Saturday, March 15, 2014

If it suits the Artist - So be it!

Well as you all know its Art Month here in Sydney and the weather, apart from a bit of a quickie storm this afternoon.. has been a lovely and sunny Autumn seemingly reversing itself back into Summer. In a nutshell you may still wear what you like. So it is nice to see great art and a fabulous array of fashion. Friday night I attend the exhibition Elan of Trenton Shipley at Gallery Eight, who as it turns out is an artist after my own heart in more ways than one. Trenton's show was my second look at naked ladies on canvas inside seven days, and it is curious that both 'nude' artists should choose to wear jackets to their shows with Trenton going all-the-way in a suit with a fabulous paisley necktie and art-matching pocket handkerchief. Is this the dress of painters of the undressed? I don't know, however I will be on the lookout for more fashion signs and wonders on the naked art front.

Artist portrait, Trenton Shipley at Gallery Eight - Photo by Kent Johnson.

With all due respect, seriously; I love what I can only describe as a return to Disco Fever worn so beautifully by the lovely Hannah at Olsen Irwin last week for Tamara Dean's 'The Edge', and that's one of Tamara's art photographs right behind Hannah. Another beautiful show. Olsen Irwin was also the site of Robert Malherbe's What's there is there, an exhibition of life painting and landscapes. Robert turned out in all black with a lovely black jacket as you can see in his portrait with the beautiful large nude painting below. I just love his style of brushwork and colour, beautiful the paintings and Robert is equally charming.

Robert Malherbe artist portrait at 'What's there is there' Olsen Irwin Gallery - Photo by Kent Johnson.
Paintings by Robert Malherbe, 'What's there is there' Olsen Irwin Gallery - Photo by Kent Johnson.
Paintings by Robert Malherbe, 'What's there is there' Olsen Irwin Gallery 
Fashion looks, art crowd, Olsen Irwin Robert Malherbe exhibition. Photo by Kent Johnson.

Artist portrait, Tim Maguire at Martin Browne Contemporary Photo by Kent Johnson.
Tim Maguire's NEAR AND FAR at Martin Browne Contemporary treated us to very very large Poppy Flower paintings the NEAR; you can get a sense of the scale of these works in the portrait of Tim that I took at the opening and in the the gallery shot below . This is my second time seeing one of Tim's shows and I am struck by the beauty, the colour the details and I love the unique process he uses creating a slight colour offset. The FAR of the show is large scale light-box works but unlike the flowers which are of course greatly magnified the FAR are ponds and reflections, ripples all from a distance and of course reduced in scale to become an artwork.. all done in Tim's gorgeous colour palate.
Detail, Tim Maguire's NEAR AND FAR at Martin Browne Contemporary - Photo by Kent Johnson.

JUDE RAE at JENSEN GALLERY - Still Life with gas bottles - Photo By Kent Johnson.
JUDE RAE at JENSEN GALLERY
20/200 Sarah Cottier Gallery
White singlets  red shorts and boots at 20/200 sarah cottier gallery - Photo by Kent Johnson.

Elan, paintings by Trenton Shipley at Gallery Eight. Photo by Kent Johnson.
Elan, Trenton Shipley at Gallery Eight
Artist portrait, Trenton Shipley in paisley tie and grey suit, pink pocket handkerchief at Gallery Eight - Photo by Kent Johnson.

if you are reading this in mid March 2014 you are in luck as all these shows are on NOW! Gallery details via web links below.
http://www.galleryeight.com.au/
http://www.timolsengallery.com/
http://www.martinbrownecontemporary.com/
http://www.sarahcottiergallery.com/
http://www.jensengallery.com/
http://www.artmonthsydney.com.au/

Previous Art Month Posts on Street Fashion Sydney..
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/art-month-sydney-p-arty-on-dudes.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/art-month-darlinghurst-art-bar-art-party.html

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Street Fashion Sydney - shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 
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