Creating workplaces that contribute to healthier and happier internal working environments and give back to the wider community, wouldn’t be possible without our artists. This blog will only feature a few: Kathy Best, Rose Giardina, Joy Chiang, Karen Hopkins, John Petrie and Myra Carter.
Walking by the River, Glacial Landscape, Walk in the Woods
Walking by the river - Nature and the bush are close to Kathy Best’s heart. Walking along a riverbank, swimming in a freshwater river, camping beside a river and listening to the sounds of water and birds are all relaxing and enjoyable activities to her.
This piece shows a person immersed in nature - a river, our earth, our flowers, our sky and our sun.
Glacial Landscape - This is a documentary about the Canadian Rockies landscape and the American abstract expressionist artist Franz Kline. The colour of the glaciers, and glacier rivers, creeks and lakes is an amazing milky turquoise, caused by fine powder suspended in the water absorbing varying colours of sunlight. Franz Kline was well known for his black and white paintings and strong use of line.
Walk in the Woods - If this artwork could talk, it’d say: “1) Get out of the house, get off the computer, put on your running shoes, pack a picnic lunch and head out of the city for a walk in the woods.”
In creating this piece, Kathy Best took the opportunity to make conscious marks on the canvas rather than blocking in the first coat. Surprisingly, these marks remained and became part of the final piece with much of the under layer showing through as part of the final work. The painting consists of two distinct layers that are very different from each other, however they come together to provide us with a balanced piece.
Dream On 2
Dream On 1
Dream on 1 - This artwork is as much as a story as they are an artwork; the intention is to interrupt your daily routine, and invite you into a temporary escape land. Envision exotic night life and foreign cocktails, mysterious gazes and colourful characters. A place you desire, but once you are there, its darkness makes you miss home.
Dream on 2 - This artwork is as much as a story as they are an artwork; the intention is to interrupt your daily routine, and invite you into a temporary escape land. Envision exotic night life and foreign cocktails, mysterious gazes and colourful characters. A place you desire, but once you are there, its darkness makes you miss home.
Imagine If - This artwork is the joining of dots and the colour bridge between my works on paper and canvas. A moment in time that solidified my confidence in the emotions of my strokes and colours. The title help sum up my excitement on taking new risks and embracing new opportunities full of hope and happiness. The experimental nature of this piece was so fun to create that the hardest part about the process was knowing when to stop, now that it’s complete, i can’t imagine it to look any different.
Nullarbor Desert Lines - This paintings inspired by flying over the Nullarbor which I have done a few times the most significant time for me personally was when moving to Melbourne from Perth. Sometimes when I paint a poem comes to me simultaneously or shortly after about the artwork this one below accompanies this art work:
Nullarbor Desert Lines - (Beginnings and Endings)
Like unfathomable messages to the heavens,
infinite lines criss-cross.,
meander,wave and tangle
across the desert.
Punctuating life’s beginnings and endings.
Silent energy echoing through remote vastness.
Lagoon - In 2017, Karen Hopkins was lucky to be selected for an artist residency in Venice for a month with a group of international artists. Her home was a beautiful old property with a small patio garden (something rare in Venice) situated by the side of a canal in Cannaregio a bohemian area just off the beaten track in the heart of Venice’s historic Jewish ghetto.
Hopkins quickly fell under the spell of La Serenissima (‘the most serene one’ as the city has been called for centuries) and fell in love with Venice. Her time there became a time of free creativity which was coloured and inspired by the layers of memory embedded in the history, architecture, art, the light textures culture and the endless reflections that surrounded her.
On the Scent
John Petrie is an award winning Artist and Sculptor, his mediums are acrylics on canvas and ceramic sculptures. Abstract is his keyword, nature his inspiration. In On the Scent, Petrie captures abstract depiction of their beloved pet “Lucy” stalking through the garden and the long grasses as if she were a the world’s smallest lion.
Celebration of Life
Myra Carter is an artist who paints as a way of expressing her feelings. For those who look at a piece like this and think: “Wait, what’s so special about that?” consider that for artists like Carter, pieces like this is a genuine reflection of how she was feeling at the time. This artwork thus conveys a sense of joy, of happiness, of warmth, as those were the emotions she was feeling. Seen through the lens of emotion, what else does a piece like this say to you?
Alpine 2, Alpine 7
To create these images, Prangnell hired a pilot and light aircraft to fly around the picturesque slopes of the alpine region in Victoria. Whilst this was the most enjoyable aspect of this series, it was by far the most difficult. Almost all aspects of the flight were foreign to her, including the airport, pilot, aircraft and topography of the land. This made the effort of capturing an image against the bright white snow all the more challenging.
Want to see some more? Also check out the art on display at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office as part of the new social procurement framework empowering organisations to do good, look good and feel good with art. Or find out more about our social impact.
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