Artists

Elena Ryazanoff

Elena Ryazanoff was born into a family of artists and intellectuals in Moscow. She grew up in an area where museums and galleries were in abundance and and provided continuous exposure to the world of art and theatre. She was schooled in Art from an early age and holds a degree from the famous Sourikov Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow. She is currently a constant and prolific artist. In 1991 she came to Australia and after a period in Canberra, she eventually settled in Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula close to Port Phillip Bay and the magnificent Bass Strait. Her works today reflect on her depth of feelings for nature and the environment in which she now lives. Her abstract paintings with the moon/sphere image and the traditional Iconic symbolism merge in a unity of sound and colour.

Elena says it is the mystery of this experience that inspires her, the search for the spiritual essence of life that transfers into art. She is deeply influenced by the masters of Renaissance such as Botticelli, Durer and Michelangelo, this is evident in her figurative works with the sensitive and fluid use of line. All her paintings contain the classical compositional components and the vividness of colour and occasionally using the glazing that evokes feelings from this era.
Yet, she brings to this a distinctive contemporary style, layers of texture and figures that seem suspended weightlessly in space along accompanied with luminosity of colour that gives a sense of physical vibration. Elena says, “My paintings are my life and I believe that every artist sees the word differently in the expression of their art. They generally do not record the works like a camera, but as if they are looking through their individual prism at the world.”

Standing in front of Elena’s paintings is an uplifting and meaningful experience, there is a sense of the melding of the physical and metaphysical worlds, a celebration of light and colour, a sense of history and true artistry and a feeling that comes from listening to inspiring music.

Lorna Gerard

I love art and life.

My earliest dream I can remember as a child was to be an artist, so began this wonderful journey of creativity, always keeping the dream alive.

Over 40 years experience.

At thirteen years old won a small award in art at High School, over many years other small awards followed which fuelled my confidence to keep on going with my dream.
Mostly self taught, but also some wonderful tutors along the way.
At thirty nine years old went to college and studied art and design for two years, whilst being a wife and mother to four children, plus juggling two part time jobs.
Now teaching two to three days a week art classes around Melbourne, and being a grandmother to four beautiful children all this has really helped me focus to create and do what I love.

Many joint and solo exhibitions of series of my paintings and selling my art, which has helped to pay for materials canvases and costs to keep creating.

I find inspiration in many ways, mostly Mother Nature, but also life in general, as well as, from my faith, belief and intuition, which I try to channel into my art, and believe a lot of my work tells a story with the hope that it may inspire or be meaningful to others as it has been for me.

Lily Nova

Lily is an outstanding and award winning artist, she has been drawing and painting from her early childhood. Her artistic impression is unique and she beautifully reveals what she sees in her paintings while using a rich palette of colour.

Lily completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the former Soviet Union. She immigrated with her family to Australia from Russia in 2009 after living in London for some time.

Since living in Australia she has gained a whole new appreciation for beauty of nature which she captures in her works. As she paints daily
she views it as an adventure and also a blessing.

“Painting such beauty truly makes my soul dance and for me it’s a colourful way of celebrating God’s creation”.

Liliana Profus

I was born in Uzbeckistan & I have a Russian background. My family and I migrated to Australia in 1993. I have always been creative ever since I can remember. When I was a little girl I used to have a magazine of cartoons and I really enjoyed drawing and copying, I could do this for hours.

As I was growing up I started to learn about myself, I started to experiment with different tools & paints. I have learned that being able to express myself and sharing my art with people is my main purpose in life. I want people to look at my art and be captivated by it.

I have gained my knowledge throw out the years by doing art classes' & trying dry pastels.
I find insects & animals very fascinating. There are so many different varietie, colors & shapes. I am also inspired by nature, beautiful holiday destinations and galaxy. As an artist I am always trying to evolve and use different techniques and effects.

Through my art I want to bring out different emotions in people and for them to have a little bit of myself. Just in my recent years I discovered liquid media including resin, and I fell in love with it. When I paint Iam guided by my intuition to create these free form abstracts. Modern abstract is mainly my style of work. I love colour and life itself.

