Painting

Darebin Creek

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Shannon Smiley was commissioned to create this painting in 2017. As part of his research he explored Darebin Creek and surrounds. He explains the inspiration behind his new work. ‘I'm enjoying making this work and becoming intimate with the Darebin area. I’ve been exploring the edge lands of Darebin, chasing down historically significant sites I've heard about, like the U.S. military bunkers and the place where the Batman treaty was signed.’ he said. Smiley looks to the Australian suburban environment for places of enchantment. In the overlooked and undefined spaces without purpose or function, a wilderness grows with an urgent will to live. Smiley’s works are romantic depictions of contemporary landscape.

Shannon Smiley is a graduate of VCA. His practice has been acknowledged through a number of significant awards including Metro Art Prize (winner, 2012) and the John Leslie Art Prize (winner, 2014). Shannon recently won the People´s Choice Award for the inaugural Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2015. His work is held in public and private collections including the Ballarat Art Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery.

Torrent, Slipstream, Wanderer

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Claire Mooney’s recent works take inspiration from textiles and quilting, bringing together fragments of colour and pattern to create images that inexorably slide from order to disorder. The works play with an ambiguity of construction and destruction. Using collage, photography, print transfer and paint, the splintered parts of nature-pattern and ornament are woven, layered and flattened together, aligning with or interrupting the other, seeking a final dissolution. Mooney was commissioned to create this new triptych in response to the local environment of Darebin.

Claire Mooney completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at RMIT in 1999, a Master of Visual Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2004, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Melbourne in 2010. She has been a practising artist for the past 15 years, and has exhibited her work regularly in solo and curated shows. Since 2006, Claire has been actively involved in the Melbourne ARI (artist run initiative) sector and most recently, Education Program Coordinator at BLINDSIDE. In addition to her ongoing arts practice, Claire currently teaches Art at Montmorency Secondary College.

Nicki Minaj

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A prolific painter, Patrick Francis works primarily in acrylic on paper. His paintings draw on personal experiences and encounters as well as a rich knowledge of popular culture and art history, often inspired by the work of artists such as Velazquez, Vermeer, Goya and Rubens. Bold in their colour palette, the refined and expressive portraits range from studies of well-known celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe to icons of fifteenth century Italian Renaissance such as author Baldassare Castiglione. Patrick Francis (1991) has worked as a studio artist at Arts Project Australia since 2009 and had his first solo exhibition in the Arts Project gallery in 2014. He has been included in numerous group shows including ‘Salon; gems from the stockroom’, Robin Gibson Gallery; ‘Melbourne Now’, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne; and ‘Connected’, Yarra Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne. He was a recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award in 2012 and is held in numerous private collections.

Untitled

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Francis reinterprets and transforms images from art history’s greats as well as celebrities from today. They include Vincent Van Gogh, Diego Velazquez and Leonardo da Vinci reinterpreted and transformed anew. Stars such as Nicki Minaj also feature within the artists oeuvre.

Patrick Francis is a prolific painter who finds his primary source material in the visual culture and art history of western civilisation. Patrick has been attending Arts Project Australia since 2009 and had his first solo exhibition in 2014. He has been included in numerous group shows including ‘Salon; gems from the stockroom’, Robin Gibson Gallery and ‘Melbourne Now’, NGV Australia, Melbourne. He was a recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award in 2012 and is held in numerous private and public collections.

Italian Woman (after Vincent Van Gogh)

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Francis reinterprets and transforms images from art history’s greats as well as celebrities from today. They include Vincent Van Gogh, Diego Velazquez and Leonardo da Vinci reinterpreted and transformed anew. Stars such as Nicki Minaj also feature within the artists oeuvre.

Patrick Francis is a prolific painter who finds his primary source material in the visual culture and art history of western civilisation. Patrick has been attending Arts Project Australia since 2009 and had his first solo exhibition in 2014. He has been included in numerous group shows including ‘Salon; gems from the stockroom’, Robin Gibson Gallery and ‘Melbourne Now’, NGV Australia, Melbourne. He was a recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award in 2012 and is held in numerous private and public collections.

