Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is currently hosting its fifth 'Collector's Edition Exhibition' where small scale artworks are up for silent auction to help the Gallery grow its acquisition fund. Over one hundred artworks have been donated this year and are on display until 6th April 2018. On the final evening (6th April), a live auction event takes place, where the top 5 artworks with the highest silent bids go up for a live auction. I have donated 'Tribal Fruit' 2018 which are a small scale sculpture coloured with local natural ochres and natural materials which I have either found locally, or been generously gifted by locals, David Coleby and Rae Druitt.
Currently on show at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is the inaugural permanent Collection exhibition which runs from 11th June - 24th July. I am proud and honoured to be part of the collection with a set of 5 'Pods', made from paper, sand and other elements found from nature.
I've been making these Pods for various exhibitions for several years now and they have come to feel like my signature sculptural pieces. Each one having a 'character' of its own and reflecting the colours and textures which I find so exquisite in our landscape.
Showing concurrently at the gallery is the 2015 touring Archibald Exhibition with Nigel Milsom's winning portrait titled 'Judo house pt 6 (the white bird)' a striking painting of Charles Waterstreet. My pick of the show would have to go to a small humble self portrait by Leon Hall. Best known for his evocative landscape paintings and figurative drawings, Leon Hall has made a few portraits and self-portraits over the years. ‘I say at the beginning, “I don’t let a good likeness get in the way of a good drawing,”’ says Hall.