Quite a Splash
2012.07.28 By Robin GillowDespite Phuket’s busy function schedule on the night of it’s opening, ‘Oceans Apart’ has caused quite a splash, on the island’s shores. Keenly attended, the event proved highly successful and the exhibition continues to attract a steady flow of admirers. Joint exhibitions; regularly frowned upon by those in the art world, are difficult to put together. Creating equilibrium between the artist’s works, so that one does not outdo the other, is not always easy to achieve. ‘Oceans Apart’ is not only well balanced; the work perfectly suits the exhibition’s theme. Soft, seasonal African heat and a cacophony of monsoon tropical colour, offer the viewer a wonderful contrasting look at two different worlds linked by the sea. The artists, Phuket based, Robin Gillow and South African, Libby Harrison’s work clearly depict the different shores on which they dwell. Libby’s paintings, with their almost indiscernible brush strokes, layers of transparent oils, simple, compositions and the soft, yet stark lighting, perfectly capture the essence of Africa. Its open vistas, its dry heat, its winter crispness and its mood speak to one from each work. In contrast, her scenes of Phuket, first experienced in 2011 during the monsoon period, capture the areas damp hues perfectly. Robin’s oils, offer one a glimpse into local Thai and expat life, in true tropical colour; from the owner of a buffalo introducing his charge to the ocean waves on one of Phuket’s northern beaches to yacht’s competing in a local regatta, her palette proves an interesting mix. Her work’s not only captures the area and its lifestyles, more often than not, a subtle message is hidden in its presentation. Robin achieves an almost 3D effect that is unique, be it one of movement, a statement or a particular mood, her work certainly speaks to the viewer. The Villa Royalle Gallery is certainly one of the better exhibiting locations on Phuket island and if the quality of art and interest shown at its 3rd ever exhibition, 'Oceans Apart' is anything to go by; the gallery has a wonderful future. NOTE: A number of paintings at the exhibition’s opening have been removed as they have been sold. These have since been replaced with other paintings and will be on show until the exhibition closing date on the 17thAugust 2012. For a glimpse of Robin’s work, please contact her or view her portfolio on this website.
A Thai Artist by Heart
2012.07.05 ByMany things in my life seem to have prepared me for this moment. While I became an artist and start painting fairly recently, the ability to express myself through my art now seems like a greater calling.
Art, My Love!
2012.04.17 By Jasnilda“Ya, I am an ordinary person. Nothing is so special with me. But I’m really passionate about art and am continuously trying creatively to get extra-ordinary success in the art industry because this is what I LOVE!”
2012.04.04 By Zeana HarounReDot Fine Art Gallery is honored to host a ground-breaking show “Nganampa Ngura” (Our Place) by Ninuku Arts. Deriving from a tiny community in the north-western corner of South Australia, Ninuku Arts is one of the most exciting art centres to emerge over the past 5 years. They are an important part of the celebrated district known as the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands which has become known as one of the most dynamic in the whole of Australia, thrusting itself onto the national stage over recent years. Ninuku Arts is an Indigenous-owned organisation based in a tiny community called Kalka. The majority of the artists in the district speak Pitjantjatjara. It is a place of colour and beauty – rocky mountain ranges, cavernous ravines, desert flowers, red earth, narrow trees and flourishing foliage, covering much of the ground. It is not surprising that a lot of the artwork from this area uses a vibrant palette of rich colour. Senior artist Jimmy Donegan is one such artist who is inspired by the colourful landscape. Colloquially known as Mr. D around the art centre, Donegan uses a plethora of colours to depict his Tjukurpa (or Dreaming stories). In a repetition of dotted lines, he carefully dots his canvas with a thin stick which he has either found on the ground or plucked from a tree. Donegan continues to be celebrated as one of the most sought-after artists from the district to Australian and International collectors, galleries and institutions, since winning the prestigious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Telstra Art Award in 2010. As reported at the time, "Like much of Donegan's work over the past decade, the award winning painting is solemn and emphatic in its design, but dazzlingly illuminated. The artist’s technique is to compose the colour lines of his canvases from thousands of large dots in different hues, which blend into a whole" as stated by Australian Arts Writer Nicolas Rothwell in The Weekend Australian, August 2010. The “Nganampa Ngura” (Our Place) exhibition boasts an exciting group of master works painted mostly by the senior men and women from the Ninuku Art Centre. They are the traditional owners of the land and they hold the stories of the country deep within their hearts. As the name ‘Our Place’ suggests, this exhibition is a subtle statement about ownership and history, but also a joyous collection of paintings acting as an invitation to the viewer – an invitation onto the land of the old men and