“I paint objects as I think them not as I see them” Pablo Picasso.
Inspiration often comes from memories of places I’ve usually lived in as this is where I’ve formed the strongest connection with the landscape.
Each landscape has its own energy and induces different reactions, for instance my work drawn from living in a remote part of central Queensland, is very different from work evoked by time I spent living on the coast. I currently live in the Gippsland region of Victoria and this landscape evokes its own particular energy and responses. The painting process itself becomes almost meditative and allows me to reflect on past and current experiences.
The medium I enjoy working with the most is mixed media, combining acrylic and polymer paint with inks, shellac, conte crayon, oil sticks and charcoal.
is an abstract artist living on the Northern Beaches , working mostly with acrylic paint and a variety of different mediums, in particular, pouring medium and high flow acrylic ink. She specialises in high impact, modern and colourful abstracts. Her work is fluid and organic, she nudges, coaxes and directs the paint as well as letting it flow to create beautiful, balanced artworks that have a vibrant sense of movement and life. Rachael holds a bachelor of Fine Arts from Queensland University of Technology.
RALF KEMPKEN. Artist
I have been exhibiting in Melbourne for the past five years. The works deal with aspects of memory, of places and faces in the not so distant past.
Buildings and urban landscapes are part of a city's collective memory. Many people know these places. The pictures act as emotional triggers for the viewer's associated memory.
The works are produced with multi layered stencils/screens, aerosol paint and acrylic brushwork. The use of the hand coloured
stencil goes back to the turn of the 1900's when many posters, cards and brochuers were produced by what was then known as "pochoir" (french for stencil) method before the development
of offset printing. In a contemporary context the stencil appears all over Melbourne's inner city streets and laneways as streetart.
I have work in the public collection of the City of Yarra and the City of Melbourne.
Ralf Kempken 2006
Sara’s vibrant treatment of subject matter using vivid colour and contemporary form gives her paintings a unique, expressive style.
Born in the UK and growing up in an artistic and creative family environment, she chose painting as her medium. She moved to Sydney in her early twenties where she continued to study and develop her individual style.
She frequently draws inspiration from the extremes offered by Victoria’s natural beauty.
Sara has developed a strong Australian following through her solo and shared exhibitions and is developing an international following with increasing interest from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Born: 2nd of December 1959
Educated at Bradford Regional College of Art
Tessa Dodds trained at Bradford Regional College of Art, UK, has worked in many different areas of Art & Design from Advertising through to Trompe'LOeil and likes to overlap materials and techniques from different disciplines.
South Yarra Art House Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane 2005-9
The Platinum Collection, Qld
Jupiters Casino Qld,
The Sheraton, Noosa
Treasury Place, Brisbane
The Presidential Suite, Shangri La Hotel, Dubai UAE
Shangri La Presidential Suite Dubai U.A.E. Private collections
Winner; Peoples Choice Award 2010 South Yarra Art House
MEL BRIGG Artist.
Born 1950 – South Africa
Mel is self-taught and started to paint full time in 1970. An artist whose career spans three decades and several continents, he is noted for his support of institutions such as Child Welfare, Wild Life Trust, Save the Rhino Foundation, and exhibitions staged to draw attention to political detainees.
He founded the Swellendam Art Society. Mel arrived in Australia in 1993 to settle near Dungog in New South Wales. In Australia, Mel has supported the Sydney City Mission, the Variety Club of Australia, Save and Amnesty International.
Mel’s depiction of the African landscape in all its moods – including the spiritual overtones has made him and his work unique and very collectable. Mel’s work is considered highly collectable
CHARLY HUBIS: Painter and Glass artist.
Has been called a portrait painter, but he insists that he is not that. "
I love to paint expressions, joy, intensity, hope and occasionally sorrow.
I do not specifically try paint a persons face, although when I see someone with an interesting expression, it usually burns an image into my mind.
I paint from these mind images occasionally changing them as the medium demands.
