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
30 October 2009
May Barrie wins major prize at Sculpture By the Sea 2009It 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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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