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.
Layers in the Landscape
This workshop will be about landscape and is designed to help students overcome outdated work practices, creative block and provide helpful guidance in pushing your work into fresh new territory.
"The practice of artist Emma Walker consistently and evocatively engages with the natural world. An explorer at heart, Walker has informed her artistic vernacular through extensive travel and an innate desire to absorb and engage with the world around her. In this way, poetry, philosophy, photography and music are all vital components of her process. The artist's abstracted landscapes are multi-layered, being as much about the medium of paint and the process of painting as with an experience of the Australian environment and the natural world. They explore the connections between landscape, memory and the subconscious through texture and the interplay of light and dark, creating dreamlike dimension that opens itself up to multiple meanings" - Arthouse Gallery Sydney
Emma studied painting at the National Art School in Sydney and at the Academia Di Belle Arte in Perugia, Italy. She is represented by Arthouse Gallery in Sydney and Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne. Her work hangs in several permanent collections.