MICHAEL WEITNAUER Artist.
Michael Weitnauer is one of our leading established and highly collectable artists who has built a reputation for uniquely depicting the Australian landscape in both abstract and representational form. His artwork is consistently evolving as he pushes the boundaries of his painting practice He is part of a respected group of contempory artists whose works are constantly in demand whose reputations are growing nationally and overseas.
In the past 25 years Michael Weitnauer has held over 36 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 20 group shows around Australia and overseas. In this time he has won major art awards and been a finalist of a number of major art awards.
Contact the Gallery for more detailed biography.
Steve Graham began his career in contempory Australian Art in 1981. He was tutored in conceptual art and technique in Canada and New York. Steve Graham's paintings on canvas are loved by art collectors world wide.
His Contempory Australian Art has been exhibited in New York , San Francisco and through out Australia.
South Yarra Art House in Melbourne is the place to find Steve Graham's latest figurative works and beach scenes.
Craig is a masterful acrylic, watercolour and oil painter.
1981 - 1979: Ballarat University (Ballarat Colledge of Advanced Education) Diploma of Art.
1981 & 1980: Received Martha Pinkerton
1996 to date: Sessional Teacher of Illustration and Drawing Victoria University of Technology and Swinburne University of Technology
Craig Penny Artist AWARDS
Best Water Colour - Rotary Club of Hamilton 1999 (Buvelot Award)
Best Water Colour Paintings- Rotary of Altona 1999
in 2000 Highly Commended - Mt Waverly Art Show & Highly Commended Rotary Club of Warragul
Best Painting - Rotary Club of Portland 2002 & 2003
Best Water Colour - Rotary Club of Dromana 2002
Best Water Colour - Wimmera Art Show 2004
Best Street Scene - Brighton Art Show 2005 & 2006
The Australian Guild of Realist Artists
Member - Murray Mallee Outback Artists
Pauls profile jumped to the attention of Australian art buyers when he won first prize for the best painting in "The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia" competition .
Since that eventful exhibition many things began to formulate ~ Paul was included in a book launch in 1990 featuring 70 of the best living traditional artists in Australia. Australia Post commissioned him in 1991 to do a water bird series of stamps and he was subsequently commissioned by the United Nations to paint a series of endangered species in 1994, which was released in Vienna.
Paul has had solo exhibitions in London and Japan, six solo shows in America and two at the exclusive "Raffles" Hotel in Singapore, making his international career blossom.
His love for painting, with that of his wife, son and daughter make him a truly contented
SHARON WEDEL Artist
"Although figurative my focus is on exploring the concept of spaces in between.
The layers and fabric of our past that lies beneath and defines us as well as the spaces in time, moments when you are between two destinations, when you are still, observing or being observed.
I layer my canvases with textural fabrics and structural paint to create depth and richness to my pieces. My figures are also often portrayed in both profile and front view at the same, demonstrating that there is always more to someone’s story than what you first see."
Seasons Beauty Exhibition, brings to us images of Australia's Winter Wonderland, that are buried in our subconscious.
It is easy to forget beauty as it can be so fleeting.
Paul Evans paints a variety of subjects, often drawing on the power and beauty of nature for inspiration. The portrayal of dynamic and striking sunsets, gentle riverbanks with quiet reflections, the outback, countryside and beach scenes. He portrays nature quite faithfully and with his individual style and sense of composition, presents work of great interest.
“Painting for me is trying to capture a moment, that moment when the shadows engulf a cliff face, waves hit the beach or when a flock of galahs flash through a landscape and are gone
Laurel has been a professional artist since 1995 is primarily as a Contemporary Realist painter, working mainly in oils.
The natural world is her eternal inspiration and my wildlife work has been well recognised and collected all over the world
She has won numerous Art show prizes and exhibited successfully in many group and solo exhibitions. She feesl fortunate to work in a job that essentially creates happiness and pleasure.
