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Group show: Helen Maudsely / Noel McKenna (over)

29 May 2007 until 30 June 2007
  Helen Maudsely / Noel McKenna
Helen Maudsley, In Spite of Extinction, 2005, Oil on board, 22 x 25cm
  Niagara Galleries

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Niagara Galleries

is pleased to present

The Democratic Potter

29 May - 30 June 2007

Noel McKenna works in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, metal sculpture, enamel and watercolour paints. Through these various methods of art making, McKenna instils a humble and engaging quality to familiar imagery. Through a scumbled rendering of a lonely house, McKenna adds an extra dimension to an already allusive image. By painting an image from the Sydney Morning Herald in watercolour, McKenna adds a liveliness absent from newspaper print. Recently McKenna has been working on a series portraying oversized tourist attractions. The big scotsman, the big pineapple, the list goes on. These off beat icons of Australian kitsch are portrayed with honest acceptance.

The work communicates the humour of these strange sculptures as well as the isolation of these rural land marks. McKenna's work has a growing profile. Regularly listed in the Australian Art Collector's 50 most collectable artists, his paintings, ceramics, sculpture and drawings are appreciated by collectors and curators alike. His work is included In numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Queensland Art Gallery. He was also the recipient of the 2001 Melbourne Savage Club Acquisitive Art Prize. Noel lives and works in Sydney.


A Selection 2004 - 2006

29 May - 30 June 2007

Helen Maudsley's work is obsessive, both in refinement and labour. In her drawings abstract shapes are constructed from thin lines and cross-hatching, shadowing worked up through dense webs of short pen strokes. From this, fragments of buildings and landscapes emerge, caught between cylinders, circles and cubes. Patterns are formed through repeated shapes and in the fine cross-hatching. There are glimpses of an architectural order that are never confirmed. Robert Nelson has written of her work as "consummately lyrical," and mentions that they "resolve their forms with impeccable balance" (The Age, 21 July, 2000).

A senior Melbourne artist, Helen Maudsley has had solo exhibitions regularly since 1957. Her work is held in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Please join us for opening drinks on
Tuesday 29 May 2007 from 6.00pm

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