Jeff Raglus / Joel Wolter / Natalie Anderson / Andrew Pye
10 October - 3 November
Jeff Raglus / Boneyard
“Earlier this year I was given a large private commission of 26 paintings for new houses in the Byron Bay area. The only instructions were to ‘keep it simple and abstract’. I enjoyed this challenge so much, that I decided to just continue on for my Boom show in much the same vein, but producing mostly smaller works. I found this whole experience quite liberating and I think I became closer to the actual essence of something I’ve been searching for in my work for years.”
Jeff Raglus is one of a unique group of contemporary artists who divide their practice equally between music and the visual arts. Encompassing all that is pop, Jeff’s work constantly blurs the boundaries between fine and graphic art. He has worked for Mambo, Swatch Watches, The Arena Theatre company, Ansett Airlines and many more. Jeff has illustrated and written 6 children’s books, designed literally hundreds of posters and T-Shirt prints.
Jeff started painting in 1989 and has shown every year since then. He has exhibited with The Ray Hughes gallery in Sydney, The Nellie Castan Gallery in Melbourne, Qdos gallery in Lorne, The NGV (via the Mambo group shows), Bruce Heiser Gallery in Brisbane, Penny Contemporary in Hobart and many more. Musically he has played, recorded and released albums with The Bachelors From Prague, The Black Sorrows, The Beachniks, The Feeling Groovies, Fogg, Rebecca Barnard, Ross McLennan, his own solo project and more recently Victoriana Gaye.
His playful art style sometimes has a mid-century vibe, but not one to succumb to retro nostalgia, Jeff always provides something new and fresh.
Joel Wolter / Peaks and Alleys
Peaks and Alleys features a selection of new and recent etchings that depict stormy swells and rising seas alongside some of Wolter’s characteristic urban laneways. The images explore humanities encounters with the natural world and the actions and consequences of these interactions. The Wave of Change series is an emotionally charged and evocative suite of recent etchings by Joel Wolter that presents to us forces of nature contrasted against, at times, small traces and remnants of humanity, as represented by a solitary mast traversing an unrelenting sea, or a haunting island set against rising seas and threatening skies.
Some of these etchings have been created on recycled sheets of copper plate, showcasing the old marks and wounds in the metal, and using the same techniques that have been utilised by artists for centuries. Using such historically and graphically rich techniques are partly what draws Wolter to the medium of etching. The duteous tasks and processes, the drawing and atmospheric capabilities, and the sometimes unforgiving and mysterious nature of etching has also kept Joel building up his images on the copper plate, sometimes through many etching grounds and proofs, for some 20 years.
“The sense of the precise moment may be the key to what makes these images compelling. They contain echoes of the awareness of transience and remind us that it is not just the moment, or the particular, that is passing — ‘But at my back, I always hear Time’s winged chariot, hurrying near’. Ultimately, it is us, as much as the moment suggested by the images; in other words, the images reveal something essential to ourselves.” *
* An excerpt from a catalogue essay by Dr. Colin Holden on Joel Wolter’s printmaking, 2010.
Natalie Anderson / n. cloud-age | A mass of clouds
“In a break from my usual practice, all of these works are painted on paper and all with virtually no preparation or forethought. We all have stressors in life and sometimes the effect of even minor things can be cumulative. In the second half of this year a few things taking up a lot of headspaces left me with little patience or energy for the routines of my usual painting practice – being in the places I paint, building up source material and sketches and building layers of paint over time – waiting for things to dry, returning often to things, taking time to get to know them.
In stark contrast, these introspective, impatient paintings reflect my need for an immediate result and were therapeutic ‘downloads’ at a time when concentrating on one more thing felt beyond me. No wandering, no source photos or sketches, almost no prior thought to what I intended to paint. I put a raw sienna wash down first and once dry I sketched a horizon. What followed was cloudage – masses of clouds hanging over places that are familiar if not accurate depictions of the country that surrounds us and the ever-present comfort of the ocean. Contemplations, maybe of the fundamentals in life, climate and change .. and what to do about that.
Wind and weather reveal their characters only by the effect they have on other things. We learn the nature of the wind by the shape of clouds, smoke drifting and branches bending. Equally, we might better understand ourselves by the marks left on us by the things we ‘weather’ in life. Whilst using my daily painting practice as therapy I have both zoned out from my thoughts and tuned in to the secret workings of the weather, vast and intimate all at once.”
Natalie Anderson is a much loved local painter who works from her picturesque Barrabool Hills studio. Natalie’s genuine connection to nature is evident as her focus moves between landscape and seascape oil paintings. We are excited to welcome Natalie back for her fourth solo exhibition at Boom.
Andrew Pye / The Great Ocean Road
“To me, the landscapes are always seeking a balance between order and chaos. I have often said that there is no hidden meaning to my work, that it is the Australian Bush. I stand by this, as I seek to continue the work of the pioneer Australian Modernists, paying homage to their motif and legacy. As my pictures move out of dense bushland and to the coast, new approaches in brushstroke and line making are explored. The Great Ocean Road is a body of work that celebrates the sand, rock, grasses, seaweed, driftwood, sky and big blue.”
“I’ve observed today’s youth, I’ve read deeply on social and philosophical theory. I’m still feeling optimistic about the world. We’ve been through way darker times in the last century. Through the landscape, I want to show optimism to the people. Society needs to be reminded constantly that nature is sacred and there is much each person can do daily to bring nature in. Every spring, nature never fails us. It will never fail us. Both Australian society and the Australian Bush can and will regenerate, the pace of this is only determined by us.”
A former Geelong local, Andrew Pye now resides in Wangaratta with his wife and children, painting and sculpting daily. This will be his third solo exhibition at Boom.
Exhibitions runs 12 September – 6 October
Opening Celebrations Saturday 12th October, 1 pm-3 pm
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