“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
“Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”
― Oscar Wilde
“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move .”
― Ossie Davis
EACH MONTH THE DAYBORO ART GALLERY SHARES WITH YOU SOME OF THE FINER POINTS OF OUR BRILLIANT ARTIST AND ART ITSELF. LEARN ABOUT THEIR PASSIONS, MOTIVATION AND UNIQUE ASPECTS TO THEIR STYLES AND TECHNIQUS. INDULGE IN OUR ARTS COMMUNITY AND IN DOING SO BECOME PART OF THE FAMILY
Sally has lifetime of engagement with arts practice. She worked as studio assistant for renowned Australian artist Charles Blackman, trained under 2 times winner of the Archibald Prize, the extraordinary William Robinson, had an exceptional career in arts education including positions with QUT, Queensland Art Gallery, and was Head of St Peters Lutheran College. She is widely exhibited nationally and overseas. She has won major art prizes, including the James Hardy Prize for drawing. Sally's work is inspired by Egyptian tomb paintings, Chinese landscape scrolls and comic strips. She aims to paint in a style which is exhuberant, peaceful, and captures her love for the Australian wilderness or unique vision of an exotic landscape.
Ryan Cook, our youngest member, a painter and illustrator, who is hoping to turn his lifelong hobby into a career. Ryan is currently studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is very active within the Brisbane arts community, getting involved in live art painting, producing shirts and art prints as well as public speaking. Ryan says he expresses his ideas and himself through his art. "I flow and grow most of the time and feel that my work does the same. I use bold lines and gestural forms which I think take on their own life".
Emma Comben has been painting for 20yrs and completed a QUT Bachelor of Creative Industries in 2013. She has done a number of commission works and competed in various art awards across QLD. Impressionism, working with soft pastels, charcoals, acrylics and oils, is her artistic style. She says her work is an expression of her emotions and creativity, an experimentation with colours, textures and various mediums to form a signature art style that is unique. She contemplates ideas for her next subject for weeks before touching paint or brush. "I need to feel inspired to paint otherwise I feel like I am doing the artwork an injustice. Skill and technique are important factors in the art world, and my hope is that when you reflect upon my work, you will feel the emotion of each painting and passion that has gone into creating it".
DAG Artistic Insights - COLOUR
Colour! Lots of colour. Doesn't matter the medium or style bright colours will transform your mood. The role of colour or even its absence is extremely valuable and varied.
Take, for example, the soft earthy tones of Sally Chandlers Bottlebrush as compared to the intense blues and greens in her ship piece. Both are different in style, and yet in both, they have the warm red browns and oranges creating the harmony and unifying the scene, while the blues and greens create the contrast and depth to each image.
Now to the extreme (Ryans and Emma's bright pieces), vibrant, intense, bold and solid and yet still creating harmony within each image. The colour is the jell within the images, while the form is the story. Emma's almost abstract use of vivid colours of the sun over water is uplifting, and not jarring (as one would expect when so intense) due to her blending of line and colours, and becomes soothing. While Ryans dancing swirls of colour are contrasted with hard lines, creating movement and almost an excitement.
The mere absence of colour is just as powerful, taking colour completely out shifts the focus "makes you concentrate on elements such as composition, value, lighting and form. Of course, colour is a vital step, but the benefit of black and white is that you can focus on the image as a whole" (Charlie Bowater). for example, Emma Comben's black and white head below, the depth is still in the contrast, but the varied tones add the depth and movement, the image becomes more defined, and the focus is not distracted (by colour)