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Brisbane Stories

I have called this exhibition Brisbane Stories because although it builds on my last show "Paradise Found - Close to Home", the really new thing about this recent work is the narrative or story element I have tried to include. There are a lot more figures in these paintings and instead of just showing different scenes of Brisbane I have made LIFE my main focus. The lives of the people, the trees, the animals. 

I have tried to indicate this response to life by trying to reflect a sense of a real place and a real time with real actions taking place. I believe you can get to the "universal" through the "specific" and by studying my own location so closely, I feel I can read its body language and try and interpret that for my viewers.

I am a great walker and I work on location quite a lot. I notice things and I appreciate the humour and pathos in the everyday. I have not shied away from including the street "furniture" of signage, overhead wires, and things that many perceive as ugly or "in the way" of a picturesque view. I also observe light and what it does to objects. To me the tonal qualities are more important than the colour, and the negative spaces between people and objects are vitally important. - like the spaces and silences in music.

I have great love of Brisbane and this exhibition is a celebration of life here. I have included aspects of the suburbs, the river, and the city landscape. Through all this I have tried to give a sense of what lies beneath, the land itself, with its flora and fauna. 

This year 2016, I had the opportunity to be Artist in Residence at the Brisbane Ekka. I approached this residency in the manner outlined above. The work done on location at the Ekka will form part of this exhibition also, although the 45 works on paper are not illustrated here. They can be seen on my blog.

You can click on this link on to see the Ekka works on my Blog.

Click on the images below to enlarge.

 

 

Brisbane River looking from Bulimba to Hamilton
Strolling through Side-show Alley -The Brisbane Ekka
Merry-go-round, the Brisbane Ekka 2
Little Yellow Taxi - Looking down Brunswick Street, The Valley
Biker crossing Gladstone Street, Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
St Martin's House, Ann Street.
The Summer-house, Brisbane Backyard
Jacarandas in late afternoon light.
Cricket Match Newmarket - Rain threatens play.
City from Latrobe, Long and Alma Streets
View from Red Hill towards Enoggera Terrace and Mt Coot-tha
Crossing William Street Brisbane City
Cockatoos at the Roundabout Latrobe and Enoggera Terraces Paddington
Hecate of the Suburbs - Menzies Street from Petrie Terrace
Sunlight on the Riverbank - St Lucia reach of the Brisbane River.
Water and Water, Brisbane River from South-bank Pool
Seagulls at Sunrise - Hamilton from Bulimba
Bright Morning - Queen Victoria Park
Brisbane River and City Cat from the Story Bridge
Driving past Suncorp Stadium at Sunset - Hale Street Brisbane
Terrace Houses Wellington Street Petrie Terrace
Jacarandas from the back deck
Time for a morning swim - Valley Pool
Walking to Bulimba Ferry Terminal
Sunset Flight over the Brisbane River
The Old Hills Hoist
Jetty from Colmslie Beach
From the Goodwill Bridge - Torbreck and Somerville House
Looking for bait - Gateway Bridge from Colmslie Beach
Mauve Day - Sacred Heart Church Rosalie and Toowong Towers
River at Evening - Brisbane CBD
Dragon Boats - Brisbane River Challenge
Poinsettias
Looking out from under the awning Latrobe Terrace
Evening light reflected - Worker's Cottage
Study for The Valley
Paddington Streetscape
Birds dancing over City Hall
Food and Fireworks at the Ekka
Ferris Wheel and Firefighters at the Ekka
Driving Home, Milton Road
Hemmed in, Ann Street Uniting Church
Through the Mangroves, Hamilton from Bulimba