Cilla Davis, Dana Dion, Stewart Hambrett, Denise Heffernan, Rosemary Jackson, Val Landa
11 - 29 November
Opening with artists:
Wednesday, 12 November from 6pm
Artists have worked, painted and drawn together for centuries, influencing each others work, exchanging ideas, for encouragement and criticism.
This group of six artists have been meeting in Lane Cove to do just that and in this exhibition they bring together their individual bodies of work that reflects their ideas of contemporary life. Please see information on individual artists below
Cilla Davis, is the recent winner of 'Best In Show' at The Lane Cove Art Awards and has her work in the Blacktown City Council and Parramatta City Council Collections. Cilla's painting, 'The Pink Striped Box' was featured on the cover of the The Village Observer in September. Cilla continues to be inspired by the pond at the Coal Loader in North Sydney. She has been using a different colour palette which has been inspired by the warmer Spring weather. The works are full of the joys of life and will make a wonderful colour splash just in time for Summer decorating. more info
Dana Dion is a Sydney based visual artist. After owning and operating three successful fitness businesses for 12 years in Vancouver Canada, initiating managing and designing the 1st Canadian Ironman Triathlon and raising three children, Dana settled in Sydney’s north shore in 2000. While teaching Pilates and Yoga, she devoted herself to painting and drawing. Dana has been awarded many prizes and awards including 1st prize in Royal Arts Show, Northbridge Art Prize, Art Oakhill, Hornsby Art Prize, Lane Cove art Prize, Drummoyne art prize and Fairfield art prize. Her work has been exhibited widely around Australia and Atlanta, and been included in selective art exhibitions.
"Art for me is the excitement of creation in a relatively unstructured way. Painting and drawing frees me to express, think, push boundaries, learn, explore. I can let go and there is no need to conform. It is my creation, not what is expected of me from others. I take experiences out in nature back to my studio and paint large. I am very physical when I work, moving energetically. I allow the movement to initiate rhythms. I capture the energy by painting quickly. Intuition and boldness drive the work. Accidents along the way make for spontaneity and improvisation." more info
Denise Heffernan's latest series "The Wedding Party" shows the joy, excitement and high drama of weddings. In her artwork, Denise captures the humour, happiness and emotion of the "big day" in snapshots of weddings.
Denise was awarded a Distinction in Diploma of Fine Arts at Meadowbank TAFE. She has exhibited her work in many exhibitions and has won numerous awards, including First Prize at Northbridge Art Exhibition, the Lloyd Rees Prize at Lane Cove Members' Exhibition and the Matisse Award at City of Ryde Art Exhibition.
Denise works in acrylics and mixed media and her artistic studies of people reflect the joy of their everyday lives. Her works are held in private collections both here and overseas.
Stewart Hambrett has travelled and worked in South Africa, Europe and the Unites States, but was born and currently resides in Sydney. Throughout his career, Stewart has been included in several group shows and solo exhibitions and has entered numerous art competitions, winning a number of prizes and awards including first prize at the Royal Art Show.
"My paintings and drawings mainly depict city life and surroundings, shipping ports and industrial areas. These paintings are created from my imagination in an expressionist style, putting together images I have built up over the years through involvement in the building industry."
I like the way these areas have changed or progressed over time; the old and the new sharing the same space. I am oftern drawn to images of large cranes or steel structures that reveal positive and negative shapes within the environment." more info
Val Landa has been painting and drawing since the early sixties at which time she studied for 3 years with Stanislau Rapotec. From 1961 to 1984 she studied Portraiture with the Royal Art Society, Painting at East Sydney Tech , and was invited to join a small Life-drawing group at Hunter’s Hill, including members Nora Heyson, Franklin Bennett and Michael Taylor, She studied Sculpture for 3 years with Jean Broome-Norton,specialising in portraits and the figure. Val then chose formal study and in 1989 graduated with an Associate Diploma of Fine Arts with Advanced Standing. Val was an active member of the Hunter’s Hill Council Arts Committee in 1990 and 1991. In 1992 Val studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School.USA . In October 1996, Australian Artist Magazine published an extensive article on Val’s painting methods and art works.
During her career, Val has exhibited widely in both Solo and Group exhibitions, winning numerous Art Society prizes and being selected as a finalist in such prestigious awards as the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize 2003, and the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2007, Portia Geach Memorial Art Award 2007 and 2013, and the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2008. In 2013 Val exhibited a selected portrait at Parliament House in Sydney and in 2014 She has a portrait selected for an exhibition with the Victorian Art Society in Melbourne
While Val has a love of drawing in charcoal, pastel and mixed media , it is portraiture and figurative art using acrylics and oils that dominate her art practice. See Vals' website here
Rosemary Jackson has a Bachelor of Visual Arts: University of Western Sydney, an Art Certificate from Meadowbank TAFE and an Arts Display Certificate, Gloucester School of Arts. She has exhibited in various annual art shows and exhibitions, including the Royal Easter Show, Mosman Art Prize, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art Prize, Camden Art Prize.
In the past 25 years Rosemary has taught at the Macquarie Community College and Willoughby Council, tutoring in drawing, mixed media and watercolour. Additionally works have been exhibited in private collections in Australia and the UK.
"There are two themes explored in my work. The pattern and structure of the natural world and the effect humans have on the land and environment. Discarded detritus’ both natural and manmade and how it is reclaimed by nature and the prevailing elements over time.
I have always collected objects that caught my eye, seed pods, old rusty metal and materials with interesting weathered surfaces forming a juxtaposition between the past and present. Through photography I have endeavoured to bring all these elements together in my work."