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Our first dedicated 'Florals' exhibition
Whilst we've had flower art in the gallery before, this is our first exhibition dedicated to a floral theme. So with winter fast approaching, now is the perfect time to brighten your home with the feel and colors of spring. There will be over 120 artworks of various sizes, each showing flowers in bloom, blossoming, thriving, beautiful, healthy and vigorous.
Some are delicate and soft, some are tranquil and soothing, whilst others are luminous and bursting with brightness and light. There's yellows, blues, reds and greens, flowers, fruits, seeds, gumnuts, leaves and trees.
Discover the dramatic that are striking and vivid in appearance and the dreamy that are serene, soothing and fantasy-like.
One of our popular artists is Bruce Peebles who has 3 works on display. His artwork 'Heliconia' was photographed whilst on a trip to tropical Bali and highlights his signature style of soft ethereal emotion to portray these beautiful flowers.
The 'Florals' exhibition will open on Thursday May 28th and run through until Saturday July 19th 2020. So come on down and have a look at what some talented locals have been up to during lockdown. Art West Gallery - Next to Big W, Mount Ommaney Centre, open 10am - 4pm.
It's great to be featured in an article in the Art West Gallery newsletter.
They covered off some info about my background in the arts, my studio and approach to photography and painting. Interesting was the question about why I choose to use a square format for a lot of my artworks.
The article is reproduced at right.
In The Studio....
Photographer. Painter. Mixed Media/Sculptor. Traveler. Artist. Bruce Peebles cites Australia's natural environment as a constant source of inspiration - from the desert to the ocean. Often spending months traveling each year, Bruce has experienced the many wonders and contrasts that make up Australia. Taking an abstractive approach with his photographs, Bruce's images are full of rhythms, colors, and motion.
How Bruce Peebles came into his signature style was a process that is based on his artistic career as an advertising photographer and then developed through experimentation whilst traveling the rugged coastline of Western Australia. This resulted in his Seascape Series which he started in Black & White before progressing into color along Australia's Southern and Eastern coastline. A trip to Europe and Asia ignited his interest in the man-made environment resulting in the Lightscapes Series which captures the vivid beauty of the illuminated environment. The colors are bright and the movement creates a sense of action.
Bruce regularly exhibits at Art West and has a number of original artworks for sale on Bluethumb and Saatchi Art. Taking influence from the Australian landscape and it's peoples, Bruce has produced a number of exciting paintings including 'Today Is Only One Day' which is a finalist in the John Villiers Outback Art Prize 2020.
In Bruce's studio you'll find plenty of examples of his style. There's dual monitors and a large format printer for his photographs which he prints on archival Photo Rag paper. His paintings are acrylics on canvas and he makes his frames with Tasmanian Oak. "When making my art I search for elements, structure and places that intuitively fit into 'my reality'. Drawing inspiration from the texture and movement that my first marks make on the canvas, I pursue the character and story contained with-in".
A lot of Bruce's work is a square format. Why? "A square is a perfectly balanced shape encouraging the eye to move around the frame in a circle. The square format is simplistic, there's less room so simplifying the composition becomes a necessity. However, simplifying the composition is much harder than it seems, the trick is to make the subject strong and eliminate as many distractions as possible. I like to centralize the subject for an effective composition and use the empty space around it to emphasize the shape. Negative space is very effective in the square format."
Lately Bruce has been working on a series of mixed media reliefs using stainless wire, clay, strand and acrylic on board. You can follow Bruce on Instagram
Featured on Bluethumb.com
Congratulations. Your artwork was Staff-Picked!
This 76 x 76cm acrylic on canvas painting has been chosen to appear in the Staff Picks section on Bluethumb.com.
"Big congratulations. Your artwork 'We Know Who We Are' was selected to be featured in the Staff Picks section on our website."
The inspiration for this painting came after meeting lots of amazing characters during our travels through Outback Australia. This slightly whimsical painting pays homage to the meaning of 'Sense of place' where you have to know where you are to know who you are.
