Nigel Milsom – Judo House Part 7 (The White Light) 2017
Dec
6
to Dec 23

Nigel Milsom – Judo House Part 7 (The White Light) 2017

Nigel Milsom can paint the look of many things: folded paper, orchid petals, lights shimmering through train smoke, hounds coursing. He paints prize-winning portraits too, not only the look of his subjects but their very essence as well.

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Milsom began his ‘bird as prophet’ series in 2007 with a video of peregrine falcons projected onto the ABC building in Ultimo. A year or so later his bird paintings appeared and it was clear that these works were the product of a long engagement with their subject matter. Milsom recalls being profoundly influenced as a child by Ken Loach’s 1969 film, Kes, which tells the story of a young working class boy and the kestrel he trains in a Yorkshire coal mining town. All of Milsom's Bird Painting suggested motion, but motion that had been analysed and broken down photographically even as the images themselves became increasingly abstracted.

Here he does something new, rendering a crackle of cockatoos in ink, fixing the movement of both. Feathers are graphic outlines rather than textured paint and we feel the weight of air displaced by downstroke. Silhouetted sometimes, alive always, Milsom shows the birds as black shapes against a featureless expanse that is less sky than the page on which he works for as much as these images are the results of prolonged and knowledgeable looking, they are also the product of ink on paper, its liquidity and flow. Milsom knows how ink’s qualities of bleed and absorption can trick us into believing we are seeing something else---this might be the “lesson” of the abstract works interspersed here –and in this raucous display JUDO HOUSE PART 7 (The White Light) 2017 Milsom realises the grace of flight itself.

— Ingrid Perez, New York, November 2017

Private view
Wednesday 06 December 6—8pm

Exhibition hours
Tuesday to Saturday 11am—6pm

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All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files
Jan
31
to Feb 12

All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files

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An exhibition illustrating the Nauru Files to raise awareness about the human cost of Australia's offshore detention policy.

In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru between 2013 and 2015. These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government.

Lale Teoman

Kiara Mucci

Mark Gerada

Despite the harrowing nature of the files, the centre continues to operate as before – the conditions remain and the abuse is ongoing. In the absence of media access to the island, our objective is to illustrate these stories through creative expression, using art to shed light on all we can’t see. Each file will be illustrated by a different artist.

Abdul Abdullah

Featuring artworks by 30 leading Australian artists, includingAbdul Abdullah / Angela Brennan / Abbas Alaboudi / Paul Davies / Dinosaur Designs / Belinda Fox / Adrienne Gaha / Peter Gardiner / Sam Harrison / Pia Johnson / Laura Jones / Locust Jones / Janet Laurence / Jim Maguire / Angus Mcdonald / Abdullah M I Sayed / Tomislav Nikolic / Louis Pratt / Marisa Purcell / Mark Rodda / Caroline Rothwell / Megan Seres / Alex Seton / Joshua Yeldham / Mark Whalen / Judith Wright

www.allwecantsee.com

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Ross Watson: Homines Uniformis
Feb
19
to Mar 4

Ross Watson: Homines Uniformis

Watson’s world-renowned paintings are a celebration of the male form, both in its uniformed and its natural glory. This exciting exhibition, Homines Uniformis features gay rugby players, naked surfers and pop-star Alfie Arcuri in various states of dress.


Uniformed, or in complete contrast, naked - MEN unite the artworks. Military, mounty, rugby or surfer – do the clothes make the man? Singer, Alfie Arcuri features in a striking new artwork. His recent single, 'If They Only knew', written from personal experience, explores covert same sex love and coming out.

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Stephen Fry exclaimed “Watson has created another dazzlingly provocative, witty and enchanting take on a classic painting!” after viewing the artwork featuring Alexis, a gay UK rugby player who caught Watson’s attention posting on Instagram about important and inspiring queer themes and mental health issues.

With the artist in residence throughout the exhibition, this will be a rare chance to learn first-hand about his style, his intentions and the stories behind the artwork on display. A full multi-media experience awaits each visitor into the exhibition with video presentations on the artist’s work giving insight into the creative process and final sentiment.

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Sydney Art Quartet: Butt Naked Salon II
Nov
29
to Dec 1

Sydney Art Quartet: Butt Naked Salon II

The outrageous concert of 2016 returns in an evocation of a bohemian art salon that merges music life and live drawing.

Bring your own art materials and join in, or simply immerse yourself in the exquisite ambience. It is assured you will be dining out on this experience for years.

