Previous Exhibition

Satellite: FOUND —
Group exhibition

Oct 1 – Oct 17, 2020

About the Artist      

Satellite: FOUND is a curated satellite iteration in collaboration with the FOUND! Studio Dog exhibition held at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery. Brisbane and Bundaberg-based artists have exchanged places to exhibit to different audiences across the state. There are satellite events in Hervey Bay, Bargara, Maryborough and Brisbane, making this a showcase across southeast Queensland. Satellite: FOUND at Side Gallery is a sample of some of the diverse talents across a multitude of media that our regional artists (and their furry companions) are excited to share. 

Kate Barry, Jo Breneger, Jane Grealy, Susan Hutton, Julie Hylands, Lesley Kendall, Sabrina Lauriston, Susan Lincoln, James Needham, Marlies Oakley, Tiel Seivl-Keevers, Amber Simpson, William Spiers, Adrienne Williams

About the Artist

Satellite: FOUND

Kate Barry — Kate Barry is originally from Christchurch and with a degree in illustration, printing-making and graphic design Kate enjoyed a hefty career in the book publishing industry, focusing on the design and illustration aspects of this field, before returning to full-time painting.

Immersing herself in the visceral stimulus and raw physicality of paint, Kate’s works are an intuitive disassemblage of the confines of our constant digitally stimulated lives. Painting is an almost primitive, spontaneous response to our natural surroundings and sensory internal dialogue. Works explore traces of nostalgia and the innate emotional re engagement with the energy of nature that is all around us. Through paint on canvas she breaks through the periphery into a raw terrain of bold brushwork and vitality of colour.  As we pass by we allow ourselves to be drawn in. 

2018 has been a busy and successful year for Kate, with exhibitions and over 60 paintings sold through The Modern Furniture Store, Brisbane, The Third Quarter Gallery, Brisbane, Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Perigian Gallery, Sunshine Coast, Qld and Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney. Kates paintings also appear in ABC television series Harrow, airing internationally and The End, currently in production.

Jo Breneger — When I was a kid my mum loved to have a punt on the horses. She would bring home ‘Turf Monthly’ and I would pore over the glossy centrefold of the winning racehorse. Hours were spent drawing and painting that horse. I remember a friend of my dads, an old plumber showing me how he drew a horse. I can still see his big gnarly hands carefully drawing the rump and belly with a texta. Funny the things that stay with you. 

When I left art school I began working for myself painting signs and murals. It seemed like a good use of my artistic skills to earn a living. It has been a lifetime of learning that beautiful craft and somedays I still feel like a beginner.

In recent years I have been spending a lot of time around horses. I find them to be very benevolent and healing creatures to be with. Once again I have found myself endlessly drawing and painting them trying to capture the beauty I feel around them.

Jane Grealy — Jane Grealy is an Australian artist based in Queensland. Grealy has enjoyed a successful career as an architectural illustrator since 1979, whose work is based on observation of both existing and imagined buildings, landscapes and spaces. Although her transition to the art world came much later, Grealy’s architectural training has allowed her to hone technical skills in perspective and art media, while providing a liberating outlet for her creative pursuits.

Since 2015, Grealy has gone on to feature as a finalist and prize winner for many national and international prizes. In 2019, Grealy was the winner of the Roy Skinner Works on Paper Award at Gympie Regional Gallery. She was also named the People’s Choice and Highly Commended awards for Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize 2018, and was the winner of the Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize in the same year. Other notable awards include the People’s Choice award for JADA in 2016, and she has been a finalist in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing for the last four years consecutively (2016 – 2019).

Her work is represented in the JADA (Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award) Collection, the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, and in a number of private collections in Australia.

Susan Hutton — Susan’s works are rich stories, always a delight. They often combine a sense of melancholy, mystery and joy — a precarious balancing act, finely tuned over a long art practice.

Julie Hylands — Julie is a painter and installation artist of 30+ years with an extensive list of exhibitions, community + public art projects, and workshops.

