Our featured artist today, Bronwyn Barton, gets inspiration from her surrounds and transforms the artwork into a unique piece of art.
"Not content to settle on any one style, my paintings cover a wide array of subject matter in a contemporary manner. I paint mostly with acrylics but love to use mixed media to add an element of surprise inviting the viewer to explore the painting in more detail
I draw inspiration from my everyday surroundings but quite often start a painting with no subject in mind allowing the process of applying paint and the resulting marks made guide and direct me to the final piece." - Bronwyn Barton
Creativity has been an integral part of Roselle's life , be it painting , drawing, sewing , interior designs or photography.
Basically she has woven her passion for art into her daily life while working as a nurse and growing a family.
Studying "art" at school gave a grounding to Roselle's interest, developing into a hobby and later studying at TAFE, completing a certificate 3 in fine arts.
Encouraged by Peter , her husband Roselle opened a market stall at Berry on the South Coast NSW to sell art and photography, later joining a cooperative gallery, all with encouraging success and gaining some commissions. Roselle has exhibited at the biannual Sea Change Exhibition at Jervis Bay on 3 occasions ,and has had a joint exhibition in an art space at the same event. Also exhibited at Merrogal Woman's Art Exhibition, Nowra.
Artworks by Roselle express her love of nature and scenery , expressed in a variety of media and styles.
"Art making is a staple for me, a necessity. The art making process nourishes, challenges, provokes, humbles and provides grounding and perspective. My surroundings constantly influence my technique and choice of materials.
Texture and colour, light and movement remain my constant sources of inspiration. Such elements are observed and recorded on a conscious and subconscious level daily. This collection of thoughts and experiences tend to build and then eventually pour out into the canvas. I remain open to the concept of change pushing myself to engage in the exploration of tools and mediums. My constant is the tactility of my work and the subject matter that being Mother Nature.
I aspire to create work that evokes emotion and warms the soul. A tribute to life and an appreciation of our natural surroundings.
Art making is both personal and therapeutic for me. My internal doctrine has never embraced a work to live mentality only live to love and live to paint. "
Abstract figurative forms, an interest in the distribution of mass in space, and a concern for conveying human emotions are the hallmarks of Patricia Lawrence’s artistic practice.
Working in the lost wax casting technique, Patricia creates reductive, modernist influenced sculptures that capture states of repose and muse on human relationships. Sand piece moulding is a second technique used by Patricia with interlocking moulds made from a sand-based mixture to produce a bronze impression with a fine texture.
"Sculpting the human figure seemed to be appropriate before moving off into other areas. However, it has remained as my endless, fascinating, main challenge. My response over the years has varied using both representational and abstract forms ranging from miniature to large-scale outdoor work.
The challenge is to suggest feelings, activity or relationships in a sculptural way. This involves ideas of line, volume, space, rhythm and stillness.
My natural environment, studies and life itself have all influenced the way I conceive and carry out these ideas.
A few of my sculptures are carved in stone. Most of them are made first in clay or plaster, depending on the size. A mould, then a positive are made, either by me or at Crawford’s foundry. Finally, the sculpture is cast in bronze at the foundry, using the lost wax method and/or sandcasting. "
Stephanie Powell is a multi-award winning visual artist and fashion designer. After completing an associate diploma in fashion design she went on to do a variety of courses including sculpture, pottery on the wheel, life drawing and cartooning. Stephanie is passionate about the environment and often uses recycled materials in her work. She often creates artworks that have a sense of character and whimsy.
I grew up in NYC on Roosevelt Island and currently reside in Woodside, Queens. I studied the visual arts throughout my childhood and formally trained in theatrical scenic and lighting design. Shortly before dropping out of graduate school I had returned to my roots in photography and painting something serious and abruptly altered my path. I hocked my trade for several years by lighting plays and painting scenery deep in the trenches of Off-Broadway, some TV and Summer Stock and toured nationally many times over with actors and jazz musicians all the while taking advantage of those opportunities to refine my visual acuity.
The past decade I have worked primarily as a teaching artist in schools and for charitable organizations throughout the city. In 2007 I founded the photography program at the Harlem Children’s Zone triggering my further immersion into candid portraiture whereas for nearly six years after I ran an art and photography program for adults with moderate to severe developmental disabilities during the course of which I realized there were many shared visual commonalities as well as restrictions. That discovery forced me to radically transform my own work and spend the subsequent years producing a new series of mixed media paintings. To date there are eleven pieces.
Art & Dharma is a Melbourne-based stencil artist, who has been creating stencil art for the past three years. His subject matter is often inspired by people’s resilience in the face of hardship, and the desire to make a difference in the world. Art & Dharma cites travel and Buddhism as his biggest inspirations.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Art & Dharma seeks a clean, structured style that combines aspects of both art and design.
