Opal’s is inspired from her childhood, comics and nature, and from how things are made and work. She loves looking for illusions and magnification in nature and replicates it within her fused glass art, using a variety of techniques to develop each piece with design and refining processes between every kiln firing.
Audrey captures the moment and atmosphere of a place and describes to the viewer how the place feels through gesture, texture, mark making and colour. The landscape is more than just scenery, it is made up of layers of history, layers of geology, seasons and weather.
These two artist’s work are unified by their love of light, colour and depth. Opal embraces the properties of glass producing high gloss pieces that soak up light giving a natural glow to the work and purity and depth to the colours.
Audrey’s paintings display a mastery of colour and depth. Brush marks, smears and scratches add textures and form that teases the light across the surface and captures the landscape in their true rugged state. On closer inspection, these landscapes reveal an abstract world as colour and mark making dance across the canvas.
I like to work in a series where the explorations evolve through experimentation, play and accident, and I often revisit and rework aspects previously encountered. This maximizes the possibilities of the theme and the sequences are mostly as important as any single piece.
The most recent paintings are predominantly on a smallish, intimate scale which enables a faster way of working where more alternatives can be developed in the time frame. The colour is deliberately none naturalistic mostly using strong hues to heighten contrasts.
Evolving from small sketchbook preparatory studies the works are more concerned with figure/ground configurations than with literal representation.
Thin Places are places where the veil between the temporal and the spiritual worlds are tissue-thin, and in such places, we may be able to experience glimpses of the spiritual dimension.
Artists Gill Ayre and Caryl Beach explore what this means to them in their work. Always rooted in their experience of landscape, their work touches on these shifts in perception, where mundanity gives way to mystery.
We have new and exciting work installed at the gallery.
Our gallery has a diverse range of work on display from our artists. The exhibition is open from Tuesday July 24th, and includes paintings, drawings, mixed media, original prints, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewellery, and much more. We also have original artists cards for any occasion.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm.