Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular – exhibition reflections

As I approached the Central Plaza tower, the lively lights pouring from inside beamed with enthusiasm. A line of eager visitors lined up outside, all elegantly dressed and keen to get in. My attempt to avoid the line-up by waiting outside turned out a failure – the crowd only grew larger, and I lined up… Read More »

Supporting art: living or dead?

If you are an art collector, and frequently visit contemporary art galleries in search of a new piece that speaks to you and that you just have to have, then you are supporting the artists – in the true sense of the word. “Art demands sacrifice” – the well-known Russian idiom (“Искусство требует жертвы”) seems… Read More »

Wake up, Brisbane!

Why is it so hard to get people into art galleries in Brisbane? When we think of art in Australia, the first cities that come to mind are really Melbourne (known as the art capital) and Sydney (it’s big, has everything, and plenty of it). Brisbane? Pfft! When I’m overseas, I often have to explain… Read More »

The optimism of Korean narratives

Watch out – stories are coming to life! Bustling with respectful enthusiasm of traditional Korean folklore, Sujin Nam’s exhibition at Brisbane Modern Art Gallery filled the walls with dragons, phoenixes, farmers, bathing women, birds, and mountains. An entire village community comes to life at the different stages of one man’s life journey. If you are… Read More »

‘Will You Be My Valentine’ by Christabel Blackman

This Valentine’s Day weekend, Sydney art enthusiasts have the opportunity to delight in a brand new collection of ink and watercolour drawings by Christabel Blackman. As a lover of art forms that require skill and continuing professional development, I was thrilled to have a sneak peek at this upcoming exhibition at the Trevor Victor Harvey… Read More »

Pure joy in mixed media with Rebecca Peirce

It has been a while since Brisbane saw an art exhibition of such joy. Rebecca Peirce’s solo show at Brisbane Modern Art Gallery demonstrated a display of uninhibited imagination combined with a dream-like interpretation of the world. With Rebecca’s work sometimes associated with “baking a cake,” impasto needs a new definition! The bold flowers literally… Read More »