ArtChat [Blog Interview #84] - says who? - Dean Reilly

"Art is a Universal Landscape. It is a thinking agent which reaches across and stirs the imagination. These paintings are a window for your imagination, not mine. I love that." - Dean Reilly


AC: Your exhibition title ‘Says Who?’ denotes a questioning mind, would you say this is true of you?

DR: I am afraid so, I tend to be a little defiant and contrary.

 AC: You are obviously inspired by the human form with its various facial expressions. When you are out and about do you visualise people the way you paint them eg. Men in suits with floral heads and is there some hidden meaning behind the crossed out facial features?

DR: No hidden meanings, however I always have been interested in physiognomy. Our beliefs and convictions shape our appearance.

 AC: Tell us a bit about your “Heads of State” Series.

DR: Images arise to create profiles. They are idealised. They are romanticised and they are charismatic. We are living in the cult of personality. This is the state we are in.


 AC: If you were unable to paint is there another passion you would want to pursue?

DR: All the Arts, music, acting dance but maybe not ballet.

 AC: If you could collect another artist’s work, who would it be?

DR: Michael Zavros. I believe he is Australians leading contemporary painter.

 AC: If you could ask Picasso or Dali a question, what would it be?

DR: “How you going, are you having a win?”


 AC: Is there a Movie you saw as a teenager that you still like today?

DR: Bruce Lee - “Enter the Dragon”. My respect for him has grown as I matured, not so much for his acting ability but more for his philosophical views. The only problem is, bright candles burn fast, he was gone too soon.

 AC: You do the most beautiful floral paintings. Is there any particular flower that you like the most?

DR: No, it is like asking if I have a favourite colour. I do however have favourite combinations of colour and flowers.

 AC: Would you have any advice for up and coming young artists?

DR: “Have you thought about a career in Engineering?”


"says who?" by Dean Reilly continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 19 June 2016.

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End of Financial Year - Artwork Tax-Deductible for your Business

It's more than possible to claim art as a business expense, as long as you stay inside the tax rules.

Tax moneyIt seems too good to be true, but if you're buying art for your office you can claim a tax deduction for it. Recent amendments to tax rules that allow an immediate write-off for items that cost less than $20,000 make art an increasingly attractive purchase for a business. Under the recent budget announcement, small businesses can claim an immediate deduction for artwork, so long as it is not stock, such as stock for an art gallery, that costs less than $20,000.

If you've had your eye on a fabulous piece of art for your office, now's the time to consider making your purchase.

Tax Money 2Interested? Then please contact one of our experienced Art Consultants, who would be happy to assist you further.

(Source The Sydney Morning Herald, My Small Business, Alexandra Cain)

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A letter to Mum, on Mother's Day

Dear Mum, I know I’m not always perfect and I don’t always make my bed.

But seeing you every morning puts a smile on my head.


There’s a reason I think I can do anything, you told me so the other day.

So every time I have friends over, we get up to mischief and play.


 You have loved me unconditionally and scarified your life.

I just hope that one of these day, I can make a good wife.


 You have inspired and supported me for many many years

And now it’s my turn to say Thank you because you’re very very dear.


You’ve been my best friend through thick and thin and I love you so very much

Now that I’ve said thank you, it’s time to go to Lunch.

Your Loving Daughter

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Green Day

Celebrating the life and Spiritual work of Saint Patrickthe Patron Saint of Ireland - Thursday 17 March 2016 Whether you live in a modern house with a minimalist look or a classic Queenslander that is full of clutter (or vice versa) the little changes can make all the difference. The year is still young and many of us are suffering from the reality of being back at work (aren’t holidays bitter sweet?!) so why not start a new project. Bring Green into your life! Enhancing your home doesn’t have to be costly, perhaps you buy a potted plant with lush  leaves, a new throw for the couch, a couple of cushions, a piece of glass or (and of course we would say this) why not add a bit of art to your walls?

Here are a few suggestions of our own...

