Louise Blyton is possibly the first Artist that I discussed the idea for ART500 with. Louise is an Artist whose entire life is immersed in Art and she readily understood what I was hoping to do. Her encouragement of the idea and willingness to jump on board was invaluable.
For over 20 years Louise has been exhibiting, both in Australia and internationally. Her home is filled with Art, her travels invariably take her to galleries and museums, and Louise has incredible technical knowledge about Art materials. Which is not surprising when you consider her practice.
Louise is a reductive artist exploring the romance of raw linen and dry pigment. Best known for her pigment on linen works in both 2D and 3D, her practice also extends to encaustic and printmaking. Her work is often in the form of shaped canvases or three dimensional wall sculptures.
Experimenting with colour, light and form, Louise explores the fragility of beauty through subtle shifts of colour in layers. The structure of her work appears strong and bold, yet it is fragile and reveals evidence of the hand inviting a quiet meditation between viewer and work.
And here is where the magic happens, in Louise's home studio in Melbourne.
Passionate about Art, Travel, Gardening and her Cats, Louise's aesthetic shines through in everything she does. In these photos below, you can see her home and various pieces from her Art collection, including a portrait of Louise painted by Rick Amor. Vanessa the cat admiring the art, her much loved Garden and a photo from her most recent trip to New York.
Louise currently has six two-dimensional pigment on linen works available on ART500. Click on any of the images to see more detail.
It's our first Christmas!
It's been an absolutely huge year turning this long thought about idea into an actual real life gallery. Without the Artists I would never have got ART500 off the ground.
I am so proud of this group of artists and I want you to get to know them better. So to celebrate Christmas I am going to do a Christmas countdown featuring one of the founding ART500 artists each day.
Today we feature Brisbane (Ipswich) based artist Deb Mostert.
Introducing Deb Mostert
Deb Mostert has been involved with ART500 from the very earliest planning days.
Primarily a painter, Deb's practice shifts fluidly between mediums and approaches, Deb works in watercolour, ink, oil paint, cast sculpture and more. Deb will basically try anything to extend her already impressive skills.
Below is a photo of Deb's studio, a truly impressive light-filled space at her family home. Deb's studio is filled with the objects of her practice - art books, toys, tea pots, spoons, objects, postcards, catalogues and anything else that Deb find interesting. The walls are hung with a rotating selection of her own works.
Upstairs in the family living space is where you'll find art works by other artists, some purchased, some swapped. The two images below the studio photo show a small selection of her Art collection, including works by ART500 artists Louise Blyton and Ian Wells and others.
Deb is currently working on a Sculptural Public Art Commission for Brisbane City Council. 2015 was a very busy time for Deb with her work curated into the exhibitions 15 Artists at Redcliffe Art Gallery and People- Places at Ipswich Art Gallery, a sell out solo exhibition,having work selected for the EMSLA at Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery for the 8th year running, a school residency AND a commission for the Mater Hospital.
Deb currently has a selection of paintings, drawings and prints available on ART500.
A bit more about Deb...
"Mywork represents a continuing desire to look for paradoxes. These paintings show emptied items…lost, forgotten and passed over objects…yet they also show the wear of service, of play, they are containers for memory and they startle us with recognition. They are at once both sacred and banal. They are painted to look real but they are obviously not. They are worthless to some and at the same time precious to a collector.
I think the privilege and burden to make something of what I see and share it with others, has grown in urgency in more recent times. In these uncertain days I hope to make work that demonstrate that beauty, grace and truth still exist. I feel I am searching for ways to talk about these themes using gentle, offbeat narratives and a crisp aesthetic."
announced as winner of the
2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize
I was so excited to be able to attend the Caloundra Regional Gallery last night for the announcement of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize.
The SCAP (as it's fondly known) is a prestigious art prize attracting an increasingly strong entrant list from around the country. Among this year's finalists was ART500 artist Robert Fenton, who has been a finalist 5 times in it's 10 year history.
Robert's beautiful painting Item# 1770, Florilegium 2015 oil on linen on board 133 x 92 cm was awarded the 2015 SCAP by judge Amanda Parer whose statement read, in part, "..all of the elements that have been placed by the artist give the piece a strengthand quality that allows the viewers imagination to extend beyond what is there in the four edges of the frame...".
Deb Mostert (another ART500 artist) also attended and together we cheered Robert on when the prize was announced. I am thrilled that such a deserving artist has taken out this prize and especially delighted that Robert is part of ART500 so I couldn't wait to share this exciting news with you all.
Item# 1770, Florilegiumis an exquisitely painted art work by a masterful painter. Here's an image, but if you are able to get to Caloundra to see it 'in the flesh' I'd encourage you to do so.
Robert currently has only six works available on ART500, priced from only $250 to $420. If you'd like to own one of his small works, I'd encourage you to hurry up and visit Robert's Shop Page on ART500.
Later this month, I'll be starting a regular Artist Feature on ART500, Robert will be the first Artist featured, so stay tuned to find out more about his practice, what drives his work, an inside peek into his studio and what's coming up next for him
If you'd like to find out more about this year's SCAP, visit the official SCAP website here