10 March - 2 April 2017
Anything But Landscapes
Betty started painting in the mid 1960’s to recover from a personal trauma, and found that painting for short periods helped her through various difficulties over the years, including Cyclone Tracey and other situations. Most of the time her paints were packed away, and she never considered pursuing art seriously.
In early 2008 Betty again picked up her paintbrushes to overcome a major problem, but this time it was such that she buried herself for a long time instead of only a month or so. She had to teach herself to paint, not having ever received tuition.
After almost a year and a half, a friend saw what she was doing and said that she needed to get her work out. Betty joined various art societies, including the Royal SA Society of Art, and became a Fellow within a year. She then studied with Peter Findlay for a short time, and was introduced to mediums, how best to achieve effects, the best brushes etc to use.
To her surprise she won prizes, and in 2011 was challenged to enter in the Archibald Prize for Portraiture. Her painting of Doris Younane was selected for the Salon de Refuses 2012, then accepted for the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.
Betty quickly realised that landscapes were not her forte, as she tried to paint every minute detail, so concentrated on flowers, still life, flora and fauna, and then portraiture. Hence the title of this exhibition “Anything but Landscapes”.
Splendour of Woman
contemporary paintings by Shahin Azadegan
"Woman created the world. She gives birth to, nourishes and sacrifices her blood and comfort for her young. She is the first educator of her dependants and it is from her knowledge that the heavenly virtues of kindness, tenderness, love and empathy flourish throughout the world.
Woman constitutes a significant portion of creation. In the past, in my birth place (Persia), woman was considered as a king, she had command over others and vast territories were under her control.
But unfortunately today, the Eastern woman is trapped under veils of prejudice, oppression and barbaric injustice – especially in the Middle East and backward societies.
In these places, she is continuously deprived of her most fundamental human rights.
This series of new paintings illustrates gorgeous woman clothed in the midst of nature. I have tried to exemplify the interlinked relationship naturally existing between woman and mother nature.
This is in order to proclaim the splendour of woman through my art work, and manifest her in the free environment that her tender heart constantly yearns for. "
Shahin was born and grew up in Iran. Seventeen years ago she migrated to Australia with her husband and three children. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design at O’Halloran Hill campus in Adelaide. Herbackground also includes architecture in Tehran University, many years of painting experience in traditional Persian Miniature style and the study of Carpet Design and Decoration in Tehran.
Made in South Africa
black and white artworks by Carolyn Glynn
story-telling her immigration journey to Australia
‘Made in South Africa explores the complex relationship between one’s birth country and one’s adopted country. My work incorporates all the cultural, historical and personal memories I experienced through migration. At the heart of this country partnership lies a delicate balance between ‘black and white’. I chose the simple yet expressive medium of black ink on paper as it translates into a powerful sense of narration.’
Born in 1963 in South Africa, Carolyn Glynn is a story-telling artist that has emerged as a result being a descendant of a powerful Transvaal mining family.
She studied Interior Design as well as exploring sculpture, ceramics, painting, subsequently refining her own visual and conceptual vocabulary of story-telling.
Immigrating to Australia in the late 1990’s, Carolyn studied Counselling and Communications, which once again was a soulful motivator for her to express loss of country and the rebirth journey of becoming an Australian.
Frank Koch Retrospective 1877 - 1955
watercolour paintings of iconic local Adelaide scenes and landmarks circa World War II
by Frank Koch - best known as a satirical cartoonist in the early 1900's
Frank Koch was born in Adelaide, South Australia on the 18th December 1877 to German immigrant parents. A prolific watercolour artist, Koch’s works are an evocative record of Adelaide life between 1930 and 1955. It is believed that Koch never sold his watercolour artworks in his lifetime, preferring to give them away to family and friends. This is the first time Koch’s works have been publicly exhibited together.
Koch began his artistic career as a professional cartoonist for the Adelaide Critic and Gadfly publications in the early 1900s. In 1909 he was recruited as the chief cartoonist for the Barrier Daily Truth in Broken Hill, NSW. He married Ethel Bull on 17th February 1910 in Broken Hill and together they had two children, Gwen and Frank Jr.
Later returning to Adelaide, Koch continued to be published as a cartoonist up until the 1940s, at times supplementing his income with factory work. From the 1920s Koch privately indulged his passion for watercolour, depicting scenes of everyday Adelaide life; the corner-store, trams, picnics, fishing and boating. Koch would ride his bike to scenic areas around Adelaide to sketch, and then return home to paint the scenes in watercolour. His enthusiasm often preceded the affordability of materials; many of his most beautiful works were completed using cheap cardboard and children’s watercolours.
Koch’s paintings of iconic local scenes and landmarks are snapshots of working-class Adelaide circa World War II. Many of the locations in his paintings are still recognizable in the present-day. Collectively, Koch has produced a stunning historical and cultural record of Adelaide.