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When Red Hill Gallery opened its doors in 1986, the selection of artwork that adorned its walls was radically different to the eclectic statement that will be featured as part of the Gallery’s 30th Anniversary celebrations commencing on Sunday 13 March.ArtChat March Media An eclectic mix of unique thought provoking work by six established artists will be gracing the walls of the Red Hill Gallery. “We are honoured to present such varied modes of representation, visual perception and interpretation in what is a truly marvellous showcase” said gallery Director Margaret Campbell-Ryder.

Artists represented in this exhibition include:

Plein Air Artist – Adrienne Williams


Figurative Haute Couturist – Lisa Lee


Contemporary Landscape Watercolourist – Terry Swann


Modern Abstract Wildlife Artist – Carole Foster


Contemporary Traditionalist Artist – Katherine Wood


Abstract Impressionist – Todd Whisson


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Women of Substance - from Strong Women Strong Girls

A woman of substance is a woman of power, a woman of positive influence and a woman of meaning. To be branded a woman of substance is one of the greatest compliments one can give a woman that wants to be an “influential” female. Below, I have assembled four qualities a girl/woman should possess in order to become a “woman of substance.”

Embrace your individuality and be happy the way you are

The pressure put on women in today’s society is immense and I admire any female out there who doesn’t let the high demands and expectations get them down. In my experience, I have learned that we, as women, should not let the likes of “perfected” images or “criticism” affect us and It has came as such a relief to me to realize that being different and imperfect is far more interesting than being a “perfect” person. I believe that being yourself and feeling happy as yourself- just the way you are signifies the word “beauty.”

Use your voice

We were all blessed with voices to use them- so use them! I’m a relatively quiet person and a woman of not many words who next to never will indulge in small talk chit chat. It’s just who I am. However, on the other hand, when it comes to standing up for what I believe in or voicing my opinions on things, I never fail to make use of my voice. And neither shall you! Make use of what god has given you and say what you think, say what you believe in, and argue against what you don’t.

Find your dream in life and pursue it

Follow your heart…never give up…and you can do anything. We all have the ability to do whatever it is we want to do and fulfil any dream we want to fulfil; we just have to go and do it. When you find your passion in life, it creates a meaning in your life and gives you a purpose in the world: it generates happiness.

Live up to your morals and values- always remain aware of them

Living by your morals and values in life; inspires you, motivates you and energizes you for doing something significant in the world. As children, we were always being told to be a person of moral and were educated to understand what our values are. I think, when we grow older we seem to loose or forget about those crucial qualities and in order for us to be descent human beings, we should consider re-educating ourselves on morals and values.

Written by Lauren Kearney for Strong Women Strong Girls

FB CoverWomen of Substance featuring Beci Culley, Suzy Galloway and Danielle McManus continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #83] – Women of Substance – Suzy Galloway

Women of Substance launches the 2016 Exhibition year with three talented and dynamic women, bringing together different styles in what will be a collaborative and dynamic exhibition.

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At Artchat we wanted to know more about Suzy Galloway...

Who are you and what inspires you?

Suzy is an Sydney born and raised girl, who still is a girl, but in the shape of a woman.

She is loud, a tad on the wild side, but sensible.... Suzy resides in Cairns QLD and keeps an active view on life as she skateboards her way around the city, “this way you get to meet more people and see the world in a slower view” rather than driving a car.

Her artwork is inspired by the everyday scenes in the “Aussie Way“ of life.

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Suzy has a huge love for all Flora and Fauna of Australia, so her inspiration is drawn from the native landscapes of Australia, from the Outback to the Sea, and all the way around..

The Native Fauna that are seen in Suzy’s Works, have a quirky touch, Suzy captures them as she see’s her characters..

With visits to  Zoo’s, National Parks, and in the Ocean Suzy gets “up close and personal”with all of her characters seen in her pieces, adding that extra bit of “quirkiness” to her works.

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Women of Substance featuring Suzy Galloway, Beci Culley and Danielle McManus continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #82] – Women of Substance – Danielle McManus

This year, Red Hill Gallery launched the exhibition year with three talented and dynamic women of substance. Bringing together different styles in what is a collaborative and dynamic exhibition. 'Women of Substance' opened on Sunday 14 February and continues until Sunday 6 March.

At ArtChat we asked the question, Who are you and what inspires you?

Here's what Danielle McManus had to say...

