A Drive in the Country - Ray Lawrence

It was during a drive in the country, to visit his daughter in Armidale that Ray Lawrence thought it would be nice to somehow support one of the local towns he passed through on the way. “What about doing some paintings? Have a show?” was his daughter’s suggestion.

This was the genesis of a new exhibition by Ray Lawrence, renowned Australian film director, opening this March at Dungog Contemporary art gallery. As Lawrence says, “People pass through Dungog, Walcha, Uralla and Gloucester and buy petrol, a coffee or a trinket or two. But with the cycle of drought, flood and economic downturn. It would be good to draw attention to these towns and create a show that would stir interest and support for this beautiful corner of Australia.”

Lawrence has created a series of landscapes to celebrate the natural beauty and of our countryside. “I needed to imagine a story in the landscape – what happened here? What could happen? and without being too pointed, withholding just enough, I could hopefully pull the viewer into the pictures so they could make the stories their own”

The result is “A Drive in the Country” which opens in Dungog Contemporary for five weeks from March 23rd . Lawrence is best known as the award winning director of Australian films Bliss, Jindabyne and Lantana is no stranger to Dungog with his support and screenings at previous Dungog film festivals. “I was a painter before I started making films.”

Ray studied painting at Adelaide Art School and began to make a name for himself in the world of commercial art, before moving into film and establishing one of Australia’s most successful film production companies.

In the mid 1980s he made Bliss, from the breakthrough novel by Booker prize winning author Peter Carey. The film was critically acclaimed and nominated for the prestigious Cannes Palme d’or.

In the following years, Lawrence forged a reputation as one of Australia’s most important Australian directors with his films Lantana and Jindabyne.

Throughout his commercial and feature film work, he continued to paint portraits and has been a finalist in the Archibald and semi finalist in the Moran art prize.

Lawrence’s love of landscape is a recurring theme of his films and it seems only natural that his keen eye and passion for this country has translated into this series of oil paintings.

Ray is joined in this exhibition by Lismore based landscape painter, artist Emily Imeson, in what promises to be the latest in a run of successful showings by Dungog Contemporary. Curators Stephen Hobbs and Sarah Crawford opened their gallery and cultural exchange in 2017 and have established a reputation for their support of emerging and established Australian artists.

Ray Lawrence. 2019

Ray Lawrence. 2019

Emily Imeson 2019

Emily Imeson 2019

OUR FIRST TWO SHOWS FOR 2019

Dungog Contemporary are pleased to announce an exhibition of major new works from the studio of Sandro Nocentini. Sandro's work has been described as Cubist / Futurist. An Italian artist working in Sydney, Sandro won the Sir John Sulman Prize for Painting in 2005.

This exhibition coincides with "PLASTIQUE" from Catherine Cassidy. A Sydney based painter, Catherine was one of fifty artists selected worldwide by Art Platform New York City to exhibit at Art Basel Miami in December 2016 and also the New York Art Expo in April 2017, Cassidy has also recently exhibited at Progress Gallery, Paris, France. Catherine's paintings are large, colourful and intuitive works informed by her travels into wild places.

Both exhibitions will run until Sunday, March 17. Do join us to view works from these two very different mid career Sydney painters, opening drinks from 3pm onwards on Saturday, February 16. Artists catalogues will be available here on our website from Thursday 14th, February.

Left: Sandro Nocentini “Love” 2018. Oil on marine ply. 122 75 cm and  Right: Catherine Cassidy “Sandbank” 2018. Vinylique, synthetic polymers, oil stick, spray enamel on polyester. 122 x 122 cm

Left: Sandro Nocentini “Love” 2018. Oil on marine ply. 122 75 cm and
Right: Catherine Cassidy “Sandbank” 2018. Vinylique, synthetic polymers, oil stick, spray enamel on polyester. 122 x 122 cm

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, may next year bring peace and prosperity.

xmas image madeleine cruise.jpg

2018 WAS A HUGE YEAR!

Thank you to all of the artists and collectors. Without you it wouldn’t have happened. Have a great one! #madeleinecruise #kenoregan #belindastreet #peterlankas #jokatsiaris #jendenzin #mandyrobinson #ameliavivash #ondineseabrook #fionabarrett-clark #jakeclark #janefrancesreilly #braddonsnape #sallymcdonald #gavinvitullo #cathbeynon

Our collectors remain anonymous, thank you all again. S&S xx

THE SUMMER SALON / XMAS SHOW

Dungog Contemporary are delighted to present our first ever Christmas group show, The Summer Salon, for 2018. Exhibiting artists include: Fiona Barrett-Clark, Belinda Street, Jen Denzin, Jake Clarke, Amelia Vivash, Madeleine Cruise, Sally McDonald, Ondine Seabrook, Cath Beynon, Michelle Brodie, Ken O’Regan and Jane Frances Reilly. Peter Lankas has a solo show hanging in the front gallery.

