Distant Lands and Familiar Shores

Elesa Bennett, Harriet Loneragan, Carol Roche, Kaye Shumack, Jo Willcocks
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
August
   
30
 -  
September
   
10
This exhibition brings together works by five Australian women artists, around the theme of responding to landscape. The works range from the abstract to figurative, and include painting and drawing, exploring tensions and emotions that exist in natural and urban settings in a range of places and contexts.

INFORMATION

Elesa Bennett

In my paintings I try to capture the colours, feelings and atmosphere of places I visit through mark, line, colour, texture and composition. These paintings from Morocco explore the mystical feelings in the medinas; the colours of Quarzazite and small villages; the textures of the farmed landscape and the serenity of the people. 

 

Harriet Loneragan

My artwork is based on remembered landscapes and my felt responses to the land, sea and sky. I take into account the fragility and intimacy of the landscapes and their relationship to our emotions and memories.  I aim to convey the energy, vibrancy and feeling of a place, and to inspire those who see my artwork to look more carefully at the world around them, and discover beauty in unusual places. The large oil paintings in this exhibition are in response to landscapes in country New South Wales. The smaller gouaches and drawings are from my recent travels to Marrakech and rural areas in Morocco.

 

Carol Roche

Following a recent artists trip to Morocco, travelling into the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert and back to Marrakech, I completed paintings in my studio, based on small en pleinair drawings and paintings which I had documented during the trip. During this process the work changes and shifts from documentation to my reminiscence of the place, taking on a new dimension. Colour and line are key aspects towards balance and harmony in my work. I agree with the Irish artist Jack B Yeats:

“The artist always begins by expressing himself with line – that is, by the most obvious means; then he becomes aware that line, once so necessary, is in fact hemming him in, and as soon as he feels strong enough, he breaks out of its confines.”

 

Kaye Shumack 

I developed this series of paintings and drawings based on sketches and observations from time spent on Goat Island (Me-mil), Sydney earlier this year. This enigmatic island has a rich colonial and indigenous history, sitting in the heart of the harbour city. The works seek to depict some of the mystery and magic of the island parkland, as a hidden gem of our city that is often unnoticed within the harbour environment. Themes include the fragility and beauty of the island environment, the ravages of nature on historic buildings, the everyday passing of all types of boats in the harbour, and the dynamic plays of light, wind and water on waterways and jetties around the island. 

 

Jo Willcocks 

The quiet movement of nature, light and seasons are what I seek to explore through painting. In my travels to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Artic Ocean; Antarctica; the Nandu peaks and plains of Patagonia; Morocco, Japan, France and Sweden, I have always sought out quiet places. I travel abroad to deepen my understanding and reverence for the natural world and then I paint that sense onto canvas. 

“Snow melt,” is the soft edged shapes that are formed when the blanket melts and the rested soul awakens. “European summer” is the languid rest of summer in the South of France. “Nordic light” is the movement to midsummer in the northern most part of the world. “Quiet village” is the silence that carries through a village at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Elesa Bennett

In my paintings I try to capture the colours, feelings and atmosphere of places I visit through mark, line, colour, texture and composition. These paintings from Morocco explore the mystical feelings in the medinas; the colours of Quarzazite and small villages; the textures of the farmed landscape and the serenity of the people. 

 

Harriet Loneragan

My artwork is based on remembered landscapes and my felt responses to the land, sea and sky. I take into account the fragility and intimacy of the landscapes and their relationship to our emotions and memories.  I aim to convey the energy, vibrancy and feeling of a place, and to inspire those who see my artwork to look more carefully at the world around them, and discover beauty in unusual places. The large oil paintings in this exhibition are in response to landscapes in country New South Wales. The smaller gouaches and drawings are from my recent travels to Marrakech and rural areas in Morocco.

 

Carol Roche

Following a recent artists trip to Morocco, travelling into the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert and back to Marrakech, I completed paintings in my studio, based on small en pleinair drawings and paintings which I had documented during the trip. During this process the work changes and shifts from documentation to my reminiscence of the place, taking on a new dimension. Colour and line are key aspects towards balance and harmony in my work. I agree with the Irish artist Jack B Yeats:

“The artist always begins by expressing himself with line – that is, by the most obvious means; then he becomes aware that line, once so necessary, is in fact hemming him in, and as soon as he feels strong enough, he breaks out of its confines.”

 

Kaye Shumack 

I developed this series of paintings and drawings based on sketches and observations from time spent on Goat Island (Me-mil), Sydney earlier this year. This enigmatic island has a rich colonial and indigenous history, sitting in the heart of the harbour city. The works seek to depict some of the mystery and magic of the island parkland, as a hidden gem of our city that is often unnoticed within the harbour environment. Themes include the fragility and beauty of the island environment, the ravages of nature on historic buildings, the everyday passing of all types of boats in the harbour, and the dynamic plays of light, wind and water on waterways and jetties around the island. 

 

Jo Willcocks 

The quiet movement of nature, light and seasons are what I seek to explore through painting. In my travels to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Artic Ocean; Antarctica; the Nandu peaks and plains of Patagonia; Morocco, Japan, France and Sweden, I have always sought out quiet places. I travel abroad to deepen my understanding and reverence for the natural world and then I paint that sense onto canvas. 

“Snow melt,” is the soft edged shapes that are formed when the blanket melts and the rested soul awakens. “European summer” is the languid rest of summer in the South of France. “Nordic light” is the movement to midsummer in the northern most part of the world. “Quiet village” is the silence that carries through a village at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

FEATURED  WORKS

Elesa Bennett, 'Out the Bus Window'

Harriet Loneragan, 'Miles from nowhere'

Carol Roche, 'desert sands burnt with cloudy crimson'

Kaye Shumack, 'Sydney Harbour from Goat Island (Me-mil)'

Jo Willcocks, 'snowmelt'

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