Dena Kahan, Large Glass Garden 4

2014 News wrap

Belle’s Generation Next

For four decades Belle Magazine has identified the style-setters of Australian art and design. In its 40th anniversary edition (on the shelves now) the focus is on a new generation of Australian creatives who will carry the torch for excellence into the future. Lucas Grogan is among those featured. We’d love to include a link to the article here, but Belle are playing their e-links close to their chest, so you’ll just have to buy the mag.

Adam Norton’s Conquest on ABC TV

Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art examines the work of Australian artists who explore science-fiction themes and concepts through painting, drawing, sculpture, video and installations. In this 30 minute program, Andrew Frost discusses examples of work by more than a dozen artists and featuring interviews with some of Australian art’s leading practitioners including Adam Norton.

Two artists in Paul Guest Drawing Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery

Pencil drawings by Robbie Harmsworth and Andrew Seward are currently being exhibited in the Paul Guest Drawing Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery until January 26, 2015.

Mike Chavez portrait in Gold Coast City Art Gallery

We are delighted to announce that a major portrait by Mike Chavez, of Australian world surfing champion Joel Parkinson, has been acquired by the Gold Coast City Art Gallery for their permanent collection. Congratulations Mike!

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that two of our artists have been shortlisted for the 2014 Black Swan Prize. Ted May‘s portrait of John Hoerner and Rachel Coad‘s portrait of her studio sitter Megan will both be included in the exhibition which opens in Perth on October 9. Congratulations Ted and Rachel.

Geelong Painting Prize shortlist announced

Congratulations to Dena Kahan, whose work Large Glass Garden 4 was shortlisted for the 2014 Geelong Painting Prize.

MAF Video artists announced

Eric Bridgeman‘s In the Project multimedia work was selected for inclusion in MAF Video in the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair in August. The selection of video works for the fair were curated by Simone Hine and Kyle Weiss.

Dadang Christanto unveils installation in Central Java

In 2006 an environmental disaster of epic proportions began to engulf parts of Indonesia. Mud (either the consequence of low level volcanic eruptions or the drilling activities of a nearby gas plant) has crept across large tracts of Central Java and buried twelve villages in its path. On May 31, 2014, to mark the eight year anniversary of this ongoing catastrophe, Dadang Christanto installed 101 larger than life sculptures atop the mud fields.

Melbourne Art Fair 14

Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting three artists at Melbourne Art Fair in August: Kirstin Berg, Lucas Grogan and Jennifer Goodman. Berg will unveil a new body of paper assemblages while Grogan will be showing a series of large kinetic installations. Jennifer Goodman will be represented by two works from her current series.

State Library of Victoria acquires Paula do Prado

A work titled Myth Re-altered from Paula do Prado‘s current exhibition Odalisque, has been acquired by the State Library of Victoria. And fans of do Prado can read more about her practice in the current issue of Artist Profile magazine. The six page feature includes Paula’s responses to a series of interview questions, photos of her Sydney studio along with images of early and current works. Paula’s exhibition, Odalisque, is currently on at Gallerysmith until July 19.

INSIDEOUT magazine feature

In the back streets of Fitzroy, a vast Lucas Grogan mural wraps around the facade of Elise Mooney’s house. Images of this work are featured in the May issue of INSIDEOUT.

Kahan wins 2014 Stanthorpe Art Award

CONGRATULATIONS to Dena Kahan whose painting Large Glass Garden (above) was selected as the winning entry in the 2014 Stanthorpe Art Festival Prize in Queensland. This year the prize was judged by Angela Goddard, curator at QAGOMA. Angela described Dena’s winning work as “so delicately painted, with a precision and an obviously skilled draughtsmanship underpinning the whole composition.” Read Dena’s acceptance speech and Angela’s other comments here.