Artists

Samantha Beau

Having grown-up in Tasmania, wildlife and conservation are dear to my heart.

Many of the local Tassie wildlife are under threat by our (often) careless human footprint. The grizzly Tassie Devil, inquisitive Quoll and shy Pademelon have been elusive heroes of mine growing up and still to this day capture my imagination.

This year I was introduced to the Blue-footed Booby of the Galapagos Islands.

These cute little birds struck a chord with me.

Found only in north west South America the bird is truly remarkable. Known for its comical jiggling mating dance, weird sounds and blue eggs, the blue-footed booby is now under threat of becoming endangered and extinct. Watching them dance, waddle and add colour to the magic islands of the Galagagos makes you smile from the inside out.

In 2012 breeding numbers were estimated to be at 6400 which is a dramatic drop from 20,000 in 1997. A short fall in sardines appears to be the likely cause.

I have tried to capture this enigmatic fun little bird and will donate a portion of sales to the Charles Darwin Foundation. I hope you and your friends and family will enjoy sharing this exhibition.

Julia Collingwood

Born in Perth Scotland, I came to Australia with my parents overland in a VW camper van in 1961.

Ever since I can remember I have always drawn and painted. After leaving high school, I attended East Sydney Technical College (now the National Art School). For many years I focussed on sculpture, working in clay which was then cast in either cement fondu or plaster. I did mostly figurative works and commissioned portraits.

I then spent a year studying ceramics at Hornsby TAFE where I won an award for my work. I produced a number of ceramic garden sculptures during this time. I then returned to painting and produced a series of landscape paintings which were exhibited at the Wollombi Fire Shed.

Before moving to Uki two years ago,I had spent over three years in Darwin. It was there that I began for the first time to paint in watercolour. However, it wasn’t until arriving in Uki that I was able to devote full-time to drawing and painting, and for the first time since leaving art school paint in oils. I have been painting in oils mostly people as if they are characters in a play or film often in a disquieting setting where it is never quite clear what is going on, which seems to me sums up the modern world. This year, however, I have returned to watercolours and particularly enjoying their unpredictable qualities to produce abstract paintings based of nature.

Marion Douglas

Marion Douglas is a locally born visual artist whose triggers for artmaking are emotion, love of the inherent qualities and possibilities of art materials and just plain compulsion to make art.

Tertiary studies in art were characterised by a traditional approach to painting and drawing. This served as a kind of apprenticeship in drawing with perspective and colour mixing from primary colours that was ultimately valuable, though seemed tedious and enervating at times.

Attending Dynamic Drawing sessions in NNSW was a pivotal influence.  The freedom and transgressive nature of art making unleashed in the dynamic drawing sessions overlaid existing skills leading to a new and more emotionally charged expressive practice.

A collage workshop, involving working entirely in the abstract combined with the aforementioned approaches has lead to a broad based, dynamic art practice that is an integral and unstoppable part of daily life.

Vrinda Gleeson

Vrinda Gleeson is an Australian artist who uses candid, staged and imagined portraits to recover the invisible, ambiguous and lost parts of the self in a material-centric world. With a mixed media approach to painting and drawing, Vrinda reveals a fascination for a particular pose, colour and line to highlight incomprehensible experiences.

Spending long periods of time within India, Vrinda’s work is driven by an upbringing within a margin between two cultures. By drawing from the stories and experiences of herself, her friends and community, Vrinda’s work explores what identity looks like in a globalised world; referencing womanhood, relationships and connection, embodiment, belonging, spirituality and the position of women within todays media-scape.

Vrinda has completed her Bachelor of Visual Art at Southern Cross University and finished her Honours in Fine Art at Griffith Queensland College of Art in Brisbane. She currently lives between the Tweed Shire, Australia and India.

Lyn Hope

The mystery of how the human mind constructs reality is inspiration for my work. I am particularly interested in the mind’s interpretation of sensory information in the construction of a personal reality.

I use photography, symbolism and metaphor to explore, and imagine how others might perceive the world. Through the use of various filters, including water, to distort realities, I aim to push the viewer towards the idea that differing perceptions are as valid as their own. One person’s distortion is another’s reality.

