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Christopher Pope Originals 2015

Apr
02

Christopher Pope is an accomplished Australian wildlife artist. Born in Adelaide in 1970. Christopher’s love for art and wildlife began early, having spent his childhood in small South Australian country towns. Although he has studied illustration and art in various forms, he is basically self-taught and is regarded as one of the leaders in the field of wildlife art in Australia.

Christopher’s artworks capture delightfully intimate encounters with shy and elusive subjects, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer. His understanding of three dimensional objects and their relation to the surrounding space give the viewer a clear sense of being present.

His work has been exhibited since 1995, with works now hanging in various Australian and overseas collections. Many of his paintings have been commissioned for Limited Edition prints and Australia Post – including the recent series of published Australian Songbirds (2009) and Australian Kingfishers (2010) Postage Stamps. Chris is a member of the A.F.C. (Artist for Conservation).

“I sincerely hope my art will bring more awareness to the Conservation and Preservation of our beautiful and precious wildlife” – Christopher Pope

http://christopherpope.com.au/

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Glenis Gray

Apr
02

After teaching at Primary and Secondary levels in Liverpool and Manchester, UK, Glenis Gray moved into educational publishing – copy writing and photography, for art and craft teaching products, then into store (fashion) publishing catalogues for Empire Stores in Bradford. From 1985 when she moved to Australia – Glenis worked for Edward Arnold in NSW, then Campion Books, managing booklist distribution to schools, prior to enrolling at University in 1988.

Due to family needs and work commitments and several moves, by 1996 Glenis was living in Brisbane – and in 1998 Glenis with her family moved to the Philippines. Here she exhibited work with WIRES (Women in Residence) – a group of ex-pats who exhibited at the Ayala Museum and Australian Embassy during the 4 years she lived there.

Returning to live here in Australia again – this experience had reignited the need to further develop her own Artworks. She committed to further professional tuition and study – her own style of work evolving whilst living and working on the beautiful and inspiring Sunshine Coast.

Glenis is an emerging Artist showing new works in major Arts events locally and statewide – with support and enthusiasm being shown for her mixed media experimentation, and dynamic figurative work.

Images below – of original mixed media, sketches, and paintings all available matted in white, cellophane wrapped, unframed. Small in scale – to suit frame of 12 x 10″ or Medium in scale to suit frame of 16 x 12″. Please enquire.

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Stephen Roberts

Apr
02

Stephen Roberts has been a potter since 1990, beginning as a trainee at Flaxton Gardens Pottery. Completing an Association Diploma of Art in 1995, he now teaches ceramics in Cooroy and Brisbane. He is a member of the wood-firing team at Rowley Drysdale’s property, Quixotica.

Using a foot-powered wheel and hand building methods, Stephen produces functional stoneware pottery and small sculptures.

He shares his workshop with his wife Kari, under their home at Palmwoods. Their workshop has four wheels, a gas kiln and not enough shelves! In the back yard is a chook pen, a small forest and a wood-fired kiln.

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Exhibitions and Events

2011 ‘Floating Land’ Sunshine Coast

2011 ‘Embrace’ Sunshine Coast

2011 ‘Watermark’ Nona Gallery, Brisbane

2010 ‘Tamba Connection’ Butter Factory Arts Centre

2009 ‘Artist of Quixotica’ The Gallery, Eumundi

2009  ‘Romantic Scenes’ Fusions, Brisbane

2009  ‘Floating Land’ Sunshine Coast

2008 ‘Flamework’ Fusions, Brisbane

2005 ‘Wood-fired Pottery’ Cooroy Butter Factory

2000 ‘Marks’ Space 43, Brisbane

1999 “Urban Urban’ Space 43, Brisbane

1999 ‘Formless’ Soapbox, Brisbane

1998 ‘Communion’ Fusions, Brisbane (SOLO SHOW)

1998 ‘Ark’ Soapbox, Brisbane

 

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Denise Murray

Apr
02

What is Cold Cast Bronze? By Denise Murray

Cold Cast Bronze is a way to own a bronze sculpture, at much less expense than bronze from a foundry.

The pieces are first modelled in wax or clay. A plaster mould is taken from the finished sculpture.

From this plaster mould a ‘master’ is cast in resin. After the master is sanded and smoothed a silicon rubber mould is made.

Instead of the traditional bronze, cold cast bronze is in the form of a fine powder. This is mixed with resin and painted into the silicon mould and allowed to catalyse.

The mould is then sealed and filled with resin. A sheet of lead is added to the final pour to add weight to the work – usually at the base for stability.

When the piece comes out of the mould it is sanded, the seams are filled with additional bronze resin and it is polished to bring the bronze to the surface.

It is then given a patina and a final polish by hand.

After a while, if the surface is dull it can be brought back by polishing with the finest steel wool (0000 grade) and a little brasso polish. These pieces are not lacquered.