Bibi Ostermark

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Came to Australia in 1974 and has lived in Melbourne ever since. I’m a keen observer, and am well equipped to capture the idiosyncrasies of life and its players. My inspirations and ideas are drawn from everyday life, events, feelings and those special moments in life which come close to fantasy. My work is part abstract - part figurative, and part impressionistic. Flights of fancy, with a touch of humour, could well be the title of many of my paintings. In my figurative works my particular skill is capturing the expression of people’s body language, with which I can depict expressions of mood and feeling through form, without relying on the detail in faces. My latest abstract works are painted after a recent trip to Tasmania. I use intense colours and strong shapes. I always seek communication with the onlooker, even if it is criticism, it is very important that they react to my work. Why do I paint?: Is it a passion? Is it a hobby? Is it a money spinner?? No - it is my life!!!!

Solo Exhibitions:
2005-2011: Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Own Gallery Seaford / Frankston
2004: Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington; Own Gallery, Seaford
2003: Own Gallery, Seaford; Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington; Without Pier Gallery, Sandringham
2002: Oak Hill Gallery; Own Gallery
2001: Without Pier Gallery; Art Shed Gallery, Red Hill; Theatreworks, St. Kilda; CAS Space Collins St. Melbourne; The Danish Club, Melbourne
2000: Without Pier Gallery; CAS Space Collins St.; Melbourne; Roar Studios, Fitzroy; Manyung Gallery, Mt.Eliza; Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin; Big Mouth Restaurant, St. Kilda; A Lange Gallery, Brighton; Custom Wharf Gallery, Williamstown; Swedish Church, Toorak; CAS Space Collins St. Melbourne.
1999: Big Mouth Restaurant, St.Kilda; CAS Space, Collins St. Melbourne; Carringbush Library, Richmond; Images Gallery, Richmond; Leanne’s Cafe, Sorrento
1998: Haven Gallery, Williamstown; Daring Gallery, Richmond; Suits Restaurant, Melbourne; Esplanade Gallery, Brighton; The Lounge, Swanston Walk, Melbourne

Memberships:
• Member Contemporary Art Society of Vic. Inc.
• Beaumaris Art Society
• Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery
• Frankston Arts Centre
• Oak Hill Gallery Mornington

Offices:
• Treasurer/Membership Secretary of The Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc.

Paola Ditel

I am Melbourne born based on the Mornington Peninsula. My art style has changed over the years. My creative art journey continues to evolve. Change is part of life so I flow with this thread. My preferred medium is acrylic since I discovered its versatility. I like experimenting the many techniques and exploring new ideas. So much more fun than the traditional realistic. Initially years ago I started with oil paint but was not able to continue for allergic reasons. My art has loosened up from those early days. I enjoy painting contemporary abstract and impressionistic styles, subjects may contain animals, nature and portraiture. Though there are times when I bounce back to realistic traditional just to reanimate its discipline.

Sometimes planning, researching my next art piece, sometimes improviso spontaneity makes for variety of approaches to my inquisitive artistic nature that implements the endeavour to communicate a pictorial story. I will have a go at utilising different materials with acrylics just because its freeing and fun finding new ways of expressing what I see and feel in the experience of observing the nature of life.

Other mediums I work with are pastel, watercolour, ink, pen charcoal and pencil.  My artwork can incorporate mixed media/collage.

My art has been described by some; as one being drawn into the painting as if walking into the scene. Something I didn’t see till recently when I gazed at one of my painting in an exhibition and had an “A Ha” moment as I was drawn into it. I thought it amazing that it took me so long to discover this aspect of my own work. What wake up moment that was!

Along my art journey I have picked up a few awards in Victoria and in N.S.W.

Best Acrylic 2015
Best In Black and White Exhibition 2003
Third prize in Post Card Exhibition 2016
Highly commended 2005

Evgeniya Lisichkina

Evgeniya Lisichkina is Sydney-based jewellery designer. After graduating as a designer of shoes and accessories, Eugenia switched into fashion journalism. She had obtained a degree in journalism and after that in sociology at the Moscow University and had been working as a beauty and fashion editor in a number of glossy magazines for 10 years. She had been writing for such magazines as Vogue, ELLE and Marie Claire. Always passionate with design, she decided to create her own brand of jewellery and accessories - JaneJu - whilst developing her skills in silversmithing and precious stone setting.

