Jan Van Dijk shows extensively around Australia. He released his artist book 'Jan Van Dijk: A Reverse Chronology 2008 - 2006' and is included in many significant collections. His subject choices are broad, but the execution is acute, and always exciting. His most recent works focus on the 'Carnival phenomenon' - excerpt from media release:
Wheels of thrills and wonder take the viewer into a place somewhere between lost childhoods and imagined futures, complete with tacky advertising and bad carny paint. A sly poke at the ride of life - pursuits and desires may lose their novelty value but that doesn’t halt the revolutions of the wheel. It spins on and on like the repetitive patterns of life and the first ride is always free.
One of my earliest memories is looking through the sketch book of a gentleman called Horse. Something powerful stirred and I've had my own sketch books within reach ever since. My formal artistic training and education ended in high school but I keep meeting randomly perfect guides whose shared knowledge has helped me to continually evolve my craft. My artistic career began officially while living in Dubai in 2003 where I received an opportunity to work as an editorial illustrator for a lifestyle magazine. I now work and live in Australia as an editorial illustrator, graphic designer, mural artist, international commission artist and sell locally and nationally through galleries.
'The imagination is a crazy gift. It's capable of such incredible and never ending creations. We should explore our imaginations as often as we can. Its a gift to the world and ourselves every time we do'.
' My work is populated by mythic creatures, animals and small beings that wonder by, steer boats, float thru the space and set forth off on seemenly solitary journeys. Some make contact, others take their leave and some just wait patiently. For me they are about elusivness and truth ' says Hillary Herrmann about her work featuring presently at Retrospect Galleries for the month of May. Her work is about the every day. It is anything and everything that surrounds her life. It may be a deeply personal dilemma, encounter or situation, the intimacies of the domestic world, her daughter Frieda and the farm where she lives in rural Australia and of course, her two dogs, Bindy and Star. All of this is sifted through, distilled and transmuted, utill finally the artwork transcends the personal and offers up strange, delicate, whimsical, oft times darkly intimate mythologies .
Rene Botlen has works featured in our current exhibition 'The Garden of Earthly Delights'
Rene Bolten was born in Den Haag, the Netherlands in 1954. At age 19, he received classical art training at Academy Rietveld in Amsterdam, Holland. Rene Bolten has been contributing to the local art scene for over twenty years, as both an artist and teacher having worked as a part-time Visual Arts teacher at both Maclean and Lismore TAFE from 1989 to 2009.
Susan Gourley was born and grew up in the small Victorian coastal fishing town of Port Fairy, renowned for its historic buildings, beautiful beaches and migrating mutton birds. Now living on the Far North Coast of NSW that she has called home for the past twenty years.
This body of work titled 'Ella's Flock' is dedicated to Ella. A young girl who was convinced that she couldn't draw. Yet, when she showed me what she had created, I was instantly astounded and inspired by what I saw - a beautiful image full of the naivety, colour and spontaneity that only the innocence of childhood can express.
OPENING: 6pm - Friday 30 March
Exhibition runs March 30th - April 11th
Since the development of photography as an accessible medium of artistic expression in the late nineteenth century, the notion of capturing light has fascinated artists, scientists and writers. This group show highlights the emergence of a trend within photography that is witness to a burgeoning renaissance of the hand-made. What results is a distinctive combination of technical prowess with a rendered intimacy often unexpected from the photographic medium. Some of these often forgotten methods include, camera obscura, photogram, cyanotypes, hand-colouring and engraving. In this new exhibition we bring you a selection of national photo-media artists that have embraced un-orthodox methods in photography heralding a type of cultural manifesto in celebration of slow photography. Artists include Ben Ali Ong, Alana Hampton, Alberto Sanchez, Renata Buziak, Mari Hirata, Ray Cook, Mandana Mapar, Henri van Noordenburg, Doble&Strong, Thor Engelstad,Toby Burrows, Yavuz Erkan, Perran Costi, Justin Ealand, Virginia Miller and Kate Bernauer. This exhibition is part of the 2012 Queensland Festival of Photography and will be officially opened at 6pm - Friday 30 March, by Ray Cook, artist and photography lecturer at QCA - Griffith University, Brisbane.
Thursday April 21 to May 10
Opening 6pm Thursday April 21
Legendary songwriter / musician Bob Dylan arrived on the music scene back in the 1960s and for almost half a century has released an album each year, shadowing the preoccupations of generations.
In this group show we ask invited artists to respond to the legacy of his incredible lyrics and music. The show opens as the legend himself flies into town, ready to headline a powerhouse lineup at the 2011 Bluesfest.
