|Promenade with my parapluie to|
David Malouf and Friends
David Malouf is a man of many talents. A highly regarded writer, his talents span poetry, novels, short stories, non-fiction books, highly regarded essays, one play and operatic libretti. A man for all seasons!
A Brisbane man, whose appreciation and insight into our city, has also enhanced the way we look at our hometown, Brisbane.
I remember when I first visited Brisbane as a child…my family referred to it as "The Big Smoke".We would rattle in from Ipswich full of expectation and wonder every Christmas to do "the Christmas shopping".
I remember the big bold trees, the dark shadows cast by them, the beautiful bright light, the wrought ironwork and the white lattice wrapping around many of the grander homes. Well, Brisbane still has all that of course, but now much more.
David's writing has often been based in and around Brisbane…and his keen eye has helped to open our eyes too.
This exhibition is a celebration for David, who recently turned 80 grand years. Here, 5 artists, interpret his writings.
|The City Hall…venue for the exhibition.|
|Come this way, past the lush foliage and into the exhibition.|
I love these works….exactly like the little concrete 'flats'
we would holiday in at the Gold Coast each Christmas!
|No bigger than a matchbox…but what fun we had in these flats…rise early,|
swim, eat, play, swim, eat, play, sleep.
|One of my very favourite artists…..Noel McKenna.|
I adore his quiet, his stillness and his simplicity.
The title says it all….yes we're all on
the Crematorium Bus….this ain't a dress rehearsal folks!
|Can you see that little man|
in the river? Is he waving to say "hi"
or is he calling "help me".
Depends on your state of being I guess.
I thought these works were very clever.
The old formica kitchen table as the background for each piece
and a beauiful plaster relief depicting
Brisbane/Queensland things…bats, crayfish.
|Do you see the bat hanging upside down?|
Many moons ago we had a red formica kitchen table
just like this….and it was edged in chrome! Extremely 'flash' we thought.
|There's the Brisbane River meandering down and across that urn.|
Old lino collages….brilliant!
We all had this stuff on our floors in the 1950s…and it was
thought incredibly chic. Well it is, isn't it?
|Love the texture.|
My brother kept a lush tropical garden just like this in Brisbane.
Not this colour though!
His was a deep, intense forest GREEN!
|And here are those grand Brisbane houses wrapped with ironwork|
and white lattice, bordered by white picket fences
and shaded by big bold trees.
And now for my interpretations of Brisbane…the series, "A Place in the Sun" completed rather quickly yesterday morning just for fun.
Lots of big, bold, shadowy trees, white lattice, green and gold….and bright light seeping through. Graphite rubbings of tree trunks form the background to each collage.
Materials used: graphite, ink, charcoal, vintage papers, water colour, coloured pencil, aerosol paint, gouache.
I like working in a series…and sometimes quite fast. I was on a mission!
|A Place in the Sun I|
|A Place in the Sun II|
|A Place in the Sun III|
|A Place in the Sun IV|
|A Place in the Sun V|
|A Place in the Sun VI|
|Congratulations to all….loved the exhibition.|