16 December 2010

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the KWG team we wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

The gallery will close today from 5pm and will re-open February 2 2011 with an exciting exhibition schedule lined up. We are also looking forward to welcoming back Melanie Flynn from maternity leave.

Thank you for your ongoing support... enjoy the summer!

Karen, Rachael and Laura

15 December 2010

Locust Jones: mediated media

Earlier this year, gallery artist Locust Jones undertook an Asialink residency in Seoul, Korea.

The works he made during that time have been exhibited recently at Whitespace in Auckland.

See more images on Locust's website: www.locustjones.com

11 December 2010

All I want for Christmas...

Our pick of the best from our stockroom for your Christmas stocking, see it here.

The Rapture of Death

The Rapture of Death, by Prue Gibson, is an exquisite (and little) black book that is essentially a philosophical enquiry into the use of deathly imagery in contemporary art. Exploring art, literature, film and history the books delves into the idea of why the fear of death is an intrinsic part of life.

Two of our artists eX de Medici and Kate Rohde feature in the publication.

The Rapture of Death is available to purchase from Boccalatte.

10 December 2010

Pieces of Eight

We are excited about the launch of the new Pieces of Eight Gallery, designed by Nonda Katsalidis.

The new Pieces of Eight opened its doors on Monday, at 28 Russell Place, Melbourne. In this much larger purpose built space the gallery now represents 52 artists. Congratulations Melanie!

We look forward to visiting soon.

09 December 2010

Artlink: Elisabeth Kruger / Magda Matwiejew

The current issue of Artlink has two reviews worth a read...

Helen Maxwell has reviewed Elisabeth Kruger's recent exhibition Elisabeth Kruger: On Beauty at the Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.

Ashley Crawford has reviewed Magda Matwiejew's recent exhibition En Pointe at Karen Woodbury Gallery.

08 December 2010

eX de Medici / Vexed Generation - London

eX de Medici will present a selection of photographic works from her archive The World at London's Fashion Space Gallery with British clothing and accessories designers Vexed Generation.

Having never met, working in divergent media and living on opposite sides of the world, de Medici and Vexed Generation respond to the observations and experiences of our continually changing world through their chosen mediums. The exhibition, eX de Medici / Vexed Generation opens this evening and runs until January 29 2011.

04 December 2010

ArtsView - iPhone App.

Karen Woodbury Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in the launch of the ArtsView iPhone App.

Available on the App Store, ArtsView is an easy way to stay up-to-date with our current and upcoming exhibitions.

Free updates available each month, download yours today.

03 December 2010

Aida Tomescu at Liverpool Street Gallery

Gallery artist Aida Tomescu's Eden exhibition opens tonight at Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney.

If you missed Aida's Melbourne show you will have another opportunity to view the works in Sydney as part of this travelling exhibition.

Until December 18.

02 December 2010

Australia Council Grants

Lots of good news in the gallery this week...

Our congratulations to gallery artists Heather B. Swann and Jonathon Nichols on achieving Australia Council Skills and Arts Development Grants.

Heather will travel to Rome for a Studio Residency and Jonathon to Liverpool for a Studio Residency.

And also, congratulations to our gallery manager Rachael Watts on achieving a Skills and Arts Development General Research Grant to research key international trends in interdisciplinary art and publish written work on her findings.

Aida Tomescu: Freehand

Aida Tomescu with her work at Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Exhibition current until March 6 2011

image: Jim Lee

Del Kathryn Barton: Freehand

Del with her work at Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Exhibition current until March 6 2011.

image: Jim Lee

30 November 2010

Kate Rohde: Univeristy of Tokyo

Kate Rohde has had her first solo exhibition in Japan.

Rohde has created a unique installation using the entire Koishikawa Annex of the University Museum, University Tokyo which houses the University's collection of scientific specimens.

The exhibition entitled Fantasma, opened on November 5 and has been very well received in Japan! Tokyo Art Beat, have featured some pics of the works and the opening party here. The exhibition has also featured on several other online publications, including, TimeOut Tokyo, Australian Art Collector online and the Daily Yomiuri Online.

29 November 2010

The Art of Chess - Art Nation

The Art of Chess at the Bendigo Art Gallery features the work of gallery artists Kate Rohde and Michael Doolan.

ABC Art Nation had a chat to some of the artists, including Kate Rohde, see it here.

Exhibition current until January 30 2011.

27 November 2010

Aida Tomescu - NGV Australia

NGVA have a selection of works on paper by Aida Tomescu on display in their Contemporary Encounters: A Selection of Works from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists exhibition.

