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Get your creative fix at West End's Art & Design Precinct
Pablo Picasso once said that 'the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls'. And it was this quote I had in mind when I headed out for an art fix at the Art and Design Precinct, located at 10 Bailey Street, West End. Tucked away in a slightly industrial area of West End this relatively new kid on the block has been flourishing with character and creativity since last October. Once inside I found myself in a relaxed, open spaced gallery. I soon found out, to my content, that my ticket included a complimentary drink and nibbles. After getting my drink from the fabulous brand new bar, and a few snacks for the road, I started to wander around the open space, enjoying the live music whilst soaking up the art bursting forth from the walls.
(Image courtesy of artdesignprecinct.wordpress.com)
I was lucky enough to be attending the opening night of not one but two solo exhibitions. The exhibition in the main gallery was 'Shenanigans is the Art of Casey Charles' by, of course, award winning Brisbane artist Casey Charles. And it is no surprise he is well acclaimed. I am no artist, but his use of colour was fantastic and had me gazing dreamily into each piece. Each of his oil on canvas paintings captured a unique snapshot of the world. And when I say each piece is unique, I genuinely mean it, as I had a hard time believing the same artist created all thirty paintings on display. His work ranged from those that were oriental themed, to mystical forest scenes, to portraits, to scenic views of Tasmania and Woodford.
'Like a Shadow, Left No Impression' by Casey Charles (image courtesy of facebook.com/pages/Casey-Charles-Visual-Artist/136220926563302)
One of the highlights of the night was I got to meet the artist himself. I discovered that it is going through photos (particularly of his travels) that inspiration sparks from certain colours and from there the imagination takes over and is eventually given life upon the canvas. Overall he wants his art to embody the notion that 'colour is a gift', so that each piece will remain timeless. And, without a doubt he attains this objective impeccably well. So get in quick because his work is only on display for two weeks. Or if you can't make it to the exhibition your in luck as some of his work is viewable on his Facebook page.
After finishing up in the main gallery I headed down to the Loading Bay Gallery to view the nights second exhibition 'Abstracted Nature' by Nicole Whittaker. Her style of work was of a completely different style/genre to the work of Casey, but definitely still as fantastic. As the name suggests her work was abstracted images of nature. After all, what is a better muse than the beauty of nature. Her use of colour, whilst milder, was just as captivating. Every time I looked at her work I saw something different, being pulled away from reality into a world of nature and colour. And isn't that what great art is suppose to do. But you'll have to get in even quicker to view Nicole's work, as her exhibition is only on display for one week.
Work by Nicole Whittaker (image courtsey of artdesignprecinct.wordpress.com)
After a heavy dose of art musing I headed back upstairs to further enjoy the live music and enjoy the gallery space. I soon found out the precinct isn't just a gallery and artisan showcase. The precinct, as the name suggests, is both an Art and Design hub. It all started when Michelle Bowden, the artist, and Grant Hiscock, an interior decorator, decided to bring art and interiors together. As a result the precinct is a space for both the creation and exhibition of all types of art (paintings, sculpture, furnishings, jewellery). Additionally, the precinct also houses studio space, which can be rented on a month-by-month basis. Or if you're looking to run a workshop/networking event/product launch (you name it!) the Art and Design team will provide both a unique space and an competent events team. They also run open workshops, classes, market days and demonstrations with all the details being advertised on their website and Facebook page.
All up it was a great night, with good food, wine, music and even better art. It was nice to let such fantastic art wash the dust of daily life off my soul for an evening (thanks Picasso!). So add a bit of creative flavour to your week too and head out to the Art and Design Precinct. You never know, it might just wash the dust of daily life off your soul too.