We are proud to present a selection of unframed prints from Kickarts Gallery in Cairns. Gallery director Justin Bishop has ties with Toowoomba and is an exhibitor also at Downlands...
We'll claim Catherine as a local. Greenmount is only just down the road... lovely works are being exhibited by so many local artists and compliment the gallery consignments beautifully...
It's confirmed we will have this fabulous work -
Robert Dickerson, 'Man In Landscape' Oil on Canvas. 92cm x 122cm
A very distinctive painting. This will be a stand out in any collection!
This series features an unlikely pair of travel companions X the stingray and Ray the Dingo. The late Lin Onus first portrayed these characters, X and Ray, in a 1992 his work titled, Michael and I are just slipping down the pub for a minute. This work features an ochre-striped dingo surfing a rarrked stingray atop a Japanese Hokusai-style wave. These characters were charged with supernatural qualities based on indigenous thinking and shared stories.
Following these painted works was the creation of a series conceived and made in collaborative spirit with fellow artist Michael Eather as three-dimensional forms in fibreglass. Lin’s son Tiriki Onus, who had always been included in the projects, worked with his father and Michael in their respective studios. The stingray holds special significance for Michael just as the dingo is integral to the work of Tiriki and Lin, up until Lin's untimely death in 1996.
Since Lin’s untimely death in 1996, Michael and Tiriki have continued The Ongoing Adventures of X and Ray in 2D and 3D. Whilst X and Ray have often made political statements, their primary intention is to remain light-hearted creatures of whimsy.
The majority of our works are from individually contracted artists, like these two lovely works by the talented Tam Stewart...
Watling Galleries has supported Downlands for a decade now. Our Curator has enjoyed visiting regularly and this year has brought and astounding selection to Toowoomba.
We are working with the Phoenix Sculpture Gallery on Mt Glorious to bring you a simultaneous exhibition at this amazing venue on Sunday September 11. For those who can't get to Toowoomba that weekend this is a great excuse to immerse yourself in fine sculpture and for those in Toowomba to go for a drive after spending the Saturday here at Downlands College!
Quite a lovely Robert Jacks "Guitar" with interesting provenance will be offered for sale this year.
Tony and Jane at Art on Cairncross gallery at Maleny have supported the Downlands exhibition for a decade now. Not only do they bring us fabulous work to exhibit, but they are very helpful with the transport and administration side of things. This year we will have a great selection from their stockrooms again including these works.
A Shawl for my Love” mixed media on hand-made paper, 80 cm diameter, Judith Laws
“The High Mark”, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 60 cm, Jim Kinch
“Music of the Soul”, Rusty sculpture series, 37 x 54 cm, Nathalie Bastier
“Birds of Paradise”, watercolour & mixed media, 80 x 62 cm, James Fearnley
“Starlight Dreamer’s Vase”, hand-blown glass & gold leaf, 33 cm height, Marc Kalifa
2016 Downlands College Art Exhibition - Curator Bulletin 23 August 2016
Over three decades the Downlands College Annual Art Exhibition has built a great reputation for showing work not normally seen in Toowoomba.
This, the 30th exhibition, will showcase traditional and cutting edge mediums including a choice selection of Moorecroft pottery (with over 100 years’ history of excellence), advanced digital media by Lucy Quinn, fantastic installations by Ben Rak (Sydney) and Christopher R. Inwood (Brisbane) and such contemporary paintings as works by Johnny Romeo and Esther Erlich. Sculpture from the very traditional bronze forms of Jill Dixon to the contemporary and highly crafted excellence of Steve Bodrog, who first honed his metal working skills with Aston Martin Lagonda, brilliant international pieces like the amazing work by Cezary Stulgis (Poland), the unique wearable art of Dan Cox and fantastic indigenous art works by award winning artists such as Michael Nelson Jagamarra and Clifford Possum, this exhibition will offer many hours of viewing pleasure and much opportunity for investment.
As a beacon to our broad variety of works, we have selected an emerging talent of extraordinary ability as our guest and feature artist in 2016. Leisl Mott fuses a traditional palette with a contemporary painting technique to create images that are at both engaging and meditative. Combining expressive colours and gestures to create a very accessible visual image. Leisl will be demonstrating her technique at the college gallery over exhibition weekend.
