Tom Keukenmeester, born in Adelaide, is a contemporary Australian Artist. His work has been shown across Australia in galleries and exhibitions.
Tom Keukenmeester returned to Australia in 2013 to begin working as a professional artist after four years of traveling for work and study. Having always drawn and painted Tom chose to return to Australia to take his artistic practice more seriously. During his time living in London, New York and Montreal, Tom continuously developed his self-taught artistic skills, drawing and painting.
Tom completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Australia in 2013 after returning from studying at Concordia University, Montreal. He also studied Art History at the University of Adelaide and has studied Drawing at Adelaide Central School of Art.
Recently Tom’s work has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Royal South Australian Society of Arts Biennial Portrait Prize (Winning the RSASA award), 2017 Cliftons Art Prize, 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize, 2016 Loreto Star Portrait, 2015 Lethbridge Art Prize, the 2014 Cossack Art Prize, and the 2014 Royal South Australian Society of Arts Youth Art Prize.
“My work is mostly figurative in nature and often incorporates notions of identity and consumer culture. Here I have used still life, genre paintings and ceramic plates as a means to explore these ideas in order to tell a story.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to create a body of work with a South Australian centric narrative and to be able to exhibit publically in the new RAH.
“When first presented with the opportunity to show work in this space, I was excited by the opportunity. Hospitals are places of healing and my aim.
My current series “Where the Wild Things Grow” is a combination of flowers and animal portraits.
My aim is to create art that has a strong presence that embodies the subject in a way that allows you to experience the art as an interactive gathering “enjoying the moment”.
I am inspired by nature and wildlife photographs that I see, which speak to me and evoke a feeling of connection and raw emotion.
My new love of painting is for flowers and animals, stretching myself to harness the emotional serenity, softness, beauty and mystery of the Wild Thing. I strive to create an intimate fleeting moment, discovering and connecting with the images.
I love the challenge of painting realistically because I am excited to see the finished results. The images develop on the canvas as I work. My artwork contains many layers of acrylic brush stokes, unrelenting until I achieve the desired result on the canvas.
Wild things are a culmination of beauty that we cannot get close to, that foster wonder and amazement.
Art has been proven to improve the health and mindset in patients. It is my opinion that art can be a form of meditation as you can get lost for hours thinking of nothing else, allowing your brain to focus solely on one thing.
Dana Kinter is an artist living and making in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Drawing from the natural environment surrounding her home and an Encyclopedia of Australian Birds handed down by her Grandmother, Dana has created a signature style that embraces Australia’s native flora and fauna.
Inspired by early 20th century Australian and Indigenous art, religious iconography, Japanese culture, and everything Art Nouveau, Dana employs a subdued colour palette with emphasis on the natural characteristics of her materials. Dana uses pencil acrylic on timber in her paintings, preferring to work on a series of woodblocks at once, aided by foraged treasures and views from her backyard studio. Recently, Dana has returned to working with ceramics, carving and painting feathered friends with a distinctive focus on colour, line and form, onto hand built homewares that serve as a base for her artworks.
Greeting the Morning is a collection of artworks that welcomes the viewer to come and be still for a moment, to be embraced by the beauty of the natural world and just listen to the birds. A place that is quiet, healing and uplifting. I am grateful to the RAH for this opportunity and I hope my artworks bring joy and inspiration.
I was born in 1964 in Adelaide. My parents were both German immigrants. Mum was a very talented artist and Dad a painter and decorator. I was blessed with the creative gene.
I am self-taught, with knowledge only gained at school, ceramic classes and a silk painting class I took with my mother. She was my inspiration and we had a lot of fun creating and entering Rotary Art Exhibitions together. After she passed away, although I had stopped doing art for a while, I never lost my passion for creativity.
In 2009 my sister (also a talented artist) and I decided to get together and do some art. I have not looked back since, even collecting a few merit badges along the way. I love working on canvas, board (outdoor art) and other paintable objects, and I have maintained a similar style to when I did my silk painting. I like to experiment with different textures and mediums, and rarely plan my entire piece as I like my paintings to evolve as I’m working on them.