Dan 1I have been painting and drawing since as long as I can remember. I guess that pull to create and draw inspiration from around you is ingrained and it was just something that occurred organically . I didn’t set out to be a gallery artist, (I never believed my art was that good!) but I just wanted to create and express.

As artists I think we are inspired by so many things. I am sure we look at the world differently and see beauty in things others may miss. Nature has always been inspiring to me. Colours, light and form you find, it seems boundless. We are so fortunate to live in a country that provides so much for us to enjoy.

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My children are also my inspiration, the innocence of them, the imagination they have. Their ability to pretend to be anything with no limits! It may be said a lot, but “The simple things” are the most important and are generally the subject of my work. Before we were staring at phones and tablets and television, we played outside and got dirty and imagined!! Memories from my own childhood are also key. I was lucky enough to have grandparents  that lived on a large farm and holidays there were spent outside walking, playing and make believing!!I hope that the works can inspire others to take a closer look at the simple things.

Dan 3Women of Substance featuring Danielle McManus , Suzy Galloway and Beci Culley  continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #81] - Women of Substance - Beci Culley

Beci 3'Celebrating 30 Years in 2016, Red Hill Gallery launches the exhibition year with three talented and dynamic women of substance. They bring together different styles in what will be a collaborative and dynamic exhibition.' Margaret Campbell-Ryder, Director

As an emerging artist, we at ArtChat wanted to know....

Who are you and what inspires you?

I think my heart missed a beat when Sam asked me to respond to the question “Who am I? And what inspires me.” There are so many questions that I get asked every day but when asked something like this in particularly, it takes a little time to reflect and respond with a clear answer...So I hope this sums me up to a tea!Beci 1

Initially I thought I could start off with the first thing that comes to mind which interestingly enough is my job title. But a few moments later I think to myself that I should really be listing something more substantial and deeper than just a title which could include my personality...And by now I am realising I am already spreading my thoughts across the page like a “dear diary ” entry but I haven’t yet answered the question. (I hope I haven’t lost you here!)

I am someone that is always in search of the cause and effect process. I am intrigued by all things and it is in all things that intrigue me to create. Being a dreamer I can only imagine that my first experiences in life were ones of being an inquisitive soul. I find myself in a state of dreaming constantly and there is never a subject that is always the same but different things trigger my mind to wander. I think this is what drives me to be always asking questions, always trying to work my way through limitations and develop in new and different areas.

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To describe my deepest layer, I would say that I am always searching to connect. Connection is vital for me to be in an area of creating and I thirst for it constantly. There are many areas that tie me into this where a person, a song, colour or even nature unites me with an emotion and I find it to be the ground from where inspiration is unlocked. In this process I free my mind of the conventional and set the stage to catch concepts for my works in hope to convert the connections into a tangible experience. The practise reminds me of a quote from Hermin Melville that explains it so elegantly.

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

Herman Melville

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Women of Substance featuring Beci Culley, Suzy Galloway and Danielle McManus continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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"Women Of Substance" - Must Do Brisbane

1 ‘Women of Substance’ showcases three emerging artists in what is set to be a stellar exhibition, the first for 2016 at Red Hill Gallery.

Now in its 30th year, Red Hill Gallery, one of Brisbane’s best established commercial art galleries, continues its tradition of celebrating Australian female artists in this collaborative exhibition. Featuring the works of Brisbane artist Beci Culley, Danielle McManus and Suzy Galloway, ‘Women of Substance’ epitomizes the fantastic diversity in Australia’s contemporary art scene.

Says Curator and Director Margaret Campbell-Ryder, “At Red Hill Gallery we believe that diversity brings beauty, originality and food for thought. This exhibition will kick start our 30th Year with vibrancy, charm and individuality.”

About the Artists:

Beci Culley's body of work is infused with expressions of romance and powerful displays of patterned layers that reflect a love of nature and fashion. Her journey has dipped into a broad range of the arts including Graphic Design, Musical Theatre, Make-up Artistry and Photography.

2 Danielle McManus continues to charm with her wide-eyed whimsical characters in her latest collection. The narrative style of her paintings are enriched with the inclusion of a little white rabbit, a paper plane or dandelions. She moves across various mediums working her gentle characters on ceramics, paper and canvas creating timeless memories with a touch of innocence.

