All Stars

4 – 31 August

To conclude its inaugural year, Peanut Gallery is hosting the ALL STARS exhibition to showcase the talented artists who have exhibited there since its opening in September 2016. After a busy and wonderful year full of exciting exhibitions and special events, the gallery is closing its doors and moving online for awhile. 

In addition to the opening of ALL STARS on Friday the 4th of August, a fundraising art auction/closing party will be held on Friday the 8th of September. A small Pozible campaign will also run to fund the printing of a limited edition retrospective book of the year of Peanut Gallery.

ALL STARS comprises of eleven outstanding artists working over a range of mediums from printmaking, to sculpture to painting and ceramics. Kyoko Imazu is a Japanese artist based in Melbourne, whose exquisite etching and aquatints have been exhibited worldwide. She is fascinated by the idea of the Yōkai, the supernatural spirits, monsters, and demons found in Japanese folklore and intertwines them with subjects of the botanical world. 

Emma Sullivan’s curious and amorphous ‘creatures’ are made of an amalgam of acrylic paint, aerosol, resin, expanding foam and clay, appear to shift and move before the viewer’s eyes. In her words, this macabre yet whimsical series exists in the place where delight meets disgust and imaginary creatures come out to play. 

Melbourne artist Hannakin’s practice centres around meticulously hand-sewing creatures which explore notions of childhood and nostalgia. In ALL STARS, two small woolly friends make an appearance nestled on either side of a divine print, who go by the names of Blossy Bud and Harper Herbert

Fruzsi Kenez also hits a playful note in pieces made for the ALL STARS exhibition. She presents two cup sets hand-made of Japanese white raku clay. One pair of ‘Conversing Cups’, the first of a new series exploring the comical nature of human interaction, as well as ‘A Speckled Tea Ceremony’, consisting of three speckled vessels perfect in their imperfection. 

Dasha Pliska creates work inspired by tales of the oldest legends and Slavic mythologies. Her meticulous graphite drawings of fierce women and mystical ink studies inspired her work For ALL STARS, where she offers three brand new prints of shrouded female forms. 

Tessa Hancock is an Adelaide-based tattooer originally from New Zealand, specializing in black and grey realism. In her signature style she presents two charcoal on paper pieces, one of the Virgin Mary in a moment of agony and another of the Son in caught in serious contemplation. 

Presenting a series of three wonderfully stripped back pencil on paper portraits, Jennifer Allnutt continues her exploration of the uncanny, the unconscious mind, and identity. Her portraits entitled Kindred Void, Infinite Zero and Sunspots are inspired by spirituality, mythology, and recent musings drawn from literature. 

Tattooer Parker Lyas is interested primarily in symbolism. He explores the balance between darkness and light and creates bold geometry-based tattoos with intricate details. He presents three original ink on antique manuscript paper pieces in this exhibition, depicting his favourite subject matter, the rose. 

Billy Oakley presents three oil on canvas pieces, loaded with energy and gestural strokes. He finds inspiration in the works of romantic masters and uses personal anectotes as subjects for his painting. The central portrait also bears has his trademark-style title, ‘Wine Drunk on the Grand Piano’, extensive and full of intrigue.  

Tayla Broekman creates original gouache paintings and limited edition prints of works depicting anthropomorphic characters as well as female portraits. Spirituality, sexuality and emotional connection all play a large part in her conceptual output, as does a strong Japanese influence. 

Kate Gagliardi offers three stunning watercolour and pencil portraits of female subjects. Using a palette stripped of bright colours, she reveals a myriad of secret tones found only in black, grey and blue. Building layer by layer with a large brush, she conveys incredible emotion in the expressions of her muses. 

Fruzsi Kenez
Curator