'We Know Who We Are', Acrylic On Canvas, 76 x 76cm
Good News. You are now a featured artist!
"Congratulations for being selected as a Bluethumb Featured artist.
This means that your profile will be displayed on our Featured artist section and from this point on your artist profile will be endorsed by our Bluethumb Featured Artist logo!
So well done, we think your art is amazing.
Please share this good news and ask your contacts to 'follow' your profile so they'll have the pleasure of seeing your beautiful art."
'Shifting Spirit'. Fine art archival limited edition photographic print, 76 x 76cm
'Today is Only One Day' has been chosen as a finalist in the 2020 John Villiers Outback Art Prize
I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen to participate and exhibit as a finalist in the 2020 John Villiers Outback Art Prize from 6th March to 8th May 2020.
"Committed to developing and enhancing arts and culture in Outback Queensland, the focus of this exhibition is to promote excellence and recognition through the Fine Arts field. This year there are 33 works that have been chosen from an exceptional pool of talented artists Australia-wide who have responded to the theme - Outback: A Sense Of Place."
'Today Is Only One Day' is part of my Primordial Landscape Series. This artwork captures an extended mediation on the passage of time and the natural history of earth reduced to it's most primordial substances: earth, water and air.
This painting pays homage to our relationship with the land, how we come from and return to the earth. Are we part of the land or is it part of us?
“If there is one song that lives in the heart of all Australians, it is Waltzing Matilda" - Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton Queensland
'Today Is Only One Day', Acrylic On Canvas, 91 x 91cm
'Outback' chosen for Saatchi Art collection
Feel the heat with a new collection of works inspired by
"I'm pleased to let you know that your work has been chosen to be featured in the Desert Inspired Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage.
You can see the collection here: Desert Inspired Collection
We strongly encourage you to add works to your portfolio so that we can review them for future inclusion in our curated collections that are regularly shared with collectors all over the world.
Thanks you for sharing your wonderful works on Saatchi Art."
'Outback'. Fine art archival limited edition photographic print, 60 x 76cm
The Other Art Fair Sydney 2019
I am excited to announce that I will be participating in the spectacular sixth edition of The Other Art Fair in Sydney’s Barangaroo Precinct.
Presented and curated by Saatchi Art, this is Australia's leading fair to meet and buy art directly from the very best emerging and mid career artists working in a great variety of technical disciplines.
This new, spring edition of the fair will take place from the 24th - 27th October 2019 at The Cutaway, Barangaroo, Sydney.
The Other Art Fair Sydney showcases 120 talented independent and emerging artists, each hand picked by a selection committee of art world experts. Art lovers can visit the fair with confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists in a unique and immersive experience.
“A festival for discovering mind blowing work by emerging artists” - Time Out
"The Other Art Fair's got hipster credentials, but it's serious about nurturing talent too." Telegraph Luxury
Visit my Saatchi Art Profile for a preview of the works showing
'Outback' chosen for Ipswich Art Awards
Finalist in the Ipswich Art Awards 2019
In 2019, the Ipswich Art Awards return as part of the annual Ipswich Festival.
The exhibition will run throughout the Ipswich Festival from Friday 12 April to Sunday 14 April and be open to the public from 10am to 4pm daily - the exhibition is free to attend.
Presented by Ipswich Festival 2019.
'Outback'. Fine art archival limited edition photographic print, 60 x 76cm
A Welcome Surprise -
to be included as a rising star
Rising Stars of Photography 2020
Friday 24 January 2020
I feel truly humbled to have firstly been added as a featured artist in early January and then considered a rising star in Photography for 2020 by Bluethumb on-line gallery.
Curator Megan George says "It seems like every day more and more talented photographers are uploading work to Bluethumb. Covering a range of photographic genres and styles, this amazing bunch of artists have bright futures ahead of them. Discover the best of the bunch in this curation of rising stars in the photography scene."
'Kiss To The Night'. Fine art archival limited edition photographic print, 76 x 76cm