Biography

Lyn Hope is an award winning photographer, film maker, painter, and clothing designer, her photographic and artistic career span four decades to date.

In her mid teens Lyn moved to Sydney from a small village on the NSW North Coast to pursue a career in photography. Over a ten year period she worked predominantly within the commercial and editorial sectors, while also building a body of personal works.

On her return to the north coast, she went on to study painting and founded Wylah Designs, a hand painted clothing business, 1990 – 2001.

Around the turn of the century came a transition to more traditional mediums of canvas and paper, a highly productive and satisfying period.

In 2008 after borrowing a video camera from a friend, film making became a strong area of interest. In 2009 – 2010 the film “Bed” travelled Australian Cinemas as part of the “World of Women” film festival.

Lyn taught film making in the Northern Territory, 2012 – 2016 with a strong emphasis on photographic principals. Her students during this period produced award winning films including “Best Edit” in 2013 at the “National Remote Indigenous Media Festival”.

Her work, across all disciplines has been exhibited in individual and group shows, awarded, and paintings reside in the collections of Grafton Regional Gallery and Rouse Water.

Now based in Murwillumbah and focussing on a new body of photographic work, she continues a lifelong exploration into themes such as consciousness, the inner life, and sleep.

Dieter Irving

Dieter’s love affair with the Australian bush began in 1971. “I instantly fell in love with the bush and Australian light. I loved the expansion of the landscape and the big sky just blew my mind.” Dieter said he felt a freedom he never felt in the European Landscape.”

In 1971 Dieter migrated to Australia and a whole new way of life- marriage, children. 1976 his first exhibition at the Hogart Gallery in Sydney. Dieter was encouraged to study art and enrolled at the Academy of Art in Mannheim where for one year he was in the master class of six students tutored by the expressionist Artists Paul Bergner and Hans Meistermann. After his four years at the Academy he became a practising artist and taught at the Rudolf Steiner primary school in Frankfurt for two years.

In 1969 he was one of three young artists who opened their own gallery in Gross-Gerau as well as exhibiting their own work in Russelsheim, Weinheim and Heidleberg.

Dian Johansson

Living in the stunning landscape of the Northern Ranges Dian has found an abundance of inspiration.

For many years Di worked in Fashion and Interior design, creating sustainable studio spaces in Sydney and Melbourne.

However this new challenge, to explore her surroundings has enabled her to return to her first love, painting, with a bit of sculpture thrown in for fun.

Her capture of all things natural in a uniquely colourful way is designed to change the viewers perspective on our world.

Susan Kinneally

After 30 years teaching art to secondary students in Melbourne, which was a demanding as well as an inspiring way of life for me, my husband and I moved to the Northern Rivers of NSW in 2013.

I badly wanted to become an artist when I was a child – but I lacked the confidence to risk it, and I got married too young. Life has been happy for me and I have a wonderful family and friends, but I was way too busy to make art consistently. I worked hard at helping my students and that was satisfying indeed, to see some of them blossom and achieve great things in the world of art after they left school. But I always made art (only not nearly enough) otherwise life wouldn’t have made much sense.

I have published a number of articles and texts for art education, and I do enjoy talking and writing about art, but although this gave me some satisfaction during my years as an art teacher, it was the practice of art that enticed me and gave me inspiration.

Themes that I have been working through in recent years include exploring ideas of different dimensions, so that organic life forms merge and the membranes between alternative universes begin to leak into each other…a bit quantum mechanics and science fiction. These ideas were incorporated in a series of works I called Becoming, exhibited at the Tweed Regional Gallery in 2016/17. The Sunflower Mermaid really belongs to that series but arrived long after the original show and insisted on being included – I love sunflowers and we have lots of them around at the moment!

I consider drawing the fundamental of all forms of art practice. Drawing is thinking made visible – whether that be evidence of intellectual struggle with the subject or an emotional response to the world. Drawing does what nothing else can manage – like music it is an intangible and magical part of human nature, to made marks which have meaning, which can describe and elucidate what would be impossible to articulate otherwise.

Janet Mackay

Janet Mackay is an emerging artist from Burringbar, working primarily with thread and fabric. She enjoys exploring ways of creating pattern and texture by using a variety of media along with the fabric and thread. She can’t help but notice the beauty within a mistake, or the visual and structural potential of something out of context. It keeps her well humoured and inspired to continue creating things.