For many years she practices suibokuga, Japanese ink-painting, so her style is noticeably influenced by Japanese arts. “I have always loved to make things with my own hands, and fulfilled career in fashion journalism enriched and intensified my desire to create. It is a greatest pleasure for me – the process of creation. My main inspiration for the Down to Earth line is Australian nature, its generosity and fascinating beauty. All the pieces conceived fully hand-crafted looking as if they were growing, not manufactured: the adornments of wood nymphs with fingers entwined with grass and flower buds, captured in silver and stones, treasures of mermaids spellbound with corals and sea flowers. In contrast to them my Up to The Sky line consists of contemporary pieces, minimalistic and meaningful. Freeform nuggets and tumbled or hand-cut gemstones – as immaculate as they can be – are revealing their natural beauty in plain but still unusual designs, Most of them are named after a special property connected with the character and energy of stones: Equilibrium, Clarity, Tranquility. For me Up To the Sky and Down to Earth reflect the balance of our terrestrial and celestial halves, each of them being beautiful and sensual in its own way.

We possess all the qualities of celestial beings - pure and almighty, as a part of the whole with the properties of the whole; but our earthly part is divine too –like Naiads and Dryads living inside us. Like tree roots or water streams they connect us with the energy of elementals, with that nurturing and liberating power of women’s nature. I often use double-metal design – silver and gold or blackened silver and rose gold in one piece - as the symbols of Moon and Sun, day and night powers. As for gemstones I prefer to work with freeform nuggets, tumbled stones, chunks and chips, trying to reveal (or not to conceal) their sheer nature”.

Evgeniya is a member of the Union of Artists of Decorative and Applied Arts in Russia. Her jewellery was featured as the editor choice in Marie-Claire Magazine and Stylebook of Glamour.

Jennifer Croom

I was born in Melbourne and studied tonal realism under Lance McNeill and portraiture with Barbara August. For many years I sold, exhibited, and sometimes won awards, for my landscapes.  In 2006 I felt a great longing to explore and find a more expressive way to paint. I tried different media and fell in love with the versatility of good acrylics. I experimented with both abstract and figurative work.

Over time, I merged tonal realism skills with abstract elements such as seemingly random linework and increasingly exuberant colour. Painting faces became my passion. I like to include hints of a narrative, using symbolism and colour in a way that imbues the work with meaning and life. I prefer my paintings to have an element of the unexpected.

I don’t always know the destination when I start a painting, but the process will be powered by the emerging human image. It makes the act of painting exciting, and has enabled me to discover my own emerging style. It is not just showing the likeness of an individual person: I want the work to be a vehicle for expressing an emotion or experience recognisable by the viewer. I my want work to have both emotional content and a painterly presence. The paint itself should also draw attention.

While successful in the earlier landscape genre and winning prizes such as the 2003 Streeton Award from the Sherbrooke Art Society, I have also garnered recognition with my current figurative painting. There have been many ‘Highly Commendeds’ as well as the following:

2016 Derinya Art Exhibition Best Modern Work
2016 Oak Hill Gallery Cigar Box Exhibition Best Work
2015 Bayside Art Show Best Work to the value of $600
2014 Derinya Art Exhibition Postcards Award
2013 Bayside Art Show Best Pastel or Acrylic Award
2009 McClelland Guild Biennial Exhibition Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Prize
2009 McClelland Guild Biennial Exhibition Best Modern/Contemporary
2008 St Kevin’s College Toorak Best modern Painting
2006 Dromana Rotary Exhibition Best Oil or Acrylic
2006 Altona Rotary Kiema Press Acquisitive Prize

My work has been shown in many public exhibitions as well as the Muse Galleries in Milawa and Beechworth, Bakers Gallery Balnarring, Oak Hill Gallery Mornington, Gallery#9 in Collingwood, and Paper Pear in Wagga Wagga NSW. In 2015 I entered the Archibald Prize for the first time with a portrait of my friend and mentor, Carole Foster.
I have held classes on portrait painting at the Bakers Gallery Balnarring. I held workshops on modern portrait painting at the Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington in 2016 and 2017, and the Ryazanoff Gallery in Albert Park in 2017. I have also been an art teacher at aged care facilities.

