Paint17 presents three new bodies of work by artists Lionel Bawden, Teelah George and Gary Smith.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 1 November, from 6-8pm.
Lionel Bawden’s practice encompasses performance, installation, and painting.
Described as visually minimal and accessible, Bawden’s works are conceptually complex, and draw from a varied range of sources. Bawden has been inspired by everything from microbiology, classic science fiction, to nature documentaries.
Lionel Bawden was born in Auburn, NSW in 1974 and currently lives and works in Northern NSW, Australia. Bawden has a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours (painting) from the Australian National University Institute of the Arts, Canberra School of Art, Canberra (1997).
Bawden has participated in many solo and group exhibitions including: burster flipper wobbler dripper spinner stacker shaker maker, Christchurch Gallery, New Zealand (2014); and monstor pop!: the monstrous side of Indonesian and Australian contemporary art, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin (2015). Bawden’s work is held in several important collections in Australia including the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Teelah George (b.1984 Perth) is a visual artist, working primarily in painting, drawing, print and installation. Employing archives and collections as a point of departure and questioning within her practice. Recent exhibitions include: Primavera (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney), New Strokes (Gallery 9, Sydney), All-Seeing Eyes by the Beige Garden Bed (Pet Projects, Perth) both 2016. Epic Narratives (PICA, Perth), Face Vase and Rag Painting (Bus Projects, Melbourne), Getting Things Done (Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide) all 2015. George was selected as the non-acquisitive winner of the Fremantle Print Award 2015, overall acquisitive winner of the City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award 2014, has been a finalist in the Guirguis New Art Prize 2015, Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2014, Fremantle Print Award 2013, and a semi finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2013. Her work is held in the Art Gallery of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Collection, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and the City of Joondalup Collection.
Gary Smith’s paintings are forays into the processes, properties and materials of painting for a form of pure painting. His works are an amalgam of layers of dense underpainting, old master techniques of thinning and glazing and accretions of impasto visual texture.
Gary Smith has been a practicing artist since the mid 1980’s and has exhibited his work extensively in both solo and group exhibitions. He has been a finalist in a number of significant art prizes including the Archibald Prize (2012), the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize (2012), the John Fries Memorial Prize (2010), the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (2009), and the Albany Art Prize (2009). Having completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Gary Smith went on to complete a Masters of Philosophy in Visual Arts at the Australian National University. His work can be found in both public and private collections around Australia including the Victorian Education Department collection and the Artbank collection.