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RUPERT BETHERAS - MY FUTURE HAS A PAST

12-May-2015 - 06-Jun-2015
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Alcaston Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new painting and sculpture by Rupert Betheras, titled My Future Has a Past.

Betheras’ paintings are marked out on found vintage chalkboards, pin-boards and chip-wood collected from his time working in Central Australia. His sculptures are formed from found organic and recycled objects washed up from the sea, and sporting trophies from his youth. 

For the artist, the ritual process and adventure in finding the old boards was a kind of performative action that evoked a personal and sometimes spiritual response in his paintings. Betheras seeks to present the experience of discovery as he pushes his practice into new extremes. His paintings depict the recurring oval form of the football field or the human cell, while others feature the raw markings of graffiti, personal notations, or celestial dark matter. They offer up an open-ended space in which the viewer is invited to impart their own perspectives, assumptions, and rights of passage.

Betheras’ sculptures are comprised of metal fragments from a weather-beaten Holden wreckage that had rested on a Victorian beach for 35 years. Pounded by waves and buried for decades under sand-dunes until recently unearthed, these ‘new’ found objects now appear as part car-wreck and part ocean-rock. Welded together or stacked on top are the distorted shapes of the artist’s football and cricket trophies, many dating back more than 30 years. Rusted down and assembled in sometimes precarious arrangements, these materials appear as relics from a time past, but also propel into the future, a reminder of inevitable change and growth. 

Rupert Betheras has exhibited widely throughout Australia and his work has been acquired by numerous private collections and public institutions including the University of Western Sydney and Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries. In 2012 he was honoured with a major solo exhibition, Mark Making, at the Deakin University Art Gallery and in 2014 solo exhibitions at Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne and the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, curated by Maurice O’Riordan. 

For more information and to preview this exhibition please contact Alcaston Gallery on 03 9418 6444 or email art@alcastongallery.com.au

Alcaston Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new painting and sculpture by Rupert Betheras, titled My Future Has a Past.

Betheras’ paintings are marked out on found vintage chalkboards, pin-boards and chip-wood collected from his time working in Central Australia. His sculptures are formed from found organic and recycled objects washed up from the sea, and sporting trophies from his youth. 

For the artist, the ritual process and adventure in finding the old boards was a kind of performative action that evoked a personal and sometimes spiritual response in his paintings. Betheras seeks to present the experience of discovery as he pushes his practice into new extremes. His paintings depict the recurring oval form of the football field or the human cell, while others feature the raw markings of graffiti, personal notations, or celestial dark matter. They offer up an open-ended space in which the viewer is invited to impart their own perspectives, assumptions, and rights of passage.

Betheras’ sculptures are comprised of metal fragments from a weather-beaten Holden wreckage that had rested on a Victorian beach for 35 years. Pounded by waves and buried for decades under sand-dunes until recently unearthed, these ‘new’ found objects now appear as part car-wreck and part ocean-rock. Welded together or stacked on top are the distorted shapes of the artist’s football and cricket trophies, many dating back more than 30 years. Rusted down and assembled in sometimes precarious arrangements, these materials appear as relics from a time past, but also propel into the future, a reminder of inevitable change and growth. 

Rupert Betheras has exhibited widely throughout Australia and his work has been acquired by numerous private collections and public institutions including the University of Western Sydney and Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries. In 2012 he was honoured with a major solo exhibition, Mark Making, at the Deakin University Art Gallery and in 2014 solo exhibitions at Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne and the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, curated by Maurice O’Riordan. 

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For more information and to preview this exhibition please contact Alcaston Gallery on 03 9418 6444 or email art@alcastongallery.com.au

JUDY HOLDING: THE LAYERED LANDSCAPE 2017

05-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2017
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Alcaston Gallery proudly presents an exciting body of work by Judy Holding, including new watercolours and sculptures. Judy Holding  is an established multidisciplinary artist with a practice spanning 35 years. Holding’s sweeping painterly documentation and playful sculptural forms present a spirited meditation on plants, animals, indigenous mythology, and the role of man in the vast biosphere. Exuding immense energy, Holding’s personal visual vocabulary of symbolic forms conveys her lifelong connection to the landscape of regional Victoria and far north Australia. Her work is collected by many public and private collections, including the major institutions: the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; the Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria; and the collections of Deakin, LaTrobe and Victoria University, Victoria

Image: Judy Holding, White Lady at Cannon Hill, 2017, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76 cm.