Dungog Contemporary will be open between Christmas and new year, we will close for a week in early January for our annual holiday. The Artist catalogues available on this website with all works are available through Art Money. We hope to see you at The Summer Salon

Merry Xmas! from Dungog Contemporary


Works from  Jen Denzin

Works from Jen Denzin

Works from Natalie Duncan

Works from Natalie Duncan

Works from  Peter Lankas

Works from Peter Lankas

ANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

rollei for blog.jpg dungog contemporary PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

We are thinking of facilitating black & white photography workshops through Dungog Contemporary Gallery. This is only possible because of the exciting news that someone has set up a fully equipped commercial darkroom with several enlargers and other equipment in the Hunter Valley, selling film, paper & photographic chemicals.

Do you have a 35mm or medium format analogue camera that you would love to use? Would you like to learn how to use it properly, to compose beautiful photographs, to use a light meter and both available and studio light. Imagine developing and printing your own photographs!

This workshop would run in two stages. A photography workshop in the field in Newcastle and our studio. With a processing and black and white printing workshop in the darkroom. If you are interested please contact us through this website as we would need to work out logistics etc. We think that March 2019 would be a good time to begin.

WASTELANDS Jo Katsiaris

Jo Katsiaris presents a beautiful exhibition made from the discarded. Earlier this year we presented Newcastle’s Ken O’Regan with his stunning works combining found object assemblage with a strong environmental theme, Katsiaris’s work is thematically similar but vastly different. These pieces are beautifully simple in their construction and upon reflection speak to us deeply about the huge complexities we face going into the future. The act of making art from unwanted material in order to illustrate the huge amount of resources, that we as humans waste is a noble act.

“Sacked” the feature piece, consists of fifteen jute coffee sacks found upon the streets of Sydney and paint found in a skip outside a building site. mixing oxide into the paint and by varying the amount of oxide on each panel, Katsiaris has produced something extraordinary. Viewing the work with the morning sun streaming into the gallery, it is as if there are huge blocks of sandstone suspended in space. There are several other small works in the show made from offcuts of timber, sawdust, glue, cardboard and paint assembled in highly considered composition, a simplicity that is one of the hardest things to accomplish as an artist.

Influenced by the radical Italian art movement “Arte Povera” of the 1960’s who’s artists expounded the use of non traditional art materials such as rocks, twigs and rags and the alarming state of the environment as we forge full steam ahead into the 21st century. Jo Katsiaris presents WASTELANDS, a glimpse into a brighter future where we re-use, all that is waste is not.

Dungog Contemporary is an Art Money partnered gallery. WASTELANDS is on until Sunday, November 18.

Jo Katsiaris and Jane Frances Reilly.

Jane Frances Reilly. “Looking through a window” This beautifully honest body of work examines the practicalities of domestic and rural life. The mundane is transformed through line, colour and texture, creating romance and cognition. Their construction renders their adaptability and the combination of all these elements provides a conduit for connection. Within each work is a record of all our lives, they are the keepers of our stories.

Jo Katsiaris. “Wastelands” Detritus. The discarded is snatched from the jaws of forgotteness. In sight and on our minds, the overwhelming problem of our consumerist Achilles heel. Our capacity to face up to our addition to the new is diminished as the task seems beyond overwhelming. Our memory of mending, fixing and darning, lost to a distant advertising campaign of “built to last”. The ping of built in obsolescence is silenced by the bright, shiny and new. wastelands brings us optimism as we come face to face with the renewed. All that is discarded is not lost.

“Looking through a window” and “Wastelands” open at 10am on Saturday September 29, co-inciding with the Dungog Festival, a weekend of festivities culminating with a terrific gig on Sunday night in the main street featuring Those Jazz Guys and Dog Trumpet. The two shows run until November 18. Additional works by other artists are available for purchase through the stockroom and online.

