Painting

Powerlines Merri Creek

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Katherine Hattam’s exuberant work, Powerlines Merri Creek equalises the natural environment with man-made constructions as she explores the hybrid landscape of local waterways and their locations.

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, the National Works on Paper Prize and the 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.

Powerlines Merri Creek © Katherine Hattam

Taungerong Country; View of Yea

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In Taurgurong Country; View of Yea, Gwen Garoni (1933-2014) celebrates the landscape of her Taurgurong country, offering a personal perspective and artistic vision formed by an intimate knowledge and deep connection to the land. The vibrant hues of the distant mountains and the lushness of the uncleared land reveal a spiritual beauty that speaks of a time long before colonial settlement.

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.

Taurgurong Country; View of Yea © Gwen Garoni

Preston Market, Saturday late

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In Preston Market, Saturday late, Mary Hammond captures the hustle and bustle of the end of week trading at Preston Market. The diversity of Darebin’s citizenry is shown almost as a group portrait; a chaotic scene of shoppers milling round with bags of varying size and colour as they hurry to get the best bargains of the day.

Mary Hammond is a social observer. She depicts the lives of ordinary people going about their everyday tasks. Themes of feminism and social justice pervade her work. She is fascinated by the role of women caring for their families and shopping is a major theme. Hammond’s eye for detail is intimate and personal; she sketches and paints real people enabling us to examine, with compassion, the community in which we live.

Hammond’s artwork is held in private and public collections including the Australian War Memorial, State Library of Victoria and Artbank.

Preston Market, Saturday late © Mary Hammond

On the Way

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On the Way captures a moment in time as three women pass each other in front of an assortment of colourfully painted shops along the main shopping strip in High Street, Northcote. Dressed in bright winter clothes and sensible shoes, the shoppers have a distinct look about them: one strides purposefully towards her destination pushing her jeep in a determined fashion, another checks the contents of her trolley as she manoeuvres it around, while a third, holding a canvas bag, stands quite still as she tries to decide which way to go next.

Mary Hammond is a social observer. She depicts the lives of ordinary people going about their everyday tasks. Themes of feminism and social justice pervade her work. She is fascinated by the role of women caring for their families and shopping is a major theme. Hammond’s eye for detail is intimate and personal; she sketches and paints real people enabling us to examine, with compassion, the community in which we live.

Hammond’s artwork is held in private and public collections including the Australian War Memorial, State Library of Victoria and Artbank.

On the Way © Mary Hammond

War Widows

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War Widows is part of a series of paintings and sketches that were included in Mary Hammond’s solo exhibition, Coming and Going, held at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre in 2010. The exhibition, a major retrospective of Hammond’s work from the mid-1970s - 2009, focussed on her everyday depiction of people within the City of Darebin

War Widows also featured in Legacy (2015), an exhibition curated by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre acknowledging the participation, contribution and sacrifice made by members of the Darebin community during the Great War (WWI). She has also participated in two major group shows curated by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre: The River (2011) and Northern Lights (2013).

The Business at All Nations

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With a bold, saturated colour palette and fluid brushstrokes, Sarah Faulkner encapsulates the daily activity at All Nations Park with a mural like quality. Situated on the site of a former quarry and set against a brooding sky, the local park is alive with all kinds of business: walkers with dogs and without, Frisbee throwers, a friendly game of kick to kick with a footy and vacant seats beckoning the possibility of some simple contemplation or the chance to meet and sit with friends. In the background, Northcote Plaza and the high rise apartment block stand like silent sentinels watching over the entrance to the park. The Business at All Nations was the joint winner of the Darebin Art Show (2011).

Sarah Faulkner was founding member of Roar Studios, a co-operative for emerging artists, established in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in 1982. She has exhibited her work regularly in group and solo shows throughout Australia since 1986.

The Business at All Nations © Sarah Faulkner

Regrowth after the fires

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In Regrowth after the fires, Gwen Garoni (1933-2014) powerfully demonstrates the devastation wrought on the landscape by the all engulfing Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009. This compelling pictorial narrative is informed by Garoni’s intimate knowledge and deep connection to the land of her ancestors. The hills and valleys of her Taurgurong country are laid bare, devoid of trees and vegetation, homes are burned out and the cost of human and wildlife loss is catastrophic. In the aftermath of the worst bushfires in Australia’s history, the healing process of nature’s regrowth begins.

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 after the fires © Gwen Garoni

Campsite in Springtime

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Campsite in Springtime is a richly colourful and vibrant expression of respect for ancestors and reflects the importance of Country in Koori life. Working within landscape depictions of her Gunditjmara tribal lands, and ancestral memories, Frances Gallagher contemplates the significance of place, family connections, spirituality and social displacement.

Clearing the land for agricultural purposes and the spread of urban centres has substantially diminished, from much of the public consciousness, the intense cultural mapping by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people throughout Australia. The impact of white settlement caused Indigenous people to move, or be moved, from their traditional lands and dramatically disrupted their way of life.

Aunty Frances Gallagher is a respected Victorian Koori Elder who was born in Bendigo in 1926 and is from the Gunditjmara people of Western Victoria. She was one in a family of eight children brought up on Framlingham Mission, an Aboriginal reserve established on the south-west coast of the state in 1861 by the Board for the Protection of Aborigines. Gallagher has participated in numerous group shows including exhibitions at Melbourne Museum, Koorie Heritage Trust, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Boscia Gallery and RMIT School of Art Gallery.

Campsite In Springtime © Frances Gallagher

Untitled

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Untitled, winner of the Darebin Art Show (2010), conveys a sense of summertime in the inner northern suburbs. The vivid blue sky dominating the top third of the painting infuses great energy into a mundane scene, while the everyday beauty of the neighbourhood is revealed in the bright, harsh light of the Australian summer sky.

Jason Emilianowicz captures a familiar, local streetscape: a suburban fence line, adorned with imposing graffiti, backs on to a public path following the South Morang railway line and the Merri Creek. A woman strides briskly along the path with her dogs that are just disappearing from view.

Untitled © Jason Emilianowicz