Brisbane's iconic landscape artist Michael Cawdrey is presenting his latest exhibition, entitled Evocative Imagery, at Aspire Gallery this September. Entry is FREE.
"I know that place" is a common phrase uttered at a Michael Cawdrey exhibition, but not just because his art is technically amazing. Rather, Michael's work is so iconic and evokes memories because it steps past what a standard artist would create and breathes the emotion of the environment.
"I want my viewers to explore a range of emotions, from the nostalgia and security of a warm, sunny landscape memory through to the restless bustle of Brisbane city, a city I love" he said.
"My aim is to communicate to the viewer the underlying reason why I paint: a reason that goes far beyond the academic considerations of composition, colour and tonal contrast, which are merely devices used to convey a message."
An ongoing theme of Michael's artworks is featuring the beautiful heritage and old buildings of Brisbane, places often taken for granted but at risk of being taken from the public forever. "It saddens me that those in positions of authority have so little regard for the aesthetic qualities of the regions in their care, with Brisbane City itself a prime example as a district whose character and charm have been ruthlessly swept aside in the name of progress and redevelopment."
Michael Cawdrey's exhibition, Evocative Imagery, runs from the 12 September to 22 September at Aspire Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane and is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday 10:30am to 4:30pm.
On the last day of the exhibition, Saturday 22 September, Michael will also be hosting an informal Artist Talk. Pop by from 2 - 4pm for a chance to hear the stories behind the works on shows, as well as tips and tricks about his painting practice. Michael will also be providing a quick demonstration using Liquitex products!
Also as part of the exhibition, Michael is looking at donating 20% of his proceeds of the sale of 'Watching The Passing Parade' to Homeless Connect - an initiative of The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors which offers assistance to people experiencing homelessness.