3Suzy Galloway works with bold colours and has a quirky, cartoony style to her work. With a love of Australia, from the beaches to the outback, the people and all the flora and fauna this country provides. Suzy has incorporated this love into her paintings to make people smile, and giggle when they see her work.


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I am, you are, we are Australian - Salute to Australia

With so many Aussie’s celebrating Australia Day  in many different ways, it is also a time to reflect on how lucky we are to live in such a great country where we have peace and freedom that is not afforded to many countries. We are indeed the lucky country. Happy Australia Day on this special Day January 26.

“I am, your are, we are Australian”  now go sing your heart out and celebrate everything great in Australia and to be an Australian and “Dream the Dream”

And remember, "You never Lamb alone on Australia day"!

For details and more information on Australia Day Celebrations Queensland “Festival of being Aussie” click here.

Happy Australia Day folks!

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #80] - Karen Atkins - Mesmerised

“My paintings evolve from experiences and observations and explore, with romance and whimsy, the places our choices may take us.”  My personal mythology draws from traditional myths and fables and is enmeshed with stories I have lived.  I am constantly amazed by possibilities, enormous skies and sumptuous colours and extraordinary relationships between people, animals, land and art and my aim is to convey my wonder in the everyday and the extraordinary in my paintings. ka 3

Karen Atkins joins Emma Sheldrake and Denise Murray in 'Mesmerised'. This trio of diverse, dynamic and talented artists will exhibit throughout December 2015 at Red Hill Gallery.

AC: Where do you get your ideas for your paintings from?

KA: Series of paintings emerge from different sources – a personal experience, literature, myths, songs; somehow they coalesce into an image or story that becomes my painting obsession.

AC: Is there another side to Karen Atkins, that we don’t know?

KA: For many years I competed in equestrian events and am a fully accredited judge.

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AC: As well as painting on canvas, you also paint on an array of objects. Where do you find these special pieces?

KA: I love treasure hunting and recycling – giving pieces new life by turning them into art is very satisfying. Garage sales, church fairs, op shops and council clean ups, as well as friends with magpie eyes keep me supplied.

AC: What inspires you to paint the details in your paintings?

KA: The details are the clues to the narratives and are symbolic as well as being pieces I own.

AC: What book are you ready at the moment?

KA: Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar. I have always been obsessed by the Bloomsbury group and Vanessa Bell’s house “Charleston” influenced my painting on furniture and textiles. I had the privilege of meeting her granddaughter while on an Artist-in-Residence in the USA – very inspiring.


AC:   Did you paint as a child? If so, what were you painting then?

KA: I picked up a pencil as soon as I could grasp and started drawing horses on every surface and never stopped.  I sold my first painting at the age of 8 – a portrait of a horse.

Mesmerised featuring Karen Atkins, Denise Murray and Emma Sheldrake continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 2o December 2015.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #79] - Denise Murray - Mesmerised

Denise Murray is a sculptor who instinctively and imaginatively captures the joy of life, the nature of beauty and human emotion in her welded bronze and cold-cast bronze figures. Her latest body of work is entitled 'I Love the Dance’. “Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.” Denise’s pieces are a celebration of the joy of life. The complete honesty necessary to use the body alone to communicate emotion and ideas has always held a fascination for her. During her 30 year career as an artist she has only scratched the surface of the possibilities inherent in the human form. Denise Murray is one part of the talented Trio showcasing the Galleries December Exhibition 'Mesmerised' alongside Karen Atkins and Emma Sheldrake.


AC:  You’ve entitled this body of works “I Love the Dance”, where did this originate from?

DM:  Simply that dancers make beautiful shapes.

AC:  What inspired you to become a sculptor?

DM:  I’ve always used whatever medium available to best help me communicate my latest theme. With body language that is three dimensional.

AC:  How have your sculptures evolved from when you first started creating?

DM:  Since I first started to use visual art to talk to people, the figure seemed to me the logical choice. As time went by I have moved into different materials but the subject matter has so far been the same. The next projects are always inspired by the previous ones.


AC:  What is your favourite movie and why?

