Betty Bray, Annabel Butler, Viola Dominello, Merran Esson, Rachel Fairfax & Ashley Frost

Deck the Walls

1 December - 19 December

A time of celebration and overindulgence, December has returned to Sydney covered in tinsel and all things Christmas. Adding to the cheer, Deck the Walls is a rich display of diverse artists represented at Stella Downer Fine Art. From paintings to ceramics, artists BETTY BRAY, ANNABEL BUTLER, VIOLA DOMINELLO, MERRAN ESSON, RACHEL FAIRFAX and ASHLEY FROST are here to ring in the final exhibition of the year.

MERRAN ESSON's works speak of an affinity with the land. The ceramic sculptures are imbued with an industrial nature, conjuring up memories of corrugated iron tanks, rusting fences and the geology of the land. Craning your head around, down and inside the vessel, there is always something more to discover.

ASHLEY FROST's works are stunning coastal vistas of from where you'd rather be. Painting in the sublime hours of the early morning, FROST's coastal works capture first light and its changing dance atop the water in textured and tactile renderings.

Incorporating both painting and ceramics into her practice, RACHEL FAIRFAX depicts scenes from the coastline of Coogee to the burnt outback that are quintessentially Australian. The soft washes speak of a lightness of hand, evoking a painterly stillness in the works that immerse you in their reflection.

BETTY BRAY has an eye for colour, selectively paring the landscape back to its most striking visual elements. Playing with colour and tone, the vivid works capture the essence of landscapes that maintain a familiarity in their surreal obscurity.

With a delicate sensibility VIOLA DOMINELLO deftly switches between watercolour and oil paints to respond to the felt experience. Working en plein air, DOMINELLO's painterly gestures and calligraphic marks create works alive with movement and energy.

ANNABEL BUTLER plays on perception and perspective, creating impressions of landscapes that are informed by personal interpretation. The loose brushwork speaks of a well-honed practice, playing with form and repetition to create landscapes that are imbued with a sense of memory of place.

A Bowl for St Sebastian #2 by Merran Esson
Merran Esson
A Bowl for St Sebastian #2
japanese porcelain
13 x 15 x 14 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Early Morning, Brooklyn by Viola Dominello
Viola Dominello
Early Morning, Brooklyn
gouache and oil on board
35 x 40 cm

$1,800
For Sale
For Sale
Riotous Autumn by Betty Bray
Betty Bray
Riotous Autumn
oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Narooma Headlands by Betty Bray
Betty Bray
Narooma Headlands
oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Shadows by Betty Bray
Betty Bray
Shadows
oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Autumn by Betty Bray
Betty Bray
Autumn
oil on canvas
61 x 46 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Spring by Betty Bray
Betty Bray
Spring
oil on canvas
61 x 46 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Winter by Betty Bray
Betty Bray
Winter
oil on canvas
61 x 46 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Chudleigh Tasmania by Betty Bray
Betty Bray
Chudleigh Tasmania
oil on canvas
61 x 46 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Ancient Landforms by Rachel Fairfax
Rachel Fairfax
Ancient Landforms
oval ceramic plate
20 x 25 cm

$300
For Sale
For Sale
Cypress Pine and Eucalypts, Larapinta Trail NT by Rachel Fairfax
Rachel Fairfax
Cypress Pine and Eucalypts, Larapinta Trail NT
ceramic plate
27 x 27 cm

$300
For Sale
For Sale
Ghost Gum, cobalt, Birthday Waterhole Larapinta Trail NT by Rachel Fairfax
Rachel Fairfax
Ghost Gum, cobalt, Birthday Waterhole Larapinta Trail NT
ceramic plate
27 x 27 cm

$300
For Sale
For Sale
Gigantic Quartzite Arch descends, Simpsons Gap NT by Rachel Fairfax
Rachel Fairfax
Gigantic Quartzite Arch descends, Simpsons Gap NT
ceramic plate
27 x 27 cm

$300
For Sale
For Sale
Passion Pot by Merran Esson
Merran Esson
Passion Pot
Japanese porcelain, copper red glaze
12 x 22 x 21 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Swimmers, Main Beach by Rachel Fairfax 2014
Rachel Fairfax
Swimmers, Main Beach
oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm

$3,000
SOLD
SOLD
Beating Heart by Merran Esson
Merran Esson
Beating Heart
Japanese porcelain, copper red glaze
13 x 21 x 18 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Gigantic Quartzite Arch descends 2, Simpson Gap NT by Rachel Fairfax
Rachel Fairfax
Gigantic Quartzite Arch descends 2, Simpson Gap NT
ceramic plate
27 x 27 cm

$300
For Sale
For Sale
Bright Day, Red Rock, Birthday Waterhole NT by Rachel Fairfax
Rachel Fairfax
Bright Day, Red Rock, Birthday Waterhole NT
ceramic plate
27 x 27 cm

$300
For Sale
For Sale
Little Pink House by Annabel Butler
Annabel Butler
Little Pink House
oil on board
24 x 14 cm

$600
For Sale
For Sale
Rear Window by Annabel Butler
Annabel Butler
Rear Window
oil on board
25 x 24 cm

$800
For Sale
For Sale
Terrace Houses, St Peters by Annabel Butler
Annabel Butler
Terrace Houses, St Peters
oil on board
20 x 90 cm

$2,000
For Sale
For Sale
Whole Bowl by Merran Esson
Merran Esson
Whole Bowl
ceramic
21 x 24 x 24 cm

$900
For Sale
For Sale
Under Peach by Ashley Frost
Ashley Frost
Under Peach
oil on board
120 x 120 cm

$8,000
SOLD
SOLD
Lean on me by Merran Esson
Merran Esson
Lean on me
ceramic
33 x 27 x 15 cm
SOLD
SOLD