Portrait Perspectives 2014
1st MARCH 2014 – Judge, Penny Dowie
Harry Sherwin “The Artist About to Shave”
Fiona Dowler “Refugee: Reflection on Coming to Australia”
Michael Hocking “Self Portrait with Brushes”
Roger Kalleske “Who Will I Be today?”
Gerhard Ritter “The Artist’s Mother”
Timothy Dell: “Self Portrait #1”
Ellie Weckert: “Granny”.
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Penny Dowie – Girl in a Black Hood – Oil
“Girl in a Black Hood” painted in oils with delicacy and insight – the layering of the girl’s shirt – skin, undergarment, lace and pin-tucked cotton, her face framed by a black hood – all with qualities of concentrated observation. This composition of subdued colour, triangular shapes and strong contrast shows the intensity of character of the sitter.
“Ulysses on Beta Blockers” is a successful charcoal self-portrait of a shadowed face, made using two mirrors. This technique allows the artist to see himself as others do and is an alternative to the piercing gaze of many self-portraits.
“Burmese Woman” is an appealing small portrait of an elegantly scarved woman, shadow brightened by sharp whites, and cleverly suggested light filtering through from above.
“Granny” – a bold and interesting use of colour. The choice of predominant green and orange express an alert and gregarious character.
Fiona Dowler – Refugee: Reflection on Coming to Australia – charcoal and pastel – $1200
“Refugee” – the wild exuberance of the cockatoos contrasts an anonymous young woman’s courageous restraint. Lovely marks in charcoal and pastel.
Jen Searle – Muffin – Oil – $375
A group of head and shoulders of women and girls by Fiona Dowler, Heike Dargusch, Adrienne Matthews, Linda Stanway and Jen Searle. Unworked backgrounds contribute to the focus on the face with the exception of Heike’s “Puppy Love” where the dog’s furry nose and the fishbone fern intercept.
Harry Sherwin – The Artist about to Shave – Oil – $1200
“The Artist About to Shave” – a worthy winner – is a painting of modest size and skilled execution, a sketch almost. It is painted with great intelligence. Not simply a representation of a face but a tribute to a daily ritual.
“Untitled” is a sympathetically painted watercolour portrait of a thoughtful young man. The suggested shape in the background gives a clue to real time and place in a work otherwise seemingly an imaginative rendition.
Ryan Evans – Selfie – Acrylic – $450
This vigorous graffiti-style work entitled “Selfie” expresses a spontaneity of gesture and action associated with rebellious youth in all its carefree confidence.
If James 1 of England wrote of “Black stinking fumes” in 1604, this assemblage describes the harm and horror of tobacco smoking to a T.
Sharyn Sinclair – Getting Fit – $850
A lively sculpture “Getting Fit” rings bells of a different kind – a focus on the good things of life – health, fresh air, colour, and companionship.
Tim Dell – Self Portrait #1 – Oil on Canvas – $1100
“Self Portrait #1” shows the artist in a Chinese labourer’s bamboo hat – as worker, strong and determined.
Roger Kalleske – Who Will I Be today? – mixed media
“Who shall I be today?” Quirky, intriguing, the girl peeps out from under the frame, viewing herself Alice through the looking glass style. With the three masks – is magic involved?
Alexis Souvertjis – Galance – Oil on canvas – NFS
“Galance” is a finely painted portrait of a man, the perfect face appearing full formed in the sunlight of youth, with the nostalgia of a sienna photograph.
Gerhard Ritter – Resigned – Watercolour – $1800
“Resigned” – a beautifully rendered watercolour painting of an elderly face,
lit from behind by the glow of the sun, a window or a beacon.
Cynthia Dowler – Backstage – Conte pastel – $850
“Backstage” – the ballerina poses with flowers in her hair, beautifully drawn in terra cotta conte pastel.
Lee Tuesner – Because he loves her – Acrylic on Canvas – $3250
Lee Tuesner – Quiet Moments – Acrylic on Canvas – $1650
A group of four large acrylic paintings from the romance novel, with titles “Because he loves her” and “Delicious Invitation” – to set the young girl’s heart racing, and “Quiet Moments” at the mirror before the first date, clutching her teddy bear – a young girl’s excitement and misgivings at leaving childhood behind forever.
Suzy Tilley – Summer Lady – Acrylic – $299
Rodney Phillips – A Good Book – photograph – NFS
Suzy Tilley’s “Summer Lady” and “Pink”, Julie Wilson and Sharyn Sinclair’s memorable stages of life, Rodney Phillip’s photograph “A Good Book” and Roszi Batten’s “Janene” in oils – show likenesses of friends and family who become a part of “Portrait Perceptions” in Burra Gallery 2014.
Leonard Bence – Nude with Mask – Oil – $950
Suzy Tilley – Local Identity – Oil – NFS
Gerhard Ritter – Laugh and the World laughs with you – terracotta – $1400
Michael Hocking – Self Portrait with Brushes
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