About the Artist

Group exhibition

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins  Delvene Cockatoo-Collins is a Quandamooka woman who lives and works on Minjerribah - North Stradbroke Island.  As an independent artist, Delvene has a studio based arts business in Dunwich, providing a range of handmade and licensed retail, wholesale, commissions, artist talks, handmade ceramics, small sculptural works, and hand printed homewares. Through these mediums she expresses the stories of her family’s lived experiences on North Stradbroke Island, and her responses to images and texts related to her family.   Recurring themes across Delvene’s work is the relationship to her great-great grandmother, through a body of work, titled Six Generations, Traditional mat making techniques, and the use of Quandamooka clays and pigments.

These clays and pigments continue to be embedded in Delvene’s work including the prints ‘Grandmothers Words’ acquired by the Redland Art Gallery 2018, the Brisbane City Council Indigenous Art Program 2019 Fish Lane Light box, and Redlands Coast Branding Strategy 2018. 

STATEMENT — The work Connected to Quandamooka incorporates clays and pigments from Goompi – Dunwich.  The pigments gathered from the foreshore and embedded in the linen which uses a mat making technique that is informed by the words of Delvene’s Grandmother. Weaving together the two Tawalpin – cotton tree branches for a wall hanging.

Woven to our Ancestors is honouring Delvene’s families netting practice of fish on the bayside and utilizing a net making technique with galvanized wire. The quampies shells are also found along the bayside mudflats where Delvene spent a lot of time walking during the COVID restrictions.  The island was under travel restrictions and experienced less traffic and visitors – sometimes meaning that residents had beaches to ourselves.

The quampie shell is a traditional food source, and sometimes found with a pearl or two.  Best cooked in a curry or with vinegar salt and pepper.

Peta Berghofer — Peta Berghofer is an Australian artist based in Toowoomba, Queensland. With clay as her medium and the ‘vessel’ as her form, Peta creates both ceramic sculptures and utilitarian wares for daily use. With reference to historically familiar form and function, Peta disrupts expectations and traditions of vessel-based, ceramic art practice. She combines a fascination of ceramic history with references to the everyday through her selection of colours and imagery. Whether functional or functionless, these self-referential ceramics are most often presented as the same body of work, exhibited as abstracted still-life installations. Here she plays with distinctions between gallery and domestic spaces, engaging with historic and contemporary tensions between art, craft, and design. 

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Nearby and Far Away records a summer spent in French town, Nérac while attending artist residency, Studio Faire. From an obsession with seasonal melons, to patterns recorded from old dining room walls, the ceramic installation references everyday experiences alongside research into traditional ceramics of the south-west region. 

Kitty Horton  Brisbane based artist, Kitty Horton completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited solo shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Along with group shows nationally throughout Australia and in Miami, Florida.

Kitty's artworks are represented in private collections in Australia, New Zealand and France.

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This series of muted paintings investigates the satisfaction and obsession of object placement within the interior home. The semi abstracted forms represent my personal collections within my domestic environment. In particular, they pay homage to local ceramicists and minimalist aesthetics. 

Leigh Houliston  This is not the piece I was hoping to send as not exactly representative of my work.

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Perhaps this is what makes it so appropriate for the exhibition. 

A pause, still.
No bells or whistles.
No handles.
No colours.
Just the pure form.

Kirsten Jackson  Bid farewell to the myth of the pretentious, tortured artist.

Fiercely independent Australian artist Kirsten Jackson seeks to suffuse the whole world with radiant beacons of painted happiness!

Collectors from Europe, Hong Kong and the US are enamoured by the unique personality and spirited colour palette found in Kirsten’s original paintings and prints. Working in impasto style with a variety of acrylic mediums, each work is infused with a boundless energy and joy for life that is 100% pure Kirsten. Her determination to exude shameless, infectious happiness everyday through her art has made Kirsten a beloved fixture among the Australian art community. 

A life-long love of painting and studying Visual Arts at RMIT, inspired Kirsten’s vibrant career as an abstract artist. Expressionist in style, her first series, “Faces” depicts figurative portraits of Kirsten’s late mother, whom Kirsten strongly believes guided her to art. Whilst her work has since evolved into a texturally rich exploration of colour, light and space, Kirsten’s earlier portraits spontaneously take form in her works to this day.

“I build layer upon layer of texture, while the colour carries emotion; capturing and reflecting light. It grows and grows until finally it explodes in a vibrant visual delight.”

Painting for Kirsten is a meditative process. She uses art as a positive outlet; centring herself in the solitude of her studio with little more than her canvas and paints to create works that project happiness upon the viewer and herself. She’ll move near-finished works from the studio into her own home, communing with a piece for several weeks until satisfied it is truly done.

“It is an art in itself to know when the piece is complete.” 

Kirsten’s works can be found gracing the glossy pages of magazines like Home Beautiful, Inside Out, Real Living and Modern Home Magazine and her paintings were hand-selected to adorn the walls of nearly every room in Southbank’s Aria Hotel. Meanwhile, her joy-sparking global journey continues with (frequently sold-out) shows in New York, London, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Hamburg, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Sydney and her hometown of Melbourne.

“I want these works to emanate a constant pulse of joy to and for the viewer. Then I know my work is done.”

Jasmine Mansbridge — A geometric still life of sorts. We are all in rooms and our elephants have become even harder to hide from. This work was painted pre Coronavirus. But Covid 19 coming into our lives has further bought all these things to the surface, the political and the personal more pressing than ever. 