I live on the Fleurieu Peninsula, which to me is the most wonderful place in the world. I am fortunate to have my art on display in a variety of places in the region and elsewhere. I am also one of the artists featured in a book called Amazing Australian Artists produced by Art Me Gallery. I’m a firm believer in spreading one’s art around, even in the most unlikely of places, because even if only one person stops to look, you have achieved something. Art should always be shared.
You can find me on Facebook under Lynette Kring Art.
Hindsight is the ability to understand and realise something about an event after it has happened, although you did not understand or realise it at the time. – Collins English Dictionary
Hindsight is delicious and extremely valuable. These drawings, Self Portrait 2008-18, These Boots (are made for walking) 2001-2018 and Make Me 2002-18 show a physical and emotional self that is gone. Collaged with the tyre tracks and abstract elements of today, they become strong works that explore the richness of the whole, the total of all experiences.
In Self Portrait 2008-18 a figure stands between a woman in a wheelchair and a wheelchair tyre print. It incorporates elements of me from 2008 and before; it was my practice to paint a quick one hour self-portrait when I arrived in the studio every morning and the standing figure is one of those, a self-portrait in a wheelchair from 2015 drawn in charcoal on recycled watercolours and drawings, and the marks from my wheelchair tyres of 2018.
As the world reeled with the aftershock of 9/11 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The work Make Me 2002-18, an abstract painting from 2002, I did with a broom and walked all over when my head was full of the war within my own body. It is attached to a drawing of tyre tracks from my wheelchair, boot prints and tyre tread, joining in one evocation gesture. The past informing the present in a weirdly prophetic way. I can no longer make foot or boot prints and I use mops and brooms to paint with now, although with nowhere near the physical strength I did in 2002.
These Boots (are made for walking) 2001-2018 incorporates drawings of 9/11 and tyre tracks, with a meditative self-portrait watercolour from December 2002. Knee high boots standing like twin towers amid confusion and chaos.
Hindsight has a way of simplifying what was in fact very complex. It’s very difficult when you’re at the beginning of a journey such as MS to know how to navigate it. And very easy with the benefit of hindsight to look back in judgement. Would I do things differently if I had my time again? No. And these drawings are testament to this.
Alison is a multi-award winning contemporary designer who has always had a keen interest in art – especially contemporary and eclectic abstract works. This is the genre of Alison’s work – entirely individual though bold and colourful. Clearly expressed in her artwork is a passion for using the juxtaposition of different forms or shapes to create a balance critical to the finished product.
As a former trainee nurse, Alison commenced her nursing training at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital on April 1st 1971, registering in 1974. This was followed by Midwifery at the Queen Victoria Hospital. She is excited to exhibit her artwork at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Her website is www.alisonaplinart.com.au
My wife and I created our photographic endeavour ‘everlook photography’ in 2008. Together, we try to capture nature at its finest moments of light. We find great enjoyment in experiencing the natural world from as close as the roadside, to as far as multiday backpacking trips deep into the wilderness. We feel blessed to have had the opportunities to visit wilderness regions around the world and hope that our images represent not only what we saw, but share the entire experience of being in that location. It is our hope to keep travelling and to keep experiencing nature’s many wonders as long as we are physically able. Sharing this journey with our children Jaime and Charlotte makes it all the more special.
As rewarding as working within a health care system can be, I believe that a fulfilling life requires balance; work with play, fact with fiction, science with art. I’ve always considered myself to be an ‘accidental artist’ whose wanderings into nature have serendipitously resulted in art that I can share.
Professor Eric Fahrudinov (born 05.06.1933 in Bolshaya Tsilna, Russia) is a former General Chief Engineer/Constructor of one of the largest rocket designing & constructing enterprises in the Aviation Industry of the USSR/Russia. He is a Doctor of Technical Science, an academic of the Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan and the Academy of Sciences of Russia, a recipient of the Soviet Government Award for Scientific Achievements, and was a lecturer at the Kazan University of Aircraft Engineering.
