Deck the walls
Our final exhibition for 2012, Deck the Walls celebrates the year in art. Feast on brand new works by FILOMENA COPPOLA, VIOLA DOMINELLO, RACHEL FAIRFAX, ASHLEY FROST, MERRICK FRY, MIKI KUBO, ISHBEL MORAG MILLER & LIZ SHREEVE. Presenting eight gifted artists, Deck the Walls brings tidings of joie de vivre and a flourishing creative spirit. In the spirit of the season, the centrepiece of this exhibition will be a kaleidoscopic Christmas tree constructed from found-glass by MERRICK FRY. FRY finds beauty in the most unexpected materials and for him, whimsy and imagination reign supreme.
MIKI KUBO also loves the fragile beauty of glass. KUBO creates exquisite hot blown and engraved glass pieces that manifest a love of nature. Combining animal and oriental motifs she elegantly fuses Japanese and Australian iconography. FILOMENA COPPOLA, RACHEL FAIRFAX and ASHLEY FROST create richly coloured drawings and paintings that reveal unexpected beauty in the ordinary world.
COPPOLA‘S tactile pastel drawings of animal fur pulse with sensuality. The contradictions and cultural clashes of an Italian heritage in an Anglo-Australian childhood are a strong influence. FAIRFAX is a figurative painter who describes the world around her and its inhabitants in chiming colour and lively brushstrokes. FROST builds up thick, luscious layers of paint to give his cityscape studies a highly appealing tactile quality. VIOLA DOMINELLO, ISHBEL MORAG MILLER and LIZ SHREEVE share a refined aesthetic, their restrained works still the eye. DOMINELLO has a finely tuned sensibility. Using delicate gestures, she employs traditional drawing and painting methods to describe the picturesque Hawkesbury region.
MILLER is interested in the interplay of light and form and her colourist style lends a decorative touch to studies of the Australian bush. SHREEVE’S intricate cut and folded paper sculptures are a myriad of light and shade; she harnesses the strict geometry of the grid to produce harmonious architectural forms.