A crowd of regulars and open-mouthed visitors gathered at Retrospect last Friday night for the opening of our latest show, Jan Van Dijk and Michelle Dawson’s Man Woman Beast. Whilst Jan tried his best to look inconspicuous, Michelle played on the hybrid theme, glamming up with a set of feline ears. Neither could hide from the accolades for their stunning and highly contrasting works, from Jan’s heavily layered canvases of human-animals, to Michelle’s fine drawings and paintings of mixed animal forms. Saturday’s drawing sessions in the Gallery also drew fascinated audiences, who loved the opportunity to watch these incredible creative technicians at work.
A full house turned up for Man Woman Beast.
Mix and Match your own beast with Exquisite Corpse inspired make your own beast with heads, torsos and tails by Michelle and Jan.
Pensive thoughts inspired by wicked beasts.
Some interesting combinations.
Jan Van Dijk with Kylie (of Duck Rifle fame) and James Crookshank and friend.
Artists Emma Walker and Hilary Herrmann congratulate Michelle and her ears on a great show.
Jack Reindeer commands the room.
Artists Hilary Herrmann and Corneila Burless with Gallery Director Bree Delian.
Photographer Charile and friend from the Top Shop enjoy beverages provided by our sponsors Stone and Wood.
Chris Booth with Jan and Kylie.
Man Woman Beast artists Michelle Dawson and Jan Van Dijk admire some strange make your own monster combinations.
Michelle and Jan.
A great night had by all.
Michelle Dawson and Jan Van Dijk did some collaborative drawings on Saturday morning based on the surrealist children's game 'The Exquisite Corpse' where each artist draws a head torso and tail covering over the piece that was done before so no one knows how the beast will look until the moment of unveiling.
Jan working is it a head or tail-
Kylie is the perfect hostess...
Some finished creatures