Are you interested in being involved in ART500?
For the FIRST TIME EVER, we are opening the mailbox to receive submissions from interested Australian artists to join us. Could this be you?
For us, quality of work is always important, but so too is the professionalism of the artist. If you make work that you think would make ART500 a better online gallery, you have an exhibiting history and you are reliable and an all round good person to deal with (like we all are), then drop us a line using the form below and tell us a bit about yourself and your work.
You may need to be a little patient, but we promise to get back to you. If we're interested in talking further we will tell you all about how it works when we respond to your submission.
A few things you need to know:
You also need to know that ART500 is committed to remaining a small online gallery as a point of difference to all the online galleries where your work simply vanishes into the 1000's and buyers find it difficult to see your work. And because relationships with our artists is key, keeping the numbers small allows more focus on our artists. So even if you and your work are great, please know spots are super limited.
Now that you know all that, if you'd like to be considered please fill in the form below before 1 July 2019. We will be back in touch after submission closing date.
In April we featured Steve Warburton in our 'Meet the Artist' features on Instagram in the lead up to not one but two shows. Steve was hard at work on a new body of six paintings for a group exhibition curated by Meaghan Shelton at Gympie Regional Art Gallery - Rites of Passage. At the same time he was completing large scaled works for his solo exhibition Alternative Facts at Tacit Gallery in Melbourne.
We interrupted his busy schedule to talk to ART500.
I never quite know how to describe my work other than to say it is oil-based medium, figurative, landscapes of ever-changing imagery that reflects my impression of who we are. Mood has always been important in my work. I like the viewer to feel something and then go away with an emotional response.
A period that had a big impact on me was when I was having a solo show each year for 6 consecutive years. Sadly the gallery closed but it showed me I could work towards regular shows with new work. I think as an artist, I was happiest then. Though, my work has continued to improved since then, those years helped form the person I am today.⠀
I live in a semi-rural area called Emerald surrounded by forests and paddocks. It is mostly quiet, which I like. Even though I always listen to music when I work, I like the quiet outside. I have used elements of the surrounding environment in my work when it has inspired me. When I am not making art I like to ride my bike(s) through forests and quiet country roads, experiencing the wildlife – looking for inspiration. ⠀⠀
Steve Warburton April 2019
Thank you for the insights Steve.
We are very pleased to have some stunning new paintings from Steve exclusive to ART500. 30x30cm works representing exceptional value at just $500 each for ART500 buyers only. Click the images below to see more detail.
Steve has also provided ART500 with two works for the ArtBeyond500 section. These are larger scaled works offered at special price through ART500.
The ideas for these works are ones that Steve has been ruminating on for a number of years and only recently developed into completed works for the Rites of Passage exhibition.
Our 6th artist in our Meet the Artist series is Wayne Viney, who is sharing here a little about his life and work….
Usually I have to explain what a monotype is. My art is inspired by nature, I’ve always been a landscape artist. Some of my work is more representational, particularly the black and white monotypes. The colour monotypes, what I call the Sea and Sky series are greatly simplified, leaning towards abstraction. I enjoy exploring colour combinations in these works.
A turning point in my career was discovering monotypes, particularly the work of Degas. I looked at contemporary American printmakers, monotypes took off in a big way there in the 1980’s. All that fed into my own work and I eventually adopted the medium full time.
I’ve always loved art and always drawn and painted, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I realised I may be able to make a living from my art. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
In terms of a usual day, I try to be in the studio by nine or ten o’clock and work till lunch, which is an hour or so, then work till around five o’clock.
I live in suburban Ivanhoe. I have my own studio at the end of the garden, it’s important for me to be able to remove myself from the house into my own workspace.
I’ve been very lucky to have a supportive partner. I think artists partners deserve all the credit they can get; they play a crucial role.
When I’m not in the studio making art I read a lot, I enjoy watching films, my wife and I are keen bushwalkers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Next up I have work in a group exhibition at Manningham Art Gallery called Stratified Perspective (opened 17 April).
I am the feature artist at this year’s St Kevin’s College Art Show, opening 25 May.
Hosted by St Kevin’s College in Toorak, Melbourne, the Art Show has a long and proud history.
In 2017, the St Kevin’s Art Show was dramatically reshaped by a visual arts industry professional with more than 20 years of experience working with contemporary artists and each year, Friends of Art invite one well-known artist to present a solo exhibition as part of the Art Show.
For dates, tickets and other details, visit the St Kevin's Art Show website
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