Friday, March 11, 2011

In the News March 2011

Acrylics explore animal lifeNEWS • Arts & Entertainment
8 Mar 11 @ 06:52am by Kate Wilcock
Animal death . . . Artist Sharon Lee with her work Is There A Bear In There? at the Logan Art Gallery.
LOGAN: A mob of native animals is inhabiting an exhibition space at the Logan Art Gallery this month as Sharon Lee’s Beauty of Patterns Lost exhibition settles in.
A total of 17 works explore the themes of biodiversity and delicate balance between human and wild animal habitats.

Ms Lee said two of the most powerful works in the exhibition are, Is There a Bear in There? and A Pouch Is No Protection From A Bull Bar. They depict the loss of native animal lives on roads and the impact of land changes.
Most of her works are based on animals she sees at her Esk property, in the Brisbane Valley, with the exception of Freedom Above and Below Choice, which was painted after a recent visit to Turkey.
A work entitled When We Move in, Who Moves Out? reflects development in the Brisbane Valley, with the urban sprawl extending exponentially.
``This is the first time the entire exhibition is animal themed,’’ Lee said.
Works in the exhibition, which took one year to create, are all acrylic on canvas.
Logan City Council program leader for cultural services Annette Turner said the artist painted in a very accessible style, using easily identifiable symbols and iconographic animals embellished with large splashes of colour and pattern.
``Her work also contains another layer of story-telling, which can be accessed by reading the titles of each painting,’’ Ms Turner said.
Beauty of Patterns Lost will be displayed at the Logan Art Gallery in Logan Central until April 2