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'Sydney Impression' at the ArtHouse Hotel

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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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An exhibition worth seeing
There is currently an exhibition of paintings and drawings being held at the ArtHouse Hotel by award-winning artists Steve Jannar & Bing Wu, which will continue until Friday the 27th of May. The ArtHouse is located in Pitt St Sydney and is within a short walk from Town Hall Station.

The paintings range from $880 to $5,500. Image courtesty of Steve and Bing.

Originally the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA) and more recently, the School of Arts, the ArtHouse Hotel building was designed by John Verge in 1830 and is a heritage listed property.

The ArtHouse Hotel has not long been done up. You should check this place out. Image courtesty of Steve and Bing.

Steve Jannar is a Sydney-based artist and he is essentially a figurative painter. In his earlier period, he was very much influenced by the Heidelberg School of Australian Impressionists, in particular by Streeton, Roberts & Conder and in more recent times by Sydney Long. Being an architect had contributed to the fact that many of his earlier works included the built environment in the Australian vernacular. Since 2008 he has returned to painting in acrylic paint rather than oil, is painting on a larger scale and freeing up his style resulting in more dramatic works with greater impact.

Steve's artwork is stunning. Image courtesty of Steve and Bing.

Bing Wu is an artist and an art teacher who arrived from Shanghai to call Australia home in the early 90s. She has entered many art exhibitions and competitions around Sydney. In early 1998, her figurative drawings won the Robert Le Gay Brereton Drawing Prize from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She was one of the finalists in the Blake Prize for religious art exhibited in the State Library of NSW and also has been featured in 2002 Artist magazine.

Bing's artowrk would look great in any house or office. Image courtesty of Steve and Bing.

Sydney Harbour would have to be one of the most picturesque harbours in the world with its open water, wharves, boats, historic buildings, nooks and crannies, numerous bays and coves. All of which would take a lifetime to paint. It is these sweeping views of the harbour that can be seen in both Steve and Bing's paintings where they have brought these many land-based vantage points to life in their paintings.

Steve and Bing hard at work in the Royal National Park. Image courtesy of Steve and Bing.

Steve & Bing have been painting in and around the scenic harbour city of Sydney for many years and the exhibition at The ArtHouse shows some of these works in one of their beautiful heritage rooms which date back to 1936. The people of Sydney are fortunate enough that the tradition continues in this heritage building and indeed, the Arthouse still runs nude drawing classes in its 'attic' to this day.

This magnificent exhibition is part of the Galleries Victoria can be found in the Graffiti Bar on the first floor of the Arthouse Hotel. So not only have you got the opportunity to view a great artworks collection, you can also partake of the restaurant facilities or just have drink at the bar.

While you are checking out the exhibition you could have a meal or a drink. Image courtesty of Steve and Bing.

To find out more about the times that you can view this exhibition, you will need to either visit the ArtHouse website for more information, or call them in advance on (02) 9284 1200 to check on open hours as the times will vary from day to day.

For further information on Steve and Bing's work, you can visit their websites:
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Why? An exhibition worth seeing.
When: Various times. Check on web site.
Phone: (02) 92841200
Where: 275 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost: Free to enter.
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I like the look of those might be worth a visit into the city to see them for real :-)
by Kim.F (score: 0|2) 1275 days ago
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