DM:  I loved “Avatar” for the creativity in building that amazing world. It was visually spectacular. Also the long elegant inhabitants of course inspired me. I was a beautiful comment on living in harmony with the world you live in.

AC:  You create a lot of Dancers, was this something you aspired to be earlier in life?

DM:  I remember watching gymnasts and loving their strength and agility. I did classes for a while. I didn’t get a chance to see much dancing until I was older. But it gets back to the body and how it moves and what it says.


AC: Your process for creating a bronze piece is very involved and physical; can you explain a little bit more about this?

DM: Many people are curious about my processes as a sculptor which is why for this exhibition I decided to try and do a daily account of happenings in the studio.

First I do a sculpture in wax. Then a mould is taken of that ‘model’. This takes a while. After the mould is finished I will pour a wax ready for the foundry. I work on this wax until I’m perfectly happy with how it looks, particularly in relation to the attitude of the figure. The wax is taken to the foundry and I will ask them to do the ceramic shell and pour the bronze. I will take this ‘raw’ bronze back to the studio and grind and weld and sand until the finish is perfect. Then the patina is done using chemicals and a hot wax finish. Once that is done it is mounted according to the look I want to achieve.

AC: You have two very singular pieces in this exhibition, “Puppy” and “Offering”, what was the inspiration behind these sculptures?

DM:  “Puppy” came from a desire to do more welded sculptures which I had being doing in bronze sheet sourced from America. I wanted to see what I could do in brass sheet using the cut shapes as a mosaic like affect. I enjoyed the different look I was able to achieve and will be doing more. With “Offering” I wanted to build a figure using the technique I use for armature and extend this to describe the finished piece, emphasising the lines in space possible with this technique. It has a light airy feel which marries perfectly with my long tall figures. I can’t wait to do more.


AC: What do you love to do that’s not related to your art practice.

DM: We live on acreage with quite a lot of remnant bushland. My granddaughter is crazy about animals so she has been promised a “camping, nature walk” at Granny’s house. A night-time possum search and “wild bush camping” when Granny “finishes her exhibition”.

Mesmerised featuring Denise Murray, Karen Atkins and Emma Sheldrake continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 2o December 2015. Make sure you get the chance to see Denise's stunning 'I Love the Dance' collection.

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Wrap Up Christmas NOW

BNEThe Christmas countdown is on! Don’t want to join the Shopping Centre crush and loose valuable time searching for a car park instead of the perfect gift?

Red Hill Gallery has great gift suggestions for your last minute shopping and you can park at the front door!

With prices starting at $88, there’s something for everyone....Paintings, Limited Edition Prints, Sculptures and quirky Ceramics, Glass Art and Jewellery. Our experienced Art Consultants will assist you to select that perfect gift for someone special...and we’ll even gift-wrap it for you!Xmas blog

DagmarAnd if it’s all too hard, why not give a Gift Voucher for Christmas! If you always seem to buy the same presents each year for your family and friends, a ‘Gift of Art’ is perfect for everyone on your list and with a Gift Voucher its fun for them to choose that perfect gift.

Entertaining over Christmas and you want to make a statement on your walls?

Starr 41638 A Very Colourful Story 150x40cm

Let us help you to select that perfect painting. Red Hill Gallery has been helping clients with their art selections for coming on 30 years and with over 125 artists in the gallery, you’re sure to find something you love.

The Christmas countdown is on and we look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon!

Art Chat chris

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #78] - Rosemary Hain - Tranquillity

Recently ArtChat got the chance to catch up with Rosemary Hain, before her Exhibition 'Tranquillity' that opened on Friday 20 November at Red Hill Gallery. With a stunning collection of works, featuring alongside her husband John Beeman, Rosemary's works have a softness that entice the viewer to keep coming back for more. RH

While at school, Rosemary Hain had two intense interests and had a conflict when reaching school leaving age whether to follow a career in ballet or art. This was resolved by winning a scholarshi0p to East Sydney Technical College, Sydney to study the Art Diploma Course. During this period at the Technical College, she met John Beeman and on his return from overseas study they were married and for a number of years, art took second place to raising a family. As the family grew up it allowed more time to continue her artistic abilities.

