Artist Profiles

Kurt Brereton

Kurt Brereton is a visual and digital media artist, academic and writer. Kurt Brereton lives at Currarong beach. In 2009, a ten year (1999-2009) survey exhibition was mounted at Wollongong City Gallery. In 2012 Brereton held exhibitions at Compton Gallery (photo installations) and Gallery Paquette (paintings and video installation) in Boonton N.J. USA. In 2013, Brereton was a finalist in the Hazelhurst Art Prize, and Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Gallery.

Solo shows include: Test Results and Currarong Encounters (2015); Biographs (2017) at Nowra Shoalhaven Art Centre. Orpheus Island – From Coral to Coalat M16 Gallery Canberra (2017). Report from the Littoral Zoneat the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum Gallery (2018).

A monograph More Is Plentyspanning Kurt Brereton’s art career, edited by Ken Bolton was published by JTP in 2011. Other recent publications include Rhizomatix; Cuteology/Pathetic Manifesto; Greek Myths for the 21stCentury (2012); Test Results (2015); Shock of the Ordinary: Photographs 1975 – 2016 (2017); Against a Horizon of Canted Rust (2018); AND WHAT?  co-authored with Ken Bolton (2019).

Kurt is Director of ArtStayz – getaway art workshops based in Currarong, Jervis Bay.

www.kurtbrereton.com www.artstayz.com.au

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Leslie Lockwood

Leslie Lockwood began embroidering as a child. Now retired, she experiments with other forms of art and seeks ways to combine them with her embroidery.

In July 2014 she won a first prize at the Reading the Land exhibition for the Huskisson event with a piece that combined stitch with photography printed on fabric.

As a member of the group, Fibregenics, she exhibited in the exhibition re(f)use at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum in 2017. Her pieces in this exhibition reflected her interest in protection of the environment and the pollution of our waterways.

She is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW and has been chair of the Lateral Stitchers’ Group since January 2019. This innovative textile art group exhibits every 2 years. The group is working towards its 2021 exhibition and Leslie’s theme for that is likely to be a continuation of her passion for mangroves.

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Helen Nugent

Helen studied art at the National Art School (Dip. Art Ed.) 

Helen has always been interested in exploring how emotional and spiritual states can be expressed through representations of the human figure. These can be quietly reflective, erotic, whimsical or very dramatic and physical. She casts about her immediate environment, including the worlds of imagination and travel for subject matter of resonance.

“Helen’s work often evokes an imaginative world that is at once domestic and familiar, yet can also be exotic and otherworldly. …. devotion to drawing the figure is both the core of her art and a liberating tool that allows her an enormous expressive freedom.” 

(Dr. Michael Beare’s opening speech to Helen’s exhibition “Three Graces”).

While having expertise & experience in many aspects of art making, Helen is best known locally by her collagraph prints and paintings. She is currently exploring ways of bringing digital technology and commercial processes into her practice to reach a wider audience.

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  Judy Panucci

I scratch into things, scribble, draw, paint, sculpt, carve, build, stitch. These activities have been with me always. Art is part of who I am. My creations, and those of multitudes of others, from all times, absorb me.

Observing the world and delighting in the path of a sea slug, or the movement of leaves, or patterns on cicada wings, or light on the ocean, or the myriad, random marks, colours, textures and shapes which make up the world, are a constant source of joy and wonder. My work is always informed by my immediate environment and my desire to understand and interpret every part of my world. Sometimes I just do and imagine; sometimes I seek to amuse viewers; at times I aim to stir memories and emotions, or attempt to challenge attitudes or behaviour.

I have a playful approach to art making and happily experiment with media and techniques exploring issues both personal and universal. My latest works interpret sea-life while exploring properties of acrylic inks – the different ways red, yellow, blue and sepia blend to make endless colours, the different ways ink moves when altered or diluted. The way thick paper can be pushed and carved.

 

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Vanessa Barbay

Like my mother Maree, I was raised amongst the ecologically diverse nature of pristine Jervis Bay in Vincentia. We attended school with Yuin children and I loved learning local creation stories featuring animals and Ancestral Beings. Well-known storyteller and artist of the Bidjigal clan Laddie Timbery taught generations of local children about the cultural and political history of the area. I also learned from members of the Wiradjuri nation, notable well-known storyteller Pauline McLeod while living in Wagga Wagga and surrounding areas for over 10 years.

On moving to Canberra for 7 years, I was awarded an ANU PhD research scholarship to travel to Western Arnhem Land and research rock and bark painting by Kunwinjku artists. I also sourced local ochre pigments with traditional owners. My painting and drawing practice concerns animals and stems from both the impact of Aboriginal culture on my worldview and my late Hungarian born father Tibor’s passion for creating taxidermy. During my PhD I developed a new way of generating images by harnessing the decomposition of animal bodies to produce a body print I call the shroud. In September 2013, I moved back to Vincentia and have enjoyed being part of the local arts community.

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Natalie McDonagh

Jervis Bay is my great teacher. 

Over twenty years this land has patiently taught me what it is to be present to a place and its spirit; what it means to be nested in the world; how to be open to conversation with it. 

As an artist / designer / maker the forms of my work vary but the essence and intention of my creative practice remain steadfast: cultivating holistic mind and spacious being – for myself and others.  

An artwork I make may be a hand-sized, interactive sculpture designed for you to use as a vehicle for self-inquiry. Another may be a work of experiential art that I facilitate – a site-specific installation in place for a period of time, given life through the random presence and participation of members of the public who happen to attend. 

The continuum of my practice as artist / designer / maker extends into originating practical, arts-based thinking tools for use in the workplace, helping people generate useful insight and fresh action. 

My Artfulmind Laboratory in Erowal Bay is a custom designed studio where I can gather curious human minds (and the occasional kangaroo) for creative workshops and 1:1 sessions.

https://artfulmind.net/

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Barbara Dawson

I moved to the Jervis Bay area in 2014.  I regularly exhibit my art and my work can be found in  Huskisson Framing and Gallery Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. I am currently Secretary and Publicity Officer of the JBBArts.  I have a Visual Art Degree, a Graduate Diploma and Master of Education and spent twenty years in Canberra schools teaching visual art, media studies and photography.  As a qualified art teacher of many years standing I am available to run workshops or teach classes in the traditional  areas of drawing, printmaking and painting. These can be one on one or small group. I also regularly teach techniques in the many mixed media areas I use in my art, such as Eco dyeing and contact plant printing, creating artists journals or books and coiled basketry.

In my latest artwork I am exploring a connection with place and the environment. Using drawing or stitch in my work adds to the journey and my crossings over the land.  My latest art works involve eco dyeing and contact plant printing, both two and three-dimensional. I use native leaf litter, iron and plant dyes to change the colour of the paper and imprint the image. Each print is different, like nature itself. When dry, I further work into the design with another layer of ink drawing, mark making, colour or stitching enhancing the translucent patterns of the leaves, which hold a shadowy promise with a hint of mystery and alchemy.

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