New paintings in art forms often
seen as traditional - landscape, still life and watercolours – are the stars of
the latest exhibitions that go on show at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from
Former Eutick Memorial Still Life
Award (EMSLA) winner and significant Australian artist Angus Nivison is showing
a series of landscapes, called ‘Six Years’, partly inspired by a trip to Japan
and also a three-month residency in Paris at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Many of his works are held in
national collections in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, Australian
Consolidated Press, Macquarie Group Collection, as well as in numerous regional
“My work mostly deals with
landscape, memory and the human condition,” he says. “The paintings are really
a personal dialogue. I offer the viewer the image and a title, it is then up to
the viewer to complete the conversation.”
Dean Home’s ‘Travels under the
Red Cliffs’ exhibition was created specifically for this show in Coffs Harbour.
He is known for bringing an intensity and drama to the still life genre, for
which he is widely celebrated. His masterful works in this traditional art form
feature dramatic composition and theatrical lighting and provide a meditation
on beauty, mortality and truth.
Home has held numerous solo
exhibitions throughout Australia and is represented in state, regional and
private collections both in Australia and overseas. His portraiture is held in
the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, the National
Australia Bank, Telstra Collection and Artbank collection.
Coffs Harbour local Helen Young
specialises in watercolour - mostly opaque - in the style which she has honed
over 23 years of painting.
She is inspired by a great
variety of subjects – people, animals, landscapes, buildings and objects. “I
see something that I think is special and beautiful and I just want to capture
it,” she says.
Helen has exhibited in Bathurst
and Bellingen and won a multitude of awards and prizes for her work. This exhibition
features three portraits - Coffs Harbour Member of Parliament Andrew Fraser,
prominent Australian Warren Somerville and the artist’s husband.
The exhibitions will be on show from August 26-September 24. All are
welcome for the Opening Night on Friday, August 26, from 6pm. Entry is $5,
under 18s free.
There will also be an ‘Artists in Conversation: Helen Young, Angus Nivison and Dean Home’
event at the Gallery on Saturday, August 27 at 10am. Entry is free and morning
tea will be served.