“Wastelands” Jo Katsiaris

“Wastelands” Jo Katsiaris

“Looking through a window” Jane Frances Reilly

“Looking through a window” Jane Frances Reilly

“Wastelands” Jo Katsiaris

“Wastelands” Jo Katsiaris

“Looking through a window” Jane Frances Reilly

“Looking through a window” Jane Frances Reilly

An Invitation to Dungog Contemporary's 1st Birthday Party!

It seem's hard to believe, we have been here for a year. Sarah and I are both so pleased with the terrific talent we have been able to showcase and the discerning collector's we have been able to place works with. A huge thank you to both artists and clients without whom we wouldn't be here.

This Sunday 9 September, we are having drinks in the gallery from 1pm to celebrate. If you can do, try and make it in.

We currently have two really strong solo shows on. Madeleine Cruise, one of Newcastle's great young painters, a show not to be missed. Jake Clark is from Melbourne, and also currently exhibiting both in London and New York. His edgy works satirising capitalism and popular culture. Jake was also the first person ever to arrive at Dungog Contemporary in an Uber!

jake clark #2.jpg dungog contemporary art gallery
madeleine cruise #1.jpg Dungog Contemporary
jake clark #1.jpg dungog contemporary
Dungog Contemporary1 MC_The fight for what remains_2018_Acrylic on canvas_930x1130mm_2000.jpg
All works are available with Artmoney

All works are available with Artmoney

Madeleine Cruise - "Theatre of Objects"

"Theatre of Objects" is the latest body of work from emerging Newcastle artist Madeleine Cruise. Through a series of still life paintings, Madeleine explores the relationship between domestic tasks and the trials and tribulations of life. Like protagonists on a stage, familial forms gather in painterly debate so as to enact conundrums and seek resolution.

Cruise studied painting at the National Art School Sydney as a student of the Reg Row Art Scholarship, graduating in 2009 with first class honors and the Fraser residency prize. Her practice spans painting, collage and sculpture all of which are underpinned by a regular drawing practice and have been supported by studio residency prizes from The Bundanon Trust, The Banff Centre Canada, Fraser Studios Sydney, Firsdraft Sydney, Renew Newcastle, Marrickville Garage and San Clemente High school Mayfield. Holding her first solo exhibition, Hiding Places, at The Lockup Newcastle in 2012. Madeleine's most recent solo exhibition, Ex Voto, was at GAFFA Sydney in August 2017.  Cruise  has also been a finalist in the Muswellbrook, Mosman, Waterhouse, Lloyd Rees and NSW en plain air art prizes as well as the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2017.

"Theatre of Objects" opens on Saturday, August 25th from 3pm on, do join us at the gallery to view the works and enjoy a glass of wine.

 

 

madeleine for blog 13.8.18.jpg Madeleine Cruise solo show at Dungog Contemporary August 2018.

"Things we hold dear" 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 110cms, Madeleine Cruise.

J.C Rich - Jake Clark showing at Dungog Contemporary

Melbourne based graffiti artist Jake Clark known as J.C Rich is opening at Dungog Contemporary on Saturday, August 25th from 3pm on.

Working in mixed media, Jake subversively interprets the subject of money, power and  capitalism, utilising characters from pop culture and iconic landmark destinations. Best known for his Sultan and Richie Rich characters, Jake's work is held within collections in Australia, America, Asia, The Middle East and Europe. Jake is also currently showing at Harpers Books, East Hampton NY, USA and at Alex Eagle Studio W1F OLB UK.

We will have several large mixed media works on canvas and some ceramic pieces available to acquire from this highly collectable young artist from Melbourne. We are really lucky to be able to exhibit these terrific works as they are in high demand overseas.

 

jake the sultan for blogpost.jpg Dungog Contemporary, Dungog NSW Australia

"The Sultan" Mixed media on canvas, Jake Clark.

Exciting news for Jane Frances Reilly

We are one of a select few commercial galleries who exhibit fine art jewellery and small sculptural works by Melbourne artist Jane Frances Reilly. This week Jane called us with terrific news, she has been invited to show with a group of Australian and New Zealand artists at The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris! What more can I say.

