Helen E Anderson & Julie Puchalski
Galleries 4 & 5
2 - 13 March 2016
Opening Wednesday 2 March, 6.30-8pm
A leaf glints in the sunlight. Tendrils from a passionfruit vine twine upwards. Flowers in domestic gardens blaze then fade. Moments of life, often unnoticed, happen all around us.
Australia has produced a number of indomitable woman artists given to flower painting, from earliest women such as the fearlessly adventurous Ellis Rowan (1848 – 1922) to the modern and bold painters such as Chris Canning and Lucy Culliton.
We aim to continue this rich tradition with our own unique approach to the art of flower painting. We bring our particular style and story to portray subjects collected from our own gardens and domestic environs. Presenting these commonplace flowers with fresh vitality we hope the viewer will rediscover their rich aesthetic qualities.
Our individual approach and painting styles compliment each other. Helen Anderson’s vibrant, colourful oil paintings are richly textured. Her thoughtful compositions bring intensity and an arresting edginess to her work. Julie Puchalskii uses monotones of sepia and black inks to create a style which calls back to etchings and sketches of past eras from a contemporary point of view. She presents the shape and form of the subject at hand with sensitivity and delicacy. Seen together, Julie Puchalski’s lyrically rendered tonal works provide contemplative and calm still points that balance the colour and energy of Helen Anderson’s paintings.