When we opened Dungog Contemporary two years ago, our mission was to bring really good art to a rural town. We believe that the dialogue should not be exclusive to big cities and that contemporary art has a place everywhere. It’s been a lot of fun and we have met some great people. 2 showcases just some of those artists, we hope you enjoy their work as much as we do.
"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."
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.
Leading Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is now showing at qagoma.qld.gov.au/ Brisbane. I wouldn't miss this for quids, definitely worth the trip. Here is a nice 24 min short from Bloomberg TV on this prolific artist who has been making work since the 1960's, Enjoy!
The weekend of the 18th & 19th Nov 2017 is The Upper Hunter Arts Trail Weekend, with galleries from Maitland to Murrurundi taking part. The complete drive should take around two days and audio tours are available on izi.travel/en/app available on the Appstore, Googleplay and WindowsStore.
We are running events over the weekend to celebrate being open for 2 months on the Saturday. Artist Nicole Chaffey will be here doing an en-plein air painting of the main street of Dungog. On the Saturday evening we have a band Those Jazz Guys playing until 9.00 pm. We are currently showing work by three prolific women painters from Newcastle, Nicole Chaffey, Madeleine Cruise and Belinda Street and there will be artist talks later in the afternoon on the Sunday.
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.
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
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
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...Read More
We have had an exciting new lot of works arrive today from Melbourne artist Jane Frances Rielly. Here are " Two large forks & a cheese grater" We will finish putting the rest of the works up on the website today, as they are now installed in the gallery for viewing
Harrie Fasher currently has a work "Shoulder to Shoulder" on exhibition at Dungog Contemporary.
Harrie talks about our relationship to the Horse and the landscape in Australia, and her creative process. Video courtesy of National Museum Australia. Harrie Fasher is represented by King St Gallery in Sydney.
Sarah has just completed a degree in jewellery making at the College of Fine Arts UNSW in Sydney. SEC is a range of affordable hip jewellery we stock in the gallery which is designed and made by Sarah. These pieces are made from laser cut perspex and sterling silver wire.
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.
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.
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.
A beautiful quarter horse spotted out on the morning drive today.
We have a stunning en plein air painting by local artist Nicole Chaffey of this exact scene hanging upon the gallery wall in our current exhibition.