Art & Dharma likes the often obscure and seemingly random shapes of stencils that when layered reveal detail, and tries to maintain a happy medium between a stylistic, and realistic approach.
Determination is an essential characteristic of the artist whose work evolves from experimentation. By using unorthodox methods and unconventional materials chance plays a major, exciting role, but you have to know how to use the chance, how to recognise it. Chance, when understood properly, still involves discipline.
Sharon Lam is a Melbourne artist who has a Bachelor of Design Studies (Graphic Design) from the Queensland College of Art, as well as degrees in Information Science and Building Design.
The media she usually works in are watercolours, colour pencils and oils. Sharon likes to capture human emotion and portray complex feelings as simplified art.
"Born in Sydney Australia I studied Graphic Art & Design and Computer Graphics. Attended various workshops with Master Artists including Joseph Zbukvic, Herman Pekel and John Wilson.
Art began for me as a young girl taking an interest in drawing and oil painting. Self taught back then, I continued art right through school going on to pursue Graphic Art, Design and Photography.
I am constantly hounded by the beautiful world around me and the potential paintings to be created. Having travelled to many parts of the world and around Australia it is where I find my inspirations.
I work in different media including watercolour, acrylics, oils, pencil and gouache airbrushing. The medium I use usually depends on how I see the finished product.
I am passionate about creating things, from paintings to designs or any project that includes a bit of creativity."
"Painting has always been my passion. I received my Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Pakistan in 1993. Following my education, I found myself spending some extraordinary years in Paris. Paris left its impact on my soul. I breathed art and took every opportunity to enhance my artistic abilities by enrolling in different art courses such as water colours, porcelain painting, silk painting and visiting galleries, museums, cultural and fashion shows.
My journey through France and the rest of Europe, combined with my South Asian heritage has produced within me a myriad of thoughts ready to burst forth in colour on canvas.
Although I love all mediums, oils and acrylics are my favourite, especially using the palette knife to create interesting textures. I approach each piece intuitively and manipulate the colour into a spontaneous visual form which brings up unspoken feelings in the viewer's mind..." - Ayesha Gillani
Kerrie Wilson is a Sydney based artist.
Kerrie takes inspiration from the sea, marine life, rainforests and the coast. Her background in marine biology informs her artworks.
She works mainly with acrylics, inks and pen, and using spray and drip techniques. She enjoys experimenting with texture and colour, using multi-layering techniques in various mediums, styles and subjects.
Her paintings showcase vibrancy of colour and abstract style in a delightful manner.
Christopher Vidal was born in Malta, studied arts at the School of Arts in Valletta. For twenty year he worked as a medical scientist and researcher in Malta and Australia, but his innate love for art was always there. In 2009, Chris moved together with his family to Australia. Chris has been painting from childhood and for the last ten years most of his works were landscapes in oils. After moving to Australia he was motivated to paint more regularly and experimenting with various media and techniques. Since 2012, he regularly exhibited his work in various group exhibitions in Sydney organised by various societies and organisations. Since then his work was bought by clients in Australia and Internationally.
His work mostly consists of landscape paintings in oils and acrylics painted in an impressionistic / realistic style. Although sometimes science and arts are seen so distinct, being controlled by the opposite sides of the brain, Chris discovered that painting landscapes links together his love for science, nature and painting. Chris also sees that creativity is important in both arts and science. Travelling around the country and being closer to nature inspires him and hence increased his creative productivity. Painting helped him to start observing and appreciating more what is all around us, even the simplest things that we take fore-granted in everyday life. His landscape paintings usually represent places that he visited and to which he had a special connection that inspired him. With his paintings he wants to share his personal experience with the viewer.
His favourite style varies from impressionism to realism, with his favourite colours being blue, purple and orange. “Finding Peace in Art” is what he wishes to the viewer of his artwork. Unfortunately we hear a lot of negativity from the media in everyday life however; Chris sees that in reality much more good things happen in everyday life. So through his artwork, Chris wants to deliver this message and show that life is beautiful and that we must enjoy and appreciate every moment of it since we cannot get back not even one second that just passed.
"I’m a creative person and love everything creative: painting, crafting, pottery, interior decorating, and vegetable curving. Among all forms of creative things; painting attracts me the most – it gives me a wide open space to explore, freedom to create and fills me with sense of satisfaction.
My inspirations are the beauty of nature I come across: whether it is a painting, a photograph, scene of a movie or TV show, or a place I been to. Interesting subject leads to the next work and inspires me to create something different, try new technique, and use different materials. My intention behind every painting is to capture the moment, bring it to life, and take it one step forward from the previous work!
