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Australiana and nostalgia captured in watercolour paintings
Colourful artwork by Jeffrey Service is the latest exhibition to be showcased in Redcliffe's dynamic st baker studio and gallery. Everyday life can be mundane, but ironically it is inspiration for Jeffrey Service when he creates his unusual paintings. His painting ideas often come from common utterances or sayings heard in day-to-day life, Australian sayings and colloquialisms, and song titles or words.
Those bless'd scrub-turkey vultures
Jeffrey strategically uses colour to bring key content to centre stage while background content is left in grey pencil. His artwork is na´ve, yet expressive in its simplicity.
"Stone the crows...!
Australian sayings such as "Stone the crows" (painting above) are brought to life by Jeffrey. In a similar vein, he has created artwork inspired by ockerisms such as "You bewdy" and "Fair suck of the sauce bottle".
Bald Archie's Prize
Another fusion of Australiana and humour is Jeffrey's artwork titled 'Bald Archie's Prize'. Since 1921, Australasian artists have been submitting portraits of prominent public figures for the esteemed Archibald Prize. Jeffrey's painting plays with these words and muses what a portrait of 'Bald Archie' winning a prize could look like.
The song 'Don't fence me in' reflects a yearning for wide-open spaces. Jeffrey's artwork of this name takes a different slant by portraying a woman, sporting pink spiky hair and a spotted bikini paired with heeled shoes, who perhaps does not want to be fenced in by convention. The woman waves exuberantly to an unknown person and her colour influences her surroundings.
If Australiana and a nostalgic trip down memory lane tickle your fancy, then come and be entertained at Redcliffe's st baker studio and gallery. Jeffrey's original paintings, all framed behind glass, will be available for sale.