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On the Dobell Prize 2009 @ AGNSW ArtKritique blog post

By John Matthews    Saturday 5 December 2009

I look forward to the Dobell Prize. It's the antidote to the celebrity silliness of the Archibald and can be guaranteed to leave you feeling far more elevated.


2009 Dobell Prize for Drawing Four finalists represented by Stella Downer Fine Art

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   November 2009

Congratulations to four artists represented by SDFA who have been hung as Finalists in the 2009 Dobell Prize for Drawing: Tanya CHAITOW, David FAIRBAIRN, Graham FRANSELLA & Rod HOLDAWAY ...more


Ian Marr Wayfarer

   24 November - 20 December

IAN MARR's work captures the quintessential ebb and flow of nature. He is both a painter and a letter cutter into stone and slate. MARR imbues both mediums with his passion for history and travel. ...more


Time and Tide, May Barrie

By Michael Hill
Sculpture by the Sea website    24 November 2009

Late one evening as a storm approached, I caught a revealing glimpse of the rock. The silver light hit it directly, glazing the two concavities with a sheen, while the rough surface around was made soft by countless tiny shadows. The work seemed to be modelled in reflection and shadow, what the Greeks called skiagraphy. In the past, sculptors might finish their carving at night, modulating the surface with a claw chisel under the direction of an oil lamp. I imagined that the vision I had had at that moment might be projected onto its execution, a work carved in the course of days, the sun shining full face on the carving only at sunset. ...more


Caught Between A Rock And First Place May Barrie

By Adam Fulton
Sydney Morning Herald    30 October 2009

May Barrie wins major prize at Sculpture By the Sea 2009

It might look like a meteorite but 'Time and Tide Granite Monolith II', the naturalistic sculpture that yesterday won Sculpture by the Sea's, $60,000 top prize has received a wave of earthly praise for its "incredible simplicity". ...more


91yo takes top prize in Sculpture by the Sea May Barrie

By ABC Arts News    29 October 2009

A 91-year-old artist from Wollongong has won the major $60,000 prize at this year's Sculpture by the Sea festival in Sydney.


Keeping Artistic Traditions Alive Ian Marr

By Fiona Brady
Inner West Courier    27 October 2009

Do as the Romans did and learn the ancient art of lettercutting.

Ashfield's new artist in residence, Ian Marr will be demonstrating the intricate art at Ashfield's Carnival of Cultures on Sunday 1 November 2009. 


Steve Lopes Sons of Los

   20 October - 22 November 2009

STEVE LOPES combines a talent for both figurative and landscape painting. He is concerned with placing figures in an environment where they are forced to interact with each other and the natural world.


On This Island, Meeting and Parting Steve Lopes

Artist Profile Quarterly    October 2009 - Issue 9

In early 2009, Artist Profile Invited 11 Australian Painters on working tour of New Zealand's North Island. Included was Stella Downer's very own Steve Lopes.


Bravura: 21st Century Australian Craft 4 December 2009 - 31 January 2010

By Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery Magazine    2009

Forming part of the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, the objects selected for Bravura interrogate the concept of 'place' as represented in contemporary Australian craft. This exhibition features a number of significant new acquistions by craft practitioners Stephen Benwell, Giles Bettison, Sandra Black, Merran Esson, Sandy Lockwood and Vipoo Srivilasa.



   22 September 2009

Three artists - Hu Qinwu, Lao Dan and Huang Xu - feature in a sophisticated exhibition of abstract works, which present an aspect of contemporary art in China not usually seen in Australia.
Stella Downer Gallery in Danks Street, in collaboration with China Art Projects, will host the exhibition, Beautiful World. The artists in this exhibition reference our world, but it isn't the world of Pop culture or socialist realism so often associated with contemporary Chinese art.



Rae Bolotin speaking at the Powerhouse Museum in conjunction with the AGNSW's Silk Ikats exhibition

   September 2009

Rae Bolotin will speak about 'Memories from Tashkent: life between two cultures in the City of Stone' on Saturday 5 September 2009 at the Powerhouse Museum


NAVA Member Profile: Merran Esson

By National Association for the Visual Arts
NAVA Quarterly    September 2009

Extract from an essay tited "A Survey of a Sense of Place" by Steven Bowers.  Published in Ceramics Art and Perception. Issue 58 2004. 

"Merran Esson (NSW) has lived in the vast interior of inland Australia as well as amid the intensely urban confines of its largest cosmopolitan city - Sydney. Her work expresses the contrast between these extremes."



