Contemporary Life Drawing Exhibition

August 17th, 2012

Viewers at the exhibition.

Video – Art Nation – Golden Years – Ray Pearce

October 9th, 2011
Ray Pearce & Deirdre Outhred Interview on Art Nation ABC2 Sunday 9th Oct. Watch on iview Art Nation

“Elective Affinities” Exhibition

September 24th, 2011

An exhibition at Scope Galleries Warrnambool.
Thursday 29 September until Sunday 30 October 2011
Scope Galleries, in association with Myegallery, will present a substantial exhibition of Victorian regional and metropolitan artists during October.
As the title “Elective Affinities” suggests the artists involved have chosen to associate together for this and other exhibitions.
The exhibition contains a wide range of stylistic approaches but the work is linked by the use of traditional forms of expression by all the artists.
The images presented will include photographs, traditional intaglio prints, digital prints, paintings, ceramics and drawings.
Gallery visitors will gain some insight into how these artists develop and produce their work through a display of printmaking plates, sketchbooks and other related material.

The exhibition will be opened by Marie Cook, Manager, Department of
Arts, South West Institute of TAFE, on Saturday October 8 at 2.30 PM.

Scope Galleries

Life Drawing

December 23rd, 2010

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There is a long tradition of visual artists drawing directly from the human figure as a means of developing skills and concepts.


These drawings from Dennis Bryans’s sketchbooks demonstrate how the artist has employed proportion,composition and mark making to communicate his response to each subject. The drawings also provide insights into the artists thought processes, as some show fragments, some observe fleeting moments, and others again reveal detailed investigation.


It is readily apparent that sustained practice and intense concentration are required to produce drawings of thisnature. Those with a particular interest in the visual arts often have a high regard for an artist’s drawings because of the direct impulse and raw skill this art form requires.


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Costume Drawings by Dennis Bryans.

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The Gesso Foundation of a Painting

September 30th, 2010

The painting “Past Perceived” by Ian Wells is painted on a panel with a covering of a traditional painting surface called Gesso.

Gesso is made from a mixture of white powder pigments with a hot gelatin and water glue.

The formulation and application of gesso to the surface of a panel requires a high level of skill but produces a surface that is unmatched in its optical beauty, permanence, and adaptability to the painting approaches of different artists.

Ian Wells has employed a range of techniques to the gesso such as abrading, burnishing, incising and masking to prepare the surface for the subtle and complex qualities he achieves with the painted forms.

The details of “Past Perceived” show something of the nature of these visual qualities. It is interesting to note that a painting with such a modern idiom is painted using a technical tradition that has survived over the span of history.

“Past Perceived”

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September 6th, 2010

This drawing by Jeffery Murrell observes the movements and engagement of a musician playing the violin.

As the drawing formed, traces of the different movements have become part of the image showing something of the skilled gestures and concentration involved in playing the instrument.

Like musicians visual artists practice gestures with the instruments they use to a high level of skill.

In this case the instrument used was a brush with fluid gouache paint.

There are also other comparisons that can be drawn from the way musicians and visual artists communicate ideas and emotions.

The development of “Generation”

August 26th, 2010

Many visual artists regard drawing as the basis of their skill and creativity.

Often the final images that are realized in the form of paintings, prints, sculpture and the like are the product of a sequence of drawings that facilitate the development of the underlying idea.

The drawings shown here are some of a range used by Ray Pearce in the development of aspects of the print “Generation”.

The references for these drawings are clearly from a wide range of sources that relate to the subject and interact with one another to form a type of narrative.

The nature of visual art is that this “narrative” or “subject” will evoke varied responses.

On one level the subject itself will be interpreted in various ways.

On another level the image will be interpreted by a response to the way the artist has employed visual qualities such as light and shade, line, texture etc. to provide an emotional context.

Printmakers generally will employ every stage of the process of making the print to add depth of expression to the final image.


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Sea Picture

July 30th, 2010
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This print titled “Sea Picture” by Jeffery Murrell grew out of his experiences diving off the coast and looking back at the surf line. The view takes in the underwater surges, the surface agitation and the release of energy felt at the margin of land and sea. The different elements are drawn together to show the interactions of this environment. The print is derived from a range of drawings and is similar to his oil paintings in the way it is formed from a series of visual layers. The image is printed on a very pure cotton paper called “portfolio rag” with pigment inks that over time retain their original colour. The ink embeds in the smooth mat surface of this paper to reveal subtle detail and colour.


July 29th, 2010

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