Paul Garling, Graeme Krake and Jill Noble
An exhibition by three New Artists to the Gallery.
9 March - 30 April, 2013
Paul Garling lives in Paynesville on the shores of the East Gippsland Lakes in Victoria and would be hard pressed to find a more suitable and idyllic place to ply his passion for his chosen artistic subject matter - the marine life. His great forebearer, well known colonial marine artist Frederick Garling, painted every ship entering Sydney Harbour between 1825-1870.
As a member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists, Paul feels it is almost a cliché for painters saying they try to capture the mood, light, feeling etc. of a scene. As a marine artist, technical accuracy of the subject is paramount. Wind direction, sea conditions, vessel construction etc. all play a part when considering his work. A specific ship requires the study of its plans before starting the picture. A sound knowledge of the subject and strong imagination creates the mood or feeling of the picture. His passion for all things nautical goes beyond the visual or emotive response. He says, “It’s one of those unexplainable things. Maybe it’s in the genes”.
Jill Noble lives and works in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria. Her current work is centred on ideas that have been both gathered, and imagined, from the landscape. She chooses to explain landscape in a simplified language. Some images use the horizon line from which a gridded pattern sets the scene to hang flat forms and symbols in both real and imagined space. This inventive approach often results in a kind of flattening effect of the spatial plane.
The same forms and shapes reappear and visit other works that are further edited, devoid of horizon line, and simply float on a flat field of colour. All shifts and changes that reveal themselves through different treatments in individual works have been ultimately decided by principles of composition, design, colour and rhythm. The landscape reduced to this simplified language of symbols and forms provides a narrative by which she invents her compositions and expresses the inspiration she always find in landscape.
Jill’s work sits comfortably in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and numerous Regional Gallery’s across NSW and Victoria.
Graeme Krake’s is a born again artist who had his first solo exhibition in 1980 following tertiary education as a teacher of Arts and Crafts. With a penchant for the exotic, the work for that Eltham Gallery exhibition was inspired by the writings of C.J. Lewis. To this he added two more solo exhibitions in Melbourne over the next four years, one themed on Pre-Columbian culture and Oceanic mythology, and the other inspired by Aboriginal myths and legends. A twenty-three year hiatus period ended in 2010 when Graeme moved to rural Brogo near Bega in Southern NSW and again picked up the brush. He quickly began to feature as a finalist in a number of Far South Coast art prizes, and in 2012 won the “Wharf Tales” exhibition at Bega’s Spiral Gallery.
His oils on canvas have their base in landscape, but also merge into an association with man-made objects. These elements combine for an entertaining and at times quirky reminder of how we have touched and occasionally, if not more often than not, intruded on the aesthetic of the Australian landscape.