Posted: April 13th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Gallery Opening, Jewels Stevens, Kick Gallery, Melbourne | Tags: Between Two Worlds, Jewels Stevens | No Comments »
Between Two Worlds is Jewels Stevens latest showing at Collingwood’s Kick Gallery. As always Stevens has splashed out on colour, with works that are vibrant, sensational, and once again, she’s created works that lend a view of audacious colour that one might imagine lives some place between the horizon and a vivid imagination filled sky. At times explosive, this latest hanging sits against Kicks walls mid-eruption.
“It is no trick to make a simple thing complex” great jazz bassist Charles Mingus once said. “The real accomplishment is making something complex simple”
Stevens – in her 4th solo exhibition with Kick – has taken her now signature use of colour to an absolutely emotive level. Her clever use of perspective leaves the viewer wondering if we have perhaps fallen into a world too small or large to visualise. This latest wonder from Stevens runs until April 28, 2012. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 6th, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: ART, Art News, Artist, Edwin Parker Twombly, Painter | Tags: Art News, Cy Twombly, Edwin Parker Twombly | Comments Off
Edwin Parker – Cy – Twombly, Jr. April 25, 1928 – July 5, 2011. Twombly was a key figure in the post-war abstract art world, he died in Rome after suffering cancer for a number of years.Best known for his large-scale, freely scribbled, calligraphic-style graffiti paintings, on solid fields of mostly gray, tan, or off-white colors. Twombly exhibited his paintings worldwide. Twombly’s paintings blur the line between drawing and painting. Many of his best-known paintings of the late 1960s are reminiscent of a school blackboard on which someone has practiced cursive “e”s. Twombly’s paintings of the late 1950s, early 1960s might be reminiscent of long term accumulation of bathroom graffiti. Twombly had at this point discarded painting figurative, representational subject-matter, citing the line or smudge – each mark with its own history – as its proper subject. Later, many of Twombly’s paintings and works on paper moved into “romantic symbolism”, and their titles can be interpreted visually through shapes and forms and words. Twombly often quoted the poet Stéphane Mallarmé, as well as many classical myths and allegories in his works. Examples of this are Twombly’s Apollo and The Artist and a series of eight drawings consisting solely of inscriptions of the word “VIRGIL”. Twombly lived in Lexington, Virginia, and Rome, Italy. He died in Rome after being hospitalized for several days, and had cancer for many years. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 30th, 2011 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: ART, Art News, Artist, Gallery Opening, Kick Gallery, Melbourne, Painter, Tim Vagg | Tags: Gallery Opening, Kick Gallery, The Boxer, Tim Vagg | Comments Off
The Boxer Paintings
Exhibition Opening 6-8pm June 09
Exhibition runs June 07 – June 25 2011
In his new series, The Boxer Paintings, Tim Vagg continues his recent artistic investigations into Australian history posing questions about the notion and formation of our national identity. Having painted portraits of specific Australian heros and antiheros in recent exhibitions ‘the boxer’ becomes the central motif in his new series. Filled with metaphor and allegory Vagg’s new works again invite his audiences to re-look and reassess Australian history and identity.
Kick Gallery is located at 4 Peel Street Collingwood & open Tuesday-Friday11am-6pm & Saturday 12-5pm
For further information contact Kick Gallery on 0412 243 818 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: May 22nd, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: ART, Art News, Artist, Ben Elisha, Gallery Opening, Kick Gallery, Melbourne, Painter | Tags: Art Gallery, Ben Elisha, exhibition, Gallery Opening, Jacob Hoerner, Kick, Melbourne, Norman Rosenblatt, Suited Men and Patchwork Women | Comments Off
The weekend opening of Ben Elisha’s Exhibition – Suited Men and Patchwork Women – at Kick Gallery, Collingwood was a warm and wondrous gathering. Elisha’s works are exquisite, beautifully crafted, almost mesmerizing. Suited Men was described by one viewer as – almost Madmen like, referring to the opening sequence of the popular television show – the works certainly hold a gaze. Elisha’s Patchwork Women are masterfully crafted, Elisha’s eye for detail is – hopefully – insightful, his armored patchwork lends his models a resilience that might only come from a mind filled with admiration for the females in it’s eye. The opening speech by Norman Rosenblatt was heartfelt, moving. With the room filled and glasses charged the Opening was a wonderfilled way to spend a weekend afternoon, Kick once again has filled it’s space with exciting works from a passionate artist. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 16th, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Art News, Artist, Ben Quilty, Painter | Tags: 2011, Archibald Prize, Ben Quilty, Margaret Olley | Comments Off
Sydney: A portrait of the celebrated painter and one-time Dobell muse Margaret Olley by the artist Ben Quilty has won the $50,000 Archibald Prize. Quilty’s work was chosen from more than 800 entries and 41 finalists to win the coveted portrait prize, now in its 90th year.
The 88-year-old doyenne of Australian art, who was also the subject of an Archibald winner by William Dobell in 1948, said: “Ben’s been wanting to paint me for years. But I kept on saying no.
Born in Sydney in 1973, Quilty was named runner-up in the 2009 Archibald and has been a finalist six times.
He embraced Olley after he was awarded the prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. Quilty said he first met the elderly artist when she was a guest judge for the 2002 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, which he won.