Alan Jones – painting the walls of the Yellow House
Sydney Art Quartet - performing Schubert, Sculthorpe & Finzi
Musings from Tim Olsen

BYO art materials & photo ID.
Restricted entry to 18+ due to nudity.

Franz Schubert Quartet No. 13 in A minor - Rosamunde
Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet No. 11 - Jabiru Dreaming
Gerald Finzi Romance Opus 11

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Daimon Downey: Solo Exhibition
Nov
9
to Nov 11

Daimon Downey: Solo Exhibition

Iconic Australian artist Daimon Downey will be showing Shapes imagined from decisions made in solitude – a solo exhibition of 70 paintings, sculptures and ceramics for three days 9—11 November 2017, with the opening evening on the 9 November at 6pm.


Each iconic piece of art has been painted over the past year at Daimon's Bondi Beach studio, with a theme of ones search for balance in form and colour. Unlike his past incarnations as pop artist for Sneaky Sound System and bar owner of Sydney’s elite night spot – Pelicano – Daimon’s studio is a reclusive space where all decisions are ultimately made alone – however with a mood exclusively reserved for happiness, excitement and positivity.

Each painting and piece of art has been internalised, with the shapes and colours forged into compositions that have balance whilst incorporating a playfulness that is both engaging, and mysterious. Daimon says that each works title is an elusive game that bears no exact connection to the work yet should have the viewer finding their unique relevance to each. Says Damon: "I want you to feel free of fear and shock with my art. The world is becoming a strange, confusing and almost shocking place. I hope to give you comfort and enable one to lose themselves in a safe place. We all like to escape from life. For me this is found in the process of painting without boundary or pure subject matter. Each of my works are tended to be lived with, worlds that will supply their owners a window for safety, pleasure and escape".

The collection is priced from $500—$3500 pc. For more information, high res imagery or interview opportunities, please contact

Sara Huegill
Row A. PR
sarahuegill@me.com
M: 0473 756 949
www.rowapr.com

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Michelle Purves: Cloudscapes
Oct
25
to Oct 29

Michelle Purves: Cloudscapes

Award-winning Sydney artist Michelle Purves makes a triumphant return to the Sydney arts scene with an exhibition at the Yellow House. After a five year absence, Michelle has created a range of ethereal range of paintings of clouds, with the exhibition called Cloudscapes.


She has not been idle in recent years, exhibiting her works and winning prizes across the world for her unique painting of clouds, winning the prestigious 'Prix d’excellence artist emergent' award at the Mediterranean’s most popular art festival in 2015, Art Monaco.

Michelle also won the 2016 'Recognition Prize' at Art Domain Group, Germany; the 'International Prize Tiepolo', presented by Jose Van Roy Dali in Milan; Certificate of Excellence’ as a finalist in The Artavita Competition, 2017, USA; and is a finalist in the Global Art Awards 2017, in association with the Wall Street Journal, to be judged 17 November 2017 in Dubai.

In 2013, Michelle moved overseas to paint and exhibit at a range of art shows, including Art Monaco, Art Zurich, Sterner Gallery in Vienna, Miami’s Red Dot Art Fair and the Shanghai Expo.

“I am delighted to showcase my work, which has taken on a new dimension of expressing drama, romance and beauty", says Michelle.

A well known resident of Woollahra in Sydney, Michelle spent her early childhood in a remote village in Zimbabwe, a country where she became fascinated with colour, being surrounded by landscapes under the surreal light of the African sun. A self-educated artist, Michelle has developed her own style of painting that is popular with private collectors and galleries, while she is also a well-known, passionate patron of the arts.

Opening Night: 25 October 6pm — 9pm
Exhibition: 26—29 October 11am — 7pm

michellepurves.com
michellejacksonpurves@gmail.com
 

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Sydney Art Quartet: Flesh & Bone
Oct
18
to Oct 20

Sydney Art Quartet: Flesh & Bone

The Sydney Art Quartet with KAGE

The highly acclaimed KAGE joins the SAQ in a dreamlike exploration of gender. Flesh & Bone is a lullaby, a parable and a song about what it means not to be man or woman, but to be human. Darlings of international arts festivals, this is an incredible chance to experience KAGE at point blank range.

“Beautiful, innovative, moving, funny and highly decorated works.” — Paul Summers

Music from Stravinsky, Prokofiev & Shostakovich

Photo: Lachlan Woods

Photo: Lachlan Woods

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PLAYLIST
Oct
5
to Oct 15

PLAYLIST

Playlist brings together artists Gemma Avery, Charles Cooper, Susan Foster, Julian Hooper, Michael McIntyre, Kyle Murrell, Lisa Sammut and Rebecca Shanahan to present an exhibition whose visual language is considered and idiosyncratic.