Throughout his career he has published over 250 texts and has patented over 60 inventions. He has also published 4 monographic books outlining his views on progressive economic and political reforms aimed at rescuing contemporary Russia from decline and corruption.
Now retired and living in Adelaide with Rose, his wife of 62 years and with his daughter and grandchildren close by; Eric is currently a patient of the Oncology department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Inducted as a life-time member of the Professional Union of Artists of Russia, oil painting has proven to be a long term passion for Eric and his artwork most often depicts Russian or Australian landscapes. He has maintained his passion to create art despite glaucoma causing complete blindness in one eye and very poor vision in the other, and emphasises that his ‘lack of vision does not mean the lack of light’ in his artworks.
Believing ‘that art has a powerful healing and mood elevating effect and an inspiring influence on people’ and that ‘creative art helps in many difficult situations’, Eric hopes that in sharing his artwork, he will be able to motivate, inspire and help others.
Eric and his family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr Nimet Singhal and his team in the Oncology Department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
To coincide with Mental Health Week (7-13 October 2018) an exhibition of illustrations by international artist Marie Jonsson-Harrison created for the picture book Meltdown Moments were on display in the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Community Gallery.
The book Meltdown Moments written by leading psychiatrist Dr Anne Sved Williams places an emphasis on the mental health and wellbeing of families and a desire to assist parents in raising a generation of happy, strong and resilient children. Through exploring the effect that changing parental moods or ‘meltdowns’ can have on children with a story about a parent who ‘loses it’, the book assists families to find better ways of dealing with issues and helps children navigate and understand changing parental moods.
Originally intended to help small children with a parent who experiences ‘meltdowns’ as part of the condition Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Meltdown Moments is now a useful tool for many different families.
A Silent Rhythm is a collection of photographs by emerging artist Alice Blanch. The series was captured across the Australian continent with a particular focus on meeting points found within the landscape; where the land means the sky, the sky meets the ocean and the ocean meets the land’s edge.
Alice uses photographic film in antique cameras to capture emotive imagery of the landscape. Undertaking strenuous journeys on foot or by bicycle for days or weeks at a time through the landscape she is able to connect with the sublet rhythms present within nature. The resulting art works are evocative and quiet portraits of the landscape.
I am very glad to be exhibiting these works within the new RAH building and I hope that through these photographic landscapes patients, visitors and hospital workers can find a sense of clarity and calmness and experience a connection to the natural environment.
Sonya Unwin’s studio practice currently focuses on the exploration of the horizon as an imaginary place, a philosophical, meditative threshold often represented in paintings as lineal. Aldinga Bay on The Fleurieu Peninsula has become the catalyst and inspiration of the paintings in ‘Summit at the Horizon’.
Unwin considers the horizon to be a liminal concept, a non-place of contemplation where the convergence of hues boasts a widely diffused light that changes often. The horizon presents an immense and unlimited space from which to paint both en plein air and in the studio.
Poetically there are connections with textual work from Gaston Bachelard and Cy Twombly inspires with his abstract mark-making and Rothko’s colour-field paintings continue to influence the compositions.
Artwork within a medical environment humanises the space, creating conversation, distractions and a sense of serenity in a sometimes emotionally charged space.
Long waits in longer corridors can be made easier by art that poses questions, creates laughter, encourages calm or is there purely for aesthetic connection.
This suite of watercolours holds a serenity inspired by the extraordinary beauty and energy of the coastal regions along the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Inspired by the ever-changing junction where sky and sea fuse. This sense of distance and the fusion of light, colour and physical elements play an environmental role in her psyche, connecting her to this place of calm, wild beauty.
Sonya Unwin is an artist, emerging curator and picture framer, with a studio at Collective Haunt Inc., Norwood. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the University of South Australia and curates the Metro Art Space at The Hotel Metropolitan. Sonya was one of the inaugural SALA Artists in Residence at the South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and is the current recipient of the Helpmann Academy 2017 Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) Foundation Arts in Health Mentorship.