Also over the exhibition weekend we will accommodate families with our child minding facilities on Sunday 9 September so busy parents can spend some time in our sumptuous space. The exhibition café fronts on to our lovely sculpture court with works by Chris Darvall, Kaya Sulc and Gabrielle Trabucco.
An exciting addition to the weekend will be the simultaneous exhibition space at the Phoenix Sculpture Garden on Mt Glorious. World renowned sculptor, Graham Radcliffe will be bringing several transportable works to the Downlands gallery and has offered a selection of works for sale at his salubrious studio retreat as a part of the catalogued works. This is a great opportunity for Brisbane art admirers to sample the kind of quality presented by the Downlands exhibition if travel to Toowoomba is impossible on the weekend. Graham has refined his forms and crafting technique for over 50 years and his skill is most evident in the mountain paradise setting above Samford Valley.
Complementing our huge variety of sculptural works and set amongst the broadest range of 2D media will be an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary photography. John Elliot, Graham Burstow, Spowart and Cooper, Vincent Parisi, Beth Mitchell, Brian Aston, Scott Bridle, and many more will hang to create one of the best photographic exhibitions seen in Toowoomba – just as one facet of our amazing 2016 exhibition.
Highly regarded artist Stephen Baxter has supplied a wonderful selection of his whimsical ceramic works and delightful acrylic paintings. These will complement some traditional investment pieces by John de Burg Perceval, David Boyd, Tim Storrier, Robert Jacks and Charles Blackman.
Emerging artist of the year form Goombungee, Iet van Vonderen has supplied fabulously artistic quilt work which highlights the amazing talents of so many local artists from the immediate Toowoomba area and is complemented by works from all around the state. We even have a consignment from an indigenous artspace in the Cairns area.
As we strive for an ever increasing level of quality and representation, the exhibition forges close ties with many galleries far and wide. I must acknowledge support in 2016 from 19Karen gallery Mermaid Beach, Watling Gallery Burleigh Heads, Fireworks Gallery Brisbane, Lethbridge Gallery Paddington, Neo Gallery Coolum, KickArts Cairns and MET Galleries Highfields.
Please check our exhibition blog page for visual updates over the coming weeks and be sure to get your tickets to the Gala Opening on September 9.
Idealistic, not practical; abstruse; free from representational qualities. Subordinating realism to symbolic or stylistic expression of the inner experience.
Eyles is a Brisbane based artist who works predominantly in an abstract expressionist style, which involves the layering of text and free flowing line work over an informed surface. In gestural strokes, layer upon layer of charcoal, ink, pastel and paint build. The artist's original thoughts, reflections and questions begin to submerge beneath the reinvented surface. Through a process-based methodology, the end product hides the past, captures the present and stretches off the edges to a yet unseen, undiscovered future. The viewer is invited into the artist’s private conversation with the universal themes that drive his work and lie within us all.
Capturing light on form is my inspiration to paint and this is manifested in my work bilaterally as a figurative and landscape/seascape painter. Each piece begins purely as an exercise in lighting form however as I paint it quickly progresses into a spiritual journey where the painting becomes a reflection of my life and what is going on at the time – the emotions, the responses to external events and pressures, and my ongoing spiritual reflection. The result is the evocation of a deep emotion not easily articulated – perhaps meditation is the correct word. This emotion subconsciously dictates the creation of each facet of the painting – the palette, the composition, and the brushstrokes. Each piece takes me on a journey, sometimes unwelcome and heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but always illuminating.
A passionate photographer who enjoys connecting people to nature, through emotive images of Australia’s distinctive fauna, ﬂora, places and landscapes. He has been involved in photography for over 10 years as a photographic artist. He is passionate about, and has a great love of, Australia’s natural beauty. He enjoys working creatively to achieve a unique view of the hidden wonder that nature reveals. He wants to encourage the viewer to "want to be there" and to allow their imagination to tell their own story. When producing his artistic works, he is more inclined to exploit the texture, colour, form, or line contained within the image. More tending to work in solitude, he enjoys tranquil spaces where the photographic moment in time is captured forever by the camera. This is when his own emotions of the moment are skilfully incorporated into the production of the image. While at the point of capture, he can apply a full gambit of techniques to realise these objectives, he can also apply supplementary emotional inﬂuence throughout the post-production development.
Recently he has developed an interest in the production of abstract images using fractal or montage principals to create images of nature as unique works.