The exhibition brings together a newly created collection of contemporary works acquired by the NGV through the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists.

Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia, Level 3 until January 9 2011.

26 November 2010

Marie Hagerty: Art Monthly

Marie Hagerty's glorious work Duopoly II, 2009, is on the cover of the current issue of Art Monthly.

25 November 2010

Unnerved - The New Zealand Project

The Queensland Art Gallery travelling exhibition Unnerved: The New Zealand Project will open this evening at the NGV International.

Unnerved explores a particularly rich dark vein that recurs in New Zealand contemporary art and cinema.

Gallery artist John Pule will be included in the exhibition.

26 November 2010 - 27 February 2011.

19 November 2010

McLean Edwards, Rhys Lee, Fiona Lowry Heather B. Swann

Featuring the work of four relatively new artists to the Karen Woodbury Gallery stable, our final exhibition for 2010 will be a showcase of works by McLean Edwards, Rhys Lee, Fiona Lowry and Heather B. Swann. Each of these artists display a poetic tension and curiosity within their work through their paintings, works on paper and sculpture.

Please join us for drinks with the artists to celebrate from 3 - 5pm tomorrow, Saturday November 20.

18 November 2010

Sam Jinks: Shepparton Art Gallery acquisition

Sam Jinks' Woman and Child 2010 sculpture has been acquired by Shepparton Art Gallery with the assistance of Greater Shepparton City Council. More than 17,000 people have viewed the sculpture so far - which has captured the hearts of the community. Read about it here.

Woman and Child 2010 will be on display at Shepparton Art Gallery from November 27 2010 until mid January 2011.

06 November 2010

Your Move - Australian Artists Play Chess

Michael Doolan and Kate Rohde were invited to make a work responding to the idea of chess for the current exhibition Your Move, Bendigo Art Gallery... check out some of the pics and info on the Bendigo Art Gallery Facebook page.

30 October 2010

Titania Henderson: Artabase

Artabase and Art Blart have reviewed Titania's current exhibition... read it here and here.

Titania Henderson | The other, until 13 November 2010.

28 October 2010

Aida Tomescu - Abstract Now

Aida Tomescu has a work in the Abstract Now exhibition at Shepparton Art Gallery

Abstract Now captures a snapshot of abstract painting from within the Shepparton Art Gallery collection paired with recent examples of abstract painting practice.

Until November 7.

Rhys Lee - Immemorial

The work of gallery artist Rhys Lee has been included in the upcoming exhibition, immemorial: reaching back beyond memory at 24HR ART.

This is a collaborative exhibition by 24HR ART - Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art and Green Papaya Art Projects in cooperation with the Vargas Museum and the Australian Embassy in Manila

If you are in the Territory be sure to check it out....

The show opens 4pm October 28.

27 October 2010

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

Heather B Swann and Lisa Roet have both been included in the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award.

In its second year, this $10,000 annual acquisitive award and exhibition supports the professional development of arts managers in the Australia arts.

Whilst we know there can only only be one winner we've got our fingers crossed it will be a tie to Lisa Roet and Heather B Swann!

The exhibition opens this evening and runs until December 4.

20 October 2010

Aida Tomescu and Titania Henderson

Karen Woodbury Gallery is pleased to launch two fabulous exhibitions this evening.

Our first solo exhibition of works by Aida Tomescu in our main gallery space and upstairs Titania Henderson.

Please join us for drinks with the artists from 6-8pm.

Exhibition dates, 20 October - 13 November 2010.

14 October 2010

Aida Tomescu: Eden

The time is fast approaching for our first exhibition of works by Aida Tomescu at Karen Woodbury Gallery.

If you would like to preview the works please contact the gallery for an appointment.

This exhibition will showcase Tomescu's characteristic visual process indelibly presented through her work in a series of powerful recent paintings and works on paper.

Exhibition current from 20 October - 13 November.

And as a little extra, Art's What's On have Aida as their feature artist this week!

09 October 2010

Michael Cusack: Paddington Art Prize

Michael Cusack has been selected as a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize.

The Paddington Art Prize was established by Marlene Antico in 2004. Now in its seventh year, this $20,000 acquisitive prize is awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape.

A winner will be announced at the opening next Wednesday...Good luck Michael!

, 110 x 136 cm, mixed media on linen

01 October 2010

Artist interviews: coming soon

Keep an eye out for our new series of artist interviews.

We will be quizzing our gallery artists about their journey, inspiration and wherever possible a peek into the studio.

...coming soon!

