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Wednesday
May162018

PROFILED ARTIST: ASHLEY McNEIL


Ashley McNeil paints from her own personal life experiences and is inspired by classical portraiture, vanitas and memento mori. Using oils, she strives to create paintings that evoke a sense of foreboding and intimidation in her audience and provide a new perspective to the modern day femme identifying form.

Originating from Canada and studying visual arts at the University of Victoria for three and a half years, Ashley ran away from home in search of a different way of life and living. Finding her niche within the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, she has been inspired and challenged by the multitude of talented individuals who contribute to the vibrant Melbourne art and music scene.

Ashley’s new portrait series strives to shine a light on mental illness and her personal experience of panic, anxiety and depression, illustrating what the feelings would look like if they were to be brought to the surface and transformed into physical visceral objects. 

 

 

 

 Ashley McNeil's exhibition Life, Death and Panic Attacks, is current 9 – 22 May 2018.


Friday
May042018

PROFILED ARTIST: GRACE LOUISE BILES

Grace Louise Biles is an abstract resin artist residing in Melbourne, Victoria. Since studying a diploma of interior design and decoration at Swinburne University, Grace Louise has been highly influenced by colour psychology and the direct effects it has on people's emotions.

By combining the fluidity of resin, audacious colours of acrylic paints and inks, as well as intricate line-work, Grace Louise is able to construct a complex harmony of fabricated emotion. The addition of paint pen adds a dimension of control that can't be achieved with resin alone. In a sense, resin is free and not easily controlled and the patterns illustrated by the paint pen are an opposing force of conformity and control that both rival and complement the resin as a point of difference.

'Indirectly, it's an outlet for emotion. It lets me express myself beyond just what words can.' – Grace Louise Biles.

 

 

 

 Grace Louise Biles' exhibition Emotional Stasis, is current 20 April – 6 May 2018.

 

Sunday
Apr152018

PROFILED ARTIST: ROSSANNE PELLEGRINO

 

Rossanne Pellegrino is a photographer and mixed media artist, born in Adelaide. 

Rossanne was a student of International Studies and Foreign Languages, and later studied Photography at the University of Arts South Australia. It was during this time as a photography student, that Rossanne was awarded a grant from the South Australian Youth Arts Board to produce her first solo show Looking Through Fresh Eyes (2003) which explored the Adelaide community through black and white photography. Since her first exhibition, Rossanne has regularly exhibited her work in Australia and in London (UK), further developing her art practice and exploring themes of memory, place and identity. 

Rossanne’s distinctive documentary-style photography and her ability to employ various mixed media techniques such as embroidery on photography, photographic transfer and Polaroid manipulation have resulted in a diverse body of work; from black and white photo journalism to expressive imagery that blurs the border between photography and the handcrafted.

In her most recent body of work, Strange New World Rossanne explores false memory recall through embroidered photography.  Embroidering abstract shapes, pattern and colour onto old photographs, Rossanne highlights the ever-changing nature of our memories, influenced by factors such as age, culture, time and imagination. The result is imagery made surreal, with reinvented histories.  

 

 

 

Rossanne Pellegrino's exhibition, Strange New World, is current 4 – 17 April 2018.

 

Sunday
Mar182018

PROFILED ARTIST: ISABEL AVENDANO HAZBUN

Isabel Avendano Hazbun has a practice driven by process. Completing both a Bachelor of Design in Textiles from COFA at UNSW and a Certificate IV in Fine-Furniture Design and Technology from the Sturt School for Wood in Mittagong, NSW – Avendano Hazbun works both in and at the intersection of fibre and wood. Recipient of the Emerging Artist Award at the Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design and the Melbourne Fringe Furniture Award for Best Lighting in 2015, Avendano Hazbun’s deeply sculptural and explorative practice results in works of meticulous detail and finish.

More recently Avendano Hazbun’s works reference the body and body adornment as political methodology to challenge social structures concerning gender and identity and the way we use dress, language and imagery to define them.

Avendano Hazbun's current exhibition Oh My Goddess! features an entirely new body of work which draws on experiences growing up in Colombia and explores mythical and historical representations of women, gender and identity. Linked to the body and adornment as a political methodology, both a communicator and challenge to social structures, Oh My Goddess! invites you to consider the future of our society and the way we use language and imagery to define identity and gender.

 

 

 

Isabel Avendano Hazbun's exhibition, Oh My Goddess!, is current 16 – 28 March 2018.

Wednesday
Feb212018

Profiled Artist: Fae Ballingall

 

 

Fae Ballingall has loved painting for as long as she can remember, but it has previously been peripheral to her primary career within heritage conservation and urban planning. It wasn’t until the birth of her second child three years ago that she began to more fully reconnect with her artmaking. Between children, work, relationships and all the chaos and colour of life, art is her place of calm.

I had forgotten how much painting balanced me, how much I actually needed to paint.’ – Ballingall

Oil painting is Ballingall’s medium of choice with nature being a constant source of inspiration. Whether depicting underwater reefs, tree filled landscapes or skyscapes her style is rich in saturated colour, visible brush marks and textures. Skilfully she explores the interplay of light and shadow and the more figurative metaphors that can emerge within these spaces.

Ballingall’s latest series of paintings blur the real and the surreal, as she explores the dualities of the inner and outer world we inhabit. We are proud to announce that her latest exhibition, Where the light gets in, is current until the 25 February and is the artists second solo exhibition at Brunswick Street Gallery.

 

 

Fae Ballingall's exhibition, Where the light gets in, is current 9 – 25 February 2018.