The eyes, open or closed, are an integral part of any portrait. Their presence or absence demonstrates a choice made by the artist at the moment of conception of the idea. The relationship between artist and subject is more than it seems. Sharing takes place in the form of cups of tea, conversation and companionship, and interaction shows in the resulting artwork.
A relaxed pose in traditional style showing a man of experience and good humour – a friend.
A row of dresses give us a portrait of little girlhood when we pored over the wardrobe choices available for our paper dolls.
Thanks Alli, for a trip back in time.
This double portrait makes the man. The brushes say a lot as a portrait – four reds and three blacks, and a beautifully rendered glass jar.
Here’s our well known kitchen genius and television personality, compositionally very attractive with all the jars of pickles and preserves. An interesting aspect is the restrained palette used by the artist, bringing attention to Maggie’s colourful necklace.
At his most recognisable – welcome to Burra Gallery Mr. Benaud.
After the show – a dreamy pink portrait. Peter would be pleased BUT we must watch copyright issues (see document on this website).
The sweetness of a tired child.
Pam’s “Toni”, gives life and motion to the subject, a light touch in evidence and skin tones well seen.
An unusual composition with arm and shoulder leading attention to the sensitively painted face of a sitter who found time to sit, but not relax – a tough project.
Imagination transports in this beautifully expressed portrait of a state of mind. The flowers, the breeze, the sunshine lead our senses to share the feeling of inward contemplation.
Scratchboard used at its most stark and dramatic, a pillar of beautifully modelled white detail caught by light. Interestingly, no eyes shown in this portrait.
Hands folded on knees equal the attention given by the artist to the head (these two the qualities of the draughtsman), linked by a suggestion of body and skin beneath the subject’s grey shirt.
A pleasing group, thanks to our hanger of this exhibition – the tall man.
The hat becomes an expression of this man’s personality, seen as strong and expressive, with perhaps an element of dark humour. The hat is like a theatre prop, giving essence and focus to the quality the artist wishes to convey.
A group of traditional portraits in all their forms – paint, charcoal and pencil.
Lots of fun to be had in these two mosaic portraits – mug handles for ears, a kiss on the cheek for coffee drinking cruising the Danube Nanna, and glittering pearls the sparkling eyes and lean bearded face of Poppa.
A portrait of great delicacy, appropriately framed.
Captured forever with well-honed skills in graphite rendering. A little beauty.
Pam’s Space, an artist in her area of activity, the figure one with the surrounding workspace, this painting by Julie Morris of an artist friend lovingly shows the joys and struggles of making art.
Ryan has painted in fast furious manner to convey the feeling of outrage – the angle of the shoulders directs our attention to a black gaping mouth, the eyes and nose minimally painted with warm and cool pinks, capped off by a rim of black hair. Two spots of colour, one red one green, speak of frustration and indecision and a weak sun lends atmosphere and balances the composition.
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