All the best plans are made and if they are still available we'll have some real treasures to look forward to on 1 September!
Queensland artist Catherine has a great history of love for animals and life in general. She will contribute several works to our catalogue in September...
I grew up in the North East of England, just north of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on a large property surrounded by my first love, animals, and horses especially.
We emigrated to Australia in 1981, just before I turned seventeen, to start a new life and adventure!
Life got busy with college, work, then marriage and children. We moved to my husband’s home town of Mackay and bought acreage in Greenmount to give our girls a lovely rural upbringing with lots of animals and yes, horses.
In 2009 I decided to rekindle my passion for art as our girls were now older and getting on with their own lives and it seemed perfect timing.
I studied at Mackay TAFE for a couple of years part time and loved it, being around like minded people and sharing ideas and techniques it was a great time in my life. I reached certificate IV in Visual Arts and I now attend workshops held by accomplished artists throughout each year so I can continue to learn new and exciting ways of being creative.
I love to paint animals; I try to capture their beautiful spirit and energy within the image. I am fascinated by the bond between people and animals and I try to portray this unique connection between the two.
I work in many different mediums – pencil, pastel, acrylic, inks, oils and mixed media.
I find art very rewarding, it is challenging and can be very frustrating at times but the more I do the more inspired I become.
The possibilities are endless with art!
This year our famous exhibition falls on the first weekend in September, so our curator, Evan Hollis, has a few Fathers day oriented treats for all the Dads out there, including the art of engineering.
Here's a teaser..... Put September 1-3 in your calendar now and bookmark this blog!
The curator is very happy to present this remarkable work by Chinese artist Wang Li Xian.
September 1st is looking like a date not to be missed!
As in years gone by, the Downlands exhibition will offer a variety of prints. Intaglio etchings being just one of many beautiful varieties in this medium..
Meredith Macleod: Artist Statement: 2017
Put simply: art is something I cannot not do.
The backbone to my creative practice is a dedicated commitment to a sound drawing discipline with a particular emphasis on life drawing. Drawing the human form and exploring the psychological components of human nature provide the most challenging yet rewarding components of my practice. The processes developed through a disciplined drawing practice are then transformed into the process of intaglio printmaking.
Meredith Macleod is a Brisbane based artist specialising in intaglio printmaking, drawing and artist books. As well as her own practice Meredith is currently the Visual Art Specialist at Milton State School. Meredith is the facilitator for Double M for Art, a community based education program that provides art tuition for children and adults.
Meredith holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the
Queensland College of Art (2013) and was the recipient of the
Griffith University Fine Art Medal and the Trevor Lyons Award
for Printmaking. Meredith also received the Leslie J Pulman
Art Award, CPM National Print Awards, Murwillumbah in 2013.
At the Downlands Exhibition we always enjoy promoting the work of talented locals alongside those by more recognized artists. This year we will be happy to present works by 2017 USQ Artsworx Bursary winner, Rosemary Mibus.
Currently living and working in Mt Tamborine Hinterland, Gold Coast, Queensland.
Working primarily in oils Howard Searchfield takes inspiration from the classical and modern masters alike, focussing on beauty, aesthetics and form. Searchfield strives to capture the essence and emotion of the subject or concept he is expressing through the medium of paint on canvas.
An obsessive painter, largely self-taught, he has studied with artists, Tony Champ, Dierk Vanderlindt, and more recently with Adelaide artist Robin Eley and Brooklyn N.Y artist David Kassan.
Below are a few of the amazing works on offer in September from this gifted Queensland artist...
Local artist Rhianna Gray will be sharing her abstract concept, similar to these works below.
The Downlands Art Exhibition always manages to mix local artists happily with more established artists in our huge, but resolved exhibition...
An emerging artist from Toowoomba, Queensland. I specialise in abstract art, working with alcohol ink on yupo paper and resin with mixed media. I have been in my corporate role for 10 years but my passion has always been with the arts. For the last 2 years I have been working with resin flow art. What started out as a hobby making work for my home and friends and family has recently turned into something more. I have recently had my first exhibition at The Third Monkey in town and have branched into selling my work online. The support and feedback has been overwhelming.
My style gives a galaxy abstract vibe, with fine details and depth that will leave you staring at the pieces endlessly.