Graham Fransella

   25 August - 20 September 2009

GRAHAM FRANSELLA's work is unashamedly bold. His striking canvases and large-scale etchings capture a burst of colour and multi-layered abstraction. Embedded in FRANSELLA's work is a visual geography created by strong lines and textural planes which he uses to address presence and absence. That is, the presence of the human form he has made known and the absence of personal identity. ...more


David Fairbairn Captured

   28 July - 23 August 2009

DAVID FAIRBAIRN says “my drawings and paintings are a forensic mapping out of an energy field.” FAIRBAIRN creates architectural portraits using bold layers and angular lines. His densely layered works on paper portray the inherent fragility and transient nature of human existence – the shifting layers become markers of time, capturing every movement of the sitter and every mark made by the artist.



Art in Troubled Times Danks Street Conversations on Contemporary Art

   July 2009

Danks Street Galleries invite you to the fourth in a series of Conversations on Contemporary Art, titled Art in Troubled Time. To be held on Tuesday 28 July, 6 for 6.30pm at Dominik Mersch Gallery, 2 Danks Street. Please download the pdf for information about the panel and tickets.


Ceramics Lynda Draper, Merran Esson & Fiona Murphy

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   7 - 26 July 2009

Lynda Draper, Merran Esson and Fiona Murphy use ceramics in very different ways. DRAPER transforms objects from her childhood home to create memorials to the memories, fears, desires and daydreams of a female growing up in the Australia suburbs. Resonances of ESSON’s native Tumbarumba landscape (Snowy Mountains) appear in her strong strata-like patterns. While MURPHY’s organic structures appear to grow and transform into industrial assemblages.


Graham Fransella on Artscape ABC TV Landscape of the Wynne

   July 2009

Artscape on ABC Television is showcasing the work of Graham Fransella in 'Landscape of the Wynne' on ABC1 Tues 28 July @ 10pm and ABC2 Sun 2 August @ 7pm.  Winner of the 2009 Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustee’s Watercolour Prize as part of the Wynne Prize, Fransella is exhibiting at Stella Downer Fine Art from 25 August to 20 September 2009.


Paul Higgs Media Release

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   9 June - 4 July 2009

Paul Higgs'  work is a tense and surprising  music like,  considered   balance  of complex  opposites.    The  inert  and the  frenetic , energy  and rest ,  harmony and dissonance,  all find unity  in these energetic, playful  and joyous compositions. His paintings and mixed media paint constructs  are a testament to his commitment to abstraction.


Strange Lifes Maree Alexander, Anna Eggert, Jacqui Hudson, Dale Miles curated by Eliza Garnsey

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   19 May - 6 June 2009

In Strange Lifes the world of still life is turned on its head. There is nothing still about the works of Maree Alexander, Anna Eggert, Jacqui Hudson and Dale Miles. Rather, the four artists imbue objects with a sense of the living, the strange and the surreal.


Luca Gansser Media Release

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   21 April - 16 May 2009

LUCA GANSSER's paintings on board are a reflection of his experience in Timor Leste (East Timor) and his world travels. GANSSER's vibrant paintings depict different elements of Timor Leste's past, present and future - a skull hidden in lush foliage, a flower blooming, an art student painting.


Merrick Fry & Rod Holdaway A Tale of Two Cities : Newcastle and Sydney

   14 - 24 April 2009

MERRICK FRY and ROD HOLDAWAY share an interest in the energy of the world around them. Depot Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2017 in conjunction with Stella Downer Fine Art


PAINT Media Release

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   24 March - 18 April 2009

PAINT is a group exhibition of works by MERRICK BELYEA, JANET DAWSON, VIOLA DOMINELLO, ASHLEY FROST, MIIK GREEN, PAUL HIGGS, INGRID JOHNSTONE, IAN MARR, MORAG MILLER, LIZ SHREEVE, GUY STUART and LESLEY TURNBULL. PAINT will explore the many ways in which paint is used in contemporary art. The uses of paint will surprise, delight and amaze.


Ambrose Reisch Sleeping on the River

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   24 February - 21 March 2009

AMBROSE REISCH's work is profoundly multi-layered. His contemplative landscapes and still lifes initiate a visual conversation. REISCH is moved by the landscape of the Hawkesbury River and his oil paintings acutely communicate this inspiration. He uses a reduced colour palette to capture painterly moments in time.


Joy Waren Small Porcelains

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   24 February - 21 March 2009

JOY WARREN creates poetic thrown ceramic vessels. There is a beautiful delicacy in WARREN's work. The simplicity of the handmade shape, the tactility of the glaze and the understated tones make each work a contemplative treasure.


Contemplative treasures of a potty pair

By Mary Powis
North Shore Times    February 2009

Married more than 50 years, artist Guy Warren and his wife Joy understand each other very well. He is a distinguished artist while she is an art historian with a phD in ceramics


Denese Oates Media Release

By Stella Downer Fine Art
   21 January - 21 February 2009

DENESE OATES creates striking, asymmetrical sculptures and wall works using aged metal and iconic imagery from the natural environment.


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