Questions of Seeing
Murphy remains enthralled by the Australian bush and his paintings are built with a memory inbued by experience in the landscape. In this workshop Idris will explore references and influences from the paintings of Matisse and the writings of Martin Buber and demonstrate his techniques in connecting with these influences.
"Artists often struggle how to see", says Idris. He will look at the question of 'seeing' and discuss where influences have taken you in your work and how to interpret the landscape in a new way. He will show you how to make hurdles for yourself in your work, to allow things to 'happen'.
Idris's art education was in the UK at Winchester School of Art, at the NAS as Head of Drawing, Wollongong University and lecturer at COFA. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout his long career.
"Murphy is an artist's artist, the kind of painter who inspires a degree of aw among his followers, in part because he makes the process of painting seem effortless, but also because he demonstrates his technique in every canvas."
by Andrew Frost
IDRIS WINS THE GALLIPOLI PRIZE 24TH APRIL 2014
From Nature to Abstraction
Peter has a unique relationship with the natural world and not only provides a potent response to our landscape but also a window into his artistic process. He collects sticks, rocks and twigs which he binds together to form shapes. It is from these shapes, silhouettes and the shadow created by the constructed object, that form the basis of his drawings and are finally developed into larger paintings and sculpture.
Sharp says: 'It is really important for me to put certain processes in place. It is through the works on paper, drawings, paintings and then sculpture that I am able to abstract what I am seeing. I am interested in getting people to look at things they normally would not look at twice.
In this workshop students will use different processes to open up their expectations of what drawing can be and create a body of work using various media that explore and test their understanding of natural forms.
Born in Sydney in 1964, Peter completed a Bachelor of Art Education at City Art Institute, Sydney in 1987 before graduating with a Masters in Fine Art at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts in 1992, where he continues to lecture. Peter has had numerous solo exhibitions and has completed a series of overseas residencies in France and Germany. His paintings have been exhibited in the Wynne and Sulman Prize and have been hung in a number of regional gallery exhibitions throughout Australia.
Peter is represented by Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney
The Art of Still Life
"One cannot think of Nicholas Harding without thinking of paint. Luscious buttery paint. Harding is a painter of subjects: the figure, the street, the beach and most recently, flowers." - Brett Ballard 2005.
In this workshop we will use flowers to create our paintings. We will begin with sketches to address composition and use underpainting to study the characteristics of light and shade. For Nicholas, flowers present opportunities "to explore and invent in drawn paint" and it gives aspiring artists ample time to study and look closer.
Painting still life such as flowers is a practical and forgiving genre as it does not require the likeness of a portrait or the accurate proportions of the figure. Nicholas will demonstrate his amazing technique of painting with palette knife. There will be strong emphasis on composition, perspective, colour and texture.
As one of Australia's most awarded artists. His trademark thick layers of oil paint have earned him numerous awards and prizes including the Archibald Prize in 2001 and the People's Choice Award in 2005. He has been hung in the Archibald almost every year since 1994 and features in major collections throughout Australia as well as Asia, UK and USA.
Nicholas is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney.