There are 10 Australian artists represented in the exhibition and a broad range of media used. These include photography, giclee prints, pastels, paints and mixed media. If like me you have no idea what a giclee print is thanks to Wikipedia I now know it is a term for a fine art digital print made on an inkjet printer.
Back to the exhibition. The first thing I noticed when I entered the gallery was a huge crocodile. This is Croqland by Walter Stahl, 2013. This artwork uses the original crocodile from Crocodile Dundee. With this installation Walter has created a new life for the crocodile which otherwise may have remained under a zookeepers house.
The next piece to catch my eye was an inkjet print also by Walter featuring a mass of insects. This is Teenage Lighting,2008. Some of Walter's works, including this one, challenge us to think about small creatures such as insects in other ways than mere irritants.
This is a small selection of works from the exhibition. I found the exhibition fascinating and enjoyed reading the artist's explanations of what their works intend to convey.
Children are catered for with several tables where they can create an instant animal by folding paper and decorating it, or doing a collage of a fantasy animal. There are also explanations of the artist's work aimed at promoting an understanding in children.
There are several Afternoon Tea & Talk with the Artists sessions coming up which are free. Artists participating are Emma Lindsay - Saturday 1st February, Owen Hutchinson - Saturday 8th February and Walter Stahl - Saturday 15th February. See full details here.
For a wonderful gallery experience visit the Pine Rivers Art Gallery for the Animal Fanfair exhibition or one of the artist talks.