In creating my resin work I mix pigments powders, acrylic inks, spray paints and glitter into portions of clear resin. I then pour the prepared resin onto my chosen base which is predominately a primed mirror or MDF boards. To manipulate the resin I use a heat torch and brushes. The resin is then left for 24 hours to cure and after this I decide whether to add an additional layer. A full face respirator and protective clothes are used while creating the artworks.
We are very pleased to confirm we will have for sale some exquisite new works by highly regarded Cairns based artist Arone Meeks.
Traditionally from Laura, Arone is a Cairns based artist of both national and international repute. His new series of works explore spirituality as a merging of both the traditional and contemporary through paint and print. For Arone this new series of works forges the connection between intellect, spirit, man and environment. The practice of physically producing this body of work strengthens the link with country on both a personal and broader level. Metaphorical links to the colour blue and the lung symbols combine in their significance relating to inner spiritual essence and the power of spiritual transformation. Physically the ‘blue’ lung represents his geographical source of inspiration and natural breath.
Awards and Residencies...
Residency: Boston School of Fine Arts USA
Residency : Christchurch School of Arts
Residency : Ile de Elba , Italy
Residency: Bamaga NPA Cape York
Residency : ArtVault Mildura
Residency: Cite Des Arts Paris
Residency Sante Fe New Mexico
Residency: Madras India
Residency: Cook Islands
Residency: Chaing Mai :Thailand
Residency: Christchurch School of arts/Wellington/auckland Mukka Print workshop.
Click here to Download Arone's Bio
Esther Erlich is a Melbourne-based Australian artist who has been exhibiting since 1983. She is best known for her gritty style of portraiture which has won her the prestigious Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize, the Archibald People’s Choice Award and finalist positions in the Archibald Prize multiple times. Esther is represented in both public and private collections nationally and abroad.
Erlich’s iconic style is raw, vital and spontaneous, yet also displays the skill and gloss of a well-seasoned artist. It is the brilliant combination of striking, even haunting portrait-like features with the light, grace and somewhat abstract fluidity that makes her work so exciting.
Clique - Esther Erlich 2016
Acrylic on canvas
107 x 168
19Karen Gallery at the Gold Coast has a long and successful association with the Downlands Art Exhibition. Including work by artists from Australia and abroad, there are many items which bring fresh concept and interpretation of media to our gallery up on the range.
This year we will exhibit a wonderful, representative selection from their stable of artists. The curator has chosen works sure to interest the Toowoomba art lovers
A perennial favourite at Downlands, Vivienne once again has confirmed the entry of three delightful new works for the show in September.
Downlands is proud to exhibit works by South East Queensland artist - Metka Skrobar.
Metka Skrobar is an Australian Artist based in South East Queensland and has been painting professionally since 1982. Metka is an established Watercolourist and very popular Art Tutor who travels throughout Australia conducting regular workshops.
With her love for 'The Outback' she frequents the remotest parts of Australia to explore, discover and collate ideas which serve as an inspiration for her artworks.
Originally from Slovenia, Metka, often travels to Europe where she has held a solo exhibition in her home town, Maribor, and also participated in several highly regarded group exhibitions in Slovenia, Italy and Austria. Metka spent time studying under Europe's Master Watercolourist, France Slana.
Three works on consignment are among many of great interest now committed for exhibition in September.
Robert Bateman In 1999, the Audubon Society of Canada declared Bateman one of the top 100 environmental proponents of the 20th century. Robert has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada and fourteen honorary doctorates. Downlands is fortunate to have a limited edition print of one of his noteable paintings, which will be accompanied by a book documenting his life's work.
Jim Vest Works mostly in acrylics and oils. This English born artist now resides in Canada and his works are present in many major collections around the globe.
Leonard Long passed away aged 102 in 2013. A prolific oils landscape artist, he will be remembered for his generosity in donating paintings (to many different organisations, to help raise funds) and for his help to many young artists.
An icon of the Australian art community, Mr Long had work represented worldwide including in the HRH The Queen Mother’s Collection and The Vatican Collection Rome. We will have this fantastic original work for sale in September
Expressions of interest are now open to artists wanting to exhibit in the Downlands Exhibition in 2018.
The curatorial team sent out artists' supplier contracts in early May to successful applicants for 2017. With over 1000 works in our annual exhibition it has be come quite an achievement to have your work on show for sale.
The curator is also interested in recognised investment works by noted Australian and international artists.
Go to our Gallery Pages to see the incredible standard of work we attract and exhibit each year.
Contact the curator for more information...