This is a dark world of toxic landscapes and deserted towns, coloured by sulphurous copper skies and illuminated by the chemical glow of flowing metals and poisonous liquid. These paintings have been inspired by time spent in the mining and metallurgy industries, recent travels through outback mining towns, and our seemingly insatiable desire to dig up the planet and poison our atmosphere. - Tony Flint.
Image: Desert Bloom, 2014, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Some of Australia’s best street artists including Adnate, 23rd Key, Shawn-Lu and Ears, as well as Choq from Paris have created some spectacular pieces on Benalla Art Gallery’s walls as part of the Free Art School. The exhibition also includes smaller works by many other artists including Smug, Jaws, Lucy Lucy, Gemma O’Brien and others.
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Reuben Paterson is a dynamic artist known for his creations in glitter and diamond dust. His shiny dazzling paintings are provocatively titled and ‘painted’ entirely in glitter. Paterson is heavily influenced by his Maori heritage and his earlier works draw from this ancestry combining traditional pattern and design with contemporary media.
This particular body of work plays on the idea of colour patterns and floral motifs. Works are bold, visceral and tangible and incorporate formal properties of sharp line and ornate detail with specially commissioned glitter colours to elicit curiosity and joy. The viewer is offered an opportunity to look and experience through a kaleidoscope, which opens up a world of varying cultural ideas and sensations.
Image: Reuben Paterson, Thanks Green, 2013, glitter and synthetic polymer on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Benalla Camera Club. To celebrate we are showcasing a selection of the best recent images taken by current members. Over 35 works are on display and images include portraits, local landscapes, wildlife and architectural sites. Artists include John Barry, Judy Barry, Jeanette Beattie, Joe Bourke, Nigel Bowen, Keith O’Brien, Cathy Duncombe, Daren Fawkes, Jennifer Fawkes, Lorna Hobbs, Brian Houlihan, Jenny Monger, John Spencer and Amanda Swaney.
Image: Cathy Duncombe, Fields of Gold, 2014, type C print, courtesy of the artist.
At Benalla Art Gallery we believe everyone has creative potential. To help you discover yours, we’ve set up a Free Art School in the Gallery offering classes and workshops in drawing, painting, digital media and some surprises, like chocolate sculpture.
The Free Art School is a participatory art project developed by Benalla Art Gallery based on the concept of social sculpture. Set within the Gallery, the Free Art School will include interactive installations, pop-up artist residencies, a creative studio, social space, library and projects with guest artists.
Download the January program from the What’s On box on our home page.
No artistic experience is necessary. All classes are designed to expand an understanding of artistic practice and to build confidence in creative expression. Book early for the workshops on 03 5760 2619.
Located 3 hours west of Alice Springs, Warlukurlangu Artists’ Aboriginal Corporation is one of the longest running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia. Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu.
Benalla Art Gallery will host an exhibition of Warlukurlangu Artists and their gloriously colourful acrylic paintings. A series of interactive workshops for adults and children will be run in collaboration with Indigenous artists from the area.
Kelly Napanangka Michaels, Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming), acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and the Warlukurlangu Artists’ Aboriginal Association, Yuendumu
An exhibition of landscapes from the school of Australian Impressionism. The image of Australia’s landscape has touched the imaginations of artists for centuries. It was a key source of inspiration to artists of the nineteenth and twentieth century and they produced a large volume of work depicting people, places and landscapes using ‘impressionist’ techniques with quick, broad strokes to capture the light and colour they saw as they painted.
The paintings and watercolours in this exhibition are drawn from the Alec Cato Collection, Wesley College, Melbourne and the Benalla Art Gallery Collection. Australian painters include Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Hans Heysen , Penleigh Boyd and others as they traveled to all to all four corners of our country.
Works on display have rarely been exhibited. Floor talks led by Kenneth Park, Curator of Collections at Wesley College are scheduled to take place during the exhibition.
Arthur Streeton, Winter Landscape, oil on canvas, 48.5 x 74 cm, Alec Cato Collection, Wesley College, Melbourne
Contemporary Textiles brings together the work of Georgina Cue, Jeannie McDonagh and Annemieke Mein. These artists transform their materials, connecting old and new narratives to create works of innovation and beauty.
Through the visually striking designs, skilled techniques and richly textured surfaces, the works on display highlight the importance of weaving new histories and ideas in today’s society.
The exhibition showcases a diverse range of textile practice and celebrates the ways in which these three contemporary artists explore, extend and push the boundaries of this traditional medium.
Image: Georgina Cue, Hysteria, 2008, embroidery thread on flyscreen, 45 x 50 cm. Collection of the artist.
Abstraction is one of modernism’s most profound and innovative concepts. The term indicates a departure from reality into a world of thoughts and ideas expressed through a visual language of form. Artworks of this genre are prime examples of the power of radical and progressive thinking.
This exhibition explores how Australian artists today are collectively responding to the genre of abstraction, as both historical idea and emergent artistic practice.
Abstract is our winter wonder of colour here at Benalla Art Gallery and brings together the work of six important contemporary Australian artists - Sydney Ball, Dale Frank, Marc Freeman, Camille Hannah, Kirra Jamison and Noël Skrzypczak, who, through their individual practices reflect on the relevance and importance of abstraction today. Each artist shares a visual language to develop an identity that connects atmospheric and experiential qualities, art historical frameworks and the nature of innovation itself.
Image: Sydney Ball, Infinex #16, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 100 cm, courtesy of Sullivan & Strumpf, Sydney
Australia was a destination for settlement in the early 1800s and migration continues to this day. The artists who came to this continent have contributed in many ways to the education and development of the diverse cultural styles of Australian visual arts.
This exhibition is a selection of artworks by migrant artists in the Benalla Art Gallery collection from the early colonial period through to the present day. The sample of images reflects the changes that have influenced Australian art over the past two centuries.
Image: Danila Vassilieff, Street scene, Fitzroy, 1938, oil on board. Bennett Bequest, 1999