This was a thoroughly enjoyable exhibition, firstly because it was combined with my eldest son, James’ wonderful photography, and secondly because my paintings were in a totally different direction from what I usually paint. The Creative Space in Curl Curl, Sydney, is a large and beautifully presented exhibition space and we were able to use it not only to promote our paintings and photographs, but also to tell the story of the importance of saving our beautiful oceans and marine life.
For this exhibition, I had created a new series of paintings of Australian waves and abstract ocean patterns. This was a totally new direction for me – from the structural forms of European buildings (although usually wonky!) to the curves and exciting formation of waves and the ocean, not to mention a totally new colour palette.
This was a joint exhibition with two other Sydney artists in a beautiful heritage sandstone building, built in 1854 and formerly a Police Lock-up, or Watch House. The hanging space was made up of male and female cells plus the charge room!
“Marion Chapman, Jan Schuster-Callus and Jackie Sherwood are award winning artists who chose themes they love for this exhibition “Butterflies, Beaches and Boats”. The exhibition features butterflies from the imagination, beaches from Sydney and South Coast, and boats and landscapes from the Mediterranean.”
In conjunction with the Koroni Arts Festival, my latest and joint exhibition with fellow artist Gill Tomlinson, got off to a flying start with a great opening on 11th September. We were fortunate to be able to have our Exhibition in the lovely Maniatakeion building in ‘downtown’ Koroni, perfect with its large white walls and high ceilings. It was a particularly hot and steamy night, and I think the very professional interview and video has Gill and I looking surprisingly composed and cool!
I had various recently completed paintings on display, along with Gill’s mostly collage and mixed media works. The table down the middle of the Gallery contained our sketchbooks, which created a lot of interest. Some people even asked if they were for sale…. right!
Some newly framed collages, plus a table-load of small mounted paintings, wrapped and ready to go…..