Above all I enjoy beyond measure, time in the studio bringing the next painting into existence.

Tim Dunn

I am a Melbourne based artist working in black and white photography. My images are studies of the CBD and explore the relationship between light and shadow in the geometric urban environment.

I am fascinated by the city, the range of people, the chaos, the noise, and then finding moments of quietness and solitude within it all. Photography becomes a way for me to explore resonating ideas of duality, dreams, the subconscious, meditation and my own relationship to the world around me.

My work has been included in group and solo exhibitions, online magazines as well as doing private commissions, black and white coverage of events, artist portraiture and I was the owner of Australia’s smallest art gallery, 20 x 30 (2005-2008).

Sophie Reid

Night has always held a fascination for me. In darkness familiar forms change, spaces shift and shadows vibrate allowing the mind room to move beyond daytime perceptions.

With the setting of the sun the world becomes new and things which seem mundane in the daylight hours are open to a myriad of re-interpretations.

As this transformation from the known to the unknown occurs it brings with it fear, but also possibility. These emotions are also strongly present when I think about the future and so night acts as a metaphor for exploring what may come to be in my own life.

Phaedra Gunn

Phædra Gunn (Ad Dip Metal Manufacture-jewellery) is a contemporary art jeweller, mixed-media sculptor and singer-songwriter/performer with The Winterfriends. Winning awards for her art since childhood, Phædra has exhibited in numerous group shows since 1977, most recently exhibiting at in.cube8r gallery in May 2017.

Phædra takes her inspiration for her jewellery from colours and forms occurring in industrial production processes and patterns found in nature. The textures produced by metal pressing and printmaking, and the structures found in the quantum world and in the global water cycle inform her visual arts practice. Her preferred jewellery techniques are traditional Grisaille and Scraffitto enameling, patination, and multi-media casting via lost-wax, charcoal, silicon & cuttlefish techniques.

An active promoter of the art jewellery genre in Melbourne, Phædra’s Bespoke Baubles brand is the exhibition sponsor for the Art of Adornment exhibition series.

Exhibitions:
• The Art of Adornment (Curator & Sponsor) – May 2017, in.cube8r gallery, Fitzroy
• The Art of Exploration – 24 March 2017, Ryazanoff Gallery, Albert Park
• Book in a bag - July 11th 2015, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Collingwood
• Looking Forward, Looking Back - April 14th-May14th, Gallery Voltaire, North Melbourne
• Melb Fringe Fest The Art of the Cuff - Sep16th-Oct 4th 2014 & Sep15th-Oct3rd 2015, Lord Coconut , Melbourne
• MAYD 4 MEMBERS - May 21st-June 8th 2014, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Collingwood
• Aerial - May 21st-June 8th 2014, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Collingwood
• Duopoly - 2010, Charles Smith Gallery, Collingwood
• Profile - 2008, NMIT graduate exhibition, Fairfield
• Firsts - 2006, Charles Smith Gallery, Colligwood
• Postcards from the Mornington Peninsular – Oakhill Gallery in conjunction with the Mornington Tourism board, 2006
• Linden Postcard show (open entry of works under 300 x 300 x 300mm) – Linden Gallery, 1997-9, St Kilda
• Lions Art Show – Cranbourne, 1977
• Royal Overseas League Art Show – Melbourne, 1972

Yelena Revis

I’m professional artist and art educator. The creation and refinement of my unique style has been something I’ve spent decades perfecting my craft and unique style with its whimsical humour, textural sensitivity and vibrant sense of colour. Although I’m a current resident of Sydney, Australia, I was born and raised in Omsk, Russia. As a result of this mixed culture, my aim has been to blend my eclectic background in European art, experiences, and classics with the fresh Australian colours of both life and nature I’ve come to find.

