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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

‘Kiss it Better’ – Christina Peek

Artist Bio

Christina Peek is an emerging artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. Peek graduated from the Adelaide Central School of Art in 2016 with Honours.

Peek’s practice explores the juxtaposition between romantic narratives and lived experience. her works often manifest ideas of romance in sincere yet futile gestures, becoming talismans, which summon romantic love to her. Peek’s works stem from personal experience, creating pieces that are simultaneously individual and universal.

Her most recent works examine the tropes of Mills & Boon novels, specifically their Medical series. Peek is interested in the contrast between the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the fictitious medicine of Mills & Boon. By collating and comparing quotes about the heart across multiple novels in the medical series, a traumatic and contradictory trajectory to finding romantic love is revealed. The characters’ hearts open and close, shatter and heal, tear apart only to later beat as one. Peek’s works are reminiscent of heart-shaped balloons in the hospital gift shop, lipstick coloured with heartfelt messages. Some hearts are whole; others are bisected, each segment containing a different Mills & Boon quote. One heart questions ‘can love sickness really exist?’ The medical professionals in Mills & Boon novels know the only cure is to kiss it better.

Arts in Health Statement:
Christina Peek’s most recent works examine the tropes of Mills & Boon novels, specifically their Medical series. Peek is interested in the contrast between the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the fictitious medicine of Mills & Boon.

Christina peek, The kiss list, 2015, lipstick, cotton thread, linen, dimensions variable, photograph James Field, courtesy of Adelaide Central School of Art

 

Christina Peek, Killing Time, 2016, Crimson Joy and Kiss, Kiss, Bang lipstick kisses on paper, 150cm x 200 cm, photograph James Field, courtesy of Adelaide Central School of Art

‘Celebration of Life’ – Burnside Painting Group

Life is different for all of us. This is reflected through the variety of voices practicing out of Burnside Painting Group. Using a variety of materials, colours, subjects and sizes, the group’s exhibition Celebration of Life advocates for participation in painting as an accessible and effective aspect of mental health and wellbeing for all ages.

The artworks on display promote mindfulness and ‘being in the moment’ by offering viewers an opportunity to reflect and discover various aspects of life and nature.

As a volunteer-run, community-based, not-for-profit organisation, Burnside Painting Group promotes artmaking as a life affirming activity. They welcome all people over the age of 18 from all cultures and backgrounds to enjoy their friendly, social and creative group.

Anne radovic, The Red Sports car (detail), oil, 400 x 510 mm

 

Bev Robinson, Rooster and Friends (detail), oil, 460 x 310 mm

 

H Ann Wyndham, Close Ties (detail), acrylic, 200 x 200 mm

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