Ancient ancestral knowledge of native medicinal flora is taught as women gather traditional Bush Medicine, usually as a communal group, passing from the Elders and Aunties to the upcoming Keepers of this Knowledge – about the leaves, bark, fruits, bulbs, roots and grasses, varied across all nations.
Artists like to paint the beautiful medicine plants infinite forms, as in nature as on canvas. You will see “Healing Medicine Leaves” stories shown in many stylised Artworks, all sharing a calming effect and possessing exceptional creative, aesthetic and cultural merit.
Bernadine Johnson, a SALA 2017 Finalist with her amazing acrylic on canvas “Silver Medicine Leaves” is married to respected artist Stephen Martin Pitjara, who is Gloria Petyarre’s and Anna Pitjara’s brother. Bernadine paints Healing Medicine in many forms and captures the colours in the air after rain in her strokes.
Gloria Petyarre, sometimes referred to as Gloria Pitjara, is one of the most famous and significant of all female Australian Aboriginal Artists living and working today. Gloria is a much repeated elder and has made an enormous contribution to her Community and Australia.
Gypsy Draven paints in passionate yet detailed and precise sweeping patters and writes big stories to go with them. She is strongly connected to nature and runs a personal natural food and medical garden. Gypsy is guided by her grandfather when she paints.
Audrey Brumby grew up and was a teacher in Ernabella. Audrey paints with the colours of the seasons in long gracious flows as we sway with the medicine reeds in the water or glide in the wind like an autumn leaf. Her artwork shows her love of her country as she paints.
The Circle of Arts Foundation is all about Healing with Arts. The beautiful free flowing artworks by the Aboriginal ladies in this exhibition are painted with love for their bushland. Love for the healing gifts in nature, used for thousands of years in traditional medicines. We are honoured to show this collection within such an ideal setting and hope that the gentle calming patterns bring you pleasure and bring you closer to nature.
Samuel Davidson has been in and around the ocean since childhood. Growing up in Goolwa, he learned to surf, joined the Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club, studied Ocean and Climate Science at Flinders University and is now currently completing a PhD extending research in coastal environments. All of this has given him a love and appreciation for the beauty found along the Fleurieu Peninsula’s stunning coastline.
After picking up a camera and water housing he decided to share this beauty and his passion with others, in hope they might gain an appreciation too. All his photos in this gallery are taken at South Australian beaches in particularly near his home in Port Elliot.
My recent Visual Art PhD research has been examining the singularities, complexities and overlooked aspects of place in the Mid North of South Australia. It has been a trans-disciplinary approach working with humanistic geographers, who also share an interest in reciprocal relationships with the natural world. Domestic settings have been a rich source of information for an artist-as-geographer, as vernacular architecture, adjusted material culture, and creative cultural practices provide evidence of the dwellers’ environmental awareness. Place forms but never seems to leave us, as my childhood memories confirmed.
Thoughts of my pioneering ancestors were never far from my thoughts. Even though they faced geographical challenges they learnt to love Australia. I, too, felt this ‘clearly invisible’ force in the Mid North that enchanted me. Little birds delivered greetings, gum blossoms cast perfumes my way, and the sentient hills seemed to record my return.
A previous Registered Nurse, I have also found the more recent volunteer work as a Lavender Lady in the ICU a precious and grounding task for myself as an artist.
Catherine Fitz-Gerald’s art explores the different ways light and colour reveal form. Memory, mood and abundance are often the inspiration for works which explore the natural world.
As music can be transposed from classical to jazz, Catherine has transposed her realistic paintings into abstractions, creating six degrees of separation from the original subject in the process.
Transparency, opacity, tone and colour are used to form shape and depth. Images are built out of simple elements, focusing on creating a rhythmic dynamic between colour intensity and retreating or advancing hues.
The abstraction that results from this process does not intend to dispense with a recognisable subject, but to create works which explore slices of light and colour while still bearing a relationship to the original object.