Recent successes, include:
* The Vitalis Skuja Award at Nowa Nowa Nudes.
* 2nd. Best in show Art Gippsland 2012.
* Finalist selections in National Awards.
* Arc Yinnar drawing prize 2012.
* Destination Daintree Art Prize 2012.
* The Norvill Landsape Prize 2012.
* Best in Life, Art Gippsland 2013.
MR. NEAL ADAMS
1968 born London England
1984-1989 private tuition under professor James Turner (Wimbledon school of art) studies in drawing and Traditional painting techniques.
1989 Studies art history and painting National Gallery London
Neal has now become entranced with lighting and textured landscape.
Not content and despondent with the changes of light throughout the seasons, he continued west, where intense schooling, with longer lasting subtle shifts in light, could be appreciated.
He is considered and is recognized for great achievement in this area.
Adams is a painter whose luminous foiled oil paintings convey a curious romanticism with a contemporary twist.
Neal Adams has successfully navigated the world of commercial and fine art and is sort after for his mono and dichromatic colour schemes.
NORMAN LINDSAY Etchings
Lindsay was born in Creswick, Victoria, the son of Anglo-Irish surgeon Robert Charles William Alexander Lindsay and Jane Elizabeth Lindsay daughter of Rev. Thomas Williams, a Wesleyen missionary. from Creswick. He was the fifth of ten children.
Lindsay is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest artists, producing a vast body of work in different media, including pen drawing, etching, watercolour, oil and sculptures in concrete and bronze.
A large body of his work is housed in his former home at Faulconbridge, New South Wales, now the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum, and many works reside in private and corporate collections. His art continues to climb in value today. In 2002, a record price was attained for his oil painting Spring's Innocence, which sold to the National Gallery of Victoria for A$333,900.
Dods’s Pursuit Of Corporate Angst Warns Us All
In a nation where the conventional is often challenged, corporate orthodoxy finds itself under the spotlight of Australian visual artist, Tracy Dods.
Dods is further developing her journey through corporate anguish, clearly identifying it as a metaphor for wider social isolation.
Her paintings clearly provoke compelling suggestions of malfunction in the western business lifestyle.
“But it’s more than just corporate anguish and implied suicide. It’s really a representation of the loneliness surrounding us all today, which we seem scarcely even to notice anymore”, she says. “Society is making us so completely separate that I believe we’re close to losing the understanding of how to be, and behave as, a community. Media messages constantly instruct us to be individuals. We obey, and so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We’re lost and anxious and we see social distress all around us and we project that this must be the way we’re supposed to live now. It isn’t”.
Born: 1st of November 1990 in Kalimantan.
Joseph Rama trained at Bradford Regional College of Art, UK. His preferred style is Hyperrealism.
Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture,
resembling a high- Resolution photograph. Hyperrealism is considered an advancement of Photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings. He is a recluse and seldom visits the gallery.
His works will be exhibited at
South Yarra Art House Melbourne and Ballarat.
A passion she was born with, Jasmin has explored many mediums unable to restrict herself to just one she enjoys painting: fine art nudes to pure abstracts, photography, charcoal, clay sculpture and contemporary jewellery design.
Lisa's unique fresh approach delights all sections of the female population.
After a 9 year period of establishing herself as aprominent artist, she has clients always asking for her works and especially her comissions.
See us at South Yarra Art House, we are Lisa's Australian Representatives.
ADAM CULLEN:(9 October 1965 – 28 July 2012) was an Australian artist, most known for winning the Archibald Prize in 2000 with a portrait of actor David Wenham. He was also known for his controversial subjects or work. His style has at times been called by some critics as simplistic, crude, adolescent or puerile, though he has been voted[by whom?] one of Australia's most collectible contemporary artists.
He merged high and low cultural influences in works which are defined by their iridescent colours and bold gestural marks. His works combine irreverent humour with an astute sensitivity to society.
