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Friday, 02 February 2018 12:52

New Exhibitions at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre

Stencil Art Prize - 2017 Touring Exhibition

Showcasing 67 stencil artists from 25 countries, the Stencil Art Prize is the world's largest stencil event. Influenced by the ephemeral nature of street art, these stencil-based works blend pop-culture imagery and global politics to highlight the growing concerns of a socially engaged generation of artists. Higlights of the exhibition include the Austrian duo Jana & JS with their intimate style of potraiture; David Soukup (USA) and his internationally acclaimed Chicago fire escapes; Iranian artist Afshid with his portrayal of refugees, migration and heritage; Mue Bon's (Thailand) playful take on capitalism and Australia's own Kirpy who has layered dozens of street posters as a base upon which to create a streetscape.

Exhibiting from 6 January to 4 March 2018.

Reflecting on Nature - Birdlife studies in oil and through the lens - Bernice, Mark and Mitchell O'Mahoney

Mitchell O'Mahoney, Hunter Valley portrait artist and drawing teach, has put aside his portrait subjects and teamed up with wildlife photographers Bernice and Mark O'Mahoney for this collection of parallel works - Reflecting on Nature. Drawing on the Australian birdlife captured by Bernice and Mark, Mitchell's own unique portrayal of Australian birdlife, executed in oil on silver, features a role-reversal of sorts in which the viewer affects the subject by contributing one's own colour and movement for a changeable visual experience.

Exhibiting from 6 January to 4 March 2018.

Coming in Waves - Sue Beiboer

Coming in Waves is a body of work centred on the sea and the debris, both natural and man-made, left behind by the tide. The images depict the intricate details and patterns found in the shells, weeds and other sea life on the shoreline. These objects may not be considered in themselves beautiful, however when removed from their normally distracting context and reimagined through drawings and etchings a new aesthetic is achieved. The detailed imagery dissolves away into a fine line work of pixelations. Man-made objects appear comfortably within the composition, camouflaged amongst naturally occurring ocean debris. The pixelated imagery references the slow return of each object to its original components or elements thus reflecting on the transience of life. 

Exhibiting from 6 January to 4 March 2018.

Gallery opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Weekends 10.00am – 1.00pm

Mondays - by appointment only

Closed public holidays 

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