Category Archives: Reviews

John Lovett – the magic of watercolours

Welcome to the magical world of atmospheric landscapes, contoured buildings and beautiful bricks walls. John Lovett’s watercolour paintings present a delicate, and yet a stately, expression of the world seen through this artist’s experienced eye. Colours sing off the paper and the allusive forms in paint, ink and pencil emerge in perfectly balanced compositions. The… Read More »

Zygmunt Libucha: master of the female form

From time to time we all need to experience something that connects us to the raw essence of life. Throughout art history the female nude has been a quintessential subject for artists and sculptors. As artists re-imagine the subject of the Nude, it is comforting to know that right here in Australia there is an… Read More »

Nude and fabulous!

It’s bold. And messy. And beautiful. And crude. And confronting. And entertaining. Nude: Art from the Tate collection bring together pieces from the Tate Museum (London) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and it is, hands down, fabulous. The Nude is always an intriguing subject. It is an art form usually considered essential… Read More »

Ballet Preljocaj – art made on stage

Snow White’s dark magic forces the innocence to push through obstacles of more than the reality of life. It is haunting; full of raw emotions. This is art made on stage. Admittedly, I had high expectations for Ballet Preljocaj. Contemporary ballet from one of France’s most acclaimed companies, combined with the costume designs by Jean… Read More »

Gallery hopping in Brisbane – the good and the ‘what the’?

Once in a while I take a regular ‘pilgrimage’ around art galleries in Brisbane. It is easy enough to concentrate on a particular art area in Brisbane, such as Fortitude Valley: each art hub in town provides just enough stimuli for intense survey viewing which runs out before the brain reaches its overload capacity. And… Read More »

What’s hiding behind?

Oil painting medium has always been popular for its versatility and the freedom is gives artists to change, add to, or completely repaint their work. For art historians and art lovers living hundreds of years later this provides an opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s intention, perhaps revealing something about their relationships, their work, or… Read More »

Degas at NGV

I love going to the NGV. Even as you approach the building, the glass waterfall at the entrance makes for an inviting composition, curtained in with minimalist brick walls. The elegant yet earthy welcome is underscored by the always-friendly, impeccable staff in every facet of the gallery. Combined with a world-class quality exhibition, it makes… Read More »

Abstract curating – the challenges of Contemporary Art

I was really looking forward to this exhibition. Contemporary art practice of five generations of women congregated in one place. Pressed for writing deadlines, I didn’t research the exhibition before my visit. But that shouldn’t be an issue for an opening night visit, right? Wrong. As I entered the room, the attention grabber was a… Read More »

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 »