Pamela Griffith and Greg Hansell
16 April – 1 June 2016
Join us for the exhibition opening
Saturday 16 April from 2pm by Emeritus Professor Ross Griffith
Octagon ArtSpace Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Exhibition continues until 1 June 2016
Age brings with it a variety of diminishments: generally relevant to either the mind or the body.
With artists in general, this often suggests more of a maturity of the mind and its creative visions and powers. In the case of these two long-time exhibiting artists this is always graceful and fulfilling.
A certain level of excellence, gained by the artist of his or her chosen medium, evolves over time and is enriched by life experience, quite often buoyed or influenced by associations, particularly with other artists, who may share a common approach to subject matter.
Painters, particularly those based in the ideology and multi faceted beauty of the landscape and what it has to offer visually, are often attracted to each other; forming liaisons in the common fields in which they play and work.
Artists, who have been at it for a long time and achieve considerable success proportionate to their longevity, make their mark on the cultural landscape in the body of work that they produce and sell.
Two such artists experiencing this “Slow Burn” phenomenon are Pamela Griffith and Greg Hansell with 100 years of successful exhibiting between them. Both are at the peak of their creativity and like so many artists of the past will continue to create into their dotage.
They met at joint exhibitions arranged by several galleries that represented them both. This almost thrown-together process blossomed into a circumstance driven friendship that to date has lasted for nearly fifty years.
Their work is biographic: both feeling compelled to translate lived experiences and visions to the viewing and buying public through artistic interpretation of those experiences. Pamela’s work is very broad while Greg’s is deliberate and steady.
“Slow Burn” brings the two artists together, uniting them yet again, but this time in the form of a stocktake of their works: a stealthy raiding of the past to deliver the present, has taken place.
Pamela Griffith paints still life, portraits of many great Australians, series of landscape and wildlife works from her country and the far-flung places she visits, such as the islands of the Galapagos.
Her media includes oil, watercolour and acrylic. Pamela’s etchings and printmaking are separate, and major facets, of her oeuvre. Her Griffith Studio and Graphic Workshop produces a high level of expertise in the printing of many visiting artists’ work.
The substantial and prolific output from this well known and much admired Australian artist, are often the result of commissions from important people and galleries, and may also derive from historical and social public occasions. The beatification of Sister Mary MacKillop is just one example of many.
Pamela is currently nearing completion of a fifty-or-so piece exhibition relating to the wetlands of Northern Queensland for the Townsville Regional Gallery.
Greg Hansell developed a passion for earth pastels that led to the making of his own from scavenged ochres, clays and rocks. He does this in close association with remnants of the social landscape that he finds in his chosen fields around the Hawkesbury region. The buildings and their surrounds are a recurring motif in his work. And lying within that over arching framework is a love for detail and pattern, shown most clearly in his fascination with corrugated iron.
Nineteen appearances in the Wynne Prize since 1979 attest to the success of his passion with the earth as his medium, and one might say the salt of the earth (the old buildings, materials, trees, rocks and man’s best and worst interventions in nature) provide this slow burning artist with a wealth of subject matter that he continues to exhibit.
He was put off by the Sydney-centric gallery scene in the early 1990’s, and now concentrates on exhibiting from his home in Windsor on the last weekend in October or first in November each year, when the garden, (and the artist, by all accounts) is in its prime.
“Slow Burn” brings two long-time friends and exhibiting artists to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Pamela was the first visual artist here when the Gallery opened its doors 1983 while Greg is a brand new artist to it. Both have been ripened over the years by the common earth they tread. Both are still “slow burning” in the landscape and their approaches to their artistic lives.
Stan d’Argeavel MA (Visual Arts) Exhibition Coordinator