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‘Printed Company’ – Sally O’Connor, Georgia Cheesman and Lesley Gould

Georgia Cheesman

Georgia Cheesman is a South Australian Lino print artist, creating and exhibiting lino prints for the past decade. Georgia is known for her highly detailed lino prints of everyday scenes; lived-in, real-life residential interiors and overgrown, lush botanical compositions are dominant subjects in her work.

Georgia has exhibited in several solo and group shows in South Australia and her prints are stocked in retail/gallery spaces in Adelaide.

In the mid 1990s Georgia completed an Advanced Diploma in Applied and Visual Art at North Adelaide School of Art. After a long hiatus from art making whilst working in the field of Visual Merchandising, Georgia took up printmaking classes in 2009 at Ruth Tuck Art School under renowned South Australian lino print artist Christine McCarthy. There she discovered a natural affinity for the medium of lino printing; the action of carving was surprisingly therapeutic and the effectiveness of printing hugely satisfying.

Georgia’s current series of lino prints focuses on layers within the natural and material worlds around her as a metaphor for deeply personal reflections on emotional experiences. Her lino prints depict the aesthetic beauty in everyday life;a still life, a garden, a sun-drenched interior. Within the multiple layers of detail are personal references to loss, depression, resilience, courage and hope.

Georgia now teaches the same printmaking classes at Ruth Tuck Art School she attended as a student. She gains immense satisfaction from seeing her students skills develop as they experiment with different techniques and the thrill of watching them print for the first time.

Arts in Health Statement:
Georgia’s recent series of lino prints is an examination of her surrounding layers; the layers of life imprinted with memory and emotion. For Georgia, the possibility that when engaging with her lino prints a passer-by may resonate with those layers, get lost in the detail or be mentally transported elsewhere is incredibly rewarding. The escapism is therapeutic; the benefit being the distraction from present worries; being led to new thoughts and ideas and even someplace better.

Sally O’Connor

Sally is an observational artist living in the Limestone Coast who is inspired by the natural beauty of her everyday surroundings. Sally was raised on a farm outside Meningie which sparked her insatiable interest in the patterns and rhythms of nature.

Sally’s work continues to evolve through her experimental approach. While Sally was initially introduced to the world of drypoint print, she’s more recently enjoyed working with different wood to create interesting effects; resulting in Japanese Woodblock as her favourite medium, in particular, Huon Pine. Strong Asian influences are evident in her use of Asian and Japanese symbols. Sally has dedicated one series of images to Hong Kong, her favourite destination, to visit her daughter.

This series is a reflection of Sally’s studies of migratory shorebirds and their habitat, market produce and tumbleweeds.

Arts and Health Statement:
I believe in Art Therapy for both the patients and the visitors. I have selected pieces with calm and restful colours, but also with some interest to provoke thought and consideration of concepts outside the hospital environment, to transport the viewer to another realm.

Lesley Gould

My childhood spent on King Island created a fascination for amazingly and diverse birdlife. I was introduced to wonderful seascapes and rocky coastlines, and I think this is when my interest in creating images began.

After retirement I moved to a rural property in Tasmania. The coastal scenery, prolific wildlife and birdlife inspired me to paint and draw again.

I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in painting) at the University of Tasmania (Utas) in 2014. I became interested in printmaking after completing a semester in this medium and joined a Printmaking collective in 2015.

On returning to Adelaide in 2018 I joined the Port Community Art Centre and The Red House Group and a Printmaking Collective.

I have joined the Pastel Artists of South Australia and work on the committee of this organisation and participate in the exhibitions they organise.

I was awarded a certificate of merit for one of my printmaking exhibits in the Black Diamond Gallery in Port Adelaide and was a finalist for a Monotype (Printmaking) exhibit in the Solar Art Prize 2019, conducted by Royal South Australian Society of Arts.

Arts in Health Statement:
I worked for 16 years in the Royal Adelaide Hospital and I have very fond memories of my time there.My nursing career lasted for 47 years and in that time I learnt to appreciate the benefits to staff and patients being surrounded by appropriate works of art.Studies show a direct link between content of images and the brains reaction to pain, stress and anxiety.