At that time, Rosemary was specializing in precise black and white drawing and her skill was recognized by various scientific organizations such as the Department of Fisheries N.S.W., the Australian Museum and the Australian Museum Society, where she worked under contract for some years.

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While maintaining her critical approach to drawing, Rosemary moved away from black and white scientific type work, the last one being a drawing of a tortoise which won the graphic section of the Taree Exhibition in 1981. Recognizing the limitations of ink, she expanded to a more diverse range of materials such a charcoal pencil, conte crayon and has become an exponent of the gesso technique. While Rosemary and John use the same basic gesso technique, the difference in approach is very apparent in their individual results. Rosemary's first exhibition in Mosman in 1985 using this technique was acclaimed by its success. The Beemans now live in Yamba in NSW and have had a succession of sellout exhibitions in Brisbane.

AC:  You work with both oil on gesso and pastel, do you find working with one of these mediums more enjoyable?

RH:  I find both mediums challenging in different ways, but I do more painting in oil on gesso as it suits my work, but I do like the soft results from using pastels.

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AC:  Is there a side to Rosemary Hain that we don’t know?

RH:  Probably John and the rest of the family could answer this question better than I can. I think I am a reasonably uncomplicated person, but perhaps they would not agree.


AC:  As an artist, what was the best piece of advice you ever received?

RH:  Don’t give up- keep going even when a painting or drawing doesn’t seem to be working the way you want it to!

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AC:  Obviously you’ve always enjoyed painting nature, as you do it so well. Was becoming a Mother and Grandmother something that influenced you to paint figuratively?

RH:  I’ve always enjoyed drawing the human figure. I spent many hours in the life drawing classes at East Sydney Technical College when I was studying art but I also love painting and studying the natural environment.

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 AC: As a young artist, who influenced and inspired you to become the artist you are today?

RH:  My parents gave me an appreciation of art by taking me to Art Galleries and Ballet performances when I was young.   My art teacher in High School suggested that I should apply for a scholarship in art at East Sydney Technical College which to my surprise I won. John has been a huge influence on my art and has encouraged and supported my art career throughout our 63 years of marriage.

Tranquillity by Rosemary Hain continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 29 November 2015. Make sure you don’t miss out on this stunning collection of work.

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ArtChat [Blog Interview #77] - John Beeman

On Friday 20 November, Red Hill Gallery opened its doors for an Exhibition by Master Artist John Beeman. John‘s unique paintings of people are full of personality and character, captured by him in oil on gesso. His latest body of work captures a timelessness of everyday moments and his meticulous artistry imbues a true quality to his work. JB

John Beeman was born in Sydney Australia on the 5th May 1926 the son of a Church of England minister and the youngest of eight children he grew up in Manly on Sydney's northern beaches. In 1945, after completing war service with the RAAF 102 squadron as an air gunner, he enrolled at Julian Ashton's art school where he studied painting and drawing under the tuition of Henry Gibbons. In 1949 John began working at the Australian Museum. In 1950 he received a private grant to attend London University to study painting and drawing at the Slade School of Fine Art, and art restoration and art material chemistry at the Courtauld Institute.

As one would expect, the disciplines and techniques that John learnt at Ashtons, the Slade school and the Courtauld Institute have given him a firm grounding in traditional oil painting and a thorough understanding of the theory and history of traditional and contemporary fine art. His subject matter varies widely although his focus over the years has been people, in and of their environment. He portrays his subjects with keen observation and at times a sharp and subtle wit. Johns subjects can perhaps be best described as ‘the art of every day life in Australia’ past and present. Restaurants, court rooms, funerals, weddings and rural life are just some of the diverse subjects that inspire Johns art and the characters he portrays are always represented with an elegant drama that provokes the viewer to think about the lives and thoughts of the subjects he portrays.

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John has an extremely disciplined approach to his painting. His method is without fault when it comes to his technique. He paints exclusively on panels prepared with traditional rabbit skin gesso ground and, in the tradition of the early European artists, develops his work by underpainting, tonal modelling and glazing resulting in finished work that has atmosphere and luminosity that direct painting can rarely, if ever, achieve. There is nothing quick about Johns work and the end result of this approach is a body of work that, apart from its artistic merit, has archival quality that will ensure that it will endure.