30 September 2010

Robert Boynes: Embody-meant

The work of gallery artist Robert Boynes has been included in the exhibition embody-meant, at Flinders University Art Museum, State Library of South Australia.

is the third in a series of recent exhibitions at Flinders University Art Museum on the theme of identity. The exhibition brings together Adelaide and Canberra-based artists from the University of South Australia School of Art, Architecture and Design, and Digital Art Research Experiment, and the Australian National University School of Art.

Embody-meant runs until October 17.

Elisabeth Kruger: On Beauty

Gallery Artist Elisabeth Kruger has a survey exhibition opening today at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, with an official opening event to be held on October 7.

Elisabeth Kruger: On Beauty runs from September 30 until November 7 2010.

, 2008
oil on linen
122.5 x 153.0 cm.

Photographer: Graham Baring

29 September 2010

Jane Burton: Ipswich House Project images

Here is a peek at some of Jane Burton's most recent works commissioned by Ipswich Art Gallery for the The Ipswich House: Heritage house portraits by contemporary Queensland artists. (Although based in Melbourne, Jane was born in Queensland!)

The exhibition is current until
Sunday, 14 November 2010.

MacFarlane's House #1 and #3, 2010
pigment print
43.0 x 43.0 cm

25 September 2010

Michael Doolan

You may recall we blogged about Michael Doolan's 'Imaginary Animals' ArtPlay workshop for 13-20 year olds?

Clog, the Craft Victoria blog, has a great post recapping the day's events and all of the great work that came from it.

Check it out here.

22 September 2010

Philip Wolfhagen: A Painter's Landscape

We are very pleased to announce the opening of Philip Wolfhagen's much anticipated first solo exhibition with Karen Woodbury Gallery.

The exhibition comprises 16 oil and beeswax paintings. This stunning new body of work includes majestic cloudscapes, depictions of brush scrub, leafy trees, and paddocks set on a background of varying horizon lines all exploring the diversity and beauty of natural light.

Join us this evening for drinks with the artist, from 6-8pm.
The exhibition is current until October 16.

21 September 2010

Michael Doolan: Ceramic Review

Inga Walton explores the work of Michael Doolan in the current issue of Ceramic Review Magazine. The six page feature, 'A Fractured Fairy Tale', provides an in depth perspective into Michael's work.

18 September 2010

Renaissance Dinosaur: closing today!

Today is the final day of renaissance dinosaur, our Kate Rohde and Romance Was Born collaborative exhibition.

ABC Arts Online recently sat down with the artists and asked them about their inspiration behind the collection, the collaboration and the connect between art and fashion. Follow the link to see the interviews, Renaissance Dinosaurs Roar.

Whilst we will be sad to see this exhibition go, we are very excited about the next one, Philip Wolfhagen: A Painter's Landscape - opening Wednesday September 22.

Heather B. Swann: Sculpture Award

Karen and Rachael took a trip out to Heather B. Swann's St Kilda studio this week to catch up on what she's been up to...

We were pleased to hear that Heather's work has been included in the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award (a $10,000 Acquisitive Award) and that she has been shortlisted for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

A winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on October 27.

Karen Woodbury and Heather B. Swann

15 September 2010

Philip Wolfhagen: A Painter's Landscape

We are currently gearing up for our next exhibition, Philip Wolhagen: A Painter's Landscape.

As one of Australia's most acclaimed landscape painters, Philip Wolfhagen continues to create deeply evocative, beautiful and soothing works in this much anticipated first solo exhibition at Karen Woodbury Gallery.

A Painter's Landscape opens September 22.

Philip Wolfhagen
Second study for A Painter’s Landscape III, 2010
oil & beeswax on linen
46.0 x 49.0 cm (detail)

11 September 2010

eX de Medici: Photofile

The current issue of Photofile magazine has a brilliant article and interview with eX de Medici about her time serving as an official artist of the Australian War Memorial in the Solomon Islands (March 2009). The article focuses on the photographs de Medici originally intended for studio work on her return to Australia.

You can purchase a copy of Photofile online here.

08 September 2010

Derek O'Connor: M16 Artspace

Gallery artist Derek O'Connor has been featured in an ABC interview about the ARI, M16 Artspace in Canberra.

Check out the interview here.

Derek O'Connor
Riptide, 2009
oil on canvas
53.0 x 43.0 cm

04 September 2010

John Pule: Art and Australia

Martin Edmond has written an essay about the work of significant New Zealand artist and poet, John Pule in the current issue of Art & Australia (Vol. 48 No. 1).

The essay, The Cloudscapes of John Pule, corresponds with the major solo exhibition, John Pule: Hauaga (Arrivals) at City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand. This is the first survey exhibition of Pule's work in a public gallery.

