Anita Traynor Fine Art Newsletter / August

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Heart warming art during Winter.

Welcome again to our monthly newsletter, having taken a break briefly in July for a bit of sun and overseas gallivanting. I headed off to the vibrant city of Barcelona home to one of my favourite artists, Antoni Gaudi.  There was much to see and do, but the Gaudi buildings and my visit to Figueres, Dali’s home town and Museum, he is buried there in a crypt beneath the stage, were the stand outs.  Caitlin, my lovely intern, did a whirlwind European trip taking in many cities, Berlin being her highlight, however, she was very spellbound by the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice, a must see for anyone thinking of visiting this enchanted city.  So as winter draws to an end, and I sigh with great relief as I write this, the art world it appears has come out of its winter cocoon and has shown some impressive events leading into Spring.Spring 1883 was held at the Windsor Hotel, which sees all of its suites over four levels transformed into mini art galleries and installations. A few highlights for me, although I still struggle with the dated décor and the lack of physical space to display the art works in a way that does them justice, were  Wayne Youle’s colourful portraits, quite enticing, Suite Gallery, Wellington, Tony Lloyds work, ( I have done a little write up on him separately) and Jan Murphy displayed a fine range of artists, including the talented Fiona Lowry, with her work, Nobody could look up, wide-eyed into the glare..

Also simultaneously around the city the Not Fair was staged in Flinders Street, offering an array of events from artist’s talks, a worthy exhibition and street art tours around Melbourne, not to mention the bar and lots of partying to be had, it is always a must see and a bit of a stand out. Then there was 602 little Bourke street, which aimed to fill a bit of a void left behind by the collapse of the Melbourne Art Fair.  Some of the cream of the art world formed an alliance here to display a very fine standard of works from notable galleries Olsen Irwin, Scott Livesey, Michael Reid, Charles Nodrum, Watters Gallery, Gallery Smith, Martin Brown Contemporary, M Contemporary and various others.  All and all a fairly broad and eclectic range of art which should tick all the boxes for the seasoned collector or even the new scout on the hunt for an art bargain.

Tony Lloyd
Tony Lloyd, Black Mountain 2016 oil on linen 61 x 61cm (gallery 9)
I have for some time been following the rather intriguing career of Tony Lloyd. His artistic style he says “finds inspiration from cinematography of Film Noir and Science Fiction. “ (Gallery 9)  When standing in front of one of his works it is plain to the viewer as we are drawn into the carefully orchestrated perspective, that we play an integral role in the paintings subtext.  There are no signs of life, in his winding roads ominously painted a night, yet we know there is a car present, the mountain scapes too with their snow-capped peaks appear isolated and suggest a world stopped in time.  As I stand before, Black Mountain, a work from the Spring 1883 collection, I am intrigued and somehow transported to a world where peace and tranquillity preside. A world where time appears to stand still, a world where solitude is all-encompassing, yet somehow strangely welcoming.Represented by Gallery 9 in Sydney, Lloyd has exhibited far and beyond, with exhibitions held in London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Beijing.  He won the 2014 Sulman Prize, he is also represented in many prestigious collections, BHP Bilton, Artbank, Macquaries Group, to name but a few.   One to keep on your radar,  he is an artist who is forging a career that could see him rise to the peak, the summit of artistic grandeur, much like the mountain scapes he paints, he may just be realizing the dream of reaching dizzying heights in a brave new world.
Kate Shaw – Luminous Worlds, Fehily Contemporary
Kate Shaw, Hell and Highwater, 2016, acrylic and resin on board, 120 x 150cm Fehily Contemporary
Left: Kate Shaw, Ominous, 2016, acrylic and resin on board, 120cm diameter, Fehily Contemporary
Right: Kate Shaw, Fordite-Lenticular Lightbox, 2016, 70cm diameter, Fehily Contemporary
Kate Shaw’s work brings fossilisation to the mind – though her creations are the opposite of outdated and weary. Perhaps it’s more of a modern fossil she brings to life. Yes, that’s a bit of a paradox or two, but if you take the time to check out this recent exhibition you’ll understand. Taking a look at her work up close you’ll find a talented use of bright and striking colour all sealed beneath a resin barrier, giving a sense of earthy layers.  Read more…
Laura had a wonderful exhibition during the end of July and August at Kinross Art Gallery at 603 Toorak Road.  Laura’s work filled the space with stunning new paintings of large landscapes in her unique and established style.  The exhibition was a success with an excellent number of viewers.  If you would like to enquire about Laura’s work, contactAnita.
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