Janet grew up on a property South East of Canberra where it can snow in winter and scorch in summer. She climbed, walked and ran in this dry sclerophyll land, sometimes with her brother, cousins or friends but often by herself. This is where the art of seeing and just being was nurtured within her. She began creating fabric art thanks to reasonably unsuccessful attempts at sewing clothes. Beautiful line markings created by the thread within mistakes and knots impressed Janet’s artistic sense and this nudged her toward exploring the world of fabric art.

In 2019 Janet exhibited within Art Post Gallery, Fallen Leaf, and Giggle and Whimsey. In 2018 she was a selected finalist for the 30 x 30 art prize for Art Piece Gallery and in 2018 she held a solo exhibition showing 13 of her artworks at the Northern Rivers Art Gallery. In 2017 Janet won the mixed media section for the Ocean Shores Art Prize.

Heather McClelland

Heather likes to experiment with line, composition, colour and tone in order to create images that tell a story or convey emotion. She is inspired by the impressionists including those of the Heidelberg School like Streeton and McCubbin as well as by contemporary artists like Ben Quilty. She sometimes likes to create layers in her work, for example using pastel, charcoal and ink over the top of acrylic or watercolour backgrounds and print impressions. She also works with oils or with charcoal and eraser.

Working with a group of other artists supports Heather’s growth as an artist. This has been a feature of her learning with a life model at the Tweed Regional Gallery under the tutelage of Shirley Kennedy. The development of her drawing skills has undergirded her progress.

Over the last nine years Heather’s artworks have attracted buyers when exhibited at the annual ‘Images of Uki’ exhibition and in the biennial Border Art Prize at the Tweed Gallery. She has had a successful solo exhibition at Art Post Uki and had good sales at three Murwillumbah Art Trails, as well as at the Morris Art Prize on the Gold Coast and in local cafes and fund-raisers.

Any profit Heather makes as a result of her art sales goes to a not-for-profit organisation in Bangladesh called Symbiosis which helps marginalised women fight their way out of poverty. These women are inspired to start their own businesses with the support of their small collaborative community groups.

When framing her works Heather likes to use environmentally-friendly re-cycled frames.

Christine Mellor

Christine was born in Murwillumbah, and spent her teenage years growing up in the surrounding area. A move to Tweed Heads saw her living next door to Garry, who was to become her partner of what is now 35 years. After several years of living in various locations, they settled in Tyalgum, with their 2 beautiful children for 19 years, moving to Uki in 2011. After 27 years of working together in the construction industry as ceramic tilers, an opportunity arose which allowed Christine to follow her dreams. In 2011 she enrolled in a 6 month Certificate 1 Visual Arts course at North Coast TAFE Murwillumbah, concluding in 2014 with an Advanced Diploma of Visual Art and an exhibition at the beautiful ‘Art Piece’ gallery at Mullumbimby.

This was followed in 2015 with the enrolment in a Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane. Although painting was her major, Christine completed 2 years of electives in both Drawing and Jewellery & Small Objects. After 3 years of commuting to Brisbane, Christine graduated in Dec. 2017. Combining a major in painting with the knowledge gained in several Jewellery & Small Object units, Christine’s dream is to create work with concepts revolving around the complications, mysteries and pleasures of life.

Christine combines natural and man-made materials with over-looked and often discarded objects. Familiar items are used out of context, making the familiar not so familiar, and are arranged as subjects for Christine’s small objects and paintings, creating a sense of ‘beautiful uneasiness’.

The only one certain thing in life is its temporality.

Christine has been selected as a finalist in the Gold Coast Art Prize, was awarded TAFE Tweed Campuses Student of the Year in 2014, and was a finalist in the 2018 EMSLA – a national award for Still Life painting. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout NSW, Qld and Victoria.

Matt Ottley

Matt Ottley is an award winning multi-modal artist, working equally across the fields of literature, visual arts and music.