Jane has a show opening here at Dungog Contemporary on September the 29th. We have a new selection of fine art jewellery from Jane that we are cataloging as I write. These small works will be available to purchase online just as soon as I finish photographing them, stay tuned!

jane for blog 650 x 650.jpg dungog contemporary

Photography: Stephen Hobbs / Dungog Contemporary

Madeleine Cruise

Madeleine Cruise is an emerging artist from Newcastle, NSW, her painting practice explores the role of ritual and habit in everyday life and the way these practices contribute to personal identity and purpose. Studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting at the National Art School Sydney, as a student of the Reg Row Art Scholarship she graduated in 2009 with First Class Honors and the Fraser Studios Residency Prize.  Other residencies have included Firstdraft, The Bundanon Trust, The Banff Centre and Marrickville Garage. Cruise has exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia and Canada and is held within private and public collections including Artbank Australia.

Madeleine is having a solo show at Dungog Contemporary this August. Here is a taste of what is to come. We currently have three paintings from Madeleine available for acquisition.

Link to online gallery stockroom:

dungogcontemporary.com.au/madeleine-cruise

700 x 700px.jpg

Madeleine Cruise "Place Cards" 2017 Polymer on Canvas 47cm x 42cm

Ken O'Regan & Ondine Seabrook. Two openings at Dungog Contemporary on June 30th.

Our next two shows both opening on June 30th will be the the first time we present our new exhibition program format. This enables us to hang twelve solo shows a year, whilst having the exhibitions up for almost two months at a time. It is also only the second time we have had a collaboration with a Sydney gallery, something we are aiming to do more of in bringing the best emerging Sydney artists and showing them in regional NSW.

 

Ken O'Regan is a mid-career Australian artist from Newcastle who has developed a sculptural practice combining found object assemblage with an environmentally conscious theme. Well known in the Hunter Valley region through regular and critically successful exhibitions, community art projects, public artworks and education projects. His practice has involved producing large scale installations that visually echo museums. Ken O'Regan's work is held in the collections of the Newcastle Art Gallery, Wallsend District Library, The University of Newcastle and in many important private collections. We are thrilled to be showing Ken's work in the larger of our two rooms, which lends itself to installation based exhibitions.

 

Ondine Seabrook is an emerging artist from Sydney. A painter who graduated from The National Art School in 2017, Ondine Seabrook is represented by China Heights Gallery in Surry Hills. Describing her practice as "process driven" Ondine Seabrook's paintings swing between being a response to place and a reaction to materials. Her work is typically inspired by the Australian landscape, though with her last major experience being a trip through the American western desert, the works on exhibition show clusters of land features common to that area. In a more abstract aesthetic sense Seabrook's new works are concerned with composition, laying and shapes. Ondine's work will be hanging in the smaller light filled front gallery which complements paintings so well.

 

Ondine Seabrook "Driving Past New River" 2018 Oil on Canvas 31 x 46cm

Ondine Seabrook "Driving Past New River" 2018 Oil on Canvas 31 x 46cm

Ken O'regan "Marinus Plasticus"

Ken O'regan "Marinus Plasticus"

Ondine Seabrook, untitled 2018 Oil on Canvas

Ondine Seabrook, untitled 2018 Oil on Canvas

Ken O'regan "Worm and Background Distorted" found object assemblage

Ken O'regan "Worm and Background Distorted" found object assemblage

Picture Framing & Hanging

We have added a picture framing and hanging service to what we offer at Dungog Contemporary.

Having been asked to frame some really interesting watercolours, black and white photographs and paintings, the feedback from Dungog locals has been fantastic. We stock a range of contemporary frames and and mattes. Many of our Artists show work unframed here at the gallery, so it is great that people can now see the works with a variety of framing choices.

All framing is of archival (museum) standard using high quality acid-free materials. We can offer perspex and glass, including the latest non-reflective glass. Having vast experience in art installation we can hang your new works or even curate and hang entire collections. Do drop by the gallery for an obligation free quote.

Grayson Perry's Shoes, mixed media by Amelia Vivash at Dungog Contemporary 2018.

"Grayson's Shoes" mixed media by Amelia Vivash. Available at Dungog Contemporary.

Fiona Barrett-Clark

"Fiona creates distinctively Australian, contemporary landscape paintings, which capture the ever changing mood of the sky, sea and land, in an attempt to awaken people to the magnificence that passes us by every day.

Her paintings reflect the beauty of an uncomplicated, understated, Australian landscape, void of people, but not always human presence. In particular her focus is often on the sky, its kaleidoscope of colours, the clouds formations and the transformative effect it has on the land and sea. The late afternoon soft magenta sky, which tinges the land pink, the grey-blue clouds which reflect upon the ocean or the blurring of the landscape during a soft drizzle.

