Collectors’ Editions #1, 3, 5, 8, 9 &10

Full moon over Venice – Collectors’ Edition #10, 2024

Exhibition Dates: 9 February – 1 March 2024

Medium: Illuminated mixed media assemblage – acrylic paint, photo media (print on canvas), wooden frame & housing, atelier satin varnish, hand cranked music box, 2 LED battery operated T-lights. Back panel pulls open to switch light on/off.

Dimensions: 230mm (w) x 169mm (h) x 55mm (d)

Description: This new work takes its setting and name from a recent artist residency I had for two weeks in October 2023 at the Venezia Contemporanea La Storta studio and exhibition spaces, Ghetto Vecchio, Cannaregio Venice, Italy. 

Location source: The full moon setting was captured one evening (on October the 27th, 2023) on a walk along the Strada Nova with darling wife, Solange. We were on our way to Teatro Goldoni for a concert discovering the music of Ennio Morricone, performed by The Ensemble Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Giacomo Loprieno. An unforgettable experience for both of us with a wonderful view of the orchestra in the recently renovated Teatro. We were there to celebrate Solange’s birthday and the small hand cranked music box which accompanies this work was given to her as a gift from the Residency organisers.The flickering yellow light in the right hand corner of the video scene (shown below) is also replicated in the illuminated assemblage with a battery operated T-Light.

About: ‘Full Moon Over Venice’ is exhibited as part of The Collectors’ Edition #10 auction at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Bidding commences on the opening night of Friday the 9th of February and concludes on the closing night auction of Friday the 1st of March 2024. Silent bidding will take place via the online platform, GalaBid. Each artwork will have a QR code that takes the bidder to a bidding page where the artist’s work can be seen by a much larger audience. To register for the online bidding go here: https://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/exhibition/collectors-edition-10/


The Waiting Game – Collectors’ Edition #9, 2023


Exhibition Dates: 14 April – 28 April 2023

Media: Mixed Media work – acrylic paint, ink, balsa wood, photo media (print on canvas).

Dimensions: 390mm (w) x 127mm (h)

Description: Standing within this historic mural painted on the Medlow Bath bus stop a young man waits, patiently reading. Is he waiting to be transported away or is she his tennis partner on the court waiting for their game to begin?

Location source: The Hydro Majestic Tennis Court, Blue Mountains. Located at 52-88 Great Western Hwy, Medlow Bath NSW 2780. https://www.hydromajestic.com.au

About:

For 2023 the format for this work is a diptych (2 hinged panel). Dimensions 390mm W x 127mm H. The completed artwork is folded and wax-sealed for the exhibition opening. Once a bid was placed on the artwork the wax seal was allowed to be broken, revealing the artwork inside. Bidding then continues as per previous Collectors’ Edition fundraisers. At the conclusion of the exhibition the highest bidder on each artwork gets to purchase the work, with all proceeds going to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection Acquisition Fund.

In 2023 the Cultural Centre is seeking to purchase two major artworks for the Collection. Video work, The Running of the Eels (2022), and blown glass sculptures, Ngalawan – We Live, We Remain: The Call of Ngurra (Country) 2022, by respected Dharug artist, Leanne Tobin. Tobin is a multidisciplinary artist of Irish, English and Aboriginal heritage who has positively impacted local communities and institutions through her tireless activism and collaboration. Her art practice seeks to encourage an open and honest dialogue about the past and to nurture, respect and care for Country.

Curated by: Rilka Oakley


Just Hanging On … Plane Down Over Medlow Bath – Collectors’ Edition #8, 2022


Exhibition Dates: 26 March – 10 April 2022

Media: Illuminated Mixed Media Assemblage – acrylic paint, photo media (print on canvas), wooden frame & housing, atelier satin varnish, Dinky Toys Twin Engine fighter plane made in England Maccano Ltd, 3 LED battery operated T-lights. Back panel pulls open to switch on/off.

Dimensions: 230mm (w) x 169mm (h) x 55mm (d)

Description: The old twin engine fighter dives down towards the dome atop the Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath, Blue Mountains. The pilot has ejected, just hanging on to the tower as lights flicker inside a hotel full of unsuspecting occupants. What is about to happen? …

Location source: The Hydro Majestic Hotel Blue Mountains. Located at 52-88 Great Western Hwy, Medlow Bath NSW 2780. https://www.hydromajestic.com.au

About: The artwork is produced for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collectors’ Edition #8. The collected works for this exhibition take the format of an A5 sized artwork on board, each being for sale via silent auction. At the conclusion of the exhibition the highest bidder on each artwork gets to purchase the work, with all proceeds going to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection Acquisition Fund. In 2022 the fund is seeking to purchase a work by prominent local artist Anne Graham.

Curated by: Rilka Oakley



Plane Down Over Kandos – Sold at auction at the Collectors’ Edition #5, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, May 2018.

Description: A small T-light illuminated mixed media assemblage. The old twin engine fighter dives towards the Kandos landscape while small lights flicker inside the houses of the unsuspecting occupants … This work sold at auction for $560.00. It fetched the highest bid of the five finalists and 107 exhibited works for the Collectors’ Edition #5, 2018

Dimensions: 158mm (w) x 220mm (h) x 80mm (d)

Media: Mixed Media: Photo media (print on canvas), wooden frame & housing, acrylic paint, varnish, Dinky Toys Twin Engine fighter made in England Maccano Ltd, 3 LED T-light candles. Back panel pulls open to switch on/off.

Location source: 61 Rodgers Street, Kandos, NSW 2848.

The annual fundraising exhibition Collectors’ Edition has become a highlight of the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery’s calendar, with a great response from both artists and bidders.  The sale of works in the previous four exhibitions contributed over $63,000 towards the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection Acquisition Fund

Curated by: Rilka Oakley

 

The Hydro Blues – Sold at auction at the Collectors’ Edition #3, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, May 2016.

Description: The newly renovated Hydro Majestic has an unusual ghost like presence sounding from the rooms above …

Dimensions: 158mm (w) x 220mm (h) x 80mm (d)

Mixed media: Photo media (print on canvas), wooden frame & housing, acrylic paint, (IF sensor, Arduino Uno, flash drive, mp3 shield, mono 2.5W Class D audio amplifier, mini metal mono 0.5W speaker, 9V power supply). Sound triggered by close proximity to the artwork.

Location source: The Hydro Majestic Hotel Blue Mountains. Located at 52-88 Great Western Hwy, Medlow Bath NSW 2780. https://www.hydromajestic.com.au

Curated by: Rilka Oakley


The Light of Spring – Sold at auction at the Collectors’ Edition #1, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Spring 2014.

Description: The Bogong moth heads for the light as you draw near. It retreats as you move away …

Dimensions: 158mm (w) x 220mm (h) x 80mm (d)

Mixed media: Photo media (print on 300 gsm William Turner 100% cotton paper), wooden frame & housing, acrylic paint, varnish, electronic components (mini servo motor, IF sensor, Arduino Uno, 9V power supply), deceased bogong moth. Movement triggered by close proximity to the artwork.

Location source: 66 Prince George Street, Blackheath, NSW 2785.

Curated by: Rilka Oakley