Michael McCafferty — Michael’s work is a form of extended diary keeping. He documents and invents his life and then recycles and weaves in memories both true and false, idealised and misremembered. His artworks document private, interior and architectural spaces, as well as the family, friends and events that once existed and occurred within them. Working from a foundation in drawing Michael utilises a range of techniques to translate the original source material into new and evolving versions. The process of adaptation is one of intuitive responses bound by a set of self-imposed obstructions and ruminations. The editing process can repeat indefinitely until the picture “feels” right. The results combine elements of drawing, painting, print, sculpture, and are unified by his formalist handling of colour, materials and scale.

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This work is part of an ongoing exploration into diary keeping, meditations, story telling and translation. Simple parts of day to day life; bathroom tiles, family photos, the walk to work, are documented and translated and re translated. The translations are simply technical impositions like tracing, collaging and re photography which slowly turn the materials into a finished composition. The final works then have dual meanings. The first is just as a simple, sometimes minimal or abstract composition, and secondly as a record (albeit a convoluted one) of my life.

James Needham  James Needham was born in Rugby, England in 1983 and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He studied at the Oxfordshire College of Art in the UK, graduating with a Diploma in General Art & Design in 2002 and  received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Sydney's National Art School in 2018.

James’ work focuses on the people and objects he encounters in his everyday life. His figurative works focus on interpersonal relationships, whilst in his still life’s the trace of the human left behind hint at untold stories.

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My work is about the everyday, the overlooked and the apparently insignificant.  I’m interested in recording our existence behind closed doors, where we are simply ourselves.

My camera acts as a sketchbook to collect ideas, fleeting scenes and moments. These photos, combined with observation from life, allow me to work quickly and directly in oil paint to record what makes us who we are.

Alexandra Plim — Alexandra is a Sydney based artist working from her home studio in Lewisham. Her energetic and intuitive works, use colour, texture and bold marks, to evoke the drama and movement of a diverse Australian landscape. 

After falling in love with the world of theatre, Alexandra studied Theatre and Costume Design, completing a Bachelor of Arts at Charles Sturt University. She went on to complete her acting training as a performer in Sydney, with an Advanced Diploma in Acting.

However, it wasn't until after having children, that Alexandra began to seriously explore painting. “I was desperate to create again, and when you're housebound with young children, your options are limited. Painting was perfect. It was electric. I was addicted within a week.”

In addition to being an artist, Alexandra is also a professionally trained actor. “My performance training and experience continues to influence and energise my artistic practise. I am addicted to the irreverent process of creating a painting. Much like rehearsing a play or improvising on stage, painting requires me to be in the moment.”

Amber Simpson — “There is something warm and honest about the nature of timber”
Amber’s love of timber began when she was a child. Growing up in the Southern Highlands of NSW on a property bordered by bushland, nature was her playground. Born to a woodworker the memories of her fathers workshop transcend time, and the same spicy scent mingles with linseed oil and varnish in her own studio. 

Now Brisbane based she combines painting and marquetry to create a fusion of the contemporary and traditional. Fascinated by the complex dualities of existence she endeavours to capture this within her process, exploring strength, fragility and the play between solid shape, realism, translucency and linear detail.

Amber originally trained as a painter at the North Adelaide School of Art and spent many years after in design and interiors. She is an inspired traveller whose collected adventures and conversations from around the world bring meaning to her life and art.

“My timber collection was born from discarded material and I find great contentment in re-imagining what could have been wasted. To create and enjoy beautiful, enduring timber pieces can remind us to transcend the everyday and reconnect.”

Laura Thomas — Laura is a Melbourne based artist born and studied art in the UK with a love for still life and landscape scenes. I have always been passionate about exploring the world of art and its many forms of process, style and context. Art and creativity has been a core subject for me throughout my education, travel and my career. I try to incorporate painting and design into both my professional and personal life. Currently working on various still life compositions and celebrating everyday objects and scenes at home or away.

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My work explores the composition of objects which slightly block the view of the exterior world. Isolation has resulted in ‘looking out of our windows’ in every sense. There are a few narratives in this pieces with reference to some of my favourite artists.

Anna Tronson — Anna Tronson is a Mornington Peninsula, Victorian based artist whose work evokes a sense of calm and happiness. Anna’s colourful representations of nostalgic, simple pleasures often include elements of her own farmhouse , country lifestyle. Anna works with acrylic paints and her work depicts elements of her signature repeat patterns, ginghams and vibrant palettes. Each piece is presented in a Tasmanian oak or an American elm box frame.
 
Anna is by no means new to art and design, she has been head designer for her own jewellery brand, Edenborough Evans for the past ten years and has freelanced for many other creative industries and business clients including Nike, Myer, Schweppes and Mercedes Benz. Anna’s past creative designs have been stocked all over the world including in London’s Harrod’s department store and The National Gallery of Victoria.
 
Anna has been painting for many years in between her other creative projects and is excited to now fully immerse herself into this medium.

Hayley Wills  I am a self taught artist from Brisbane. I have painted on and off since I was young for family and friends. I turned my little hobby into a business in 2018 and have not turned back. I really enjoy chatting with people about adding colour and life to their walls as collaborating with other small business. 

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Nature is always my subject matter, whether a mountain or a few flowers sitting awkwardly in a vase. Colour is everything, I love putting colours together and the more the merrier! I enjoy painting still life with no attempt to make anything perfect but adding patterns and vibrant colours to grab the eye. I believe having a botanical element to each painting reminds us to slow down and pay tribute to nature.

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