women. As well as teaching the international audience about the culture, the show also aims to teach the emerging artists from the district. It is critical to the continuation of this great indigenous culture that it continues to be taught to the future generations. As senior man and Ngangkari (traditional healer) Harry Tjutjuna describes, “Old generation are here now and I am old generation too. Lots of old generation have passed away. What can we do? What happens when I pass away? New generation got to learn Tjukurpa (Dreaming Stories).” Harry Tjutjuna is the most senior of the artists exhibiting. His unique style and approach has made him one of the most sought-after practicing artists in the country. He paints a range of stories with both authority and courage. He is known for the drippy, painterly qualities in his technique, and is a natural colourist often choosing a palette of vibrant, poppy hues. Stanley Young also uses lots of colours but he lays them down with precision and a steady hand into a composition of structure and minimalism. The women featured in the show definitely lean towards a more feminine palette. Founding Directors of the art centre - Yaritji Connelly and Molly Nampitjin Miller – attended an exhibition last year at ReDot Fine Art Gallery which celebrated works from two art centres combined - Ninuku Arts and Tjungu Palya. Both directors are featured again in this show. They have had, and continue to play a pivotal role at the art centre. Yaritji Connelly describes where the name of the art centre comes from, “Ninunya mulapa minyma Tjukuritja, palupalanguru kurunpa mukuringanyi pulkara” (Our spirits have a deep attachment to the bilby. The bilby woman is our true creation ancestor and this means we have a need for her in our spirit and soul.) The name of the Art Centre derives from ‘Ninuku Tjukurpa’ meaning Bilby Dreaming, which is the main Dreaming story in the country surrounding the Kalka Community. Yaritji has a unique approach to painting. She mostly paints a story called Malara. It features a water snake. Connelly depicts this snake by painting sweeping curves and connecting them by lose, fluent dotting. Subtle colour shifts come by her tinting her colours and sometimes dipping in two paint pots before laying down the dots. Molly Nampitjin Miller uses a similar approach as is evident by the beautiful colour shifts in the painting by her is this show. The most revered female artist at Ninuku Art Centre is Puntjina Monica Watson. Her works have a stand-alone quality which commands the attention of the audience. She has a quirky approach to composition, creating a border or frame with every painting dotted heavily with lines of bright colourful dots. The open space in the middle often features landmarks such as a rockhole, from the country she paints known as Pukara. Monica paints tirelessly every day but still spends many, many hours on her canvases. They are so heavily and carefully dotted, meaning large-scale works can take her several months to create. In contrast but by no means any less labour-intensive, is the work by Tjulkiwa Atira Atira. This artist is one who has relatively recently found her stride. She paints an area or story known at Arulya. She does this by painting a series of bold lines (often in black and white) down the canvas and then dotting them with varying-sized dots. Atira carefully mixes a range of colours, each one only subtly different to the next. The result is a very optical and modern outcome, quite striking amongst the other desert works. This exhibition is a true celebration of the men and women’s contribution to culture and art. It showcases an exceptional and masterful collection of works – many of which are large-scale – to give the audience powerful insight into their place, their country and their story. The exhibition will be accompanied by landscape photographs from the district, portraits of the artists and documentation which will give the viewer great context for the paintings. It will be the first independent exhibition by Ninuku Arts internationally and it will be held in Singapore. The exhibition opens Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm.
The Fulfillment of a Long Journey
2011.08.17 By Olga BliznetsovaFatigue and depression were my companions until such time I realized that instead of having regrets for the rest of my life I had to fight for what I really wanted to do.
Destined to Paint
2011.05.25 By Arnaldo MirasolI chose to pursue Painting, which according to my eldest sister is a profession suitable only for rich people who'll still eat even if they never sell a single painting. She must be wrong there
The Presence in the Heart of Summer Capital
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How to Critique Art - the Gentle Way
2010.12.20 By Jeanette MokSubjectivity grounds every individual unique in their own right and shapes each of them differently. Art and design are disciplines that are subjective to public’s scrutiny, and infrequently objective.
Watercolor Made Easy
2010.11.11 By Jeanette MokLike all forms of art, watercolor painting is not a medium one can grasp easily. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. I will take you through 13 simple steps to painting your own honeysuckle spray bearing in mind that watercolor painting is actually a build up of layers of colors. This is an easier approach to applying color to your canvas.