Simultaneously interdependent and solitary, these works act as elegant counterpoints to one another. Playlist is a personal compendium of contemporary visual artists assembled by Gemma Avery. If the artists were songs then she’d be playing them to you. Probably on a turntable. Definitely reading the lyrics.

In music parlance, counterpoint is the relationship between voices that are harmonically interdependent, yet independent in rhythm and contour. Playlist, an exhibition that works across collage, photography, painting and installation, achieves a unique collective expression while maintaining the singular sensibilities of the artists.

Exhibition hours
Tue to Fri 10am—6pm
Sat & Sun 10am—4pm

Charles Cooper courtesy of Annandale Galleries
Julian Hooper courtesy of Gallery 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNDER THE LINO: BRUCE GOOLD & GEORGE GITTOES
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

UNDER THE LINO: BRUCE GOOLD & GEORGE GITTOES

Bruce Goold will join up again with George Gittoes for a lively presentation of the new film on Bruce's work, Under the Lino – back together at the same venue they helped create, 45 years ago. 

Since those formative years at the Yellow House with fellow artists, Martin Sharp, Mick Glasheen, Peter Kingston, Jon Lewis, Tim Lewis, Albie Thoms, Greg Weight, Dick Weigth, Brett Whiteley and Peter Wright (to name but a few) Bruce has become world renown for his fabrics, limited-edition prints, furniture designs, logos, paintings, and sculptures. He has been commissioned by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Utzon family, Bryan Brown, Martin Sharp, Jeremy Thomas, Mambo, Dick Smith, Post Office Stamps, Sydney Morning Herald, Random House Books, grand Hotel renovations on Lord How Island and the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. 

Under the Lino tracks down some of the finest pieces of his art and archival footage spread around the world, leading to some wonderful conversations that help weave a path through the highlights of his illustrious and tumultuous career.

The night will finish off with the live music of Lime Cordiale whose musical score of drives the hour long Under the Lino film.

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GEORGE GITTOES: YELLOW HOUSE SYDNEY ’71 – YELLOW HOUSE JALALABAD ‘17
Sep
8
to Sep 29

GEORGE GITTOES: YELLOW HOUSE SYDNEY ’71 – YELLOW HOUSE JALALABAD ‘17

George Gittoes returns to where it all began in 1971 – the Sydney Yellow House in Potts Point.

Celebrate at the opening party—a wild blast back to swinging 1971 in Potts Point where Sydney Bohemia meets the ethereal world of Gittoes' exotic Afghanistan. The exhibition launches to the voice of Hellen Rose accompanied by an Afghan and Australian musicians and Go Go dancers – surrounded by work from the pen and brush of George Gittoes. The best party since the original Yellow House opening on 1 September 1971... if you missed that, here's your second chance!

DON'T MISS George together with Bruce Goold on 21 September.

Exhibition hours, not including events:
10AM — 6PM Tuesday to Friday
10AM — 4PM Saturday to Sunday
otherwise by appointment gittoesfilms@gmail.com

 

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TONY JONES – BOOK LAUNCH
Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

TONY JONES – BOOK LAUNCH

Potts Point Bookshop presents

Tony Jones: in conversation with Chris Hanley

Join Tony Jones as he discusses his fast-paced debut political thriller. The Twentieth Man is set in 1972, and begins on the morning after the worst terrorist attack in Australia’s history. ABC journalist Anna Rosen has no doubt who is responsible for the carnage. And when Marin Katich, one of twenty would-be revolutionaries, slips into Yugoslavia on a mission planned and funded in Australia, there will be devastating consequences for all involved. 

Chris Hanley is the Founder and former Chair of the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival.

$15 ticket includes a glass of wine
$45 ticket + book
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LAUNCH: ARTS INITIATIVE AUSTRALIA
Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

LAUNCH: ARTS INITIATIVE AUSTRALIA

Arts Initiative Australia — Sydney Launch

Arts Initiative Australia was established by a group of Gen Ys to build capacity for the arts. We launch in Sydney with a very eclectic event featuring the following artists and presenters;

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Kim Walker (Presenter)
Melanie Eden (Participatory interactive art)
Natalie Zwar (Presenter)
Ben Hinchley / Andrew Batt-Rawden (Performance art / Interactive art)
Bruno Panucci / Guy James Whitworth (Performance art / Visual art)
Emily Granger (Harp)
Natalie Ayton/ Dan Graham (Mad Hatter tea party / Performance art)
Natalie Wadwell (Presenter)

RSVPs are essential!!!