Olsen's work has been marked by a deep engagement with the Australian landscape, and he has lived for long periods in different parts of the country and travelled widely in it. He has served on the boards of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Art Gallery.
In the New Year's Honours of 1977 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and in the Australia Day Honours of 2001 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. He was awarded the Centenary Medal on 1 January 2001.
He won the 2005 Archibald Prize for his portrait Self portrait Janus Faced.
Born in the USA 1964-moved to Australia 2005
Kathleen has expressed her creativity in the past as an award winning dance choreographer. After tragically losing her 16 year old son she turned to visual art as therapy.
Painting and sketching with vitality and movement, using texture and tone to convey her emotion and passion. Kathleen enjoys working with oil, acrylic, and charcoal to create her mood provoking artwork. Her work has been described as mystical and enchanting.
Photographer and Display Artist for the Ballarat International Foto BiennaleTeaching
2003 Lecturer: Charles Sturt University Albury NSW
4 AIPP National Awards.
1999 AIPP Touring Exhibition
2016 LACP Members Exhibition. Los Angeles. 2016 CCP Salon
2017 Feb.- Time is an Illusion at Alternating Current Artist Space 2017 2017 March - Photo Independent Los Angeles
2017 May- Time is an Illusion. Head On Festival. Sydney. 2017June- Time is an Illusion.
2017 August- Time is an Illusion. Art House Gallery, Ballarat International Foto Biennale. 2017 November- Future Time, Immerse Exhibition Program, Melbourne.
2018 April- Time is an Illusion. Soho Photo Gallery. New York 2018 April- Extra Time. Photo Independent. Los Angeles
Helen Norton left home at sixteen to spend the next ten years working and living in the most remote desert locations in Australia. Not intending on becoming an artist, her ambitions focused on immersing herself in as much adventure as was possible to extract from life. She met her husband to be in the North West, and this led to a reluctant putting down of roots for a while in Broome. However the frustration of being stuck in Broome, led to her picking up the paintbrush to create a continuing invention of adventures on the canvas.
Norton continued her travels throughout the Kimberley, Pilbara and overseas. She used the experiences to inject her artwork with more complex layers of narrative. Her work gained acclaim quickly, and led to commissions from Qantas to paint two front covers for their in-flight magazines, an exhibition on the QE2, and exhibitions in London as well as successful exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney.
In my former life, before kids, I was a special education primary teacher. I now have 3 children and am continually inspired by them.
I have always had a love for art whether it is on a canvas or in a picture story book.
I love to use a lot of colour and in this exhibition have expanded to use much more ‘mixed media’ than I have previously, and I used to use a lot.
I enjoy sourcing materials from different places and mostly my paintings will evolve out of a place I have been, a song I love or just a new colour or medium I want to experiment with. You will notice the use of pieces of a keyboard and some of my favourite fabrics.
1967 Born In Melbourne.
Andrea’s artworks explore the playful, vibrantly coloured side of nature , a satirical view of life and all its wonderful creatures
Andrea never formally studied art at University, however she has always enjoyed the time spent with her artistic family developing her painting skills, travelling the world and exploring all of its galleries
This year her focus has been drawn back into her art and as such has found herself screen printing in New York and drawing in Paris.
Michael Leunig was born in Melbourne in 1945.
His work was first published in the Monash University newspaper 'Lots Wife' 1965, when he was a student at Monash University.
He commenced working with the Age newpaper in 1969 as an illustrator and cartoonist. Since then, The Age has published his cartoons, poetry and illustrations on a weekly basis. His drawings, prints, paintings and cartoons have been exhibited regularly at private and public galleries throughout Australia, and are held in both public and private collections in Australia and overseas.
From 1998 to 2000 a comprehensive exhibition of his printmaking “The Happy Prints” toured Regional Galleries in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and was exhibited at the National Archive of Australia in Canberra, A.C.T.
In 1999 Michael Leunig was declared a national living treasure, and was awarded an honorary degree from La Trobe University for his contribution to Australian culture.