Boom Gallery News

Nick Dridan / Half the Story

Posted on November 18, 2017

  Nick Dridan grew up on a farm in Amphitheatre, central Victoria, surrounded and enclosed by the Pyrenees mountain ranges. His work borrows heavily from this landscape, its forms, and its inhabitants. He finds the strangeness and beauty of everyday things and scenes provides much of his inspiration. Nick’s paintings could be described as lying somewhere...

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The Seven Seas / Take it Easy

Posted on November 16, 2017

The Seven Seas is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary artist working in illustration and sculpture. He has recently made the shift from figurative to abstract work, focusing on bold colours and large forms created out of timber using power tools and computerised routers. With Take It Easy The Seven Seas continues to blur the lines of...

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Shelley McKenzie / Inside Out

Posted on October 24, 2017

  Shelley McKenzie’s vibrant paintings explore the notion of art making itself, with physical process and sensory experience integral to her practice and aesthetic outcomes. Each painting is layered with colour, form and line, incorporating the artist’s internal and external worlds. At times it seems like the internal and external environments merge – these latest...

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Chelsea Gustafsson / Legacies

Posted on October 21, 2017

  This new series of still life paintings are studies of bric-a-brac and accumulations of objects. Inspired by the memento mori and vanitas still-lifes that contemplate our mortality and the transience of earthly pleasures, these paintings draw on their symbolism but extend on the conclusion that some of these concepts are short lived. Here things...

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Sue Grossman / Stages of Enlightenment

Posted on September 27, 2017

  Sue Grossman is a printmaker specializing in the complex process of reduction Linocut. Known for her brightly coloured and detailed, patterned prints, Sue finds the process of carving the Lino cathartic. “I often just get lost in my own little world of carving spontaneous patterns. Although painstaking at times, I love the layering process...

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Ellie Malin / Electric Earth

Posted on September 24, 2017

Ellie Malin is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly in relief woodblock printing and experimenting in painting, installations and collaborative projects. Her bold, visceral artworks reflect an intuitive approach to image making where colours and form construct the landscape. Her artworks are inspired by a love for travel, memories, and also from the most meaningful...

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Play Clay Play

Posted on August 26, 2017

Kirsten Perry and Peta Armstrong maintain an inquisitive and playful approach in their individual art practice. They creatively push and explore their use of the ceramic medium resulting in unique and at times, quirky pieces. Peta Armstrong works from her backyard studio in Torquay and also in the family business of surfboard making. She is...

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Collage Makers

Posted on August 24, 2017

A Boom curated show featuring the medium Collage. Collage is an art form of assemblage, often relying on the intricately hand cut, with found materials commonly used. This group exhibition has three artists exploring this medium in unique and varied ways – local artist Dylan Foley, French artist Julien Pacaud and Munich based artist Claude...

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Colleen Guiney / X Marks the Spot

Posted on August 22, 2017

Port Fairy artist Colleen Guiney’s art practice is a form of escapism. It provides her with an effective counterbalance to society’s overwhelming requirement to conform, to fit in, to be neat, for everything to be in the right place. Her work originates in the subconscious and evolves over extended periods of time as she layers, re-purposes and reworks...

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Jiri Tibor Novak / Portraits

Posted on August 1, 2017

Jiri Tibor Novak’s latest body of work for Portraits delivers an amalgam of reference points that range from biblical narratives to the artist’s experience of immigration and diaspora. Concurrently, Novak’s enduring fascination with the revolutionary movement off the Russian avant-garde is evident.   Jiri Tibor Novak is a printmaker, painter, teacher and occasionally a writer,...

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Natalie Anderson / Yearning

Posted on July 28, 2017

“We spend a lot of time looking down. If we are not looking at our laptops we are most certainly looking at our phones. Our phones provide us with the perfect excuse not to look around, not to engage and not to be present in our immediate environment. We are hyper-connected and yet not really...

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Isobel Rayson / “From Where I Left Off”

Posted on July 26, 2017

“My work explores mark making as a means to investigate and document ideas of presence and trace. The creation of these latest works involves completing daily rituals and routines based on physical mark making that follow a series of directives, these include varying time parameters, established prior to commencing each work. The final works become...

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Louise Tate / Intimacies

Posted on July 6, 2017

‘Beneath its russet wood, a wardrobe is a very white almond’, says Gaston Bachelard in The Poetics of Space, ‘Its inner space is intimate space’. Recent RMIT graduate Louise Tate’s latest body of work discovers intimacy within spaces of domesticity. Translucent layers of watercolour, oil, or synthetic polymer paint build up to form the patterned...

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Terra Firma / Group Exhibition

Posted on July 1, 2017

Featuring a diverse group of artists from across the country, Terra Firma is a Boom curated group show exploring the ever-changing and always interesting Australian landscape. Shane Drinkwater “There has often been a reference to landscape in my work. In this particular series there is a more agricultural side to it: deep felt marks and lines carved by...