Friday 1st Feb to 26th Feb 2013
Opens at 6pm on Friday 1st of February
Artist talk at 6pm on Saturday 2nd of February
Retrospect galleries is thrilled to present an exhibition of artworks by Internationally renowned photo/body-art artist extrodinaire, Emma Hack. Emma shot to fame with her body painting work on musician Gotye's video for his smash hit "Somebody that I used to know". Retrospect Galleries will be show-casing 3 distinct and stunning bodies of Emma's work including her stunning new Blue and White series of photographs which feature models integrated chameleon-like into the exquisite hand painted background patterns of delft ceramics. The array of work exhibited is in turn bold, subtle, whimsical, and exquisite. Show opens feb 1 thru to 26 feb, join us at the opening 6 pm friday and don't miss an opportunity to hear Emma Hack talk in person about her work process and answer questions, Saturday 2nd feb at 6pm.
Friday 1st Feb to 26th Feb 2013
Opens 6pm, 1st February
At Retrospect Galleries we believe that charm (and the devil!) lies in the details. Our first exhibition for 2013, Intricate Lines, showcases ten artists who will explore their personal fascination with the intimacies of fine lines and minute details. This exhibition presents a diverse range of medias and styles revealing breathtaking complexity and substance. What these works have in common, be they drawn, painted or cut, is a love of a refined line, of technical prowess, well honed skills and imagination. Artists include: Alex Louisa, Carley Cornelissen, Courtney Brims, Dave Green, Heiko, Ieo Gek Ching, Lilly Piri, Lisa Rodden, Nicola Hooper
Retrospect Galleries is delighted to present its annual exhibition of miniature works, Petits Travaux.
Dont miss this great opportunity to buy an original artwork at an affordable price, either for yourself or as an inspired Christmas present for a loved one! Join Retrospect Galleries and our artists for the opening at 6pm, Friday 2nd November.
Friday March 11 to March 31
Opening 6pm Friday March 11
In the blink of an eye, with the click of a shutter, an image is created. Some of our favourite photographers come together to share their latest take on the fast changing world that we all wish to capture.
Featuring works by Toby Burrows, Alberto Sanchez, Justin Ealand, Mari Hirata, Perran Costi, Trevor Worden, Ali Mitton and Charles Gordon
Thursday 28th March to 11th April 2013
In conjunction with the appearance of Robert Plant at this year's Blues and Roots Festival, Retrospect Galleries is thrilled to present the largest collection of Led Zeppelin photos ever seen in Byron Bay. Sorting through some old boxes one day, local photographer Ted Harvey, found a cache of photos he had almost forgotten: more than 100 intimate shots of Led Zeppelin he had taken during their 1972 Australian tour. Through a string of events, Ted's photos from the only Led Zeppelin concert in Sydney in the summer of '72 were never published. This was in spite of the fact that Robert Plant told Ted at the time that his photos were the best live shots anyone had taken of the band anywhere in the world. Now, with Robert Plant headlining at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, Ted is delighted to exhibit them once more and offer them for sale at Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay, with proceeds going towards Rockphoto Aid - a charity set up by Ted to help raise money and awareness for children living in poverty in Brazil. As well as the Led Zeppelin photos, the exhibition will include photos of Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, Liza Minelli and Cat Stevens.
Opening Night Friday 21st 6pm
September 21st sept- 12th oct
And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley. A group show to herald in spring with a celebration in paint, pencil and photography of nature's bounty.
February 11 - March 03: TOUCH WOOD. Opening Friday February 11 - 6pm.
Stunning new works on wood from Mia Taninaka, Luke Taaffe, Nikky Morgan Smith and Adrian Knott, showcasing intricate talent, intriguing art and design, against the uniquely noble textures of timber.
Thursday May 19 to Sunday May 22
Retrospect Galleries hot tails it to Melbourne, bringing 14 of our favourite artists down South so come on all you Victorians, we would love to see you there!
Vivien Hart was born in New Zealand and currently resides in coastal Northern NSW. She attended Canterbury School of Fine Art in Christchurch, NZ and the South Australian School of Fine Art, Stanley St, South Australia. Vivien is an Illustrator, Screen Printer and Painter, enjoying exploring the natural environment in the coastal town where she lives.
Working mainly in oil on canvas, her areas of interest include the natural world and the built environment, light and shadow.
Artist of the Month - May
Born in Santiago Chile in the 60s, Juan started drawing at the age of nine inspired by books of European Old Masters. Self taught, Juan has been experimenting with painting techniques, having now found his passion in oils and landscapes, based upon his many years of rock climbing. Having had such a direct experience with the texture and beauty of rock faces from around the globe, including his native Chile, this has been a natural progression in Juans subject matter.
The Full Spectrum - March 2012
Artists include Cornelia Burless, Craig Martin, Fiona Kennedy-Altoft, Hilary Herrmann, John Cottrell and Ross Booker.
