Artists on show for Your Art Collection

Four award-winning artists will soon have their works on show at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre as part of Bass Coast Shire Council’s Your Art Collection (YAC).

Artworks by Do Noble, Ken Griffiths, Jan Long and Kerry Spokes will be on display in the Arts Centre foyer in the first week of September, with one artwork to be selected to join Council’s art collection.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the four exhibited artists are extremely experienced, having won their YAC awards at community art shows throughout the year.

“The styles of their work are varied as well, from impressionism to realism,” Cr Brown said.

“It’s fantastic to see such a wide range of talent by artists entering our local shows, and I look forward to seeing their artworks together in the YAC exhibition.”

Ms Spokes received her award at the Artist's Society of Phillip Island Cup weekend exhibition in 2014 and will be showing large drawings in carbon pencil on the exploration of the theme Blown Off Course.

“In looking at this notion of being ‘Blown Off Course’, of a deflection from one’s chosen path in life, it has brought together many of the concepts l already explore in my art – my environment, social comment, humour, the condition of being human,” Ms Spokes said.

Mr Griffiths received two awards during the last year; one at the Inverloch Art Show on March Labour Day weekend and the other at the Bass Coast Artist’s Society Easter Exhibition.

He will be showing works in oil on acrylics of outdoor themes in a mix of realism and figuration.

“If l wasn’t an artist, l would have been a scientist. Discovery either by design or by chance is the thing that drives me. Experimentation in all mediums particularly in acrylics keeps me interested,” Mr Griffith said.

Mr Noble received his award at the San Remo Art and Photography Show on March Labour Day weekend and has won over 600 prizes and awards, having started his art career in the Philippines before moving to Australia in 1988.

He is an artist whose colours trumpet their presence and uses a technique called ‘Pointillism’; series of tiny dots of colour make up the work.

“My work can be read at a distance or up close and my attempt is to sing out the beauty of nature in a lyrical melody of colours,” Mr Noble said.

Ms Long received her award at Corinella and District Community Centre Traditional Art Show on Queens Birthday weekend and her artworks reflect the environment, revealing fine detail and precise drawing skills.

She uses many different medias and has over 700 awards for her paintings and drawings.

“Creating art fills my life, giving challenges and pleasure,” Ms Long said.

Each artist will exhibit four works each, with a panel of art professionals selecting one piece from the fourteen on show. The winner will be announced at the YAC exhibition opening on 4 September from 7.00pm onwards.

On the panel this year is Robert Lindsay, who has curated at Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria and more recently as director of McClelland Gallery.

Joining him is JD Mittmann, who works as Curator and Manager of Collection at Burrinja at the Dandenong Ranges Culture Centre, and Vicki Sullivan, a realist artist.

The exhibition runs from 5 to 9 September and will be open every day excluding Monday from 10.00am until 4.00pm, and when the cinema is open.

Each artist receives prize money of $1,000 for each YAC award, with the winning artist to receive another $5,000.