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Meredith Earls / Iridescent

Posted on June 27, 2017

“A phenomenon of surfaces that appear to change hue as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. Iridescent is a new body of work exploring new perspectives. Seductive florals intertwine and morph, blooming into new and foreign forms. Magical bird and snake motifs dance together in abundance. Rich imagery is carefully collected,...

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How To Make Your House a Home

Posted on June 14, 2017

Boom Gallery Director Ren Inei was interviewed by BUPA recently on the topic ‘How To Make Your House a Home’.  Check out the article here.

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Emily Besser / To The Edges: Pieced Work

Posted on June 8, 2017

Within the genre of abstract painting, Emily Besser has been engaging with different ways of picture-making that mimic the patterns and processes of historically domestic and decorative crafts. Emily has used repetitive mark-making to engage with the slow processes of embroidery and weaving and has also drawn on the legacy of geometric patterns belonging to the...

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Rachel Hine / Make My Own People

Posted on June 6, 2017

Rachel Hine weaves figurative tapestry inspired by classical portraiture and a strong interest in fashion. Her colourful, and often textural pieces have expressive figures inhabiting a psychedelic landscape. Using a combination of Medieval and Renaissance portraits and contemporary fashion, Rachel has emphasised the pensive and confronting gaze of the subject. The concept of ‘looking’ and...

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Ingrid Daniell / Shadows, Light, Time

Posted on June 2, 2017

Through her recent body of work, Ingrid Daniell continues to explore her love of landscape, the environment and the link between the magic of earth, the mystery of our existence and the time in which we have had to impact our effect on earth. Using places that have personal connection as her muse, Ingrid paints...

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Anita Beaney / The Untroubled Mind

Posted on May 12, 2017

“The Untroubled Mind is the title of an essay by the painter Agnes Martin. My latest body of work takes its name from that essay in which Martin talks about finding solitude in nature, inspiration and abstraction.I feel I am looking to find peace and inspiration by being in the natural environment. I am hope...

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Michelle Kettle / Details

Posted on May 11, 2017

“My current work explores details of buildings and scenes we move through every single day. In capturing these familiar yet sometimes overlooked places my aim is to amplify the mundane and celebrate these unique representations of a specific time and place. They are devoid of human activity yet are often manmade spaces, therefore the viewer can...

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Katie Eraser / Perfection isn’t Beautiful, Destruction is Beautiful

Posted on May 10, 2017

Katie Eraser’s most recent body of work is a chaotic reckoning. Focusing on the artist’s primary concern of dismantling the agency to chase impeccability and normativity as an end game. Vibrantly executed by the untamed carnage of her own work, tearing fluoros and bold textures expressively layer paintings. Vivid oil pastels slice and stain painted...

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Carla McRae / Full Sun

Posted on April 4, 2017

Carla McRae – Full Sun “Full Sun is a reflection on a summer spent in Iceland. Co-existing with lava fields, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and craters; shrunken down and humbled by powerful, epic versions of nature. A hyper-awareness of these forces in a land of extreme contrasts. An ever-present sun crawls across the sky, never sinking below...

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Mickey Egan / Commute, Day in Day Out

Posted on March 31, 2017

“These paintings are part of a continued theme that explores a notion of travel between my home and work place and back again. Through my windscreen, I absorb the landscape, rolling hills, sky, shadow patterns, weather conditions and roadside vegetation, old & new. Often I will stop observe, photograph or draw what I see and...

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Kirsten Duncombe / Transmission

Posted on March 31, 2017

  “The cosmos has long represented ‘the final frontier’ from our human perspective here on Earth. Scientists and astronomers have transmitted coded electronic messages, as well as actual objects, into space for several decades in an attempt to contact possible alien life. I have drawn inspiration from imagery, colours and symbols related to this cosmic...

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Andrea Shaw / Fabric of Place

Posted on March 10, 2017

Andrea Shaw is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Torquay. Drawing from her studies in landscape architecture and textile design, strong relationships between colour, pattern, surface and space inform her works. Often painting abstract representations of the many planes of the natural landscape she creates dynamic and playful works. Andrea’s practice is varied and she experiments...

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Elizabeth Barnett / Arrangements

Posted on March 8, 2017

Elizabeth Barnett is a visual artist whose practice encompasses printmaking, painting, and illustration. Elizabeth’s work depicts intimate domestic spaces filled with exotic and interesting plants, colour, treasured objects and furniture. “A table in my studio plays host to an ever evolving arrangement of objects; ceramics, jugs and cups, plants, vases of flowers, bowls of lemons...

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Summer Projects IV

Posted on February 13, 2017

Summer Projects is an annual group exhibition showcasing recent artwork created over the Summer break, from some new and exciting artists to Boom. This time we have an all girl group show which features work from four recent RMIT and VCA arts graduates that we discovered at their end of year exhibitions and two established artists who have been practicing for many years. The exhibition...

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Steve Singline / In These States of Being

Posted on February 7, 2017

“This series of seascapes is a further exploration on the horizon. The horizon is a recurring theme in my work. For me, the horizon is a symbol of the eternal and a point of connection with the temporal. The horizon is the place that is always beyond us, a place never reached. It is also...

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