New works

October 14, 2013

KATE ELSEY

Kate Elsey is an artist who finds inspiration right in her backyard - literally.

Hidden amongst the suburban spread surrounding Sunbury, Kate and her partner Mo have created an oasis of tranquility that is home to not only them but to a multitude of birds, wildlife and plantlife. The garden, which they built and nurtured from scratch, is certainly something to behold; so impressive in fact in its use of native flora that it was profiled on Gardening Australia.

It is here that Kate has her studio; a large workspace at the rear of their house that looks out onto this natural wonderland and where she finds the subject matter for such divine paintings as "Baby Kookaburra" and "Banksia Birds".

Next month we will be hosting an "open studio" weekend at Kate and Mo's. This will be a great opportunity to talk to Kate about her art and her life, to see her studio and to peruse an array of her work from throughout her career. While you're there take the time for a leisurely wander through their amazing garden. Refreshments will be served.

Kate Elsey Open Studio will be held on Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24 between 2pm and 6pm.

For further information and to register your interest in attending please call 0413 750 303 or email liam@hothamstreetcontemporary.com

XIAOPING ZHOU

Following a successful exhibition in Darwin Xiaoping Zhou has returned to his studio with renewed vigor. Featured here are two paintings that he has just completed.

The theme of fire has been a feature in Xiaoping's recent works. It is a subject that captivates; the sense of beauty, of freedom, of power and of its destructive capabilities. In "Fire" Xiaoping brings together two elements of beauty; the fire and the flower. It seems inevitable that one will eventually consume the other but at this moment they appear to exist in harmony; both are fuelled by the earth below them as they reach for the sky together.

In "Dream of Land" Xiaoping returns to one of the core themes that has infused his work throughout his career. It has been well documented the affinity that Xiaoping has with Aboriginal people, their art and their ties to the land. Here he brings that to the fore with a composition that pays homage to all that he has experienced and seen in the 25 years he has spent immersed in this amazing culture.

We will also be hosting an open studio for Xiaoping during the summer months. Further details will be posted on our website in the near future.

STEPHEN GLASSBOROW

Stephen Glassborow's unique take on figurative sculpture has garnered him a large following both here in Australia and internationally. A major contributor to his success is his ability to bring to life an imaginative concept with such expertise with his understanding of anatomy and knowledge of his medium. With examples such as "Monotype", "Walkie Talkie" and "Straight Up" Glassborow proves himself to be one of the leading figurative sculptors in Australia today.

GEOFF DYER

The King River in Tasmania has been a major source of inspiration for renowned artist Geoff Dyer for many years. "King River", painted in 2001, is a particularly fine example of the series of works that Dyer has produced based on this famous river.

CHARLES REDDINGTON

There wouldn't be too many artists over 80 that would still be painting and exhibiting. John Olsen is of course one but another that you might be surprised to hear is still active is Charles Reddington. One of the pioneers of abstract art in Australia in the 60's Charles has had a long and distinguished career and his work is held in numerous private and public collections throughout the world. At 84 he is still fervently painting and last month had a successful exhibition in Ecuador.

Of the paintings represented here two are iconic Reddington's ("Another Redd" & "Bluey's Midnight Celebration"). The third though is quite different. In "Rembrandt's Beef" Reddington is paying homage to Rembrandt's famous painting Carcass of Beef. While it is quite gruesome subject matter (made even more so in Francis Bacon's interpretation Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef) Reddington's use of a bright palette of predominately primary colours gives the theme a surprisingly uplifting turn.