11 August 2016 New Traditional Works on Show at Gallery

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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 August 26.

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 Cité Studio.

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 gallery collections.

“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.