Artist of the Month - June
Ali Mitton is a Gold Coast based photographer specializing in conceptual portraiture and fashion photography. Through her personal imagery Ali explores the essence of youth culture, with a strong emphasis on both the natural world and the one we have built for ourselves. Her work demonstrates a whimsical, childlike perspective, and this nostalgic charm demonstrates that an image on the wall can feel as inspiring and powerful as a Polaroid in the hand.
We invited Ali to be our June Artist of the Month after her successful debut with Retrospect Galleries at our recent Shutterspeed exhibition in Byron Bay.
Artist of the Month - July
James McMillan's paintings combine multi layers of acrylics, spray-paint and ink, juxtaposing them with his own surreal and sometimes moody interpretations of life. His paintings taste like a sunday morning of spontaneity and freedom. Mixing expressionist drips and swipes of vibrant colour with bold graphics and intricate renderings of characters & nature along with his own organic font and stylised text.
I am so far removed from 9-5... cause I like to be. The sun shines, The rain falls. I eat vegie pie from some alternative Byron Bay food shack. I see weird people, I like it. Afternoons are mixed, surfing Tallows beach with the shredders or going for a glide with the families and freestylers at The Pass. When dusk falls it's a drive home, over the hills and through the forest, into tangerine sunsets and past faceless cows. Tofu and some other thing for dinner. I have no TV or radio reception, so it's music and painting. The midnight oil burns, my brain turns. Most time it's procrastinating, but when the subconscious takes charge and the heart lifts, I paint! Time flies, colours drip, and it feels good. I can sleep all dreamy and peace till tomorrow. Loosely, my paintings are a reflection of the reality of my subconscious.
Artist of the Month - August
Kelly's work is largely based on circumstances that surrounded her when she was young, as she was born to a family of great iconic imagery and pop culture of the 20th Century. Her work is fundamentally grounded in graphic pop culture.
Kelly has worked extensively in the Arts, Theatre & Music Industry for the last 20 years along the East Coast of Australia. She now resides in Byron Bay and when she isn't crafting and painting, she works seasonally on the Splendour In The Grass music and arts festival.
Friday 9 September to Wednesday 21 September
Opening 6pm Friday September 9
This exhibition demonstrates the dynamics of a collaborative process built on a trust forged over 2 years of fortnightly drawing sessions comprising of Rene Bolten, Hilary Herrmann, Kellie O'Dempsey, James Cruickshank and Michelle Dawson. They work in turn on each others artwork or collectively on one piece. Often it is hard to discern who is responsible for any given part of the whole. It is as though the five very different ways of seeing and mark-making have created a 6th artist.
Artist of the Month September
John Cottrell has lived and painted in Byron Bay for the past 17 years and is one of the regions most established artists. John started as a screen printer, then began painting with gouache on paper, quirky little journey paintings, telling stories using animals as symbols and ship-shapes as vehicles, many of these paintings were based in Byron Bay and incorporated the landscape.
John's more current work has been a conscious moving away from story telling but has an all-encompassing concept based on science and philosophy. The surface has a burnished quality and a simplicity that through colour, draws the viewer into the painting.
Friday 21 October to Wednesday 9 November
Opening 6pm Friday October 21
Coinciding with the inaugural Byron Bay Surf Festival, Retrospect Galleries explores the notion of contemporary surf culture in a fine art context. Featuring some of our favourite stable of artists and international guests. Artists include Alberto Sanchez (SPAIN), Alby Falzon, Andrew Kidman, Charlie Gordon, Hanai Yusuke (JAPAN), James McMillan, John Culqui (USA), Luke Hallam, Luke Taaffe, Mark Sutherland, Mick Waters, Ron Weiderman, Rusty Miller, Stephen Phibbs and Vanessa Janss.
Friday 11 November to Wednesday 30 November
Opening 6pm Friday November 11
In this group show featuring Troy Archer, Courtney Brims, Christie and Kelly Turner, Laura Skerlj and Dave Newman the links between our subconscious and our conscious worlds are explored. Through the use of pen, paint and biro, they pluck threads of the anima and animus from our dreams into the real world, capturing the fleeting memories and visions we all dare to dream and weaving these lose skeins into fabulous artworks.
If anyone is in Singapore or knows someone who is, come and visit us at Stand J2 - F1 Pit Building, No. 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th November, 2011
Retrospect Galleries is excited to be travelling to Singapore for it's first International Art Fair (hopefully the first of many!). We have incredible work from 19 of our favourite artists bringing a colourful of Australia to the art loving community in Singapore.
Friday 2 December to Wednesday 21 December
Opening 6pm Friday December 2
Retrospect Galleries is celebrating its first year in the Broadbeach gallery and its fourth year in our Byron Bay gallery with the opening of an exhibition of miniature works from a mix of established and emerging artists, each presenting nine individual works in 25cm x 25cm format. These works are both collectable and affordable, making ideal Christmas gifts. First in best dressed!