John Pule: Hauaga (Arrivals) is current until September 12.

John Pule
I will never leave you, 2009
enamel, oil and ink on canvas
101.5 x 101.5 cm

03 September 2010

Rhys Lee: Collaborative Project


Gallery artist Rhys Lee has a collaborative exhibition launching this evening at the new Block Projects space, from 6-8pm.

Jane Burton

Gallery artist Jane Burton has been super busy of late, shortlisted as a finalist in two photographic prizes and working on a new commission.

Jane's work has been selected for the 2010 National Photography Prize - Modern Narratives: Photography as Story Teller, Albury Art Gallery, July 30 - September 26 and, the 2010 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, September 23 - October 24.

Ipswich Art Gallery have commissioned and acquired new work from Jane for the Ipswich Heritage House portraits project. The new work will be exhibited from September 11 - November 14.

Jane Burton
Portrait of L
(from the series Velvet Portrait Suite) 2010
pigment ink-jet print
62 x 51 cm
(finalist: 2010 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize)

01 September 2010

eX de Medici: Australian War Memorial

In 2009 the Australian War Memorial commissioned eX de Medici as an official artist. Her task was to produce a body of work in response to the subject of peacekeeping. de Medici travelled to the Solomon Islands in March of 2009 and the resulting works form part of the exhibition, Perspectives.

Karen and Rachael were in Canberra for the opening last night. Perspectives runs from 2 September 2010 – 2 March 2011.

eX de Medici
Bullpup 2009
watercolour on paper

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, article no.: OL00610.003

Del Kathryn Barton: AGNSW Acquisition

The Art Gallery of New South Wales recently unveiled their newest acquisition, come of things, by our very own Del Kathryn Barton. The work was purchased for the AGNSW with funds provided by Contempo at the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales, 2009-2010. Karen and Chris were on hand to celebrate with Del.

Del Kathryn Barton come of things 2010
synthetic polymer paint, gouache, watercolour and pen on polyester canvas
2 parts, 250 x 360 cm overall

left image: photographed by Fiona Susanto right image: photographed by Lynn McColl

28 August 2010

Kate Rohde and Romance was Born!

The launch of renaissance dinosaur on Wednesday night was fabulous with fun to be had by all!

A big thank you to Kate, the Romance kids (Anna and Luke) and all of you who turned out in your masses to help us celebrate this spectacular collaboration between fashion and art!

Take a peek at installation, exhibition and opening night pics on our Facebook page. We have also been awestruck by the great press the show has received so far...read all about it on The Vine, Broadsheet, Artabase, The Age and in Red Magazine (Issue 31).

renaissance dinosaur
is current until September 18.

26 August 2010

Construct a group sculpture with Michael Doolan

Join Michael Doolan in constructing a group sculpture and finding a place for it in the world.

The event will be presented by Craft Victoria and Signal (Melbourne's first arts studio dedicated to people aged between 13 and 20 interested in a wide range of art forms).

Date: Saturday August 28
Venue: Signal, Flinders Walk, Northbank, Melbourne
(behind Flinders St Station - towards Sandridge Bridge)
Bookings: signal@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Cost: Free

25 August 2010

renaissance dinosaur

Renaissance Dinosaur the collaborative exhibition between Sydney fashion label Romance Was Born and Kate Rohde opens this evening from 6pm.

Come down and join us for a glass of bubbles and enter the realm of fantasy!

24 August 2010

Nell at Roslyn Oxley Gallery

We are loving Nell's current body of work on show at Roslyn Oxley Gallery.

If you happen to be in Sydney the exhibition runs until September 4.

21 August 2010

Titania Henderson and Michael Doolan: Ceramic Art Award

Titania Henderson and Michael Doolan have been selected for the Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award.

The exhibition runs from August 21 until October 17 2010.

A winner will be announced at the opening today.

Magda Matwiejew: reviews and awards

If you haven't had an opportunity to get in and see Magda's exhibition, En Pointe, today is the last day.

The exhibition has been a great success with Magda's film Pretty Ballerina shortlisted as a finalist for the best Experimental Film in the general industry section at the 2010 Atom Awards.

The show has also received lots of coverage in the media. Most recently dedece have blogged about the exhibition, as well as a review in Lip Magazine .

Karen Woodbury Gallery is open from 11am until 5pm.

20 August 2010

Sam Jinks: Shepparton Art Gallery

If you missed our recent Sam Jinks exhibition, you still have an opportunity to see one of the works from the show.

Woman and child 2010, will travel to Shepparton Art Gallery and be on exhibition from tonight until November 7 2010.