Paradise

17 February – 12 March

This exhibition brings together ten artists from Australia and beyond to explore the notion of Paradise, and man’s place in nature. With work ranging from illustration to glass, printmaking to textiles, this exhibition will leave no stone unturned in playing with this theme. Lush jungles, mountains and little forest dwellings await!

Sydney-based Chloe Harris is inspired by places both imagined and real, which she paints in her trademark childrens-book style. Her gentle watercolour, gouache and ink paintings offer glimpses into whimsical realms where deer and fox friends roast marshmallows by a campfire, and bear families live in houses among the trees. Similarly enraptured by the secret lives of animals, Melbourne-based Kyoko Imazu creates incredibly detailed hand-etched prints with aquatint. Her recurring fantasies of small animals like cats, rabbits and rodents overthrowing society heavily influence her subject matter and exploration of the concept of Paradise.

Nayana Iliffe is an artist, mother and crafter with a home among the trees in Byron Bay. She creates meticulous animal portraits and finds wonder and inspiration in the natural world. This admiration of Australian wildlife closely interlinks with the work of Chloe Duffin, who’s acute eye for textural vibrancy, and little details in specimens is central to her works. Often combining pencil and watercolour with digital editing, her prints take on new layers of meaning for both the artist and the viewer.

Doris Chang’s wide ranging practice stretches from humorous gift cards to wondrous watercolour landscapes that are meditations on paper. She describes her process as very relaxed, ‘more like pushing and pulling pigment around’. She lets the materials guide her, manifesting themselves into being. André Lawrence also approaches his practice in a spiritual way, offering ‘Hair feathers for Earth Angels’, beautiful individually hand carved, whittled and shaped hair pins sustainable sourced from timbers native to the Northern Territory. These beautiful pins resonate with a special energy, connecting two deeply spiritual and symbolic objects – feathers and hair.

Melbourne-based Alice Lindstrom teams iconic Modern artists with dress and fabric design in her collage series. These poppy portraits expertly combine bold shapes and colours with glowing portraits of young ladies in the guises of famous painterly muses. Similarly, Esther Sandler draws on her background in fashion and printed textiles to create unique patterns that mix together contrasting elements including flora and fauna, traditional textile motifs and abstract geometric shapes. Her work has a signature hand painted look with bold and joyful use of colour that completely embodies the Paradise theme.

Also playful and bold, New-Zealand born George Agius works out of the JamFactory, and is well known for her tongue-in-cheek ranges that represent food in glass. In Paradise she offers some choice pieces from her playful series ‘Sunny Side Up’, that engage the viewer with humour and curiosity. Portugese Daniel Moreira connects through themes as memory, time and place, where through drawing and installation a dialogue is established with the natural world and the fiction surrounding landscape. His intimate portraitscapes and artist books tell a story that uniquely explores the connection between man and nature.

Fruzsi Kenez
Curator