16 May – 6 July 2019

‘botanic_architecture/under_construction/2019’- Garth Henderson, Virtual sculptures 

‘Mindfulness’- Jean Bohuslav, Encaustic paintings

Garth Henderson is a horticulturist, photographer, graphic designer and visual artist. His exhibition of a series of limited-edition archival prints demonstrates his passion and expertise in each of these fields.

His works show his interest in organic geometry, in particular the unique and evolving mathematical permutations of Australian flora.

The dramatic graphic works often look metallic and are like sculptures; in fact he describes them as ‘virtual sculptures’ utilizing the creative tools of 3D modelling and sculpting software, and virtual studio lighting.

In contrast to these dramatic, graphic statements by Henderson are the poetic, philosophical paintings by Jean Bohuslav entitled: ‘Mindfulness’.

Her series of encaustic paintings illustrates her observations of the inner journey to Awareness, the search for truth and love. Human foibles are expressed as veiled illusions, which, due to her fascinating ancient encaustic painting technique of applying oils and melted wax and medium to pigments on board/canvas, appear as layers of consciousness.

Her subjects seem whimsical but are in fact deeply thought-provoking, while the technique comments on her view of life’s journey of self-discovery.

botanic_architecture/under_construction/2019’ by Garth Henderson and ‘Mindfulness’ by Jean Bohuslav

16 May – 6 July

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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 

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