New Arrivals

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In New Arrivals, Gwen Garoni (1933-2014) depicts two tall ships in high seas approaching the coastline of Australia and considers the historical and contemporary politics surrounding ‘new arrival’s by boat to the nation’s shores. The work encapsulates the themes of maritime exploration, colonisation and migration and their effect upon Indigenous culture.

Aunty Gwen Garoni was a respected Victorian Koori Elder and a descendant of the Taungurong people of north-east Victoria. Her work reflects upon the significance of place, family connections and cultural identity. Her art is grounded in her love of country and explores the Australian landscape, ancestral memories and early colonial history.

Garoni was a winner of the DATSICC emerging artist award for the Gumbri White Dove Acquisitive Prize (2006 and 2010), a finalist in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards (2006 and 2007) and a finalist in the ANL Maritime Art Prize (2009 and 2011). Her artwork is held in public and private collections.

New Arrivals © Gwen Garoni

Regrowth in the Yarra Valley

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Regrowth in the Yarra Valley is infused with optimism as the countryside begins the long process of revegetation after being decimated by the Black Saturday bushfires in February, 2009. Gwen Garoni (1933-2014) captures the majesty of nature’s rebirth as the flora and fauna of her Taurguron country begin to flourish again.

Aunty Gwen Garoni was a respected Victorian Koori Elder and a descendant of the Taungurong people of north-east Victoria. Her work reflects upon the significance of place, family connections and cultural identity. Her art is grounded in her love of Country and explores the Australian landscape, ancestral memories and early colonial history.

Garoni was a winner of the DATSICC emerging artist award for the Gumbri White Dove Acquisitive Prize (2006 and 2010), a finalist in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards (2006 and 2007) and a finalist in the ANL Maritime Art Prize (2009 and 2011). Her artwork is held in public and private collections.
Regrowth in the Yarra Valley © Gwen Garoni

Bridge Merri Creek

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In Bridge Merri Creek, Katherine Hattam continues her exploration of local waterways and their locations. This work on plywood depicts the bridge over Merri Creek on High Street, Northcote with accompanying trees and powerlines and the much ignored cyclists dismount sign. It is surrounded by a repertoire of recurring domestic motifs significant to the artist including chairs, clocks and a shopping basket, creating a psychological layering of memory via personally symbolic objects.

Hattam’s art practice comprises drawing, collage, printmaking and sculpture. She employs a contemplative process in revealing the relationships and tensions between objects, space and placement. Hattam has exhibited widely as a solo artist as well as in group shows for over five decades. She has won the Robert Jacks Drawing Prize (2006), Banyule Works on Paper Art Award (2005) and has been short-listed in the Dobell Drawing Prize, National Works on Paper Prize and Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. Her work is represented in public, corporate, educational and private collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, state and regional art galleries, The Darling Foundation, Smorgen Collection, Artbank, Queen Victoria Hospital, National Australia Bank and La Trobe University Museum of Art.

Bridge Merri Creek © Katherine Hattam

Reeds Japan

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Alice Wormald creates paintings out of a compulsion to construct strange natural spaces where surface and depth, representation, abstraction, naturalism and converge. The works often develop through a process of image collection and collage with a focus on natural imagery such as rocks, plants and geological formations. These images are reconfigured to create a compelling encounter with depth, object and landscape. By accentuating and distorting formal elements such as composition and scale, the pictorial space is disrupted, demanding intense observation up close while simultaneously directing the viewer to make sense of the ‘landscape’ before them.

Alice Wormald is an artist based in Melbourne who has held multiple solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, most recently ‘Inversion Scenes’ (2017) at Daine Singer and ‘Offerings’ (2016) at Gallery 9, Sydney. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Gardening is not a Rational Act’ curated by Tai Snaith at c3 Contemporary Art Space, ‘Visiting Painting’ at Horsham Regional Art Gallery and ‘Imagined Worlds’ at the Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery. She has been a finalist in many prizes including the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize (2014) and the Darebin Art Prize (2016). Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.