Exhibition Title: Let There Be Light
Mary Edquist lives in Harcourt. When she retired from her busy practice as a lawyer in Melbourne 2 years ago, she and her husband moved back to her family property and heritage in the Goldfields region.
Mary has always been interested in the arts, in particular painting and visual arts. She wanted to paint from her teenage years, but did not get into her own art “career space” until 2004 when she was aged 54.
Her artistic drive is to try to resolve physical and visual experience into a celebration of transformation.Many of her pieces are on large canvasses and there are few 'unused spaces' in her works.
She hopes that the work resonates to leave the viewer with a feeling of immediacy; that the picture has only just been finished and is still alive.
Mary's paintings explore themes inspired by landscape, movement and space,
She is inspired by natural forms and shapes – water, storms, forest, desert and the sky, and she draws upon the inner world of feelings, memory and curiosity.
She works in a variety of mediums, acrylic, water colour, industrial and household paints and finishes..
She has also produced a range of collage works with paper, paint and board.
She aims to give life to blank spaces and repeat and reinvent forms and shapes.
She loves colour, because while painting, she feels immersed in
abundance and can be bold and free from grey, and dark places.
“Because it took me so long to get back into painting, it became a relief and an exhilirating release. I try to grasp the moment before it vanishes, and to find structure and clarity in the maelstrom of our existence . My collages attempt to reveal some of nature's underlying but fleeting symmetry “
Exhibition Title: The 'Blooming' Start
Lisa is a self-taught artist who grew up in a small country town in rural NSW spending nights sketching or sewing. She loves to mix beautiful bright bold colours with soft feminine designs which have masculine structured lines.
Lisa has been interested in learning in doing large scale floral paintings for some time. In 2018 Lisa attended a 2 day workshop that taught her how to paint using acrylic paints. Since then she has also learnt to use oil paints as a medium.
Lisa has called this collection of works, The ‘Blooming’ Start, as it is a pivotal time for her opening and revealing her own inner beauty.
The pieces Lisa has selected for this body of work are masculine in their structure, with a bold vibrant colour palette, but at the same time, being soft, gentle and delicate to observe.
She believes that each piece is strong and well-grounded as if it knows its own true beauty.
Exhibition Title: Insomnia
Douglas Stewart was born and raised in Sydney (Australia). With art-loving parents, Douglas developed an interest and appreciation in art from a young age.
Douglas left school at sixteen to study Musical Composition, playing four different instruments. Whilst he didn’t move into a career in music, Douglas maintains this interest, continuing to write and play music, his preferred genres being blues and folk.
Originally unsure of what path to take, upon graduation from his Musical Composition studies, Douglas followed the family into the technology industry and for a few years worked for a global Telecommunications company. Whilst he felt the pull towards a more creative career, this role taught Douglas the structure and organisation he implements into his life and art today.
Douglas then moved to Hepburn Springs, via Melbourne, where he worked in some of the State’s most well known galleries. Whilst working as an Art Director & Curator, Douglas began focusing on his own creative skills and was soon sponsored by a number of businesses to produce art and run exhibitions for charities. This saw Douglas focus full me on his own art and the start of his art business known as ‘Stewart Spectrum’.
Douglas is a multi-discipline abstract artist with a strong focus on painting, sculptures and works on paper.He has an interest in multi-layered works and his style has been described as “ADHD meets abstract expressionism, with a spoonful of street art styling”. Douglas’ work can now be found in number of galleries around Hepburn Springs, Daylesford and Melbourne, with current plans for expansion to North America.
Whilst canvas is currently his most commonly used medium, feeling passionate about reducing landfill, he also transforms ‘trash’ into artworks, using discarded materials, tree trunks and old artworks. Douglas hopes to show that there is beauty in accidents and flaws.
Douglas Stewart pieces are often identifiable by the outlines, smudges, multi-layered scrapes, strong use of abstracted faces and form, with a key element of motivation being mood.
Series Profile: Insomnia
Created through a lack of sleep and a state of insomniac artistic trance, the series was a form of venting and expressing when Douglas could not sleep. The medium consists of charcoal and soft pastels.
A mixture of characters and landscape type themed works, each displaying the thoughts and ideas of what was keeping Douglas up that night. Spanning from the worst of his insomnia until the end of recovery, the works take a journey through a variety of composition and tones.
All works are carefully framed and a majority of the works can be either bought separately or created into sets to compliment their intended location.
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