Chaos or Control - Marnie Ross, 'Seconds pass' series

Mike Barnard, Lada Dedić, Merran Esson, Ingrid, Gareth Jenkins, Marnie Ross, Ralph Stanton, Kai Wasikowski, & Yioryios

Chaos or Control
7 November - 16 December
Opening Saturday 11 November, 3 - 5 pm

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Featuring artists from Square One Studios in Alexandria, Sydney. In collaboration with Sean Morris.

Drawing from the gallery’s soirée at Square One Studios, Stella Downer Fine Art presents a group exhibition Chaos or Control, featuring new works by MIKE BARNARD, LADA DEDIĆ, MERRAN ESSON, INGRID, GARETH JENKINS, MARNIE ROSS, RALPH STANTON, KAI WASIKOWSKI and YIORYIOS.

MERRAN ESSON’s ceramics draw from vessels in the rural landscape, inspired by her childhood in the Upper Murray. Old water tanks and buckets are recreated in bright, elegant forms; yet still retain nostalgic marks of their origin. From the two-dimensional to the sculptural, YIORYIOS creates architectural forms that bend, fold and contort. Working with bold acrylic colours and aluminium, his painterly sculptures can be seen as a form of expansive painting.

Working across readymade materials and multimedia, KAI WASIKOWSKI’s latest work responds to a journey to the Southern Alps of New Zealand, disassembling backdrops of landscapes to deconstruct the romantic notion of the sublime in nature. Turning to science, LADA DEDIĆ methodically cross-stitches the intricate MRI images of her brain; stitched on bright swathes of cloth they are given a new physicality.

Colour grabs you when looking at the pulsating rhythm of abstract painter RALPH STANTON’s works. Non-representational STANTON is interested in space with no time. MARNIE ROSS in turn responds to light, movement and time, creating organic forms and structures that play with natural layering and evolving light patterns.

Working intuitively, INGRID uses processes including collage, sgraffito, scarring, sanding back and layering to highlight, destroy, subdue or reveal elements within her work. These abstracted paintings are inspired by her environment, experiences and memories.

MIKE BARNARD explores the relationship between ethics and aesthetics via interrogations of reality and fiction in painting, photography, sculpture, and video. GARETH JENKINS has a preoccupation with text in its handwritten and printer form. Working with collage, JENKINS layers and intertwines text on various mediums with found material to distort and deconstruct the patterns of text that we have come to associate meaning with.

Lada Dedić (represented by M. Contemporary)

Merran Esson (represented by Stella Downer Fine Art)

Yioryios (represented by Artereal Gallery)


Frost - Tradies Sublime

Ashley Frost

Mosman - Through the Bush
6 February - 10 March 2018
Opening Saturday 10 Frebruary, 3 - 5 pm

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A return to a familiar place yields rich results in light and movement for ASHLEY FROST.

From autumn through to early spring this year ASHLEY FROST spent time on Mosman shore reflecting and responding to the beauty of the iconic view that has drawn many painters to its surrounds including Arthur Streeton. In this series FROST references Streeton’s panoramic format to explore the transition of light across the horizontal plane.

FROST attended school close by to the Mosman waterfront at Milsons Point. He remembers compulsively sketching the Opera House during his Latin classes, and at 15 travelled on the Mosman Bay ferry to his first job in Sydney’s CBD. Since then he has been painting Sydney Harbour continuously throughout his career.

During his time FROST created a number of studies including around the Mosman artist camps of Sirus Cove. From his time there he writes, “The wonderfully preserved bush around the camps takes on an almost mystical quality in the late afternoon light. The low sunlight of a winter afternoon, while fleeting, can illuminate large sections of the bush, colouring swathes of trees, forest floor and rocks.”

This focused attention to the movement of light at dusk and dawn captures the signature Australian light at its most ephemeral. The movement of light reflected between the sky and the sea is almost blurred at these in-between hours. From the shore to the sea, FROST pushes his practice to play between vistas of the harbour, and his up close, encounters with the chaotic movement of the bush and scrub. There is an excitement to the bush studies, created in situ, the movement of light, line and tone exude an intensity of the artist’s encounter.


Merran Esson, Judy Holding & Denese Oates

Shades of Green
13 March - 14 April 2018
Opening Saturday 17 March, 3 - 5 pm

Janet Dawson


17 April - 19 May 2018
Opening Saturday 21 April, 3 - 5 pm

Viola Dominello


22 May - 9 June 2018
Opening Saturday 26 May, 3 - 5 pm

Deirdre Bean, Tanya Chaitow, Rod Holdaway, Di Holdworth


12 June - 7 July 2018
Opening Saturday 16 June, 3 - 5 pm

Steve Lopes


10 July - 4 August 2018
Opening Saturday 14 July, 3 - 5 pm

Annabel Butler


7 August - 1 September 2018
Opening Saturday 11 August, 3 - 5 pm

Richard Spoehr & Prue Venables


4 September - 6 October 2018
Opening Saturday 8 September, 3 - 5 pm

Trevor Weekes


9 October - 3 November 2018
Opening Saturday 13 October, 3 - 5 pm

Ian Marr

Western Front
6 November - 1 December 2018
Opening Saturday 10 November, 3 - 5 pm