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Colouring the Landscape by Jim Flood at the Moran Gallery

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I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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Your chance to buy a piece of Australian art by Jim Flood
The first time that I met Jim Flood was at the art and pottery exhibition at The Boatshed on the Woronora River called Art by the River Exhibition at The Boatshed. There were a number of things that impressed me about Jim. Firstly it was how talented an artist he is, secondly was the way that he could strike up a conversation with anyone, and thirdly was how many jokes he knew.

Gunnamatta Road Old Jetty by Jim Flood. Photo courtesy of Jim Flood the palette artist.

From Saturday the 20th of June until Sunday the 19th of July the Moran Health Care Group in collaboration with Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre will be holding an exhibition of works by Sutherland Shire palette knife artist Jim Flood.

How stunning does this kingfisher look. Photo courtesy of Jim Flood the palette artist.

The will be 35 paintings on display at this exhibition. There will be kingfisher, kookaburras, and wrens. You will be able to view local and Australian landscapes, boats and bush settings, plus much more. Many, but not all of these paintings will be for sale, so if you see one that catches your eye you will be able to purchase it.

Jim has travelled far a field to gather the brillance of the WA wildflowers. Photo is courtesy of Jim Flood the palette artist.

The official launch will be held on Tuesday the 23rd of June from 6pm to 8pm. So if you would like to come along to the official opening of the exhibition you will be not only be able to view Jim's great work, you will be able to tuck into party pies, sandwiches and a glass of wine. You will also get a chance to meet the artist in person.

The exhibition, titled Colouring the Landscape, will be open to the general public from 10 am to 4pm daily and Jim will give workshop demonstrations at Moran Gallery Sylvania on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm throughout the run of the exhibition.

This particular exhibition comprises some of his older works and some his unfinished paintings, which he will be still working on during the exhibition. Jim's solo exhibition is part of the Moran Gallery's overall aim to enrich the day to day life of the Moran Residential Aged Care residents and the visitors to the gallery.

Jim Flood The Palette Artist.

Catch up with Jim at the exhibition. Photo courtesy of Jim Flood the palette artist.

At a very early age Jim showed a natural talent for sketching, drawing and painting. This natural talent can be clearly seen in the paintings that he has produced over the years. Jim's early skills were honed under the guidance of the late Bill Golding and Otto Kuster. While improving his skills as an artist he found painting with oils to be his chosen form of expression.

Even though there are not many artists around who paint using a palette knife, Jim was drawn to the use of the palette knife to produce the textures he wanted to achieve.

Throughout Jim's life he has travelled far and beyond throughout Australia where he has developed his own style of painting with the palette knife.

Jim has shown a great love for the land, sea and waterways and it's this love that shows through his paintings as they reflect his ability to capture the colours of Australia in his paintings.

When Jim is out and about and he sees something he likes he will usually take a photo so that he can study it at a later date.
From this picture he will then create an amazing painting while using his palette knife.

One subject that catches Jim's eye is the native gum trees in all their mystery and majesty. This is why Jim can't get enough of travelling and exploring this wonderful country of ours in search of inspiration and new subjects to paint.

Jim's work is known throughout the world and can be found featured in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and Overseas.

At many of his exhibitions he will hold demonstrations on what he loves doing and that is painting with a palette knife.

Over the years Jim has held many a solo exhibition and in his spare time will conduct master classes and workshops. Jim's work has also been exhibited in international art exhibitions in Paris and New York.

Click here for more information on Jim's great work.

The Moran Group.

The Moran Group. Photo courtesy of the Moran Group

The Moran Health Care Group through the Moran Arts Foundation is a major supporter of the arts in Australia, presenting the annual Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, displayed at the historic 1824 Juniper Hall in Paddington; and also through the free School Photographic Workshops Program that introduces the joys of photography to schoolchildren from 150 schools around the country each year. The Moran Health Care Group is also a major supporter of Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre as a Principal Partner supporting their active arts programs for the community.

The Moran Gallery is presenting a series of exhibitions which aim to enrich the day to day life of Moran Residential Aged Care residents; their families and the Sutherland Shire community. The Gallery showcases Australia's emerging and established artists allowing residents and visitors to experience first-hand the range of diversity of Australian art. The Moran Residential Aged Care, lifestyle and leisure programs encourage residents to explore their own creativity through workshops conducted by the artists on display.

Another one of Jim's paintings that will be on display at the exhibition. Photo courtesy of Jim Flood.

So, if you get a chance between Saturday the 20th of June and Sunday the 19th of July why don't you pay a visit to the Moran Gallery at Sylvania and view some of the magnificent paintings that will be on display by Jim Flood the palette artist.

The gallery is situated at 29 Sylvania Road, Sylvania.
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Why? Art work for sale by one of Australia's great palette knife artist.
When: 20th of June to the 19th of July
Phone: Anne Samuel (02) 9548 7742
Where: The Moran Gallery at 29 Sylvania Road Sylvania.
Cost: Free and open to the public. You can also purchase some of the paintings.
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