AC:  When painting you use a special technique. Can you explain your use of oil of gesso?

JB:  Artists throughout the centuries found the great advantage of painting on gesso is that it allows one to sort out the problems of the subject in sequence:

( a)  the initial drawing, usually in charcoal to develop the concept.

( b) progress to a tonal statement.

( c) the introduction of colour and refinement of all the elements of the painting.

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AC:  What first inspired you to start painting?

JB:  I cannot remember a time when I was not interested in painting. Due to my father’s interest in art I was surrounded as a child in a home with many books on painting, anatomy and design.

 AC:  What is your favourite book?

JB:  I do not have a favourite book. My preference is for technical, historic, autobiographies and books related to the arts.

 AC:  How does your outlook on painting now, differ to when you first started?

JB:  As Longfellow quoted “Art Is Long and Time is Fleeting” I agree with him -  I have not changed my outlook on painting.

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AC: Having accumulated a lifetime of experience, what advice would you give to the next generation of painters?

JB:  Learning to see - choose your teachers well – work hard and learn – base your decisions on quality and don’t accept limitations.

 AC:  How do you source your subject matter and has this changed over the years?  

JB:  Observations of people in everyday life and how they relate to various situations and each other and their environment. Critical observation over many years has provided a source of information that can be accessed when needed.

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AC:  Do you ever see yourself not painting?

JB:  I’ll probably be cremated with a paint brush in my hand.

Master Artist John Beeman will be on exhibition at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 29 November 2015. Make sure you don’t miss out on seeing this stunning collection from one of the legends.


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Pop Attitude in ‘Pop Up’ Show featuring Local Artist STARR

1 What is a Pop Up, you may ask? Pop Up retail is a trend of opening short term sales spaces.  The trend involves ‘popping up’ one day, then disappearing anywhere from one day to several weeks later. Pop up retail allows a company to create a unique environment that engages their customers and generates a feeling of relevance and interactivity.

As Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) once said “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”


What does a Pop Up mean to Red Hill Gallery? Over three days the Gallery is hosting its first ever ‘Pop Up’ with one of our fabulous artist’s Starr. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, with the artist painting live for a portion of each day. Starr’s signature style embodies an energy and excitement that brings her artwork to life, making her one of the Gallery’s most popular artists.

Starr is Popping Up on Friday 30 October and disappearing Sunday 1 November. This three day event is sure to be exciting and fun filled. Starr is as bright, outrageously eccentric and incredibly as unpredictable as her artwork. Her professional career began at Red Hill Gallery in 2001 and her popularity as an artist continually saws to new heights. Her subject matter is both familiar and universal in appeal. The lush layered surfaces are worked with fast-saturated colour and her signature calligraphic line that traces time and energy.

“My life is my journey and I think you can’t go in half assed you must live it and not to others standards.” Starr


With successful exhibitions around Australia as well as in New York and Singapore, she is carving a niche for herself, with an instantly recognizable and thoroughly original style.

Her work explores the warmth and passion of life as an artist, responding to intense experiences of the abundant light in the Australian landscape and the sensuous potential of the human form.

Starr captures in paint what the camera seeks to fix in a moment of time. Her works secure what is elusive and mutable in our relationships to places and the people who inhabit them. Starr’s paintings are intensely personal and are as much the work of a devotee of popular culture as they of the artist/observer.

“I think Fairytales are to girls what superheros are to boys.” Starr

“Flamingos and mustard both bite. And the moral of that is – Birds of a feather flock together.” (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland) Flock along to Red Hill Gallery and see why Brisbane loves Starr..... we hope to see you all here.


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ArtChat [Blog Interview #76] - Dean Reilly - Looking for Fantastic

On Friday 9 October, Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane will open its doors for an exciting new exhibition featuring the one and only Dean Reilly. With an eclectic mixture of works, his latest exhibition ‘Looking for Fantastic’ is bound to be just that, Fantastic. Dean Reilly Renaissance Man 2015Having been a finalist in two of Australia’s most prestigious art awards, the Archibald and the Doug Moran portrait prize, Dean Reilly is vastly becoming one of Australia’s sort after artists. With several successful solo and group exhibitions under his belt, this is bound to be a big one.