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AAQ – WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Aug
8
to Aug 11

AAQ – WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

The Australian Art Quartet with Taryn Fiebig – opera and musical theatre soprano and cellist

A blonde bombshell of opera and music theatre, Taryn Fiebig has an international reputation as an incredibly versatile and sincere actress, singer and cellist. See a different side to this incredible performer as Taryn and the AAQ explore the innocence, awe and nightmares of youth.

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TARYN FIEBIG

"Taryn Fiebig sang with gripping, indeed devastating intensity….also displayed superb mastery of both gritty, throaty, lower register and clear, ethereal high notes." — Sydney Morning Herald

Vaughan Williams  Merciless Beauty
Robert Schumann  6 Songs Op 107
Elena Kats Chernin  Eliza Aria
Wolfgang Mozart  Quartet KV 80
Peter Sculthorpe  Maranoa Lullaby
Iain Grandage  The Owl and the Pussy Cat

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PLEXUS AT YELLOW HOUSE
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

PLEXUS AT YELLOW HOUSE

Acclaimed new music Melbourne ensemble PLEXUS makes their Sydney debut with a program of contemporary music by Australian composers they have recently commissioned.

Julian Yu A Phonecall to Mozart (2014) 
Jennifer Higdon DASH (2001) 
Richard Grantham Debugeti, from The Lyrebird in my Piano (2014)
Andrew Ford Never (2017)
Igor Stravinsky Tango/Waltz/Ragtime from The Soldier's Tale (1920)

Sally Whitwell The Web (2015)
Robert Davidson Lost in Light (2014)
Harry Sdraulig Evocations (2016) 
Allan Zavod Flurry (2015) 

PLEXUS brings together the talents of three of Australia's most vibrant and versatile musicians, with a goal of commissioning and celebrating Australian and overseas composers. The name PLEXUS reflects the ensemble’s devotion to engaging an ever-growing network of exceptional artists across a variety of disciplines, facilitating their contribution to Australia’s rich and diverse cultural landscape.

Since launching in 2014, PLEXUS has commissioned over 100 composers, and has given over 70 world premieres. Widely acclaimed for its ongoing commitment to Australian music, PLEXUS was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2016 Melbourne Music Prize Outstanding Musicians Award.

This event is supported by Kawai Australia, Limelight Magazine and Yellow House Sydney.

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THE MEMORY OF MUSIC
Jul
13
8:30 PM20:30

THE MEMORY OF MUSIC

Potts Point Bookshop presents

The Memory of Music: Andrew Ford in conversation with Richard Tognetti

Andrew Ford, composer and much loved presenter of Radio National’s Music show will be in discussion with Richard Tognetti about his new memoir. The Memory of Music considers the nature and purpose of music in the context of his own life – what it is, why it means so much to us and how it works in our lives.

From his early childhood in the Beatles-crazy Liverpool of the 1960s to his evolving work as a composer, choral conductor, concert promoter, critic, university teacher and radio presenter, he shares the vivid musical experiences that have shaped his life.

$15 ticket includes a glass of wine
$45 ticket + book
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SPATIAL CONTEMPLATION
May
17
to May 19

SPATIAL CONTEMPLATION

Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for guests.

The AAQ uses every nook and cranny of the Yellow House in this sonic exploration of time and space. You won’t know where to look.

"All encompassing recitals that celebrate the here and now." — The Guardian

Steve Reich  Different Trains
Henry Purcell  Fantasias
Andrew Batt-Rawden 30/31 (world premiere)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy  String Quartet no.2 op.13 in A minor

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THE FLOWER WHISPERER
Mar
29
to Mar 31

THE FLOWER WHISPERER

The Australian Art Quartet and guests: Tony Assness – event director, creative director, film and theatre designer, Saskia Havekes – artist, curator, author, scent designer and founder of the internationally renown floral mecca, Gary Heery – photographer and Warren Macris – digital artist

Saskia Havekes does not arrange flowers, she curates them. And drama and scale are her signatures. When she joins forces with Australia’s premier event, theatre and party director you know you are going to an AAQ concert unlike anything you have ever experienced.