Individual Exhibitions
2008 New Work Brisbane City Council Carindale
2007 New Works Neo Gallery Fortitude Valley
2006 Interiors Neo Gallery Fortitude Valley
2005 New Works Manly Gallery Manly, Brisbane
2005 Windows & Layers MLC Gallery Ultimo, Sydney
2004 Layers Neo Gallery Fortitude Valley
2001 Attitudes Trevenen House Gallery New Farm
1997 Survival Contemporary Art Centre Wolloongabba
1997 The Watchers Gilchrist Gallleries Fortitude Valley.
1994 Spiders Savode Gallery Gordon Park
1991 Through The Mist McWhirters Artspace Fortitude Valley
1989 Recent Works Valma Pugh Gallery Clayfield
Group Exhibitions
2009 Art and Jazz Greenslopes Hospital
2009 20th Anniversary APQ Waterfront Brisbane
2008 Black and White Manly Gallery QLD
2008 Stanthorpe Art Prize Stanthorpe QLD
2007 Warwick Art Prize Warwick QLD
2007-08 Sculpture ?07-08 Marks & Gardner, Mt Tamborine
2006 Abused Child Riverside, Brisbane
2004 Bush Children’s Waterfront Place, Brisbane
2004 St Margaret’s Ascot, Brisbane
2003 Abused Child Trust Riverside Center, Brisbane
2002 Pine Rivers Art Awards Brisbane
2000/01 Global Sculpture Awards Gold Coast. Brisbane
1998 Simbolica Smith & Stonely, Fortitude Valley
1997 Transcendental Security Fortitude Gallery, Fortitude Valley
Somebody Who Knows Metro Arts, Brisbane
Hanging By A Thread Doggett St Studio, Brisbane
Women’s Issues Albert City Council Gold Coast
1994 Sculpture Satellite Project Brisbane
Collections
Redland Shire Council Cleveland
Nouveau Interiors Brisbane
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Marriot Hotel Brisbane
Greenslopes Hospital Brisbane
Prizes
2007-08 Finalist Warwick Art Prize
2007 Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize
1996 Highly Commended Redlands Art Exhibition
1991 1st Prize Works on Paper Royal Queensland Art Society
1990 Highly Commended Redcliffe Art Society
1st Prize Portrait Redland Art Exhibition
1989 1st Prize Sculpture Redland Art Exhibition
1986 1st Prize Portrait Redland Show Society
Commissions
2008 David Longlands Project Brisbane
2003 Four Mile Creek Hotel Brisbane
2003 Greenslopes Hospital Brisbane
2001 Liberty Stage 11 Gold Coast, Brisbane
1998 Marriott Hotel Brisbane
1997 Merthyr Village Centre Brisbane
Memberships
Contemporary Sculptor’s Association, Victoria
NAVA
Society of Sculptors
Queensland Artworkers Alliance

 

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Kari Kari

Apr
02

As a kid Kari played with terracotta in her Dad’s studio. He never fired it to her liking! So she re-explored ceramics beginning in 2000, achieving an Advanced Diploma of Ceramics at Sunshine Coast TAFE. Her ceramic artwork has won awards and been exhibited in SE Queensland and Japan. Her installations have appeared in dance concerts, at environmental festivals and in galleries.

Finding clay has been a coming home, a medium in which to blend many of her creative skills. Working from home pottery studio with husband ceramicist Stephen Roberts, Kari explores a light hearted feminine view of an ancient herstory of clay, re-examining and perhaps reclaiming cuneiform writing for women. Kari’s classes and studio work explore many techniques of hand building and wheel thrown work and engage different firing techniques including wood fired work, gas fired stoneware, and low fired surfaces. Her connection to environment is seen in much of her work.

She is currently a professional Marriage Celebrant and a performing musician as well as ceramic artist. She specializes in combining art-forms; dance, music and ceramics. In recent years she exhibited at the Noosa Regional gallery in a solo show, at Fusions Gallery, Brisbane, and Barratt Books Gallery, NSW, featuring works entitled Cunei Forms referencing ancient Phonecian cuneiform text.

Kari has worked in a variety of professions including lecturer at QUT, event director for Maroochy Waterwatch, performer and workshop co-ordinator and teacher, and has done some unusual things; been a concert-organ grinder at Victoria Markets, a wardrobe assistant at Victorian Opera and performs as a frog!

Artist CV

Education

1990 Batchelor of Arts, Melbourne University

2006 Advanced Diploma of Ceramics, Sunshine Coast TAFE

2008 Celebrancy Qualification

2010 Certificate IV Celebrancy

Exhibitions

2011 Watermark, Gallery Nona, Brisbane

Embrace, Rosebed Gallery Eudlo

Floating Land, Lake Cootharaba/ Noosa Regional Gallery

Resilience, Rosebed Gallery, Eudlo

Small Works, Small Town, Rosebed Gallery, Eudlo

Celadon, Incube8er, Brisbane

2010 Piccabeen Pride, TreeLine, Sunshine Coast, QLD

2009 Giant Kingfisher Puppet, Ceres, Victoria

Temple of Kuntas, Fusions Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2009 Quixotica Artists, Gallery @ Eumundi, QLD

2009 Cunei Forms, Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD

Firings on the Lake – Floating Land, Noosa Regional Gallery @ the lake

2007 Saltwater:Freshwater, Nambour QLD

Ceramic installation & dance performance commissioned by choreographer Linley Boyle

2007 Hand of friendship, Tatabayashi, Japan

2007 Japanese Inspired, Eudlo, QLD

2006 20:20, Graduate Show Sunshine Coast TAFE, Tewantin, QLD

Three substantial installations for graduation inspired by the herstory of the

kunta temple priestesses and the origins of cuneiform text.

2006 Curve, Noosa Regional Gallery Shop

2006 The Joining Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

2005 Vagina Monologues Foyer Exhibition, Sydney, NSW

2004 Vagina Monologues Foyer Exhibition, Nambour, QLD

2004 Women in art, Mossman, North QLD

Publications

2007 “Kuntas of the Shrine”, Ceramics TECHNICAL, Vol 25, Nov, 07

Prizes

2006 Ceramics Technical Award

Highly Strung Award

 

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