Australia and in particular Queensland, offers artists a huge wealth of country to draw inspiration and ideas from. The scenery might be familiar but the execution through each artist's eye always bears their individual hallmark. That is why when we have the occasion to see a collection of artists executing similar themes, it is often a lively and memorable experience for the wealth that each one brings to the table.
Redhill Gallery is hosting an exhibition entitled "Landscape Immersion" with three participating artists. Adrienne Williams, Katherine Wood and Ken Strong.
Each brings to the exhibition their own take on the scenery and the landscape before them. Adrienne William's very popular landscapes, most of which sold on opening night, have something very particular to the Queensland landscape. She has been drawing and painting ancient grass trees, to the colours of the bush but also to the coast line. There are seas of grass trees painted in bluey green colours and to remind us of where we might be the very orange bark of a tall eucalypt cutting through the land. There is almost a reversal of colours here with the grass trees often taking on the blues of the sea, reminiscent to me of floating anemones.
She has called this particular painting "endangered friendships" and you can appreciate that she is thinking about the gentle balance in the land, how these elements are disappearing and reminding us how it is important to maintain them.
Katherine Wood has taken coastlines as her favourite subject clearly loving them for their changeability and moodiness, though they do not actually correspond to specific places. Her paintings are of vast coastlines of sea and sky with the differing moods that each bring to the art work. Rolling thunderous clouds, calm seas, rocky promontories and vast expanses of blue skies, which give them openness, and freshness that is quite uplifting. She writes of her work:
"My art is not about reproducing reality; but capturing the energy that creates it".
Ken Strong is perhaps the most abstract of the three, as his brushstrokes are thicker and less representational but where the scenery is nevertheless a strong image of water and greenery, bringing out the colours of the earth and the tall trees.
Landscapes that are unmistakably Australian in their colours and nature but also individual to the way he sees them.
Of course it doesn't all end there, because Redhill gallery has a lower floor full of more art and interspersed in the gallery are the beautiful bronzes and the fabulous glass artefacts which are so appealing.
This exhibition is on until the 26th of July 2015.