Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison
Gracia & Louise are besotted with paper for its adaptable, foldable, cut-able, concealable, revealing nature. In their artists' books, prints, zines, drawings, and collages, they use an armoury of play, humour, and perhaps the poetic and familiar too, with the intention of luring you in.
Opening night: Thursday 13 June
West Gallery Thebarton’s 2019 SALA exhibition features a group of exciting and emerging artists including Steve Bellosguardo, Max Callaghan, Nicholas Elliott, Thomas Folber, Joel Gailer, Anna Gore, Sam Howie, Jonathan Kim, Nerissa Kyle, Eric Loeschmann, Monika Morgenstern, Loren Orsillo, Tara Rowhani-Farid and Joshua Searson.
Multiple records of successive weather conditions and atmospheric pressure might find echoes in human emotional turbulence. I mimic the immediacy of these parallel processes; adding, subtracting, leaving it open and abstracted to reflect scientific evidence and the layered and integrated maps of an unsettled world.
All’s a Mirror pairs renowned Australian ceramicists with a 2D artist of their choice. The exhibition is an opportunity to find synergies between their work, which will be exhibited side by side.
Artist pairings: Stephen Bird & Michael Bell, Ulrica Trulsson & Chris de Rosa, Kirsten Coehlo & Helen Fuller, Bruce Nuske & Christine McCormack, Gerry Wedd & John Foubister, Richard Spoehr & David Rosetzky and Samone Turnbull & Margie Sheppard.
John’s work is sustained by consideration of ideas about the nature of human reality. He uses painting and drawing to attempt to approximate the way the world fits together and forms in his mind.
Opening night: 6-8pm Friday 3 May
Opening speaker: Rob Brookman
Margie Sheppard & Llewelyn Ash
While there are obvious synergies between the work of Margie Sheppard and Llewelyn Ash, with their common transparent layers of bold colour and simple shapes, their exhibition is more than just putting two complementary artists together.
Opening night: 6-8pm Friday 3 May
Opening speaker: Rob Brookman
Sue Michael and Mark Thomson
Sue Michael and Mark Thomson share a profound fondness for the “settled areas” of the Mid North, the Mallee and Eyre Peninsula. Whilst circumstances have changed in these once prosperous communities, life endures and small mercies are to be found.
Opening night: Friday 15 February 2018
West Gallery Thebarton’s third Christmas show features works from a group of well known contemporary South Australian artists. From printmaking and painting to glass and ceramics, these sometimes bold, sometime whimsical works represent a delightful range of artistic practice.
Artists: Llewelyn Ash, Janet Ayliffe, Yvonne Boag, Chris Cholewa, Jenny Clapson, Yuro Cuchor, Francis Dutton, Yasmin Grass, Suzie Lockery, Sue Michael, Peter Moritz, Kath Oliphant, Regine Schwarzer, Margie Sheppard, Betty Smart and Samone Turnbull.
Sculpture by Greg Johns and photography by Michal Kluvanek
When sculptor Greg Johns was asked to choose a 2D artist to exhibit with, he immediately thought of his long-time friend and photographer Michal Kluvanek. His reasoning? The synergy between their work which is based on a shared sensitivity to and connection with the Australian landscape.
Opening night: 6-8pm Friday 12 October
Opening speaker: Christine Nicholls, writer, curator and Senior Lecturer in Australian Studies at Flinders University.
Helen Fuller, Kay Lawrence and Olga Sankey
These three highly respected and much loved South Australian artists combine printmaking, ceramics, painting and textiles.
Opening night: 6pm Friday 7 September
Opening speaker: Lisa Slade, Acting Co-Director, Art Gallery of South Australia
Anton Hart, Brigid Noone, Christian Lock, Greg Donovan, Greg Geraghty, James Dodd, Jo Felber, John Foubister, Jordan King, Loren Orsillo, Margie Sheppard, Suzie Lockery and Tara Rowhani-Farid.
Thirteen innovative contemporary South Australian painters describe what drives them to paint.
Opening night: 5.30-7.30pm Friday 27 July
Art After Dark: 5-7pm Thursday 9 August
Artist talk: 2pm Saturday 18 August
(interpretation of place)
Trena Everuss, Christobel Kelly, Kath Oliphant, Vicki Reynolds
This exhibition brings together the diverse work of four artists who engage with different countries. Through printmaking, drawing and painting the work reveals distinctly differing ways of being in place.The interpretations range from formal through to abstract. The work of each artist shows an idiosyncratic response to travelling and residing in India, Indonesia, Ireland and Italy.
Opening night: Friday 29 June 2018
Habitat is an audio-visual exhibition combining the work of nine Australian printmakers with corresponding interpretive soundscapes. It is a space where two senses meet in order to investigate the way in which the idea of place and identity is formed through sight and sound.
GW Bot, Jan Davis, Rona Green, Alexi Keywan, Martin King, Bruce Latimer, Melissa Smith, Graham Fransella, Travis Paterson and Jay-Dea Lopez.
Opening night: 6pm Friday 25 May 2018.
Prints from artist residencies across four national cultures
Geoff Gibbons, Mei Sheong Wong, Beth Evans and Grace Myers.
Beth Evans worked at Trondheim, Norway and Budapest, Hungary; Mei and Geoff in Venice; and Grace, Mei and Geoff all worked at Guanlan, China.