Matt has had 35 picture books published and his work also appears in more than thirty nonfiction books. His awards include the CBCA Picture Book of the Year and both the Queensland & NSW Premiers Awards for literature. His international awards include Ibby Honour Book for Australia and a White Ravens listing, Bologna. He is also an Endorsed Yamaha Musician and currently works as a composer with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

‘For me the ancient art of book illustration is ironically not about the words in the story. As a story unfolds, the paintings connect the author’s words with the reader’s own lived experience.’

Marie-France Rose

Born in Quebec Province Canada into a French-Canadian family, Marie-France showed a passion for art from an early age. In Australia since 1979, she completed an Advanced Diploma in Ceramic and Visual art in 1999 on the Sunshine Coast. After extensive world travel including South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, she returned to Australia in 2003 to continue her journey in art. Her work has been exhibited in Noosa, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Tweed River Regional Gallery, and internationally in Dubai and Quebec Canada . Since settling Uki in 2007, she has matured artistically, sculpting and painting in her own way of 3D painting, and shares her knowledge through sculpture workshops held at her home studio.

Marta Spear

Marta recently moved from Brisbane to Mount Warning. Originally from Poland, she studied Fine Art and Interior Architecture in Warsaw, Poland and Interior Design and Jewellery Making in Brisbane, Australia.

She worked as a commercial interior designer on large scale fitout projects in Brisbane, Wellington, New Zealand and Broome, Western Australia.

She runs a small art studio working on botanical art (as PaperGGarden), graphic design, and interior design projects.

Marta is a keen gardener who is also involved in landcare, biodiversity and animal habitat restoration.

She is a seed collector, up-cycler and a tree-hugger enjoying nature and the colourful social scene of Uki and surrounding areas.

Lynden Stone

Lynden Stone is a practicing artist, researcher and arts educator. She currently teaches painting and drawing at TAFE Murwillumbah. In 2014 she completed a PhD in Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Her research project was “ Doubting Conventional Reality – Visual Arts and Quantum Mechanics”. For this project, she explored aspects of quantum mechanics through painting, video and installation works. She has exhibited in Australia, London and Philadelphia.

In 2015, she was invited to participate in the eco-feminist based group exhibition crosseXions. For that exhibition, she developed Sacred Gaia Healing™ ; a parody project that examines exploitative capitalism in the New Age industry. In December 2018, Sacred Gaia Healing™ first appeared in the group show crosseXions in 2016 and was exhibited at Metro Arts, Brisbane, the Cross Arts Project in Sydney. Lynden exhibited her Sacred Gaia Healing™ project at Art Post Uki.

Three years ago, Lynden moved from Brisbane to rural Northern NSW. She always thought she would be a city girl. Grappling with a feeling of dislocation, Lynden found herself obsessed with, and painting, the curious and gentle cows that populate the fields around her home. As well. She continues her investigation of quantum mechanics via the peculiar non-orientational, one-sided Klein bottle.

Barbara Suttie

Barb Suttie is an artist who lived in Uki for over 26 years and recently migrated to the big smoke of Murwillumbah. Encapsulated by the forces of the mountain and the embracing the arms of village communities she continues her passion to bring you a collection of works which capture landscapes now transformed through the passing of time.

Just Love This Place

Come journey with me to sacred places as I share with you my love of this place, its unique beauty and the light and energies surrounding the landscape. I am an Australian artist who paints representational and less representational pieces inspired by the awe inspiring scenery of Northern NSW where I live. I work almost exclusively in oils either on location, soaking in nature’s beauty or in the studio listening to inspiring music and bird songs as I work from sketches and digital images.

Now a widely acclaimed artist, I successfully completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a sub Major in Art History, and a Graduate Diploma in Education. I am actively involved in tutoring, teaching and mentoring others. I am a winner of many Art Awards. My landscape paintings feature in several volumes of the Australian Artist Magazine as well as several book publications, TV show segments and you tube. Journey with me to connect to sacred, beautiful places. Just love this place!

Facebook: Barb Suttie the Mt Warning Artist

Diana White

The mind takes the hand and moves it either fast staccato or slowly, meditatively and more controlled. Happy accidents are the main ingredients in in nearly all my work. This is a rather different pathway for me in colour and style. My other self is strong, bold and in muted colour. Either way it is a struggle to make something that catches the eye and balances…each work leading you unconsciously to a pleasing conclusion. Its a lifetime of wonder struggle learning and joy in my small world.

