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Group show: Julia Ciccarone - When you Write on Water / Stephen Benwell - Recent Works (over)

30 October 2007 until 24 November 2007
  Julia Ciccarone - When you Write on Water / Stephen Benwell - Recent Works
Julia Ciccarone, The expedition, 2007, oil on linen, 91 x 198cm
  Niagara Galleries

Niagara Galleries
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3121 Richmond, VIC
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Niagara Galleries

is pleased to present two exciting exhibitions in November

When you Write on Water

30 October - 24 November 2007

Julia Ciccarone's figurative paintings embrace fiction and fantasy. Using the deceptive powers of representation, Ciccarone presents impossible worlds; utopias and hybrid landscapes. Politics is mixed with mysticism. There is something science-fiction, or false magic, about these tableaux. Ciccarone acts as a conjurer. Hallucinations of landscape appear on curtains and walls. Alien domes and balloons hover and land in valleys and woods. Ciccarone's technical prowess captures the viewer. Illusion is made stronger through craft. The narratives which emerge from her paintings are ambiguous and allusive and the viewer must enter the image and negotiate their own meaning to the intriguing elements.

Julia Ciccarone is a Melbourne artist. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1988. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections throughout Australia.


Recent Works

30 October - 24 November 2007

Stephen Benwell, by his own definition, is a ceramicist. But the vessels, pots and sculptural figures act as vehicles for his subtle and delicate painting. The hand built ceramic base gives Benwell an undulating surface, slick but uneven, on which to scrawl lively and fresh marks, images and colours. The fragile medium seems to resonate with the light and often whimsical brush work. His work often contains a story, or unusual sequence of events. Narrative is combined with a distinctive aesthetic to create unique and engaging art.

Stephen Benwell lives and works in Melbourne. He received a Diploma of Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1974 and a Diploma of Education from the Melbourne State College in 1976. Stephen has travelled extensively and held the Cite Internationale de Arts residency in Paris from 1984--1985. He is currently undertaking his PhD at the Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Melbourne. His work is regularly exhibited in Australia and overseas and is held in numerous public and private collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia.

Please join us for opening drinks on Thursday 1 November 2007 from 6.00pm

Fully illustrated colour catalogue available for both exhibitions $11.00 each plus postage and handling

For further information please contact the gallery on (03) 9429 3666 or visit our website

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