Each location has a long history of established printmaking traditions that underpin the national culture. These artists reveal their responses to new landscapes and cultures through the medium of prints.
Opening night: 6pm Friday 25 May 2018.
Peter Moritz, Samone Turnbull, Jo Twartz
Over recent years, these three artists have had a tradition of exhibiting together. This time they approach the gallery space as separate entities: Peter Moritz - furniture, Samone Turnbull - ceramics and Jo Twartz - painting and printmaking.
Opening night: 6pm Friday 20 April 2018.
The Sister City Prints project, curated by Andrea Przygonski, exemplifies the essence of cooperation across the barriers of race, class and nation. Eleven contemporary Australian printmakers each collaborate with an international artist.
Amanda Lawler (Vic) & Traci Horgen (USA)
Andrea Przygonski (SA) & Victoria May (USA)
Glenda Orr (Qld) & Kathy Boyle (NZ)
Hannah Williams (SA) & Rea Lynn de Guzman (USA)
Jess Boyce (WA) & Kate Conlon (USA)
Kate Zizys (Vic) & Tosh Ahkit (NZ)
Loique Allain (Vic) & Rosie Teare (France)
Lorelei Medcalf (SA) & Gwen Davies (Canada)
Robyn Finlay (SA) & Ruth McEwan-Lyon (Ireland)
Sandra Starkey Simon (SA) & Fanny Retsek (USA)
Suzie Lockery (SA) & Kristina Paabus (USA/Estonia)
Opening night: 6pm Friday 16 March 2018.
Three exciting solo exhibitions stand side by side at West Gallery Thebarton.
Yvonne Boag - Recent Paintings
Yvonne uses bold colour and forms in luscious paint to arrive at large finished works with seeming ease.
Yuro Cuchor - Black Beginning
Yuro creates extraordinary and provocative sculptural objects by combining traditional and contemporary materials, such as clay and acrylic.
Ed Douglas - Past Present
Ed photographs found objects and imbues them with personal meaning.
Opening night: 6pm Friday 9 February 2018.
We Made It is a vibrant exhibition of works from a group of well known contemporary South Australian artists. From printmaking and painting to glass and ceramics, these sometimes bold, sometime whimsical works represent a delightful range of artistic practice.
Artists: Silvana Angelakis, Glen Ash, Llewelyn Ash, Janet Ayliffe, Christine Cholewa, Jenny Clapson, Janette Gay, Yasmin Grass, Deb Jones, Sue Michael, Kath Oliphant, Deborah Sleeman, Samone Turnbull and Jo Twartz.
Opening night: Friday 17 November 2017
West Gallery Thebarton is excited to present eight well known Victorian printmakers, most of whom will be exhibiting in South Australia for the first time.
Artists: Dean Bowen, Rona Green, Bill Hay, Kyoko Imazu, Deborah Klein, John Ryrie, Heather Shimmen and Deborah Williams.
Opening night: Friday 1 September 2017
Where will the interpretation of Monumental take these 10 South Australian printmakers?
Artists: Silvana Angelakis, Aleksandra Antic, Christobel Kelly, Suzie Lockery, Lloma Mackenzie, Andrea Przygonski, Olga Sankey, Joshua Searson, Sandra Starkey Simon, Margie Sheppard and Joel Gailer.
Opening night: Friday 21 July 2017
Australia, like the rest of the Universe, is more or less empty space and is only sparsely occupied by human beings. We travel across it in our vehicles, hurtling down long straight roads as we journey through sprawling landscapes for endless hours. The big sky, the infinite plains, the humming wheels, lull us into a dream state in which we are strangely prone to wonder. In this state of drifted mind, we may need useful advice.
This exhibition by Mark Thomson, with assistance from the Speculative Histories Laboratory, explores the possible significance of this phenomenon of modern existence.
Mirrorstate brings together three artists who reflect their views of the world through their sculpture and prints. Joel Gailer's work is roving and itinerant, Deborah Sleeman’s practice arises from the wilds of Kangaroo Island, and Phillip Doggett-Williams' bronze sculptures and prints speak of the human condition.
We are all Connected is a vibrant exhibition of works from a group of well known contemporary South Australian artists. From printmaking to painting, these sometimes bold, sometime whimsical works represent a delightful range of artistic practice.
Artists: Silvana Angelakis, Glen Ash, Llewelyn Ash, Janet Ayliffe, Jenny Clapson, Phil Gerner, Yasmin Grass, Christobel Kelly, Sue Michael, Kath Oliphant, Margie Sheppard and Deborah Sleeman.
Margie Sheppard and Christobel Kelly are two South Australian artists who have a long standing artistic relationship and shared connectedness with the geographical area of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Their work spans both painting and printmaking. This exhibition of selected works showcases Margie’s figurative etchings and Christobel’s paintings, which explore landscape as a psychological space.
Afterlife brings together a group of prominent Adelaide printmakers who examine the spatial experience of objects, which teeter on the edge of ruination.
Artists: Aleksandra Antic, Sonya Hender, Jake Holmes, Michele Lane, Suzie Lockery, Lorelei Medcalf, Vicki Reynolds, Olga Sankey, Josh Searson, Mei Sheong Wong, Margie Sheppard, Sandra Starkey Simon, Simone Tippett and Georgina Willoughby.