Michael Willard

I moved to this beautiful village almost 3 years ago. I’ve always been an unsettled soul, never quite content in my native Sydney, compelled to drift in and out, always seeking somewhere with an openness characterised both within the landscape and its inhabitants. I have never felt so at home as I do in Uki (even if I do tend to do the hermit thing).

I have yet to equal in my art the expansiveness of this location. But I am on the path.

After teenage and early adult years tainted with the obsessive need to draw, I finally enrolled at East Sydney Tech (soon to resume its independence as The National Art School). I neither revelled in the collegiality of my cohort, nor held in high regard the still reigning style of abstraction. But I loved the industriousness of the culture and the passion of the staff and fellow students.

I have maintained a studio practice ever since, and along with it an evolving yet characteristically idiosyncratic method of painting figures and portraits. I have rarely felt confident about this, yet managed to have a few solo and group shows along the way. Even to get hung in the Salone de Refuses and the odd other prize selection. Years ago, I adopted the concept that if I trudge along I will emerge eventually to my audience and a small measure of fame, and even perhaps a growing sense of achievement. Of course, I realized soon enough that a more strenuous effort was needed, and not for those reasons, but for my own satisfaction and sense of integrity. Throughout these years I have continued to work as a nurse, and this may somewhat inform how I see, and attempt to portray, the human form.

My reliance on self-portraiture in this small exhibition is due to my tendency to fall back upon myself as subject. Painting other people, though I often do, does not afford me the license to experiment and truly delve into the image as much as I allow myself when my self is the subject. I seek in my painting to evoke a certain emotional depth and visual likeness, and increasingly feel my exploration of my medium (oil paint) is not pursued to as great a degree as I could (I feel compelled to go beyond). Going that bit further, falling over the edge somewhat, beyond what I know as safe is where I now stand. This is why there isn’t the volume of recently finished work that I would have preferred to exhibit. But as a retrospective of sorts it gives me the resolve to see how far I have come and that it’s worth battling further along that road.

Tina Wilson

Tina Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts from Newcastle University, majoring in Plant & Wildlife Illustration, in 1996. She has worked as a visual artist and graphic designer across Australia for over 20 years.

While living in Perth Tina created Western Australia’s very own national art prize – the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. As its founder and executive director for ten years, she was delighted to see it grow into Australia’s third richest portrait prize.

In 2013 Tina was awarded the City of Perth Premier’s Active Citizenship Award for her contribution to the arts. The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture is now proudly exhibited at the Art Gallery of Western Australia each year.

Following its success, Tina resigned in 2017 to return to her own creative practice.

Tina now lives with her partner in Uki. She spends her time painting, drawing, writing, curating exhibitions and creating children’s books.

Stephanie Wright

Stephanie began painting in 2018 after autoimmune arthritis forced her early retirement from her career as a Veterinary Surgeon.

Growing up in Europe, Stephanie developed an appreciation of art, particularly portraiture, but motherhood, her vocation and a family tragedy prevented her from exploring her own artistic abilities.

A portrait of Nick Cave by Archibald finalist Ben Smith led her to begin Ben’s “Innovative Oil Painting” classes in Northern NSW.

Stephanie’s first portrait, of her husband, was selected as a finalist in the 2019 SBS Portrait Prize on the Mornington Peninsula. Another, of her friend Trevor and his dog Kawaii, was selected as a finalist in the inaugural Du Rietz Art Prize in Queensland. Her triptych of two local identities and their mutual grandchild also received much acclaim and many popular votes at the Ukitopia Art show.

Stephanie is particularly attracted to the medium of oils as it facilitates her habitual attention to detail and to nuances of light and colour plus allows for the correction of inevitable slips from her stiff hands. She is inspired by the expression of mood and character within the tiny details of portraits of both people and animals.

Her hope for the future is that her physical health will allow her to be able to develop her skills and expand her passion for painting into a fulfilling second career.

Stephanie now lives in Adelaide with her husband and daughter.

She is an exhibiting member of the Adelaide Art Society and Royal South Australian Society of Arts and is currently working on several commissions. A solo exhibition is planned for early 2021 at the Art Post Uki.