Lesley Kendall — An artist in residence of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens for two consecutive years, Lesley Kendall works with natural flora and fauna as subject matter across several mediums. Watercolour and ink are the primary medium, while paper sculptures of insects, plants and birds accompany the still life garden created to mimic the collections of natural life found around Brisbane. The work appears to have been done in several stages as the artist’s hand is visible in the layers of watercolour chapters that permeate the thick paper works. The muted tones and soft edges of watercolours lend to a serene and tranquil reflection, and in the artist’s own words, “plants are observed as objects of contemplation.”

Sabrina Lauriston — Sabrina’s primary medium is photography and photography is also her profession. She works locally and in Italy, where she was born.

Susan Lincoln — Susan Lincoln is an established contemporary visual artist with a rich connection to regional and rural Australia, and the women in Lincoln’s family who have shared experiences of these landscapes. It is the nostalgia, unique environment, and familial connection to these places of importance that has left a signature mark on the majority of Lincoln’s works over the last decade. Lincoln’s oeuvre exhibits the lived experience of the bonds of motherhood and family; from the memories of her mother’s crystal bracelet which would reflect light, to the heartbeat performance video enacted by Lincoln and her daughter, the works always have a root hooked in the ideologies of the feminine and plays with the idea of secular spirituality. 

To be in the presence of Lincoln’s work is to understand the artist’s desire to promote an experiential or immersive experience, one which is rooted in philosophy, memory and reflection; much akin to works by contemporary French Conceptual artist Christian Boltanski. Where Boltanski used similar materials and conceptual frameworks to form a recreation of the past, Lincoln’s work ventures to ascend toward a greater understanding and ultimate reflection of the past, to clarify ideas and transform heavy philosophies into objects and experiences of beauty for the future. 

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.

Marlies Oakley — Marlies is a local visual artist who works mostly in collage, of all scales, from tiny to large works and building paste-ups.

Tiel Seivl-Keevers — Texture, line and colour are elements that echo as I work through the passage of developing a blank surface to a finished image. I build layers. I erase. I assemble. I alter. I scratch and carve, then stitch and mend until I am satisfied that I have captured the atmosphere and intricacies that nature provides.

Exploring the physical journey of being within a place that can provoke memory; mapping points and connections. Expressing sensations of how nature impacts our emotions. The expression of air, water, earth, fire, smell, sound and touch collide onto one surface where the audience can see all these layers.

A career as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, University and TAFE teacher in Visual Arts, Design and Multimedia in Queensland and Victoria.

Amber Simpson — 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 modern and real. 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 of 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."

William Spiers — When not writing Haiku for his dog, Bill is a local painter who works mostly in abstraction, in all mediums on paper and canvas. In recent years he uses archival prints of his own works to build layers of paint to create new forms over old.

Adrienne Williams — For over twenty years Adrienne has made extended sketching trips into the bush. Back in the studio, her sketches, photographs and rock rubbings are worked into drawings, prints and oil canvasses. In 2009 she moved from the big city to a tiny town with the Australian bush right at her door. At the heart of her work is her passion for wild places and an intrigue for our connections to landscape and the ways it’s beauty and vulnerability moves us.

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.

About the Curator

Adrienne Williams

Adrienne Williams is a visual artist who has lived in the Bundaberg and North Burnett regions for 11 years. She is excited to promote the work of fellow regional artists with this fun and accessible exhibition. Her studio dog, Sunday, keeps her on task, even during the dreariest of chores.

The Found project(s) allow us a small glimpse into the lives of artists, the solitary nature of their work, and the lovable companions who inhabit their studios, or live in their memories. This challenging year has brought us all to the conversation of isolation and, for some, animals have played a key role in their physical and mental wellbeing through this time. The artworks and the accompanying stories embody joy, deep contemplation, and mirth, and honours the commitment all artists give to their making.

Adrienne would like to thank the following organisations who have supported Found! Studio Dog: Bundaberg Regional Galleries, the Bundaberg Regional Council, and Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund. There are 56 local Bundaberg businesses displaying works and nine satellite exhibitions including the Side Gallery.