THREE diverse Australian artists will showcase their distinctive styles at Turner Galleries this month.
Lucas Grogan’s Skies includes works using YInMnBlue, a vibrant shade of blue accidentally discovered in 2009 by Oregon University professor Mas Subramanian.
Grogan, Turner Gallery’s final artist in residence for 2017, is renowned for his blue and white works, spanning a variety of disciplines, including hand stitched quilts, murals, and gallery paintings.
WA artist Robert Ewing’s exhibition Floration, conjures memories of John Wyndam’s The Triffids, or perhaps Little Shop of Horrors’ flesh-eating plant Audrey, with strange trees and plants rendered in bold, almost harsh colours, and twisted shapes.
The imagined landscapes have an anthropomorphic quality, but Ewing says the works are not meant to be science fiction horror, and represent change as hope.
“These are imaginative places that combine recognisable elements to create images that invite us to consider new and exciting opportunities and discoveries,” he says.
Ewing has been exhibiting extensively since the 1980s, winning a number of awards and his works can be found in several regional and Perth collections.
For Floration, Ewing abandons his usual water colours and instead uses acrylics on linen.
“Which gave me a more painterly play with colours and texture,” he says.
Melissa Boughey’s Cross Country is equally abstract, but a very different take on the Australian bush, and she describes her work as “an annotation of landscape, a shorthand writing, a synthesis of experience”.
En plein air is a fancy way of saying an artist painted outdoors, and Boughey did just that, taking a four-metre canvas on a camping trip for one of her works.
The trio of exhibitions is on October 6 to November 4, with artist talks Saturday October 7, 2pm, at Turner Galleries William Street, Northbridge.
by JENNY D’ANGER