A classically trained artist and graduate of the Australian Design College, Dean’s works are highly acclaimed for their style, design and variation. His paintings are part of many prestigious collections all over the world and he continues to delight with his unique approach to painting.

Red Hill Gallery Curator and Director Margaret Campbell-Ryder believes Reilly is a quality collectable artist with an amazing future.

“‘Looking for Fantastic’ isn’t just the exhibition name; it is the eternal idea encompassing this exciting new study of works. Each piece is fantastic and shows the outstanding journey Reilly has been on,” Campbell-Ryder said.

“We do not see the images and ideas of our minds, we imagine them. They are blurred and morphed into feelings mostly unexplained. Like dreams, they are remembered and sometimes forgotten. They float like balloons in a magical sky. The exhibition is of my meanderings through that magical sky. I am looking for fantastic.” Dean Reilly


AC:  Where does the exhibition name ‘Looking For Fantastic’ originate from?

DR: It came from the word itself, in the beginning there was the word ‘fantastic’ - imaginative or fanciful remote from reality or extraordinarily attractive, I decided to look for it.

AC:  You have an eclectic mix of work for this exhibition. What was the inspiration behind the body of works?

DR: I really wanted to lift my work to the next level the only way to do this was to aim for the ‘fantastic’.

AC:  If you could be anything, what would you be?

DR:  Fantastic.


AC:  As an artist, what was the best piece of advice you ever received?

DR: No way, is way and no limitation is the limitation (Bruce Lee).

AC:  If you could choose 4 people to have dinner with, who would you choose?

DR: Bruce Lee, Jesus Christ, Kerry Packer and Ayn Rand. I would take them to a great restaurant called ‘Bridges’ in Ubud, Bali.

AC:  What is your favourite TV Show at the moment?

DR: ‘Sorry’ Game of Thrones, it is fantastic.

AC:  You display a wonderful sense humour in your paintings is there one particular piece in this exhibition that displays this the most.

DR: “The possibility of humour in the mind of someone serious”.  Poker dots on a man eater, certainly isn’t serious.  It started off as an ode to Damian Hirst and his twelve million dollar shark. It grew in relevance with Mick Fanning Shark attack and the current media coverage of all shark attacks in Australia.

Reilly Dean 41395 The Possibility of humour in the mind of someone serious 210x85cm Low Red

AC:  Recently you have been painting people with bird houses, floral bouquets and other different items for heads. What was the process behind this specific style?

DR: The whole exhibition explores the notion and the complexities of personalities which I thought could be expressed through a juxtaposition of different elements. I really like the feeling they give rather than what they are.

AC:  Your style sometimes seems futuristic in a sense, where do you see yourself in the future?

DR: Still looking for fantastic, as fantastic is a shifting horizon that will always be in the future.

AC: Who is your favourite Super Hero?

DR: Bond, James Bond, great suits, can’t beat a hero with style.

AC:  You have painted a compelling series of faces, you obviously enjoy studying people, but how do you put a name to a face?

DR:  You must remember these people don’t exist, they are fabricated personalities and they are inspired by media pseudonyms.


AC:  The men in our works are cultured, cultivated, conversant and renaissance, so how would you describe yourself?

DR: Dreamer, Doer but I wish I was a Debonair.

AC:  Looking for Fantastic..... So did you find it?.......... We think you did!

DR: I found fragments of it in every painting – it is the journey of finding it that makes it fantastic.

Looking for Fantastic continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 25 October 2015. Make sure you don't miss out on this fantastic exhibition!


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Getting out in the Art Community

Jan Recently Director and Curator Margaret Campbell-Ryder, along with Art Consultant Jan Griffith from Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane have been out and about in the Art Community doing their bit. In the past couple weeks the RHG power duo have been judging at the Nudgee Art Show and the Nundah Village Art Exhibition.

Jan and Margaret

Margaret and Jan were excited to be invited back to the Nudgee Art Show again this year, incorporating the talented work of Students in the Art program.

For the Nundah Village Art Exhibition Margaret judged alongside Ian Walker MP (Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for Justice, Industrial Relations and The Arts) and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.


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