Georgia Cheesman, Afternoon Sun, Day Terrace, Linoprint- Oil based ink on Stonehenge 100% cotton acid free archival paper-245gsm, Limited edition of 15, Print 41 x 34.5 cm, paper 70 x 50 cm, 2019

 

Sally O’Conner, Blue Lake 1, Dry Point Monoprint on Fabriano Rosapina 220gsm, mounted single matte, 44 x 32cm, 2017

 

Lesley Gould, Scarlet Robin, Linocut Print (hand coloured), 27cms X 24cms
, 2019

‘At my peace’ – Kenneth Dang-iw

Kenneth Dang-iw (Ken Gicana)

A nurse with a strong passion for the arts. Many of us when we were in our early years of childhood, are encouraged to dream and aim for what we want, but eventually we get caught up in a rat race and I, instead of painting on a canvas, picked up a pen and wrote on a nurses’ chart. but over my career I couldn’t let go of picking up a paintbrush, then realised maybe I can love both.

So, “at my peace…”

I want my audience to feel how I feel. My goal is to reach out to those that have a keen interest in art and at the same time would like to explore a different field outside of it. I believe that dreams need not be sacrificed if one has the will and the passion to pursue them no matter what.

Arts in Health Statement:
“I like bringing out the emotions of my audience through my paintings and I hope I can make them see a different perspective. My paintings have more spaces and not too detailed, allowing my audience to fill up the gaps and let their imagination and understanding work on the missing piece.”

Kenneth Dang-iw, Over the Hills, oil on canvas, 152 cm x 51 cm

 

Kenneth Dang-iw, Fish on Hand, Oil on Canvas, 75 cm x 100 cm

‘Bush Works’ – Marek Herburt

Marek Herburt was born in 1954 in Lodz, Poland. When he was 15 years old Marek attended secondary Art School where he had a fascination with Polish and French Impressionists. His desire for further education in the arts led him to the Academy of Art in Lodz in 1975. At this time, he was totally fascinated with light and its influence over colours and forms. Through experimentation with watercolour, Marek was primarily interested in very colourful abstracted landscapes. Over the years this work has remained his central artistic pursuit. In 1994 Marek returned to Poland for 12 months and started to work ‘plein air’, continuing to abstract the landscape but working with oil on smaller canvasses, spending time thinking deeply and about each application of colour.

On his return to Australia in 1995 Marek completed a large body of representational religious narrative images using local people as models. Abstraction however was still strong and continues to be a recurring impetus to his creative life. Permeating his artistic pursuit is the ongoing fascination with light and the effect it has on colour and form. His work increasingly reflects and awareness of the Australian light on the environment. Here, colours are interacting with each other and the interactions in the spaces between forms are as important as the forms themselves. Charming in dynamic design and with a variety of colours depending on the time of the day or season, Eucalyptus trees have become central themes in many of his paintings.

Arts in Health Statement:
“My recent works demonstrate a deep fascination and connection with Australian flora and landscape. I hope the life and beauty that this landscape evokes for me will generate similar feelings of resilience and wellbeing for workers, patrons and visitors to Health Centres.”

Marek Herburt, Dry Pond, acrylic on canvas, 106cm x 146cm

 

Marek Herburt, 40 degrees of Silence, acrylic on canvas, 116cm x 186cm

‘Dance of the Sublime’ – Kylie Jane Playford

Artist Bio

Kylie is an Adelaide based emerging artist working with mixed media, includingpainting, installation,photography and digital mediums. Having recently graduated from the University of South Australia last year with a Bachelor in Contemporary Art,Kylie also has a Bachelor in Psychology and Post Graduate in Social Science. This passion for the arts and social sciences inform her artwork as she instinctively combines emotional intelligence with a painterly artistic language.

Applying a contemporary twist on the paradigm of Romanticism, Kylie has developed a style which fuses classical mediums such as charcoal and metal leafing with more modern mediums such as stencilling and spray paint. Her gestural strokes have been developed using sweeping,dance like movements which create a unique language,bringing spontaneity and emotion to the constitution of her art. Her artwork explores mark making in both abstraction and figurative language.

The series of sublime artworks are influenced by her desire to uplift the soul. These paintings are created by combining dance gestures andcolour to express feelings of spontaneity, joy and harmony. The series painted for the Royal Adelaide Hospital are influenced by an empathic response to the human experience of being in a hospital.

To help uplift the spirit during a stressful time Kylie has chosen to paint reflections of hope, grace and love. These virtues are used by the human spirit to overcome adversity, anxiety and sorrow due to illness, injury and disease.

