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW and Walcha Open Air Gallery, Walcha, NSW. Her ceramics are described as joyous and irreverent.

  • Alan Jones is represented by OlsenIrwin Gallery and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Since graduating from the National Art School (BFA) in 2000, Jones has held 21 solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Born in Sydney in 1977, Jones was awarded the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2004. Other awards include the Paddington Art Prize, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award and the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize. He was finalist in the 2013 Archibald Prize with a portrait of Pat Corrigan AM and won the Kilgour Art Prize in 2014.

  • Ross Laurie has exhibited extensively at Damien Minton Gallery and King St on William Gallery and also solo and group exhibitions in regional Galleries and galleries nationally. He exhibited work in the Wynne prize at Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2016 and won the Paddington Art Prize in 2015.

  • Steve Lopes graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1991. Lopes has had over twenty solo exhibitions across Australia and the UK since 1996. He has also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including Not the Way Home a group exhibition of 13 prominent Australian artists and the Salon des Refusés, both at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney and touring in 2012. He is a frequent finalist in national. In 1997 Lopes was awarded the Young Artist Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London, England. In 2011 he completed a residency at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Bundanon Collection State Library of New South Wales, Federal Parliament House Art Collection, University of Sydney Art Collection, University of Wollongong Art Collection, the University of Melbourne Library, many major global companies and private collections in Australia, the UK, Italy and the US.

  • Euan McLeod has exhibited prolifically throughout his 30-year career. He exhibits most frequently with Niagara Galleries in Melbourne, Watters Gallery in Sydney and Bowen Galleries, Wellington. Macleod's work is featured in prominent public and private collections across Australia and overseas. He is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, as well as numerous state, regional, university and private collections internationally. Macleod won the Archibald Prize in 1999 and the Sulman Prize in 2001.

  • Reg Mombassa is famous as both a member of the rock band Mental as Anything and as a prolific artist whose work is closely associated with the Mambo brand for which he still designs. His landscapes and portraits, many of which are inspired by his childhood in New Zealand, can be found in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia and other regional galleries.

  • Idris Murphy is an abstract expressionist, typically taking the landscape as his subject. Murphy has exhibited regularly at mainstream galleries since the 1970s and has exhibited regularly in the Sulman and Wynn prizes. Awards include the Hunters Hill Art Award, Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travel Fellowship, Arts Council Special Travel Grant, Rockhampton Art Prize, Dyason bequest fund for Australian Artists overseas, Moya Doring Memorial Residence, Paris, Artist Lithographer in Residence, AGNSW, French Government Studio, Paris, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland, Irish Art Council Studio. His works are held in many collections here and overseas including Artbank, Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education, Clot/Bramsden et Georges Studio Paris, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Brisbane Grammar School, Australian National Gallery Canberra, Australian Graduate School of Management, University of Wollongong, Parliament House Canberra, Bibliotèque National de Paris, National Library, Canberra, Telstra Collection Melbourne, State Library New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bendigo Regional Gallery, Westpac Collection, Australian Art Investment Trust.

  • Peter O'Doherty is a musician with Australian band Dog Trumpet (along with his brother Chris aka Reg Mombassa) and formerly with Australian band Mental As Anything. He is also a recognised fine artist specialising in still life and everyday suburban scenes. Watching his carpenter father construct houses, O’Doherty developed an acute awareness of the built environment, which has led to his using buildings as the primary subject matter for his paintings. His repertoire includes free standing houses and apartment blocks, often seen from across the street as if through a telescopic lens. On occasion he has exhibited with his wife, fellow artist Susan O’Doherty. In 2005 O’Doherty won the Paddington Art Prize and in 2007 the Allan Gamble Memorial Prize of the Mosman Art Prize. His Archibald entries have been shown in the Salon des Refusés at the S.H. Ervin Museum and Art Gallery.

  • Susan O'Doherty started painting in 1992. Her work ranges from large abstract paintings through to small mixed media assemblages as well as acrylic portraits. O'Doherty works in her Sydney home with her painter and musician husband, Peter O'Doherty.

  • Adrienne Richards Adrienne Richards was born in Launceston, Tasmania and studied Fine Art at the Canberra School of Art, ANU. She has had several solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group exhibitions including ‘On The Heysen Trail’ at the SH Ervin Gallery and in the regional touring exhibition ‘In Two Art,’ initiated by Maitland Regional Gallery. Adrienne paints en plein air, using ink, watercolour and gouache, to record and collect information on trips into the Australian Landscape, for her studio-based paintings and ceramics. She paints onto bisqued stoneware with underglaze, which, she says: ‘is a little like painting with watercolour onto paper’. Adrienne lives and works in Springwood, in the Blue Mountains.

  • Isabel Ricketts mainly works in acrylic and mixed medium, sometimes incorporating collage. Born in Sydney in 1945, Isabel now lives and works near Coffs Harbour NSW. She studied at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney. She was awarded Members' Prize at the Bellingen Art Prize in 2009 and 2010 and was a Finalist in the EMSLA Art Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  She was awarded Regional Artist Prize, EMSLA in 2013.  Isabel's paintings are held in private collections in Australia, UK, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the US.