TONY ASSNESS

TONY ASSNESS

SASKIA HAVEKES

SASKIA HAVEKES

"There is no difference between high art or low art. Great theatre should be an event and great events are great theatre." — Tony Assness

Erik Satie  Gymnopedie No. 1
Arvo Pärt  Spiegel im Spiegel
Arvo Pärt  Psalmon
Claude Debussy  Quartet No. 1

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ROSS WATSON
Feb
23
to Mar 5

ROSS WATSON

Ross Watson showcases his distinctive ouvre in celebrating the male form in this must see exhibition of his most recent work, presented alongside some of his most iconic images painted over his 35 years as a professional artist.

Each original painting in his distinctive, highly detailed, realistic style is imbued with ambiguity, both inviting and challenging the viewer to interpret the the themes which Watson is exploring.  Recurrent themes in his work over the years are the depiction of technology in contemporary society, celebrating mateship and the Aussie surf and beach culture. Each image a commentary using classical and contemporary imagery as to who we are, where we come from and form an narrative that depicts the Australian identity from a gay male perspective.

Watson is one of the few professional artists worldwide depicting full frontal male nudity in his work.  Encouraged by Australia’s much-loved former High Court judge, the Hon. Michael Kirby to present his work with more nudity and less prudity.

With the artist in residence throughout the exhibition, this will be a rare chance to learn first-hand about his style, his intentions and the stories behind the artwork on display.  A full multi-media experience awaits each visitor into the exhibition with video presentations on the artist’s work giving insight into the creative process and final sentiment.

Ross Watson has exhibited in over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia, USA, UK and Europe. His art is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Sir Elton John and Sir J.D. Wolfensohn (former President of The World Bank).

Ross Watson will be exhibiting at Yellow House in a premier event of the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival

Explore more at the Ross Watson Gallery website.

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AURAL TIPPLEATION
Feb
14
to Feb 17

AURAL TIPPLEATION

The Australian Art Quartet with Chris Morrison, Global Wine Ambassador

An alumni of the 'most exclusive wine school in the world' and 2006 SMH Sommelier of the Year, wine guru Chris Morrison matches music with exquisite limited edition vintages. Join the AAQ this Valentine's Day and explore the influence of sound on the perception of taste, texture and aroma. Entry 18+ only. 

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CHRIS MORRISON

"First things first. Get the champagne." — Winston Churchill

Ludwig van Beethoven  Quartet Op 18/2
Phillip Glass  String Quartet No. 5 III
Turtle Island  Skyline
Ross Edwards  Chorale & Ecstatic Dance

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ROY JACKSON & MICHAEL BUZACOTT – 'HEADS & FIGURES'
Nov
2
to Nov 26

ROY JACKSON & MICHAEL BUZACOTT – 'HEADS & FIGURES'

Defiance Gallery presents Roy Jackson and Michael Buzacott at Yellow House Sydney

Heads & Figures brings together the work of two senior and well respected Australian artists. Although they work in different media, Buzacott and Jackson both approach the human body in a similar manner. Both artists believe in a spontaneous, intuitive process, and explore and challenge the possibilities of representation and abstraction. These works are not straight portraits or depictions of figures but vehicles for a number of varied influences and ideas.

Roy Jackson is one of Australia’s most distinctive painters. Each work seems infused with energy and the process of the artist becomes tangible as you trace the movement of his materials over the canvas. Jackson was born in England in 1944 and died in Wedderburn, NSW in 2013. A survey of his works is currently touring the country, and his work is part of the permanent collections of Artbank, the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Michael Buzacott is an inventive and idiosyncratic steel sculptor, approaching the tradition of cubist sculpture in a fresh way. He was born in Sydney in 1950, and studied at the National Art School between 1969 and 1973. Buzacott has been included in a number of important group exhibitions in Australia and overseas, such as the third Sculpture Triennial at Heide Park and Art Gallery; Sculptors in Saitama, Japan; and the Mildura Sculpture Triennial in 1982. Recently his work was presented in a forty year survey exhibition, curated by Terrance Maloon and displayed at the Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.

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'MEMENTO' - PETER GODWIN
Oct
5
to Oct 29

'MEMENTO' - PETER GODWIN

Defiance Gallery presents Peter Godwin at Yellow House Sydney

Peter Godwin is one of Australia’s leading painters. The unique character of Godwin's work springs partly from his use of egg tempera, which handles like an oil-based paint but its fast-drying properties allow him to quickly build up layer upon layer. Godwin will scratch back into the surfaces, creating thin, meandering lines that break up the dark recessive planes he uses as a backdrop.  

