What's On Now
I have lived and painted in St Albans, Hawkesbury area for over 20 years. In this series I worked almost exclusively from the deck of "The Blue House", which looks down over the village to the pub, beside The Macdonald River. On the far bank the slopes rise to an imposing sandstone escarpment... These paintings are a love song, a celebration of the Valley and an exploration of the alchemy of light... It is the beauty of this land and the sense of community that holds me to this area...
Kerry Johns is a realistic-abstractionist, working pre-dominantly en plein air for this exhibition in the Bywong area of the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.
I find the beguiling interaction of trees with one another a delight to my eye, the character of the individual tree capable of moving my affections...
My studio is in the rural landscape of Bywong, between Lake George and Canberra. The paddocks are dun coloured and dry, bordered by graceful smooth white trees that form into elegant dance lines beside the roads. In other parts there are forests of these velvety cream, yellow or cool white trees.
The dry climate discourages thick undergrowth, giving the impression of an open welcoming way, with intertwining branches in extravagant profusion above.
I have felt drawn to the silence of the forest and also to its visual complexity, trees in profusion presenting a rich field for abstraction. In the intriguing relation of forms there is pleasure for the painter’s eye, subtlety as well as intricacy, abstraction as well as accepted appearance... I want the painting to... become a poetic realization of my engagement with... the way of trees and forest.
Kerry Johns has won the 2016 Eutick Still Life Award (EMSLA), the 2016 Empire Global Art Award for Landscape and is currently a finalist in the 2018 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize.
Her work is held in Public Collections including the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Collection; the Kedumba Award Collection; the Basil Sellers Collection and the Blue Mountains City Council Collection.
My current body of work, Captain Thunderbolt and the travails of Australian bushrangers, evolved from looking at Sidney Nolan´s ‘Kelly’ paintings with their brilliant colour and modernist depiction of home-made armour hammered out of ploughs. Kelly´s masked dressing has something of the spirit and grit of an Australian ethos of ‘making do’.
Narratives surrounding convict and bushranger images are integral to our Australian psyche with figures such as Ned Kelly, Captain Thunderbolt and Jack Doolan thriving in the imagination. Bush ballads are penned and images painted about such figures famed for stealing, philandering, ‘mateyness’ and murder. Despite such waywardness, they attract enormous sympathy and public intrigue, in part because of skill and stealth in evading the law. Less is known about their feisty, gun-toting partners.
such woman was the Indigenous Mary-Ann Bugg, also known as ‘Black Mary’. She was Thunderbolt´s, ‘the gentleman bushranger’ second wife.
Nganana tjamunya, kaminya kulira wanalpai: ngura nganampa tjuta, Tjukurpa tjutatjara. Kulilkatipaila walytja piti, ngura, Tjukurpa winki. Kuruntula uwankara kulilpai.
"We listen to our grandfathers and grandmothers and we follow their teachings: of all our lands and the stories and law that they hold. We can feel our families, our country, our culture in everything we do. We hear everything in our hearts. We hear it all with our heart, mind, body and soul as one."
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