Kylie aspires to create art that is harmonious and offers enjoyment through the visual medium. It is well documented that the environment you are in effects mental and physical wellbeing. Art has the ability to help improve a person’s state of mind and relieve anxiety. The opportunity to contribute in creating a harmonious environment at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and to offer the hospital’s patients and staff a moment to relax and enjoy and hopefully uplift their spirits is an absolute honour.

Kylie Jane Playford, Bubble Gum Sublime, 2017, Acrylic on MDF board, 1.3m x 1.3m

Kylie Jane Playford, The Everest, 2018, Gold, silver, copper leaf, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 1.3m x 1.3m

‘Strong’ – Ellese McLindin

Artist Bio

‘Strong’, the debut solo exhibition by Ellese McLindin, explores notions of strength in all its forms.

McLindin creates semi-abstract works using paint and ink as well as creating sculptural forms from cardboard. McLindin’s work incorporates buildings and people, along with pop culture references, and her brushstrokes are clearly evident, giving her art a textural feel.

McLindin works from the Tutti Arts studio in Port Adelaide. Tutti Arts is a multi-arts organisation that supports artists with disabilities and strives to take their art to the world. McLindin’s work has been exhibited in several SALA and Adelaide Fringe festivals and in 2019 she took part in ‘Eight Fingers Crossed’ –a collaborative exhibition at FELTspace which saw 8 female artists come together in a fresh and exploratory creative process.

McLindin is excited at the prospect of her work reaching a wide audience through this exhibition at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, saying “I would feel happy and proud for people to see my work”.

Ellese McLindin, Happy Place,2018, ink and pen on paper, 42cmx29.7cm, photo by Emmaline Zanelli

Ellese McLindin, Sport,2017, ink and marker on paper, 29.7cmx42cm, photo by Emmaline Zanelli

Ellese McLindin, photo by Emmaline Zanelli

Artworks by Yisheng Leng and Lucy Luo

Yisheng Leng and Lucy Luo came to painting late in life. Previously, Lucy Luo practiced as a radiologist and Yisheng Leng was involved with training in the army. Now retired, and inspired by nature they have taken on a new journey and create their own traditional Chinese paintings. Powdered permanent colour is mixed with water and delicately applied to acid free rice paper using a Chinese brush. The precise nature of their incarnation produces soft and serene artworks. Often working as a team, Lucy Luo’s brush strokes are completed by Yisheng Leng’s traditional Chinese calligraphy and ink stamp.

This exhibition was installed as a dedication to Yisheng Leng and Lucy Luo from their daughter, Emilie.

Yisheng Leng and Lucy Luo, Untitled,powdered permanent colour mixed with water on acid free rice paper

Yisheng Leng and Lucy Luo, Untitled,powdered permanent colour mixed with water on acid free rice paper

Stepping Stone RAH Childcare and Early Development Centre

Featuring original works from the children of the Royal Adelaide Hospital’sStepping Stone Childcare and Early Development Centre, this exhibition showcases works from some of SA’s youngest budding artists!

‘Santa standing next to a Christmas Tree. Santa is bringing us presents. Big one for dad, medium ones for mum and for me and a small one for my brother’–Tihanna

Evie

‘Rainbow in the city made shiny from the Christmas Trees’ –Jacob

Artist Bio

RaechelleSkye is a self-taught artist living in Adelaide Australia experimenting with a range of mediums to produce a little bit of magic.

Raechelle has been enjoying the world of abstract, creating vivid and fluid pieces to evoke a sense of freedom in her work. This style of art allows her to steer away from more polished pieces and enter into a journey of playfulness and experimentation.

Presented in the artist’s first solo exhibition, this latest series ‘Aquarius’ was created to loosely mimic oceanic reefs and create a calming, yet captivating marine vibe. Each piece incorporates a mix of alcohol inks & high flow acrylics with a few incorporating resin to create the illusion of depth. Some have been created on Yupo Paper and others on wooden boards, showing Raechelle’s experimental nature.

Instagram: @raechelleskye

Email: raechelleskye@gmail.com

Raechelle Skye, Aquarius, instalation view

Raechelle Skye, Untitled, 2019, Alcohol ink & Acrylic on Wood, 1200 x 900 mm

Raechelle Skye, Untitled, 2019, Alcohol ink & Acrylic on Yupo Paper, 715mm x 540 mm

Raechelle Skye

 

 

Artworks are for sale.

Please contact Fiona Borthwick for more information.

08 7074 1439
fborthwick@creativehealth.org.au