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Wednesday
May302018

Profiled Artist: Spencer Harrison AKA Spenceroni

 

Spencer Harrison aka Spenceroni is an artist from Australia known for his bold, colourful works. Inspired by his background in science, Spencer draws from the scientific method, building his practice around a methodology of questioning, experimentation and perpetual curiosity. Connecting with modernist movements of the early 1900s, his work explores the boundaries between abstraction, representation, logic and intuition. Developing series based around core ideas but not tied to a single medium, his works venture into painting, sculpture, printmaking and public murals.

 

 

 

Brunswick Street Gallery is proud to present Spencer Harrison aka Spenceroni's wall painting Interbeing in our new, ground floor exhibition space April – June 2018.

Sunday
May202018

PROFILED ARTIST: ISOBEL RAYSON


Isobel Rayson is an emerging artist based in Canberra, Australia.
 Isobel graduated from the Australian National University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) in Sculpture. Since graduating Rayson has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, participated in residencies and had solo exhibitions in Canberra, Geelong, Sydney and Melbourne. 

Rayson’s work explores mark making as a means to investigate and document ideas of presence and trace. The creation of her latest body of work involves completing daily rituals and routines based on physical mark making that follows a series of directives, including varying parameters, which Rayson establishes prior to commencing each work. The final works become relics that document these routines. With this research, Rayson hopes to examine how her ephemeral presence may be preserved through these traces.

 

 

 

Isobel Rayson's exhibition Time & Trace is current 9 – 22 May 2018.

Wednesday
May162018

PROFILED ARTIST: ASHLEY McNEIL


Ashley McNeil paints from her own personal life experiences and is inspired by classical portraiture, vanitas and memento mori. Using oils, she strives to create paintings that evoke a sense of foreboding and intimidation in her audience and provide a new perspective to the modern day femme identifying form.

Originating from Canada and studying visual arts at the University of Victoria for three and a half years, McNeil ran away from home in search of a different way of life and living. Finding her niche within the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, she has been inspired and challenged by the multitude of talented individuals who contribute to the vibrant Melbourne art and music scene.

McNeil’s new portrait series strives to shine a light on mental illness and her personal experience of panic, anxiety and depression, illustrating what the feelings would look like if they were to be brought to the surface and transformed into physical visceral objects. 

 

 

 

 Ashley McNeil's exhibition Life, Death and Panic Attacks, is current 9 – 22 May 2018.


Friday
May042018

PROFILED ARTIST: GRACE LOUISE BILES

Grace Louise Biles is an abstract resin artist residing in Melbourne, Victoria. Since studying a diploma of interior design and decoration at Swinburne University, Grace Louise has been highly influenced by colour psychology and the direct effects it has on people's emotions.

By combining the fluidity of resin, audacious colours of acrylic paints and inks, as well as intricate line-work, Grace Louise is able to construct a complex harmony of fabricated emotion. The addition of paint pen adds a dimension of control that can't be achieved with resin alone. In a sense, resin is free and not easily controlled and the patterns illustrated by the paint pen are an opposing force of conformity and control that both rival and complement the resin as a point of difference.

'Indirectly, it's an outlet for emotion. It lets me express myself beyond just what words can.' – Grace Louise Biles.

 

 

 

 Grace Louise Biles' exhibition Emotional Stasis, is current 20 April – 6 May 2018.

 

Sunday
Apr152018

PROFILED ARTIST: ROSSANNE PELLEGRINO

 

Rossanne Pellegrino is a photographer and mixed media artist, born in Adelaide. 

Rossanne was a student of International Studies and Foreign Languages, and later studied Photography at the University of Arts South Australia. It was during this time as a photography student, that Rossanne was awarded a grant from the South Australian Youth Arts Board to produce her first solo show Looking Through Fresh Eyes (2003) which explored the Adelaide community through black and white photography. Since her first exhibition, Rossanne has regularly exhibited her work in Australia and in London (UK), further developing her art practice and exploring themes of memory, place and identity. 

Rossanne’s distinctive documentary-style photography and her ability to employ various mixed media techniques such as embroidery on photography, photographic transfer and Polaroid manipulation have resulted in a diverse body of work; from black and white photo journalism to expressive imagery that blurs the border between photography and the handcrafted.

In her most recent body of work, Strange New World Rossanne explores false memory recall through embroidered photography.  Embroidering abstract shapes, pattern and colour onto old photographs, Rossanne highlights the ever-changing nature of our memories, influenced by factors such as age, culture, time and imagination. The result is imagery made surreal, with reinvented histories.  

 

 

 

Rossanne Pellegrino's exhibition, Strange New World, is current 4 – 17 April 2018.