A career in the arts is not just for anyone, as well as having bucket loads of talent, creativity and a great love for the visual arts, it also requires dedication, commitment and a determination to succeed. It is not just a profession but a lifestyle choice that will last forever.
The Red Hill Gallery in Brisbane will kick start 2014 in February, opening with Women of Substance an exhibition by four professional artists who present a contemporary take on their chosen subject. All are dedicated career women devoted to the arts and selected by the gallery curator, Margaret Campbell-Ryder to complement each other with their own individual artistic styles.
Below is a little snapshot of their upcoming exhibition.
Danielle McManus draws her inspiration from everyday life. The naïve and wide-eyed whimsical figures evoke stories that people can relate to. She moves across various mediums working her gentle characters on ceramics, paper and canvas creating timeless memories with a touch of innocence.
Melissa Gollan has created a series of works that are imaginative, captivating and colourful. Her love of all things vintage is depicted in her paintings with oft forgotten simple and joyful experiences. Quirky and fun, her work will have a wide appeal amongst lovers of art.
Leah Anketell paintings originate with childhood visions. The Australian outback culture is a strong influence with the bovine often featured. Leah portrays the humble bovine as a metaphor for the human condition, infusing her subjects with all the angst that comes from living in an age of transition.
Seabastion Toast paintings involve an exploration into animal archetypes and the relationships humans have with animals and their environments. Much of her source imagery includes animals in flight or fight, in which a contrasting beauty can be excavated from an originally terrifying or violent image.