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Figuration 2 Wendy Arnold | Norma Bailey Ramsay | Craig Parnaby | Emma Sheldrake | Johanna Wilbraham
Paintbox starts the year with a strong group show of figurative works from four new artists and one established favourite.
Norma Bailey-Ramsey is best known for her portraiture and figurative works. Peter Perry, Director of the Castlemaine Art Gallery describes Bailey-Ramsay as “a painter who has built up an enviable reputation among collectors and admirers for her rich and diverse oeuvre of still life, portraits and interiors. She was given a major solo exhibition at the Castlemaine Art Gallery in 2001 where a near sell-out display brought her work to the notice of a much wider and appreciative audience. Since that time she has been consistently producing work of subtle beauty and her reputation has been steadily increasing.”
Wendy Arnold's experience in the fashion world shapes her sensual and provocative paintings. After 13 years in the fashion industry with the label she co-created ‘Studibaker Hawk’ where she was responsible for their highly successful and memorable textile designs, she retired and began to pursue her greater love, painting. She has exhibited continuously for the last twelve years with a number of highly successful exhibitions in Sydney. There is a strong following for her work and word of an impending exhibition creates a theatre of its own.
Craig Parnaby creates a unique visual iconography of coastal living. His imagery pays homage to the architectural forms and easy-going lifestyle of the urban coastal landscape. His perspective is positive, youthful and essentially humanist in its celebration of life's simple pleasures. His strong sense of colour and form capture everything we love about the beauty of the coastline and the pleasure of being near the water. The tonal variations of umber beach figures in contrast to the turquoise sea and raspberry reds and oranges of bathers’ beach apparel create warmth that glows on the canvas.
Emma Sheldrake has worked across a wide range of creative industries and is fast gaining recognition for her unique style of painting. She is in constant demand as a gifted portrait painter who captures the essence of the individual in a modern and upbeat manner. Her bold, striking, spontaneous and captivating works reflect her artistic passion and energy. Largely influenced by her experiences in the fashion industry, her works are commentaries on how beauty is reflected in the media, blending figurative art with her mischievous take on Pop Art and subtle eroticism.
Johanna Wilbraham English born and educated and now resident in Canberra, Wilbraham is a young artist whose figurative work has been exhibited at the Affordable Art Fairs in London and captured attention at The National Open Art Competition in Chichester, winning the Young Artist Prize in 2008 and Visitors Choice Prize in 2007. Her large scale portraits capture quiet moments, often of fragility and vulnerability, through a distinctive use of colour, composition and mark making.
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