The artist regularly paints the interior of his studio and while these paintings have strong abstract elements the objects they contain are easily recognizable: chairs, easels, squid, tribal masks from New Guinea, a lemon, a skull, a dead bird, even a harpsichord. Godwin loves to paint things that are old and familiar, returning to the same motifs because he finds there is always another way of approaching them, something to add to his store of perceptions. 

In Memento, Godwin continues to paint his working space, but he has stripped the detail right back, focusing on the lines of the room and patterns in fabric. Bold plains of colour delineate walls from curtains from tables, broken only by simple, solid, forms - masks, paintbrushes and so on depicted by shape rather than detail. This allows the strong, rich colours and beautifully textured surfaces to become to focus of the works and showcases Godwin’s mastery over his materials. 

Peter Godwin was born in Sydney in 1953 and studied at Hornsby College and the National Art School, Sydney. The artist worked as a sessional lecturer in painting and drawing at the latter after his graduation in1983 until 2005. While he produced his own work throughout this time, his perfectionist nature prevented him from regularly exhibiting until 2002, when he was in his fifties. Once he began to show at Defiance Gallery he enjoyed instant success, quickly attracting the attention of Australian collectors and enjoying sell out exhibitions. 

Godwin’s work is represented in private, corporate and public collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia and Parliament House, Canberra. He was awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales Gruner Prize in 1979 and again in 1985, was the recipient of the Mosman Art Prize in 2004 and was selected as a finalist in the Art Gallery of NSW Sulman Prize in 2007.

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AUSTRALIAN ART QUARTET – SEX & DEATH
Sep
14
to Sep 15

AUSTRALIAN ART QUARTET – SEX & DEATH

The AAQ continues its extraordinary debut season with Australia's leading vocal group The Song Company and Mr Lyle Chan - composer, speaker and one of the more interesting people on the planet.

Marenzio Sweet Kisses
Schubert Quartet: Death and the Maiden
Chan Mark & Adrian are her sons
Verdi Quartet in e minor  
Purcell Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
Pre and post concert dining on site at the award winning Yellow Restaurant.

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TONY SLATER – 'THE SUN, THE BUILT AND THE GROWN'
Sep
7
to Oct 1

TONY SLATER – 'THE SUN, THE BUILT AND THE GROWN'

Defiance Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Tony Slater


The Sun, The Built and The Grown consists of a series of domestic landscapes painted by Tony Slater between 2012—2016. Travelling throughout regional New South Wales, Slater has painted  images of quiet suburban streets. These landscapes are unpopulated, but the presence of people is strongly felt through the closely cropped images of dwellings, power poles, fences and even washing hanging on a line. These are tamed landscapes, with roads and paths bisecting closely cropped lawns and carefully placed trees. The resulting works feel intimate, but their emptiness creates an underlying eeriness.

These works showcase Slater’s amazing mastery of light and tone. Since his arrival from the UK in the late 1960s, Slater has been captivated by the Australian light, and this plays an important role in these works. Painted at different times of the day, the harsh light of noon softens into warm tones and deep shadows of sunrise and dusk across the works.

Tony Slater studied at the Royal College of Art, London, in the early sixties and exhibited in solo and group shows in London and Europe. His work is in private collections in Europe, America, Australia and Hong Kong.  He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia including the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sulman Prize on three occasions.

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SYDNEY SCULPTURE
Aug
10
to Sep 3

SYDNEY SCULPTURE

Proudly presented by Defiance Gallery

Janik Bouchette / Michael Buzacott / Paul Hopmeier / Jan King / Brian Koerber / Ian McKay / Kevin Norton / Campbell Robertson-Swann / James Rogers / Paul Selwood / Harvey Shields / Michael Snape / Dave Teer / David Wilson


Sydney Sculpture brings together works by leading Sydney sculptors working in steel. This exhibition is about both the diversity of the medium and the individual language of each artist, and also the shared history of the artists and the things that bind them. The exhibition explores works in the context of the global art world – how Sydney sculptors were part of and responded to global trends. Many Australian sculptors travelled overseas to assist Henry Moore and Anthony Caro, and the knowledge they gained was disseminated throughout their networks to their friends, fellow students and peers at East Sydney Tech. Further knowledge was gained at the New York Sculpture School and Triangle Workshop, NY, and the influence of Ian Mckay was strongly felt by many of these artists. 

In this exhibition each artist will present two works – a life size free-standing piece and a smaller plinth work. In bringing these works together we would like to demonstrate the continuous work and commitment these artists have made since they were students to the present day and to celebrate the strong, diverse, exceptionally talented group of sculptors that exists in Sydney.  

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