© Judy Holding and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017

HERMANNSBURG POTTERS - IRNA: TREES 2017

05-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2017
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present Irna: Trees a new body of work by The Hermannsburg Potters. This exhibition represents an important development in the practice of the celebrated ceramic artists, introducing new directions in sculptural forms and painterly depictions celebrating the beauty, spirit and life-giving force of trees within the landscape: IRNA: Marna, Itarrkngilanha, Pmara - Tree: Food, Medicine, Home

Presented alongside new work by leading watercolourist and sculptor Judy Holding, who was artist-in-residence at The Hermannnsburg Potters studio in 2016. 

Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters spanning 30 years. Their unique, immediately recognisable style has been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission for the National Gallery of Victoria Our Land is Alive, NGV Australia 19 December 2015 - 11 April 2016, set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.

The Hermannsburg Potters are world-renowned as master ceramicists and their work is held in most major Australian institutions and several major art collections internationally. 

 

CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017 - ALCASTON GALLERY

14-Jul-2017 - 16-Jul-2017
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Alcaston Gallery will be participating in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair July 14 - July 18, 2017.  Exhibiting artists: Naomi Hobson, Claudia Moodoonuthi, Shirley Macnamara and Naomi Hobson and the Kalay Clay Artists from Coen – Don KullaKulla, Alfred Thompson, Cindy Thompson, Delma Rokeby and Josie KullaKulla, John Gunawarra. 

Alcaston Gallery has a proud history participating in CIAF from inception , representing and supporting Queensland Indigenous artists both independent and in conjunction with Art Centres  for nearly 30 years .  

In CIAF2017  our focus is on Coen in central Cape York Peninsula with the Coral Sea to the east and the Aurukun wetlands to the west. Showcasing for the first time the emergence of talented ceramicists under the guidance of painter Naomi Hobson now one of Queensland’s  best known artist will surprise and delight.

Alcaston Gallery will also exhibit paintings ,prints  ceramics, sculpture  and weavings from artists referencing land, culture, climate change and lifestyle –  artists with a unique view and individuality- Director Beverly Knight says “art lovers trust our eye and know we share the importance for supporting artists  and the pathway to a career. We encourage  CIAF visitors to support the artists and their endeavours.

CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017 - BEVERLY KNIGHT ART & BUSINESS

14-Jul-2017 - 16-Jul-2017
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Sally Gabori : presented by Beverly Knight Art + Business will be exhibiting at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair July 14 - July 18, 2017 

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NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI: PROGRESSION 2017

30-Jun-2017 - 22-Jul-2017
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"The art which Nonŋgirrŋa makes is not time dependent. It is not a reaction to a fashion or a moment. It is as it would have been in millennia past. Independent of the Western narrative of progress. And yet it is contemporary both because it is made now but also because it is absorbed by the society which exists now. People get this. Although they cannot speak Yolŋu matha or visit remote Arnhem land or fathom Indigenous spirituality. And her art changes through time and shifts into new medium and brings new vision. All whilst charting the Yolŋu cosmology obsessed with the spirit’s progression through a cyclical never ending journey- from the flesh to the water and back again. "

-  Will Stubbs, Co-ordinator, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, 2017

It is a great honour for Alcaston Gallery to present the fifth solo exhibition of acclaimed artist Nonggirrnga Marawili: Progression. The artist's visual language is again extended in both composition and medium, with paintings on bark, board and aluminium. 

An article on the artist and her forthcoming exhibition  is in the latest 20th anniversary edition of The Art Collector magazine. 

Image: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Lightning and The Rock, 2017, Ochre on board, 192 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 

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SHIRLEY MACNAMARA - LAYERED THREADS

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ALCASTON GALLERY AT MELBOURNE ART FAIR 2018

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to be exhibiting at MELBOURNE ART FAIR - Stand B7 at Southbank Arts Precinct (Alongside ACCA), from 2 - 5 August 2018.

SALLY GABORI FEATURES IN SIGNIFICANT TRAVELLING EXHIBITION - INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA: MASTERWORKS FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA - AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, NEW DELHI

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