by Giselle Penn, Susan Ryman,
THURS 30 NOV - SUN 10 DEC 2017
Official opening: Saturday 2 December, 2-4pm
Beer at opening sponsored by Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
MEET THE ARTIST sessions TBC
In Convergence the art practices of three Hunter based artists are connected through shared approaches to texture, colour and close observance of the natural and manufactured world.
Giselle Penn known for her felt making, has for this exhibition assembled her handmade felt and other textured surfaces with found and collected objects that combine in an abstract play of form.
Drawn to that which is overlooked and disregarded, Susan Ryman (below) lifts observations of her surroundings, floods them with colour-saturated light and creates a strange and sumptuous new world using layers of contour conscious texture. In these unobtrusive works, narratives are an undefined whisper that viewers are free to explore.
Prue Sailer (below) explores themes based on wildlife and habitat conservation. She represents the multi-faceted character of our unique native wildlife through traditional drawing and painting techniques.
SUSAN RYMAN was born late 1955 in Marrickville, completed a Diploma in Art Education at the National Art School and Alexander Mackie CAE in Sydney from 1975 – 1978 and a 3 years later, successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Art at Newcastle College of Advanced Education. The usual balancing act of teaching, family, working in arts administration, travelling and maintaining a visual arts practice with consistent solo, group and touring exhibitions in various NSW Regional Galleries as well as commercial galleries in Sydney and Newcastle, has shaped her life. In 2015 Susan was awarded a PhD in Natural History Illustration by the University of Newcastle. Inescapable life experience, influences and knowledge feed a fully ripened and intensely personal visual form.
PRUE SAILER is a Newcastle-based artist working in traditional drawing and painting media. She has exhibited regularly over the past 15 years in commercial and public galleries, both locally and interstate. Her works are held in private collections within Australia and overseas.
While Sailer has a lifelong interest in creating art, her formal artistic career began with the completion of a Fine Art Degree, followed by Honours and a PhD in Natural History Illustration (NHI) at The University of Newcastle, where she currently holds the role of Lecturer in NHI. Her doctoral research explored the visual world of animals, using scientific research into animal vision to present an interpretation of the way seven animal and bird species are likely to see their own habitats, according to what is currently known about their visual systems.
Sailer’s formative years were spent in and around Canberra, where her appreciation for wildlife and natural environments began. The natural world continues to provide the inspiration and motivation for her practice and underpins her teaching in NHI. Recurring themes in her work centre on aspects of nature that are often overlooked; the conservation of Australian native species and habitats; and concerns about humanity’s impact on the natural environment.