Artists a class act

by Kent Caddick

As part of its 20th-anniversary celebrations, the Selwyn Gallery in Darfield will be putting on an exhibition featuring seven artists who first exhibited their work at the gallery more than 10 years ago.

The exhibition entitled Class Act Re-hung will feature works by Jane Bowman, Nicole Burke, Belinda Cullen-Reid, Katrina Ellis, Jessica Gunn, Bianca van Leeuwen and Jaimee Peters and will run from June 29 to July 26.

Malvern Community Arts Council chairperson, Philip Baldwin, said they are excited to show new works by seven young artists who first exhibited with them a decade ago.

“The variety in their styles and choice of media will certainly make this an intriguing exhibition.” Mr Baldwin said.

Among the artists is Darfield’s Belinda Cullen-Reid who is fascinated by dilapidated old farm buildings, machinery, paddocks and plantings as a result of her upbringing on a farm near Darfield. She uses acrylic paint and watercolours to build different textures through mixed media.

In her work Malvern Community Arts Council’s arts coordinator Katrina Ellis explores contrasting elements in her work, from run-down old buildings paired with ‘pretty’ images, creating an imaginative world through cut outs and colour, to decorative elements in harsh typically non-decorative media such as charcoal.

Meanwhile, Jessica Gunn is inspired by figurative artists and heavily influenced by experiences drawing Valentino and Dior on the catwalks of Paris.

Bianca van Leeuwen has progressed from traditional forms of printmaking into digital photography and recently has returned to  drypoint etching and monoprint to re-explore favourite images and locations such as Molesworth Station, Danseys Pass, Porter’s Pass and Birdlings Flat.