I’m most passionate about painting and drawing and have been involved with the two since childhood. I’ve always loved the experience of losing myself in thought and diving into the world of art and imagination. This creative introspection allows me to produce art that is not only beautiful, but one-of-a-kind. I’ve been told again and again that this uncanny ability to illustrate the exceptional beauty of everyday life is what makes my artwork lovable.

Throughout my career, I’ve accumulated a vast repertoire of artistic techniques that have allowed me to better illustrate my intentions as an artist. My aim is to create unforgettable works and impart a deep emotional connection between objects and human beings whenever I begin a new piece. As a result, most of my work conveys the synthesis between Eastern and Western art, the figurative and the abstract, and the real and imaginary.

I’m highly educated and experienced artist as well as an accomplished lecturer specializing in painting, graphics, and art history/theory. I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Omsk State University, with First Class Honours. About a year later, I began my 14 year career as a Fine Arts lecturer at the same university. During that time, from 1992 -1994, I took an Advanced Master Course in Fine Arts at the Repin State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as a Professional Fine Arts Master Class at V.I. Surikov State Academic Art Institute in Moscow, Russia.
I’ve been involved in a number of professional organizations throughout my career such as the Russian Association of Painters & Sculptors and the Russian Academy of the Arts.
I have been featured in prominent art galleries and exhibitions in Australia, Middle East, Russia, Europe and Asia. In Asia I have been successfully exhibiting at Art Revolution Taipei every year since 2012 (www.arts.org.tw), Taiwan (A.R.T.). I was featured in A.R.T. publication “Meeting the Masters V.S. The Greats Meet the Greats” and my paintings were featured in many Taiwanese publications.
I also run “Kids Love Art”, Yelena School of Fine Arts in Bondi and Chatswood (NSW), specialising in imparting a grasp of depth, tone and awareness of light in subjects to my students.

I believe that my constant exposure to new ideas and types of art is what has allowed me to develop into the artist I am today.
I am a passionate artist and my ultimate aim is to focus on the quality of my work rather that the quantity of it and impart a small piece of myself as an artist into each and every one of my creations.

Ngaire Johansen

ARTIST’S STATEMENT FRACTURED LANDSCAPES

Although the fractured landscapes were originally entitled the Relativity series, the works for this exhibition have taken me beyond that construct through socio-political territory and on into the semi-abstractions of my own personal mind space.

I have always been fascinated with the nature of existence either through exploration of philosophical ideas or through an amateur’s interest in science, particularly physics. My paintings are largely about visual and psychological perception and Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity not only made immediate sense to me but can be seen in a broader context than the relative positions of objects in space. Relativity seems to sum up the workings of the human mind as well, our perception of time and space being a summation of personal immediate experience and imagination. So when we stand in a landscape our view is limited to that which our eyes can perceive at any given moment, and yet we know there is something beyond because our imagination and experience tell us that is so.

The fractured landscapes are therefore a collage of various visual stimuli presented as a single construct. Some are purely experiential but others, such as Beyond Beyond and Sengai’s Universe have been an exploration of perceptual realities beyond our immediate senses. To this end some of the paintings also contain symbolic forms such as the circle, the triangle and the square, or colours representing different archetypal energies. This is my particular inner journey, a journey that takes me soaring beyond the limited confines of a emale body to a world in which there appear to be infinite possibilities of both physical and spiritual experience.

The interesting aspect of having begun these works with a scientific theory as a starting off point, is that some of those theories - such as string theory for example - are anticipating multiple worlds and multiple dimensions. These cannot yet be proved and so share some territory with philosophical and spiritual matters. A wealth of ideas yet to be explored!

Biography

I have been painting in oils for the last fifteen years, and watercolour since 1991 when I retired from a professional career as a secondary school music teacher. I studied with David Taylor and Malcolm Beattie, attended workshops with Margaret Cowling and Joseph Zbukvic, and successfully exhibited at the Victorian Artists Society as well as various venues on the Mornington Peninsula. I attended life drawing classes with Patrick Moss at Linden Art Gallery for some years and now practice weekly with the Mornington Drawing and Painting Group. I also ran life drawing sessions at Sorrento Activities Centre under the blanket of Studio Sorrento for six years up to 2015.

