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Niagara Galleries

Private Gallery
News and other interesting things
Ken Whisson
Ken Whisson
The Pleasure of Flight


Fallen Sparrows

31 July - 25 August 2012

Please join the artists for opening drinks on
Wednesday 8 August 2012 from 6pm

Staff news

We are excited to announce that Tess McKenzie is returning to Niagara after extensive travels in Europe. She returns enriched from the European Summer, having visited many important art festivals including Art Basel and dOCUMENTA in Kassel.

Young Jim Nuttall has joined the team, assisting Joel our Registrar and lending a hand on Saturdays. Jim is in his final year of Fine Arts at Monash Faculty of Art and Design.

The delightful Tilly Nuttall has also returned to Niagara. She will be working spectacularly hard in our Accounts Department from Tuesday to Friday.

Finally, after a record 13 years with Niagara Galleries, Associate Director, Gina Lee, has decided it's time for a change. We thank Gina for her dedication and commitment for over a decade and wish her every success in the future.

Melbourne Art Fair 2012
1-5 August 2012

Our Art Fair installation is under wraps. All works have never been exhibited. Whatever you do, don't miss the art event of the year.

Tickets are still available for Vernissage!

Please drop by Stand D10 and say hello.

Jan Senbergs at Australian Print Workshop

To mark its 30th Anniversary, Australian Print Workshop commissioned six leading Australian Artists (notably three of the six are from Niagara's stable - Rick Amor, Kevin Lincoln and Jan Senbergs) to collaborate with APW Printers to produce a new body of print works.

Until 18 August, Jan Senberg's new work will be featured at APW alongside a selection of the Artist's most significant prints from the APW Archive collection.

2012 Paul Guest Drawing Prize

Congratulations to Jennifer Joseph who was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Paul Guest Prize.

The Paul Guest Drawing Prize, named after former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower Paul Guest, was established to honor the art of drawing.

Finalist works can be viewed at the Bendigo Art Gallery until 26 August.

Ken Whisson

The Ken Whisson survey exhibition, KEN WHISSON: AS IF, closed recently at Heide, but don't despair, as this intelligent exhibition, jointly curated by Lesley Harding (Heide) and Glenn Barkley (MCA) continues in a larger format at the MCA, Sydney from Friday, 28 September tDrill Hall Galleryo Sunday, 25 November 2012. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue. Copies are available for $35 from the gallery. We look forward to an exhibition of Ken's latest work in October.


E[merge]: Two Spiritualities
Drill Hall Gallery, ANU Canberra
5 July - 12 August 2012

If you happen to be in Canberra, don't forget to go and see the beautiful E(merge): Two Spiritualities exhibition at Drill Hall Gallery.

This exhibition brings together the work of two painters, Hu Qinwu from China and Angelina Pwerle of Australia, whose art shares a spiritual sensibility deeply anchored in connections with an ancestral past.

Hu Qinwu was born in Shandong province in 1969 and currently works in Beijing as a painter, photographer and printmaker. He paints layers of individual marks that create a harmonious whole suggesting infinity - like the Buddhist idea of kong bai or empty space. He believes paintings should speak of what is inside, not outside. 'I have my own language', he says.

Born in 1946 in Utopia, NT, Angelina Pwerle inherited ownership of the Bush Plum dreaming. This story is central to her painting of country as its retelling is the means by which the past is perpetuated into continuity. In her painting she meticulously builds miasmas of movement out of tiny dots that could be the seeds of the bush plum blown by the wind, or the cosmos whirling through time.

For further information, please visit the Drill Hall Gallery website.

245 Punt Road
Melbourne 3121

Gallery opening hours
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
Evenings by appointment

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Ken Whisson
Rocks and seawater, 1970
oil on board 75.5 x 90.5cm
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