March 2019 Exhibition – Past, Presences and Present Pathways
Barbra Elvin BIOGRAPHY
Barbra lived in the Redlands from 1996 and moved to the Gold Coast almost 4 years ago. She studied Art in Newcastle, N.S.W….both part time and also for her Diploma and Post Grad. Degree in Painting, which she received in 1980. Prior to that she worked as a Graphic Artist in Newcastle with local Advertising agencies and Newspapers. She also taught Art for 5 years at local Evening Colleges.
Her spiritual life has had a great influence on her work and over the past 25 years has painted in series…particularly connected with her own life’s journey. Many places she has visited have been drawn upon where she sees a parallel between….the natural landscape of magnificent mountains (particularly the Glasshouse Mountains and Carnarvon Gorge) the undergrowth of the rainforest and the rocky/stoney pathways in both inland and coastal regions and the beaches with swirling tides and the slippery rocks along them…..and her sometimes turbulent life.
She paints Contemporary work… both in a loose Figurative manner and also with Abstract Expressionist tendencies….using lots of gestural drawing with charcoal both before and also during the finishing process….changing from Oils to Acrylics as the particular subject matter dictates.
Barbra loves encouraging new and more advanced artists and taught in the Redlands for 7 years…she is presently teaching at the Gold Coast Art School at Southport. She has shown her works in N.S.W. and in the Redlands since 1996 in both Group Exhibitions (particularly the Redlands Regional Gallery) & at the Hillier Skuse Gallery….and singularly at the Sunshine Coast and the Aspire Gallery at Paddington, Brisbane. Her painting was accepted last year in the Inaugural Morris Art Prize and she has also shown at the D’arcy Doyle show 3 times.
Coming in April 2019
Artist – Peter Swaddle
I have always painted and my technique has progressed from large-scale abstracts to small humorous tableaux that depict the interaction between animals and people.
I want my art to be fun and enjoyable. I have a sketch I bought from a Brisbane Gallery over 25 years ago, which continually brings me great joy. So I work to create paintings to be enjoyed and hopefully that bring a small smile into the viewer’s day.