Matt’s opening…

15 03 2012

It was the second weekend in a row for nail-biting apropos whether or not to cancel an exhibition opening; this time the Matthew Jones show at the BVRG. Had it continued to rain on the Friday we really would have pulled the plug, if only as a duty of care to all the cognoscenti who’d feel obliged to travel through the dangerous conditions. But we had a fair day of it – and decided that we wouldn’t be morally culpable for any mishaps after all.

Guest speaker for the evening, Andrew Sayers, went the long-haul around the Darragh (the Brown having collapsed) with nary a murmur and we’re convinced that he’s entirely responsible for bringing the glorious weather for the (Canberra) long weekend that followed.

 

 

There was a gratifyingly dedicated show of support in the end, many people making the supreme effort to drive the long way around Merimbula or Cobargo in order to make it. And they were well rewarded for their effort. Matt, the 3rd recipient of the Far South Coast Living Artist Project Scholarship, did the program (and his Dad) proud.

 

 

It’s a fabulous exhibition; strong and fresh, with just enough soft-pop to contemporize the ‘storybook’ mien. The portraits are merely numbered (ie not titled per se), apart from the one self-portrait as a pleasant young man…

 

 

and that seriously cute, folkloric series of animals…

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No prizes for guessing Megsie’s favourite, though…

Gallery visitors are loving it big time. One definitely not to be missed.

More goodies here.

Even more goodies here

But wait, there’s more  (this from Matt’s friend Sam, who’s one of his subjects)





Opening tomorrow at the BVRG…

8 03 2012

Tomorrow, rising floodwaters notwithstanding, Matt Jones’ exhibition at the BVRG will be launched. Punters may be deterred by the inclement conditions, but we figure the faithful will make the effort regardless. Well, Megsie and Matt will be there, at any rate…

Matt spent yesterday arvo applying the finishing touches…

…noice.





Spreading the poo…

16 06 2011

We’re very pleased to see that the culture of poo is well and truly catching on in the Far South Coast of NSW.

Matthew Jones did us all proud at the recent Pins exhibition at ANCA in the ACT; it was certainly hard to deny that his work, To all the little dogs we’ve loved and lost, had a most appealing freshness…

More lowdown on the Pin show, courtesy of misterjones.com.au, here.





The Bernz and Matty Show…

12 02 2011

As promised, here’s a little wander around Bernie and Matt’s gorgeous show at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery; even the wall blurb…

In 1988, the ANU School of Art established the Emerging Artists Support Scheme (EASS) to support artists at their critical point of graduation from the School. Over the years, EASS program has developed to include a diversity of scholarships, prizes and awards – all established with the generous assistance of the School of Art Patrons.

In 2009 the Bega Valley Regional Gallery joined the ranks of the Patrons, offering an exhibition to a Graduating student of exemplary merit at the annual Graduate Show.

The inaugural recipient of the award is Bernadette Foster, whose work is featured in this current exhibition thoughtworks, officially opened on Friday 4th February by the Head of the ANU School of Art, Gordon Bull.

Bernadette, who recently moved to Cobargo where she intends to establish a glass studio, describes her work as being fantasy objects that are the direct result of the forces that shape her daily life: 

“In many ways my work is dependent on my relationship with my daughter Siofra, on the things that I’m exposed to because of her, our playful engagement and the stories we read together.

The world as seen through the eyes of a nine year old infuses my creative process, and this world I believe is familiar to all, as well as uniquely experienced by each one of us”.

‘Ultimately, my emphasis is to value the place of dreaming and imagination in contemporary life. I love working in hot glass, and this body of work displays a balance of skill and playfulness, as I push my technical abilities.’

thoughtworks also showcases the latest work from Bermagui artist Matthew Jones (who, quite coincidently, won last year’s Far South Coast Living Artist Scholarship.) His practice, too, has a playful, day-dreamy and colourful bent – though with a sense of quietude that provides a lovely visual foil and balance to the joyful pop-toon nature of the glass.

Matthew’s wonderful play of scale coupled with the soft serenity of the nursery emote the artist’s own current reality; of recent fatherhood. The portrait of baby Miro is, in effect, our very first ‘baby snap’ of a barely two-week old Jones Jnr.

In thoughtworks, the connection between creation, life and art has never been more sweetly portrayed, with an emotional intelligence that links us all to our common humanity.

It’s an absolute sweetie-darling of a show. And out in the foyer vitrines the Gallery’s featuring (courtesy of Steve Fox from Mogo Raw Art) the work of ceramicist Michael Williamson…

All in all, a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise disastrous general climate.

[We're foregoing newspapers and current affairs programmes for the time being. n(Ed)]

More snaps here.





Changeover at BVRG…

6 02 2011

It’s been a big week at BVRG, as change-overs generally are. In the aftermath of the Bega Art Prize, the SEAR People’s Choice votes were counted and Wallagoot artist Bernard O’Grady scored a double whammy for his painting When I was the sky itself (having already snaffled the Mailroom Prize.)

And Steve Fox dropped off Michael Williamson’s ceramic works for the foyer vitrines along with Megsie’s portrait by Shaun Gruber…

Then it was pack up of the old and in with the new; the installation of the Bernadette Foster (BVRG’s inaugural ANU EASS Award) and Matthew Jones show (coincidently last year’s recipient of the Far South Coast Living Artist Project Scholarship), thoughtworks.

The exhibition, opened on Friday night by Gordon Bull, Head of the ANU School of Art, fell victim to foul weather…

but the faithful turned up nonetheless…

Didn’t manage many good snaps – it was the end of a very long week. Meanwhile the show is gorgeous and we’ll bring you a walk around the gallery later in the week.





Matthew Jones wins FSCLAP scholarship…

25 07 2010

The coastal arts heavies gathered at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery on Friday for the announcement of the winner of the Far South Coast Living Artist Project scholarship…drum roll…Matthew Jones.

A popular choice by all accounts, though of course all of the short-listed artists were well in the running. So Matt now certainly has his work cut out  – given that he already has a two-man show coming up at the BVRG in February (with glassie Bernadette Foster.) Mind you, he’s an incredibly focused, organised and prolific maker so he no doubt relishes the looming workload.

Matthew and Karen, post the announcement.





Opening at Ivy Hill…

30 04 2010








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