Current Exhibition

New Works
30 July - 23 August

Hong Kong:
The Painters’ Journey

In April of this year Defiance Gallery joined forces with The Nock Art Foundation to present The Painters’ Journey, an exhibition of paintings by Peter Godwin and Euan Macleod. The exhibition was a culmination of a project that began in January 2013 when Macleod and Godwin joined Michael Nock and photographer Jason Capobianco on a journey through Hong Kong and the Guilin Mountains of Mainland China. Inviting two of Australia’s most accomplished painters to appreciate the Chinese landscape on its own terms was an idea that came about through discussions between Michael Nock and Campbell Robertson-Swann.

The exhibition, which ran between April
2-21 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, was a grand success, with the Hong Kong audience and collectors alike. The paintings produced by Godwin and Macleod showed a shift in approach that was testament to The Nock Art Foundation’s commitment to cultural immersion. These two great Australian painters were given an opportunity to truly engage with another landscape and to produce contemporary landscape paintings that reflect the history of Asia Pacific artistic exchange, giving a new perspective on the Hong Kong and Chinese landscape.

We would like to thank Peter and Euan for their amazing work on this project, Jason Capobianco for capturing the journey so beautifully and Michael Nock for his vision and unreserved support of the endeavour.

A 66 page colour catalogue of The Painters’ Journey is available for sale ($30 + postage) in Sydney through Defiance Gallery, and in Hong Kong, through The Nock Art Foundation.

Peter Godwin is represented by Defiance Gallery. Euan Macleod is represented by Watters Gallery and Niagara Gallery in Australia and exhibited in Hong Kong courtesy of The Nock Art Foundation

Roy Jackson travelling exhibition 2015

In September of last year, Roy Jackson’s retrospective at the Drill Hall Gallery at the ANU in Canberra drew an unequivocally positive reception. The beautiful exhibition, co-curated by Terence Maloon and Sioux Garside was a fitting celebration of Roy’s life and work.

Next year, a second, travelling, exhibition is being planned to bring Roy’s work around Australia. Starting its journey at S.H. Ervin Gallery in March 2015, the show is scheduled to tour Tamworth, Wollongong and Maitland, with further venues to be confirmed. This exhibition is curated by Sioux Garside working in conjunction with the help and support of Maggie Bassendine, Director of the Roy Jackson Estate. A book on Roy is being published to coincide with this event.  

The show will be an extraordinary opportunity to see many works drawn from private collections from around the world and public institutions. We are delighted that Roy Jackson’s legacy is continuing to engender such warmth and appreciation as it engages new audiences.

AWC Artist expedition to Pungalina Seven Emu

Following the fantastic success of the SIX ARTISTS | SEVEN DAYS Australian Wildlife Conservancy Mornington Sanctuary exhibition at Mary Place Gallery in 2013, the next AWC adventure is underway!

In early July, writer John McDonald and photographers Jason Capobianco and Richard Freeman joined artists; Charmaine Pike, Angus Nivison, Euan Macleod and Dave Teer for a spectacular week in the Gulf of Carpentaria, where they explored the sanctuary and produced some exciting preparatory works.

The exhibition, scheduled for 2015, will be a celebration of the Australian landscape and of our continued attempts to see our land from the perspectives of both the artists and the scientist. Last years exhibition raised over $40,000 for the AWC who protect endangered wildlife across more than 3 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Lake Eyre and the Top End. This includes 67% of all terrestrial mammal species; 83% of all terrestrial bird species; and around 50% of all reptile and frog species.

With thanks to the AWC team and to Lea and Bill Ferris for making the second expedition such a success. Thanks also to Utopia Gallery who represent Angus Nivison and Watters Gallery who represents Euan Macleod, for their involvement and cooperation.

Defiance Gallery Sculpture Park relocation

Following the closure of the Gate Gallery, Defiance Sculpture Park will be temporarily closed during a relocation process.

Defiance Sculpture Park will reopen in the Southern Highlands in late 2015. Until this time, many of the 60 outdoor sculptures by Australian & International artists can be viewed by appointment. If you wish to see the works, please contact Defiance Gallery.

Phillip King in London

Celebrating half a century at the forefront of British sculpture, Phillip King has recently had a retrospective of his work at Thomas Dane Gallery in London.

The exhibition, which ran between June 11 and July 26, covered the full spectrum of King’s innovations throughout his career. Focusing on his radical use of colour and form, works in the exhibition ranged from his early plaster pieces, through his seminal fiberglass sculptures and more recent steel works.

Alongside this retrospective, King has a large outdoor exhibition in Ranleagh Gardens, adjacent to the Masterpiece Art Fair in Chelsea, which is on display through July and August.

We congratulate Phillip wholeheartedly on this milestone and on this superb exhibition.

Woollahra Council Temporary Art Installation program

Kevin Norton’s Kimono is the latest addition to the Woollahra Council innovative Temporary Art Installation program. Located in the community park between Windsor St and Elizabeth St in Paddington, it joins the existing seven works around Paddington and Woollahra by Russell McQuilty, Paul Hopmeier, Campbell Robertson-Swann and Dave Teer, courtesy of Defiance Gallery.

Anita Larkin in the Tamworth Textile Triennale

The Tamworth Textile Triennial is Australia’s premier exhibition of artists working with textiles. It opens on 15th August 2015 at Tamworth Regional Gallery and runs until 18th October. After the show in Tamworth the exhibition will travel for two years to nine different galleries around Australia.

Anita Larkin has been selected for this exhibition and has made a three metre long collaborative musical instrument from found objects and felt for the show. It will be played at the opening and hopefully at each venue it tours to. The 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial follows a rich cultural heritage in the promotion of textile practice and excellence in Australia. Cecilia Heffer, guest curator, has selected twenty-two artists from around Australia to explore the theme of collaboration. Larkin says "I wanted to make the artwork itself a collaborative thing – and so it seemed perfect to use the idea I had had for along time to make a musical instrument that required collaboration of three people to play a composition written for it. I have called the work 'The Breath between us'. Thanks to musicians Mark Holder Keeping and Richard Robinson this idea is now a reality!"
Here you can listen to
“The breath between us”

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