Friday the 18th at 6 pm there will be and official opening with the artists talking about their work.
Northern Ink is a collection of five print makers who work in diverse mediums to express their love of their environment. Each artist draws on nature in some way for inspiration in their creative practice. This exciting exhibition is all new works on paper from five of the Northern Rivers ‘premier print makers. Northern Ink opens on Tuesday the 15th of October at Gladstone Gallery and on Friday the 18th at 6 pm there will be and official opening with the artists talking about their work.
Beki Davies is a visual artist from Northern NSW whose work focuses on site specific contemporary Landscapes that question the way, we as viewers, experience Place. Her current body of work, Tidelands, is exploring the effect of rising sea levels on the geology of coastal headlands. Her work uses cyano type photographic processes that have been made insitu to imbue the work with an essence of the space. This series is a meditation on the dynamic process of change; it aims to create a visual mythology of a place and a time between the existing landscape and disappearing spaces.
Recalcitrant artist drawing and printmaking in the northern rivers. Deeply concerned by the environmental crisis that defines our times, fascinated by social rebellion and eco warrior protector culture.
have been making prints for many years. While much of my practice has dealt with issues that are quite serious; politics, environment and other social commentary subjects, the work in this exhibition celebrates two things that delight me; Australian flora and Fauna and the graphic challenges of relief printmaking. My images in this show respond the simple but profound beauty of nature from the Northern Rivers.
My work for this exhibition has derived from a series of large scale paintings of flowers and birds. Over the last 10 years, I have been predominately painting using my surrounding environment as my influence. The prints for this exhibition are my reintroduction to printmaking. Previously concentrating on etching over the last 20 years, I have been making a slow transition to the more environmentally friendly products used in printmaking today. My work takes inspiration from the flora and fauna of the farm, where I live in the Upper Macleay. Living on the banks of the Macleay River, are many different birds that reside or migrate each year to the river. The colours and energy of the birds and flowers are portrayed in my work.
Jan has worked with the printed image since the early 70’s. At the present time Jan’s arts practice focuses on the minutiae found in nature. The medium for her work varies from woodblocks to lino prints and more recently etching. The inspiration for the work comes from the quiet time spent contemplating the natural world. It honours the deep quiet found in the Australian Bush.