Catherine’s art practise forms an integral part of her journey to health and well- being and her most recent work explores emerging science on how light and colour can affect our brains beyond regular colour vision through non image forming pathways.
I am an emerging contemporary artist who is heavily involved in South Australia’s arts community. I exhibit work regularly throughout South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. Most recently I have been chosen to represent South Australia at BOAA – the Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat, in 2018.
In 2016, I was the recipient of the 2016 Arkaba Hotel Commission and the Adelaide Central School of Art, Fontanelle Residency. In 2017, I worked at the Adelaide Festival Centre as an Artist in Residence for both, the DreamBIG Festival and the SALA Festival, which was proudly supported by the Burnside City Council. The work, Flyers, earnt the 2017 SALA Emerging Artist Award. In June 2017, I participated in a mentorship with the City of Tea Tree Gully – IGNITE public art incubator and have recently installed my first public art work in the main street of Port Pirie.
Jane Skeer works predominantly in sculpture and installation, creating work in response to her observations of people, objects and materials. Skeer re-presents discarded objects, highlighting the vitality she sees in them. A repetitive production process allows her the time and space to contemplate the material and work collaboratively with it to activate it in some way. Through her work, Skeer’s intention is to prompt us to rethink our relationship with the redundant, seeking to prove that the unwanted is in fact useful.
Robert Habel’s paintings are concerned with the idea of a contemporary landscape. Subject matter takes the form of local contested landscapes such as the urban/industrial environment, reclaimed lands, and spaces effected by human interactions. For Robert, the landscape is a modern stage and a dynamic subject worthy of art making.
Robert paints on site, reacting intuitively to the landscape, incorporating changes of weather conditions and chance design opportunities derived from this type of physical practice.
Robert Habel grew up in Northern Tasmania where he started his art school training before moving to Adelaide in 1992 to complete a Master of Arts Degree at the University of South Australia. He has painted and exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas. Robert is represented in South Australia by Worth Gallery.
This exhibition has been organised by a group of mainly Adelaide-based wildlife photographers who spend time in the field together, developing their craft and sharing in the experience of observing and photographing Australia’s magnificent flora and fauna.
The photographs are of non-captive birds and animals or non-cultivated flora, photographed in their natural environment.
“We enjoy the challenges that nature photography brings, always mindful that the subject is more important than the photograph. However, we are delighted to be able to share these selected images with staff and patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital”.
– Barbara McFarlane on behalf of the artists.
Claire’s varied style ranges from realism to abstract: from expressionism to impressionism, with no particular style being favoured over another but rather, the style is chosen that she feels will best represent the subject of each individual piece. Claire’s been involved in art or craft for most of her life, both in business and for pleasure and although having studied at the North Adelaide School of Art, she is mainly self-taught, deriving inspiration from many artists.
In 2005 Claire was an Artist in Residence at The Parks Community Centre, during which time she not only had the opportunity to progress in her own art practice but was also able to assist members of the local community in various art and craft work-shops and to become involved in several solo and group exhibitions.
Miranda has had a long association with the visual arts, traveling Australia painting large scale murals in many tourist destinations, illustrating a number of children’s books for publishers as well as experimenting with abstract and surrealism, using mixed mediums and exploring any materials that creates a texture for her own works.
Miranda’s enthusiasm to paint comes from her own backyard‚ living in the Adelaide foothills and her wish to bring the “outside‚ inside”. Also a surfer, many of her artworks reflect the ocean too with Miranda’s paintings exaggerating nature’s lines‚ shapes and colours‚ creating a modern and contemporary style.
This exhibition brings together the various styles of Quoc Nguyen as he reflects on his love of nature, in particular flowers and birds.
Quoc uses a variety of media, watercolour, collage and acrylic with his favourite technique, the Chinese Style using ink.
Quoc is originally from Vietnam. He left his home in the Mekong Delta by boat in 1990 and spent three years in a refugee camp in Indonesia where he worked as a volunteer art teacher.
After viewing Quoc’s work, an Australian official determined he should migrate to South Australia where his talents would be appreciated.