This March, Artereal Gallery is excited to present Class of ’22, a group exhibition showcasing our pick of some of the rising stars from the 2022 art school graduate shows across Sydney. Attending the end of year grad shows at the National Art School, Sydney College of the Arts and UNSW Art & Design is always a highlight for the Artereal curatorial team and we had a lot of fun compiling this list of artists whose work we thought really shone. United by a strong attraction towards the pull of the paintbrush, the artists in this exhibition present a cross-section of works spanning hand glazed ceramics, painting and delicate ink drawing. Interestingly, another common thread between many of their practices is an affinity for the natural world and abstract representations of self.
Featuring work by Krystl Durant, Billie Posters, Kerrie Satava and Gabe Wahl, this exhibition offers a glimpse at what the next generation of emerging artists are currently working on and is a rare opportunity to acquire the work of an artist at a point in their career which is often both formative and prescient when viewed in hindsight.
Having established a strong reputation over the last 17 years for presenting the work of emerging artists, many who have gone on to become well established artistic figures within the Australian contemporary art world, Artereal Gallery is proud to present the Class of ’22.
2022 – Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School
My aesthetic concerns are focused on trying to capture a sense of in-betweenness and becoming through process and medium that responds to the idea of time. Capturing a trace moment in time, a crescendo, much like a line of music or a verse of poetry. Similar to the here and now, my paintings are small excerpts from a greater continuum.
I am interested in exploring the uncertainty that comes when I surrender control and am unconstrained by conscious thought. With this comes accidental and uncontrollable outcomes, creating opportunities and reactions, that are unexpected and otherwise inaccessible.
For me it is important to embrace my working process, allowing what usually remains hidden and is traditionally not intended for presentation, to be seen. Inviting the viewer to re-enact the process gives the painting openness, energy, movement and space to breathe. Thus, creating a sense that the paintings are never finished and remain very much alive.”
Kerrie Satava holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School, majoring in painting. Working with acrylic, collage and a variety of mixed media, her work explores time, colour, intuition, chance and the unconscious through process- based abstraction. Kerrie also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and also has an extensive background in graphic design and industrial design.
2022 – Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School
Based in Sydney, Krystl Durant is an emerging artist whose practice is primarily grounded in painting. Having recently graduated from the National Art School, the masterpiece of her graduate body of work, titled Sleep Walking, is a current finalist in the 2023 Clyde & Co Art Award.
Krystl’s painting practice is primarily inspired by her love of traveling – both around Australia and overseas. “I find I get most of my inspiration from my travels and personal experience with places. I have always been inspired by the Australian landscape, particularly around the coast of Sydney. My work is done primarily with oil paints on canvas or wood. Working either from plein air and in the studio, my focus is to capture the feeling of a place. I like to work from memory and photographs to create a visual collage of a place rather than a specific likeness.”
2022 – Honours in Visual Arts and Advanced Studies, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
“Good for the Gander is a body of five monochromatic paintings, each of depicting a portrait surrounded by patterned and repeated illustrations of birdlife. The subject matter of my work looks to comment on notions of toxic masculinity, drawing parallels between young men and the locally hated birds of Sydney. Painted in acrylics and drawn with inks my colourful paintings look to question the comfort of young men partaking in toxic behaviour or with a destructive mentality. Likening these young men to the scavenging birds surviving under the loathsome eye of many Sydneysiders I aim to provoke my generation of men to move away from the all too easy stereotypes placed upon them by society. This work was conceived after experiencing some of my most open-minded male friends furthering destructive gender stereotypes, sparking me to want to display how sometimes even the most liberal thinking men can find it difficult moving away from such gendered roles. Similar to the birds of Sydney, young men would find life easier living in harm-free environments, but continue to persist in their toxic circumstances due to the ease of living in these harmful environments.”
Gabe Wahl is a young Australian artist working on Gadigal Land in Sydney’s Inner West. Graduating in 2022 with Honours in Visual Arts and Advanced Studies from the University of Sydney, where he studied biological sciences with his visual arts degree. Wahl’s painting practice is heavily influenced by his study of the living world and his works often explore human relationships with the natural environment. His most recent work focused on the interconnectivity between Sydney’s local ecosystems and their surrounding urban world. Exploring the conversations between native ecologies and urban environments. In his practice Wahl aims to re-frame our scientific understanding of the natural world, providing viewers with a poetic lens through which to observe scientific phenomena.
2022 – Bachelor of Fine Arts, UNSW Art & Design
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