11 July – 14 September 2019

‘Ciao Ciao’- Liz Caffin – Charcoal drawings and Aquatints

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‘Liminal Spaces’ – Nick Dridan – Oil paintings

 

Liz Caffin has been in numerous exhibitions and her work is in both public and private collections. She studied art at RMIT, completing an MA in printmaking in 1998. She lives near Castlemaine in Central Victoria and enjoys traveling to Italy – both these places appear in her work.

Nick Dridan is an artist from Central Victoria. His paintings depict his surroundings and he is primarily drawn to the shapes, forms and inhabitants of the landscape.  Being aware of working in a figurative tradition, he sometimes considers visual narrative but is less interested in telling a concrete story and prefers to leave his work open ended. Dridan completed an honours degree in Fine Arts in 2010 at University Ballarat and has been a finalist in various prizes including The A.M.E. Bale Prize and The Len Fox Painting Prize.

‘Ciao Ciao’- Liz Caffin – Charcoal drawings and Aquatints

Mystery and whimsy are evoked by Liz Caffin’s drawings and prints.
Using strong blacks with subtle shades of grey, she observes the complexity of our relationship to landscapes and urban environments.
Throughout much of her work she uses her understanding of natural forms found in the Australian landscape, and melds this with the influences of Italian Renaissance artists.
She explores the Italian ‘città’ – the place where art came to express the dramatic, where artists discovered the power of chiaroscuro (light and dark).

‘Liminal Spaces’ – Nick Dridan – Oil paintings

Artist Statement: “These paintings continue my exploration into the landscape and forms of my immediate surroundings, on a farm in central Victoria. Even after spending most of my life in this area, I am still frequently surprised by new and sometimes unusual sights which can be found around every corner in a relatively small area. When walking the landscape for instance, a deviation from the usual path can often give you a new perspective on a commonly seen motif, bringing it to life in a new way. Shape, tone, colour and line seem to be what initially catch my attention, in an abstract way. Narrative is secondary, and hard to escape being human, and working in a figurative tradition. Some motifs are very suggestive, but I prefer my work to be open ended in a way.” Dridan

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Further representative works by each artist may be seen by clicking their images at:  www.falknergallery.com.au.

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7 November – 23 December, then continuing into March 2020

Landscape – Tarli Glover – Drawings and Paintings

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Windscape – Ceramics – Sarah Ormonde

Landscape, Windscape.

The environment is both subject and inspiration for the two artists holding solo exhibitions at Falkner Gallery commencing 7 November until Christmas and then continuing into March 2020.

Both exhibitions occupy the upstairs space of the gallery and compliment eachother perfectly.

The drawings and paintings by Tarli Glover are reflections of her environment. She describes how her compositions reflect “the space and openness, sometimes isolation, and often, the seasons, as they change through the year.”[Glover]

Her works in pastel, acrylic and oil are rural landscapes drawn mostly from the Western, Central and Eastern districts of Victoria. They are restrained, abstracted depictions of her environment using restricted colours, complex textural surfaces and horizontal and vertical markings that suggest the presence of human endeavours amidst nature.

Her exquisite works convey impressions of sunset and sunrise, dawn and dusk, mellow autumn shadows and pale summer light. They are abstractions that shimmer and glow and subtly evoke the Victorian landscape.

Accompanying these works  is the solo exhibition of ceramics by Sarah Ormonde. Her work too reflects the environment, but this time the far-south coast of NSW.

Formerly from Bendigo, Sarah has exhibited at Falkner Gallery over the years. In the past her vessels, bowls and bottles described the clays, oxides and markings suggestive of the topography and underground minerals of the Central Victorian region.

This new collection is in response to her new environment. The forms and their colours and markings refer to the surrounding green pastures, the hilly terrain and the headland beyond. She draws the trees, bent and shaped by the prevailing winds and writes: “My interest is always in the lines that I see in the landscape, either made by man or by nature. The wind in this case has created strong ribbons that work their way up the faces and along the tops of the headlands that shelter our home.“[Ormonde]

Both artists talk of their response to the landscape – the land, sky, wind, seasons, as well as the linear markings made by nature or man.  Their creative works are in total harmony.

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Further representative works by each artist may be seen by clicking their images at: www.falknergallery.com.au.