Paula Jenkins, Our first solo show booked for November 2018

We have just booked our first solo show for the gallery a year ahead! Local Paterson born and bred artist Paula Jenkins, Expect big bold colourful and textural works in oil, depicting the landscape of the Dungog region.

Paula has been exhibiting her work and winning awards for many years, and after a successful career as a graphic designer has now become a full time artist known for her bold Australian landscapes.

In 2002 Paula lived in Andalucía in Spain painting alongside her friend the late Piers Dudley-Bateman, an influential Australian artist who worked alongside Boyd and Blackman and who remains an influence in her work to this day.

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Riverbed Ahead, Fowlers Gap, 2017, 48 x 70cm, Paula Jenkins

Riverbed Ahead, Fowlers Gap, 2017, 48 x 70cm, Paula Jenkins

Madeleine Cruise

We are thrilled to have three new works hanging on the wall from Newcastle artist and NAS graduate Madeleine Cruise.

A finalist in the 2017 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Madeleine currently has work hanging at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney.

These three works are "Street Romance", 2017 Acrylic on Canvas 840 x 600, "Window Votive" 2017 Acrylic on Canvas 400 x 300 and "Looking for Monet" 2017 Acrylic on Canvas 600 x 600

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Belinda Street - Kosciuszko and the Monaro Plain

 

Belinda has made in excess of 80 works of the Kosciuszko and Monaro area over the last decade, inspired by an infinitely changing landscape with distinct seasons, both shifting and unstable. The Kosciuszko landscape possessing a sense of awe, a landscape of scattered rocks, sharp crags and alpine loneliness. The Monaro Plain in contrast is beautiful in it’s far horizons, swaying grasslands and rounded granite boulders. An endless supply of sublime visual inspiration.

Dungog Contemporary is currently showing ten carefully curated works from this beautiful gestural series of paintings, there are smaller studies through to a large major work. The uniquely Australian alpine palette and vigour of the works transporting the viewer into the landscape bringing an essence of place.

Belinda Street BFA(hons):

Street was twice winner of the Mosman Youth Art Prize. Being awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School, she went on to attain a degree in Visual Arts at Newcastle University, with Honours at The College of Fine Arts. Belinda's work is held in private collections both in Australia and overseas.

Finalist 2016 Fleurieu Food & Wine Art Prize

Finalist 2015 Muswellbrook Art Prize

Finalist 2015 Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize

Finalist 2015 Calleen Art Prize

Finalist 2015 Gosford Art prize

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Dungog Contemporary presents - Murrurundi Art Excursion

Despite October long weekend, school holidays and daylight saving, Dungog Contemporary's first Art Excursion was a resounding success. The whole journey went off without a hitch and all our participants enjoyed themselves no end...

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Top Paddock Agency

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The Manse, Dowling St Dungog

This very Georgian looking house supposedly dates from around 1870. Originally built for a Dungog storekeeper it was purchased and refurbished by the Presbyterian Church in 1889. In 1938 a fire destroyed the roof and gables. Despite the damage the interior is intact, having wide doorways, rough planed floors and other features suggestive of earlier colonial architecture. The large chimney stacks draw six fireplaces including two in the enormous vaulted cellar, which retains it's original lath and plaster finish. www.dungogmuseum.com.

 

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Shoulder to Shoulder

Currently available in the gallery is this superb sculpture Shoulder to Shoulder by Australian sculptor Harrie Fasher. Following is an excerpt from her artist statement. Fasher is currently in the process of making a similar work for the World Polo Championships.

"I am a mid career artist working across the disciplines of sculpture, drawing and installation. Based in Oberon NSW, I produce small and large scale steel sculptures which utilise the equine form as a metaphor for human struggles; exploring the horse and its relationship to humans on a physical, historical and mythological level.

Primarily constructed from steel rod, the sculptures are essentially three-dimensional drawings. Harnessing the drawn energy of line, an innate tension is derived from the implied weight and physical scale of the animal in movement. The sculptures, made with attention to anatomical accuracy, can be read literally although they are metaphors for human psychological states.

Shoulder to shoulder is both a study of movement and an exploration of space. It describes two horses depicted at full gallop, their interpretation is open to the viewer; which may be more literal – riding off for a ball, or subliminal –the race one has with your second self."

Harrie Fasher is represented by King Street Gallery in Sydney.

"Shoulder to Shoulder" 2017 Mild steel plate & rod 545 x 785 x 275 by Harrie Fasher.

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Dungog's gem of a railway station

Dungog railway station is of significance as a rare example of Functionalist architecture in a railway setting. Dungog station building reflects an attempt by NSW railways to modernise and economise during the interwar period resulting in station designs radically different to those previously constructed. Dungog displays fine decorative brickwork, well detailed parapets, strong horizontal planes and wide steel awnings, which make it aesthetically congruous and representative of the Functionalist design.

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