Directors Choice

  • Chan Dissanayake – Brindabella ACT, Watercolour,  54 x 34 cm
  • Chan Dissanayake - Bundanoon Creek NSW, Watercolour, 54 x 34 cm
  • Emily Hurt – Frog, Various Timbers
  • Emily Hurt – Quilt, Various Timbers
  • Ian Bell – Two's Company, QLD Walnut, (1) 8w x 6.5d x 27h cm (2) 6.5w x 5.5d x 19h cm
  • Ian Bell – Whale Tail, White cedar, 26w x 10d x 72h cm
  • Jan Barnett – Rope Trick 5', Oil on canvas, 122 x 31 cm
  • Jan Barnett – Rope Trick 6', Oil on canvas, 122 x 31 cm
  • Judy Power Thomson – Memories of Alice, 32 x 32 cm
  • Judy Power Thomson – The Entertainers, 32 x 32 cm
  • Matthew Ablitt – Dust Storm, Etching, 37 x 43 cm
  • Matthew Ablitt – Orange Girl, Mixed media, 56 x 76 cm

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Invites you to celebrate the opening of Directors Choice 2012

By David Mac Laren

Artistic Director, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Opening 2pm Saturday 19 May, 2012

Octagon ArtSpace Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Exhibition continues until 25 June, 2012

RSVP to attend the opening or just come along on the day


Selected by Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Artistic Director David Mac Laren, the Director’s Choice Exhibition features work from six artists that are significant to the history and future of the Gallery.

MATTHEW ABLITT is a young printmaker who has recently made Australia his permanent home. He gained his Fine Arts honours degree in London, UK and in 1998 won two prizes in the London National Print Exhibition. He has exhibited in Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney and the UK and completed numerous residency programs in the UK and Darwin. Matthew is currently printing for the prestigious Griffith Studios in Sydney and teaching.

JAN BARNETT captures native flora and fauna in oils, watercolour, pastel, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture. She has won over 80 major art awards nationally. An active member of the artistic community, she conducts tutorials, demonstrations, critiques and workshops. Jan continues to travel extensively throughout Australia, pursuing inspiration and gaining an ever-deepening connection with her environment.

IAN BELL carves free form wooden pieces that are primarily inspired by nature, and in particular the ocean. Using both traditional carving chisels and power tools he shapes, sands and paints the piece before undertaking the final detail carving. Ian incorporates and echoes nature’s flowing lines and rhythms into his work, and views each piece as a stepping-stone on a journey of self-discovery.

CHAN DISSANAYAKE was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Australia with his family in 1985. He uses the inherent qualities of the watercolour medium to create atmospheric effects indebted to the intense Australian light. Chan’s imagery, a product of his background blended with the Australian landscape and coast, displays a beauty tinged with nostalgia that imparts a sense of serenity.

EMILY HURT creates abstract and figurative designs of Australian fauna and bird life in the medium of Intarsia. With a strong commitment to protecting native forest she sources reclaimed timber from building sites, beaches, paddocks, friends and fallen branches. By utilising the natural colours, textures and enormous variety of timbers she creates striking and diverse designs of animals, both real and imaginary.

JUDI POWER THOMSON paints with energy and colour, imbuing her works with life through line and movement. A 20 year career as a commercial interior designer has strongly influenced her paintings with most works incorporating strong design elements. Judi is an accomplished artist in numerous mediums and has won many awards including first prizes in watercolour, oil, acrylic and mixed media.

Tuesday 15 May 2012