Fiona’s aim is not always to produce a representational view of the landscape; it’s about memory, fleeting moments and sometimes a conglomeration of memories. It is about breathing that air, feeling the cool of the night settling in and smelling the rain that is on the horizon, it’s about igniting memory to create a visceral response in the viewer.

Her use of plywood instead of board or canvas gives a grainy texture to the works which imbues them with the feel of old slides and photographs further adding to the reminiscent nature of the works."

Fiona Barrett-Clark showing at DungogContemporary

Fiona Barrett-Clark's show and our stockroom hang.

gallery shot for facebookj 12.4.18.jpg

This Saturday April 14.2018 from 3.pm on is opening drinks for Fiona Barrett-Clark. A highly sought after artist from Sydney, Fiona paints the landscape of country NSW. Known for her works which although devoid of human presence show human activity. Executed on a square format in oil on board, the works have a textural quality that reminds one of old colour slides or prints. There are eight works in the show which we have hung in the small front gallery here at Dungog Contemporary.

Deciding to hold smaller monthly shows in the front gallery has enabled us to free up the big gallery and hang the contents of our stock room to enable them to be seen. We have a beautiful selection of paintings, photographs and sculpture, by emerging to mid-career artists from Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne.

Artists held in the stockroom collection include: Madeleine Cruise, Belinda Street, Jo Bevan, Jen Denzin, Stephen Hobbs, Amelia Vivash and Jane Frances Rielly. Works are also available to purchase online here through our website. We welcome all enquiries and are happy to arrange shipping. We can provide artists statements and cv's. We deal directly with artists studios, and do not deal in the secondary art market.

Golden Gully, Belinda Street 2015

Our Dungog Contemporary stockroom choice of the week. This lovely Australian landscape painting by award winning Newcastle artist Belinda Street "Golden Gully".

"Golden Gully" Belinda Street 2015, Oil on linen, 900 x 900 mm.

"Golden Gully" Belinda Street 2015, Oil on linen, 900 x 900 mm.

Hill End has attracted Australian artists since the 1940's. A landscape torn apart by gold mining in the 19th c and then abandoned has inspired generations of Australian painters with the twisted forms and sharp light of it's ravaged landscape. Beginning with Russell Drysdale and Donald Friend, The giants of the Australian art world have painted Hill End, Margaret Olley, Geoffrey Smart and Brett Whiteley to name but a few. Artist's Jean Bellette and Paul Haefliger bought a house there in which John Olsen lived for a time in the early 1960's. Hill End has one of the best Artist in Residence programs in Australia.

Twice winner of the Mosman Youth Art Prize, Street won a full scholarship to the Julian Ashton Art School, and has attained a degree in Visual Arts at Newcastle University, with Honours at The College of Fine Arts. Known for her expressive Australian Landscapes, Street’s work explores the relationship between representation and abstraction. We have several beautiful works by Belinda available for acquisition.

 

Sir Peter Blake's Razzle Dazzle "Snowdrop"

Sir Peter Blake who's best known work would have to be the iconic album cover for "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" has painted a Mersey ferry. Sydney Ferries came up with a boat called "Ferry McFerryface"? I can see works by Reko Rennie and others moving about on the Harbour when I watch this, wouldn't some colour and pattern on our ferry's look amazing!

Video courtesy of TateShots

BROOD

BROOD our second show for 2018 features works from three great Newcastle artists. Two sculptors and a painter who share studio's at The Creator Incubator, a happening art-space in North Hamilton, Newcastle.

"Breathe" by Gavin Vitullo and overall winner of the 2017 Sculpture in the Vineyards is a poignant environmental sculpture, a solitary Fig grows out of an oxygen cylinder, offering a stark contemplation for the future of all species in a malnourished landscape. Landscape artist Sally Mcdonald offers a revelation of the colour, texture and movement of the Australian light. Repetitious blurring and blending of layers using mixed media to render terrestrial perspectives of lineal geological seams and horizon lines then overlaid with a topographical view. Her works are meditative and soothing to be with. "Axial shift & pop" by Braddon Snape is an action sculpture, a dangerous and exciting new method devised by Snape, welding and inflating steel which is then powder-coated. Braddon's work is collected both in Australia and overseas, Snape has made several public commissions.

BROOD is showing until Sunday, March 11 from 9.00am until 5pm 7 days.

brood install shot.jpg