I enjoy plein aire painting and am a member of the Peninsula Plain Air Artists. I have done some portaiture to which I am devoting more of my time, and have completed portraits of sports artist Jamie Cooper, Dr. Gerald Laurence of Adelaide University and Dr. Ronald Cooper formerly of Melbourne University (and my spouse) among won the Little Archies in 2016 at Oakhill Gallery with a portrait of fellow artist Caroline Grayley.

My involvement in the visual arts extends beyond my work as a practising artist. I was a tour guide at Heide MOMA and McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park for about twelve years and have a fairly deep and broad knowledge of art history, expecially in the twentieth century. Now however, I focus entirely on my own work and take up teaching opportunities as they arise.

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2016 Oakhill Gallery – Little Archies
2016 Oakhill gallery – members exhibition
2016 Ryazanoff Gallery – several group exhibitions
2015 Oakhill Gallery – Little Archies
2015 Oakhill gallery – members exhibition
2015 Plein Air Show at Studio Sorrento
2014-2015 represented by Art Vault, Mildura
2014 Oakhill Gallery Members Exhibition
2014 Mornington Drawing Group Exhibition at Oakhill Gallery
2014 Camberwell Art Show
2014 Blairgowrie Yacht Club Easter Exhibition
2013 Oakhill Gallery Mornington Peninsula Pleinair Artists
2013 Studio Sorrento
2013 Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Arts Show
2013 Studio Sorrento Alice in Wonderland Charity Exhibition
2013 Represented by Gallery Sorrento
2012 Studio Sorrento

Les Peach

For established Melbourne artist Les Peach, more than 30 years of artistic practice has been fuelled by passionate responses to a variety of stimulus. His urge to transcribe his feelings in paint stems from his belief in the therapeutic properties of painting as well as paintings subjective and expressive qualities. Les tells; “I often paint what really gets up my nose”. Whether celebratory, sorrowful, inquisitive, his paintings are driven by drama.
The inspiration for anyone painting may not be immediately obvious. A certain level of ambiguity is imperative to maintaining viewing interest. In their constrained use of colour and shape, Les’ compelling abstract compositions frequently escape a literal reading. “I don’t want everything to be clear or immediately interpretable – I f I wanted that, I would’ve been a writer, not a painter” says Les. He avoids thematic exhibitions, preferring an honest and spontaneous body of work; each painting an exploration in its own right. Nevertheless, certain themes sometimes overwhelm the artist, deserving multiple visual manifestations. In this show, Les has dedicated at least 3 canvases to the life and death of Spanish Poet, Frederico Garcia Lorca. These paintings, including “La Fuente de las Lagrimas”, “A Death in Granada” and “The Death of Lorca” are not narrative accounts, but dynamic visual responses to an iconic artistic and somewhat political figure.

Amongst Les’ Lorca paintings are others whose subjects are more vague, including the violent ‘Chaos Maker’ with its erratic brushstrokes evoking a ferocious thunderstorm or a frenzied state of madness. “Apres un reve”, referring to French composer Gabriel Faure’s piece of the same title, is particularly interpretive. In this painting, we could say Les uses carefully selected forms to suggest the melodic and rhythmic patterns specific to the music; the black ripples representing Faure’s repetitive use of rhythm in contrast to his expressive melodies, as represented by the loose forms of the background. Yet, as with all Les’ paintings, we can only speculate as to the true meaning of this painting. His dynamic compositions and perplexing titles suggest that there is always room for more than one interpretation.

Neville Pilven

Neville has been concerned with producing unconventional modernist landscape paintings for about four decades. His work relies on atmosphere light to define form and distance and so belongs to the evolving history of Australian landscape paintings which began in colonial times. Like Streeton, Drysdale or Arthur Boyd he has developed a personal vision of our landscape.

