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Brisbane Secrets - An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Robyn Bauer

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Also introducing the '100 Churches Project'

Leading Brisbane artist, Robyn Bauer, is proudly hosting her latest exhibition at the Petrie Terrace Gallery from 20 November to 2 December 2018.

Entitled, Brisbane Secrets, the new exhibition uncovers hidden aspects of our river city.

Small and intimate views of the streetscapes and lesser-known nooks and crannies form the main focus of this exhibition. Other highlights include prominent landmarks from unusual viewpoints and larger works of sequestered areas.


Brisbane Secrets continues the themes of Bauer's 2016 exhibition Brisbane Stories, with her new works digging deeper into the life of the city and uncovering another layer of response to the colours and shapes that are uniquely Brisbane.

Many of the works were painted en plein air and the investment of time at particular locations allowed those locations to open up and reveal their secrets. More is divulged than a superficial snapshot view would allow.


For example, The 100 Churches Project started out as a simple visual record of various local churches. It soon grew into a much more elaborate researched and documented project stretching to every corner of the urban environment. The project includes churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and other religious buildings. Bauer notes "I was fascinated by how each structure where people congregated, fit into its individual landscape, with its own topography, vegetation, light and weather effects, and the ambience of urban life and shared experience. I aimed for an honest record of how that location appeared on that particular day, rather than a picturesque depiction of its "best face". The aim of this approach was to allow a more universal experience."


A selection of black and white ink drawings were also completed on location in various parts of Brisbane. The cars, the overhead wires, signage and other street furniture were included to provide a response that has the integrity of immediacy and a recognisable accuracy, unsanitised and with a touch of humour. "I am a keen walker and most of my subject matter was discovered on foot, finding shady spots on which to perch and draw" Bauer explained.


The exhibition is completed with several paintings and drawings inspired by the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. "I chose unusual viewpoints of the waterlilies, the dome and the arid gardens to provide an immersive experience of this very special place. The sky and cloud reflections in the water reveal the quality of light that can only be Queensland."


Come and enjoy the Brisbane Secrets exhibition this November at Petrie Terrace Art Gallery, 162 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace 4000.

It is a wonderful celebration of modern Brisbane, from the cityscape, suburbs, gardens and the river from unusual viewpoints!

The exhibition will be open to the public from 20 November to 2 December 2018, from 10am to 4pm daily and Robyn will be in attendance every day. Entry is FREE and all are welcome to come along.

For more information about the exhibition, please join the Facebook page.

You can also visit for a sneak peek of the exhibition!

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When: 20 Nov - 2 Dec 2018, 10am to 4pm daily
Where: Petrie Terrace Gallery, 162 Petrie Tce, 3, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Cost: FREE
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