June 7 – July 9, 2008
A BIRD IN THE BUSH
Birds and Botanicals from Helen Fitzgerald, Pamela Griffith, Wayne Byard, Jan Barnett and Jenny Moraga.
This group exhibition brings together four of the Gallery's prominent botanical and nature artists with a newcomer to the Gallery who won the 2005 painting section of the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.
PAMELA GRIFFITH is one of Australia's best known printmakers and artists. Her prints are collected and held by the National Gallery and state galleries. Her Waratah image dresses the NSW Driver's licence and her works are often purchased by the Prime Minister's Department for presentation to visiting Heads of State.
HELEN FITZGERALD is a prolific Botantical Artist and Illustrator. She works predominantly in watercolours and was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK. Helen is also a busy art teacher and she is responsible for the inception of the annual Canberrra Botanica Exhibitions held at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.
JAN BARNETT is an accomplished nature artist working in mainly in oils on canvas and various printmaking mediums. Her large scale works featuring birds of the Australian bush are popular with the Gallery's clients and are often to be found decorating the walls of Cafe Wood Works.
WAYNE BYARD is an accomplished painter of birds and is known for the depth of fine detail in his depictions of many of Australia's species. His works are supremely realist in their execution and brilliant in colours that accurately reflect the birds he is depicting.
JENNY MORAGA is a new artist to the Gallery and she burst into prominence when awarded the 2005 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize for her The Gang Gang's lunch in the paintings section which carries a $10,000 acquisitive prize. Jenny has drawn and painted for most of her life, but has only recently decided to become professional. She has exhibited as a solo artist and has contributed to many group exhibitions. Her work engages the audience in an intimate encounter with subjects as characters, individuals operating within the context of the natural world.
Opening Saturday June 7 at 2.30pm