Pilven shares his interest in the aesthetics of landscape painting with Tim Guthrie, author of a method for painting landscape which exploits low keyed pattern. Guthrie’s approach countered styles employed by Nolan and Drysdale. The 1997 exhibition at A.R.T Gallery Eden continues the historical exploration of the Victorian Landscape in the brooding colours advocated by Guthrie and Pilven’s ideas. Max Frost’s ‘Twentieth Century Landscape’ and ‘Jungle’ compositions also influenced Pilven. Painting like ‘River Edge, Pambula’ are anti-romantic responses to Ernst’s treeless forests, but they also acknowledge Arthur Boyd’s Shoalhaven River series the same way. At times the colour harmonies evolved by Pilven suggest works by Clifton Pugh, Gareth Samson or Michael Shannon each of whom have intellectualised their response to the landscape. Like all contemporary modernists, Pilven has engaged in the challenge to establish a succinct Australian iconography.

Pilven’s work depends on the conceptualisation of his emotional connection to the land. The creation of his smaller ‘Journey Studies’ generally pre-empt the larger paintings, however working at times from emotional inspiration alone, some of the larger works are not preceded by Journey Studies.
An earlier series of paintings was a response to Kakadu National Park. At the time he painted watery areas in the foreground allowing glimpses of the landscape to be seen through branches or tree trunks. The Journey Paintings do not exploit this kind of composition. Their force is established by hermetic devices which negate human presence in the landscape.

The bleak and impersonal nature of the landscape explored in this exhibition directed Pilven’s focus away from the effects of human endeavour on the environment, although we are reminded of distant human intervention in ‘Journey Lines’. Larger paintings like “Escapment Lines’ and ‘Big Blue’ emphasise the dynamism of changing topography and explore harshness of the forces which sculpted in forms.
Neville Pilven has established himself as an authority of anti-romantic landscape painting. He denies the validity of folk myths and avoids nostalgic reference. His selectivity and use of brooding colour, set him apart from his contemporaries and lends his work the stamp of authority. This exhibition of Journey Paintings will stimulate his admirers as they follow him in his journey across the timeless Australian continent.

Phillipe de Kraan

Phillipe de Kraan describes himself as an impressionist and expressionist. From Brush & Ink Realism to Extreme Colour he’s always conveying the Art of Creating a character study in every shape and form, even some with no detail. Phillipe has held over 48 solo Art Exhibitions from Europe to Australia.
Rembrandt and Van Gogh have always inspired him to find his inner-hidden self, as they did.

Anita Joseffsson

Anita has been involved in the Arts for most of her life.  A career that commenced in Television TVT6 in Hobart Tasmania with the Commercial Production team inspired her to pursue Performing Arts.

The Melba Conservatorium of Music and the National Theatre in Melbourne became home for 2 years. Concert work ensued.(Travelling with a team that offered a selection of both classical and modern musical programs).  In 2000 Anita moved to the Mornington Peninsula and here her journey began from hobby painter to Artist.

The seaside & the artistic environment in Mornington inspired her early paintings.
She became a founding member of the Peninsula Studio Trail  (PST.)
and joined The Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington.  In the  12 years at this Community based gallery Anita has focused on encouraging emerging Artists to 'take flight' and assists in the development of Art on the Peninsula.

Anita is a keen observer. A social commentator, changes in our Society do not pass her by. Politics  are ignored (and the unwritten).  Her current work is both charming and poignant of this genre.

Anita's experience in Theatre gives her a voice. Her figurative work is her Theatre.  A Time a Place.  Sharing memories of our history with color and fun.  Enjoy !!

Oleg Zakomorny

All my life is devoted to work, and my family and friends give me the most invaluable help and understanding in my commitment. Me and my works would have never been brought to life without them. My dream is that children, the tomorrow’s masters of the Earth, would see violence only on the athletic arenas and their World would be Kind and Beautiful. The path to perfection is endless, but beautiful and, perhaps, my aim is to find harmony and to create art that is sincere and vivid. Guided by the experience of the antecedent masters and esteeming traditions I endeavour to find my way.
Born in 1968. Graduated from Moscow Secondary Art School named after Tomsky in 1986. Graduated from Moscow State Art University named after Surikov in 1994, studied at the studio of professor Lev Kerbel. Member of the Moscow Union of Artists since 1996. Holder of the Ministry of Culture scholarship in Russia, 1997. Regularly participates in exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Lives and works in Moscow.

