WED 6 APR - SAT 23 APR 2016
OFFICIAL OPENING: Saturday 9 April, 2-4pm
A gallery curated exhibition exploring how the natural environment influences artists in their art practice. This exhibition will include painting, drawing and sculpture by established and emerging Newcastle artists.
Exhibiting artist: Matthew Allam, John Barnes, Penny Dunstan, Judy Henry, Shelagh Lummis, Sally Reynolds, Gavin Vitullo.
GALLERY OF LANDSCAPE
Newcastle Herald art review by Jill Stowell 15 April, 2016
GALLERY 139 has collected a wonderfully diverse catalogue of works inspired by the idea of landscape. Apart from Shelagh Lummis’s multi-part painting of an arcadian scene, there is little to suggest the conventions of view-capture.
Gavin Vitullo’s imposing modulated timber poles evoke the forest. Matthew Allam creates miniature landforms in moss-filled clay saucers. The paintings of John Barnes hanker for abstraction in canvas-filling constellations of circles. Sally Reynolds’s woodcuts continue to recreate the red cliffs of Central Australia’s MacDonnell Ranges.
Penny Dunstan reverts to the camera-less photography of her previous work in a series of sepia-toned details of growing leaves and plants. This solar-powered image-making brings us the natural world, but transformed into polarised pattern, with a mysterious new dimension.