Andy Pye / Ben Fennessy / John Santucci
10 September - 4 October
Andy Pye / Fringe Lyf
Fringe Lyf explores regional towns doing it tough.
“Some other Australian artists have previously looked at this such as Drysdale and Dobell… It takes a particular artistic perspective to see the beauty in these scenes. Of course, they’re more beautiful on gallery walls so it’s easy to see the beauty at that point. But to paint them in real life, when it’s cold and windy is a different thing. The artist who seeks these dreary scenes can easily second guess themselves and their subject matter.
But to me, there’s something about hand-cut hardwood weatherboard cottages, telecom cables, old fences that create sanctuaries for prickly pear, weeds and graffiti. The odd milking goat, flock of cockies and of course the footy are prevalent subject matter in this body of work spanning several regional towns. The footy oval is ubiquitous in these towns. it’s a shrine. This show catches the oval without the figurative form.”
Former Geelong Local Andy Pye now resides in Wangarratta, painting full time.
Ben Fennessy / Tower Hill
“For this exhibition of paintings and prints, I have focused on 360-degree views from the top of the crater of this dormant volcano. The vastness and beauty of Tower Hill is fascinating. It is such an awe-inspiring, ancient environment that changes constantly, depending on where you view it from and the weather conditions. The ever-changing influences of mist, light, wind and rain are dramatic and impact the landscape and the viewer’s psyche. Sublime visions can be had, as micro-systems of sunshine and squall flow through and over the caldera, rendering each aspect of the panorama differently. It conjures the mystique and heals the spirit.”
Ben Fennessy is a painter and printmaker. He studied painting and drawing at the National Gallery School in the 1960s and Victorian College of the Arts in the 1980s.
Ben has been a practising artist for over half a century, has exhibited widely and was a tertiary arts educator in Geelong for many years.
John Santucci / Garden Therapy
“The theme behind this new body of work is colour humour and hopefully optimism in a time when we need it more than ever. These pieces are of a whimsical nature which include retro toys, old cameras and music items from my own home. And of course the star of the show, a jungle of plants and botanical colour. Its hard living in a place like Byron Bay and not be influenced by the diversity of the flora and wild environment that surrounds me everyday. I wanted to go beyond the still life botanical work, and introduce a more personal story.
Moving to Byron Bay a few years ago my work was mainly focused on surreal cityscapes and whimsical caravans, new surroundings launched thoughts of new directions. I didn’t want to pursue seascapes and lighthouses, instead I chose a subject that was quite literally staring me in the face. Our garden was somewhat basic, but Byron’s weather means vegetation grows fast, really fast! We planted madly, and this series is inspired by the fruits of that labour- a serene contemplation of form composition and natures incredible beauty.”
Exhibitions run 10 September – 4 October
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