I’ve explored through different media in my life: pencil, pen, water colour, pastel, oil and acrylic paints. In the beginning I used basic colours and gradually learnt about different shades. I started with flat drawing and over the years have mastered the technique of creating texture. Colour brush, spatula and hand are the tools I’ve used so far. I love to learn about different techniques and use of materials artists practice now days and try to use every possible thing I can think about in my works. Till now I’ve used Texture Paste, tissue paper, brown paper, and few natural elements.
Art completes me. Every work of mine is a symbol of complete dedication of time, devotion of self and involvement of emotion." - Fariba Hassan
Maxine Collins lives in the Hills area of Sydney, Australia. She has won many awards for her beautiful depiction of Australian and international landscape.
"For many years I have been exploring the creative possibilities of watercolours and acrylics. I love the freedom of expression that acrylics bring, and the often unexpected effects of watercolours.
I have exhibited in mainly local shows during that time, and have won several awards.
I am inspired by the beauty of flowers, of native flora and fauna, and of the landscape, whether it's Australian or of other countries."
Marco Britti was born in Rome (Italy) and, after having lived in London for almost ten years, migrated to Australia.
Marco has been drawing and painting, mainly with oil pastels, oil and acrylic paints, pencils, ink and charcoal from a very young age.
He has exhibited in a dozen group shows around Sydney and 3 solo shows. He has been a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize (1995) and the Warringah Art Prize (2013). His work has also featured in the Oxford Art Prize, the Pyrmont Art Prize and the Sydney Art show.
“I mostly portray images of people in their moments of simplicity, such as the ‘Piano Bar’ which was painted from the perspective of an onlooker watching from the balcony, but I also draw and paint still-lifes and abstracts. Through colours, light, or simply a few black lines, I long for harmony and balance.” Marco Britti describes his “Round Bar” series as “four strangers at a bar, hoping for a chance meeting. The exact storyline is for the viewer’s imagination, but I aim for a mysterious mood, using strong contrasting colours, light and thick black outlines.”
"Coming from a background in photography and design, it is perhaps not surprising that my dalliance with the medium of printmaking should have turned into such a passion that I have devoted many years to it.
I love the controlled chaos of the metal+acid+intent equation, and am hugely attracted to the seemingly limitless ways traditional techniques, processes and materials can be manipulated and coerced into making unique works of contemporary art." Jennifer Hardwick
"Having worked as a Graphic Designer for decades overseas and in Australia, Illustrations and Paintings have always been part of my life.
Originally from Germany, I moved to Australia with my husband over 12 years ago. I painted as a creative outlet to cope with the changes of a new lifestyle in this amazing new country. The Australian light and colours are completely different to the ones in Europe. The challenging medium of Watercolours really grew on me. I enjoy the spontaneous fresh and unpredictable outcome of this medium.
I use transparent watercolour paints on paper in a traditional way and constantly explore new ways to express myself. I also work on commissioned paintings.
Sydney based, I have attended several Group Exhibitions and sold paintings in Australia and overseas. " - Ricarda Engelhardt
Lesleyanne Kilkeary is Sydney based artist. She shares her artistic experience with AAD Gallery…
“I have been interested in painting & drawing & the visual arts from a very early age, however, the factors of living hampered exploring too much. Then about 10 years ago I had a strong urge to recommence painting. I started with botanical art (studying at the Botanical Gardens & scientific illustration at Macquarie University) I got to a point where I wanted to “loosen” up and explore acrylics and other media.
I have attended numerous workshops & art weekends, and commenced art classes. With a few “recommendations” and sales under my belt I want to explore more about texture & colour, leaning at the moment, towards abstract and semi-abstract compositions. The juxtaposition of colours excite me and influence my bright palette.”
Violetta Kurbanova is a professional artist and a member of Randwick Art Society
"I work in oils, watercolour and pastels as well as on silk. Each medium has it’s own potential and limitations and I like to choose the medium which I feel will best express the subject I want to paint.
Since first try of silk painting and batik 10 years ago, these techniques became my passion. When I first started painting on silk and I saw how the colour flowed into the fabric, the exciting possibilities of the medium inspired me. I tried out various styles and subjects finding that colourful flowers, birds and under water world best suited my approach to silk painting.
The silk paintings have the same archival quality of light-fastness as the best waterclors. Like any other work of fine art, it should never be hung in the path of direct sunlight. I love that painting on silk is such an interactive process, filled with life. It’s a dance between the artist, the liquid, transparent colors spreading across the surface, and the silk itself, which influences how the dyes react with it.
I love the way the already luminescent silk develops extra sparkle when it is dyed. As they dry, the dyes create spontaneous and unpredictable, organic textural effects, making each piece a unique surprise. What’s not to love? My paintings are exhibited in galleries and art shows and my silk wall hangings are being purchased extensively for public and private collection." - Violetta Kurbanova
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