Jean Lesley Sheridan

Angela Russo

Tatyana Binovska

The most important thing in my life is Art.

I can't not paint. And as much as I enjoy travelling, visiting new countries and meet new friends,  I am also getting  new inspirations and new feelings. Often the people asked, in what style do you work, the answer is this is the style of Tatyana Binovska.

In my life there were more then 30 solo exhibitions all around the world. I took part in great number of group international exhibitions and projects. More than 20 years I hold two beautiful galleries and now I belong to the world. I became an artist in travel and it makes me absolutely happy and I share my happiness with you, my dear friends!  

"Tatyana sees the world like the ancient Greeks who created a sunny culture did. Her canvases sing a hymn to the “eternally feminine”. The author thinks in terms of forms-archetypes here. Works by Tatyana have their subjects. They are always stories about something; however, her “being literary” is conventional. A subject transferred into painting from outside is reborn in a plastic form and colour out of their own inner resources.The reality for the artist is that you see things.

The compositional structure of works firmly built. Form paintings - are paired or tension of the composition, such that the form is co-content of. The phenomenon of T. Binovskoy artist that constructive credibility canvases supported by decorative and expressive aura of joy, perceived by the sea. Like Pygmalion, that fell in love with Galatea, Tatyana enjoys the power and beauty of the person, its plasticity and rhythms. All this is presented in a complex composition, making the world of images of Tatyana is deeply personal. T. Binovskaya occupied its niche. Her voice is not confused with the other, paintings embody the natural, God-given temperament and anywhere but the cosmos is not borrowed sensuality. The artist cultivates the expression of feelings and at the same time extends the "super-reality" of paintings principles of poetry - associations, metaphors, the laws of the trail. Tatyana bestows web freedom, including by being-conditioning in the manner of poetry. "Painting is not prose, - said Pablo Picasso - it is written in verse with plastic rhymes ... Plastic rhymes - are forms that resonate with each other and coordinated with other forms or with the space around them."

Natalia Veselova

Beadwork is known since the days of Ancient Egypt. At that time beads were embroidered in patterns on the royal clothes. In ancient Russia in the Middle Ages, beads became a material for embroidering paintings on the embroidery frame, an ornament for headdresses, outfits and books. This craftwork was handled by all girls and women of the upper class. By the 21st century, beadwork spread all over the World. Each country brings its own piece of culture into this unique craftwork. Many people still practice this craftwork in Russia.

Natalia Veselova has been engaged in beadwork for more than 15 years. She creates beaded Easter eggs of high quality, icons, makes different beaded pictures, colourful Christmas balls, unique jewellery and much more.

Natalia talks about her work:

"I love working with beads. It is always a relaxing and enjoyable time for me when I create something special. I love teaching others this unique craftwork. The endless variety of colours and patterns are the key to this unique work. Every new piece takes me on a personal journey of fulfilment and enjoyment".

Natalia has her own workshop in Moscow, Russia, where she is sharing her passion and knowledge of beads with people of all ages.

 Valentina Kordonski

Tatiana Odegova

Tatiana was born in Russia. She began her artistic journey at the early age of 11 and inherited her artistic abilities from her father. In 1991 she graduated from the State Art College in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

In 2010 Tatiana immigrated to Australia where she continues to explore her artistic abilities with growing reputation as an artist and teacher. She works in a variety of mediums such as acrylic, oil, watercolour or pastel, however oil is a preferable choice.
Tatiana paints in a contemporary realism style combining abstraction with figuration and stylization. She developed her own technique where images arise from an abstract background combining roughness and serenity. Regarding themes and her colour palette, she has no limitation, except for avoiding dramatism in her creations. Sometimes our life is filled with unpleasant moments and she believes that her paintings could bring positiveness and inspiration for others.

Tatiana has always been amused by the relationship between nature and human being. Emotions and feelings are the main motives that drive her creativity and she tries to convey them on her paintings. Her paintings might look sensitive, lyrical or impressionistic and dynamic.

Tatiana believes that whatever subject the artists create, it is always a self-portrait of their spirit.