The gallery explores the diversity of techniques

Drawing by Pippa Makgill. Photo: Warwick Gow.

Noosa Regional Gallery explores the diversity of techniques among an exciting generation of Sunshine Coast-based artists in the second group painting exhibition for 2022.

Earlier this year, Noosa Regional Gallery developed an exhibition called PAINT which featured a glimpse of younger and emerging artists from the Sunshine Coast adopting painting into their artistic practice.

Supported by the Australian Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) programme, PAINT exemplified the pursuit of a new generation of artists embracing the medium with a bespoke vision and unique voice.

According to Director and Curator of Noosa Regional Gallery, Michael Brennan, “PAINT was an exciting survey of new and innovative young artists here on the coast. But that didn’t tell the whole story.

“A BIT MORE PAINT is the sequel. Despite the lack of funding this time around, the revelation of further progression with the medium locally was simply too good an opportunity for the Gallery to ignore.

Bringing together six young and emerging local artists, A BIT MORE PAINT invites us to reflect on how far the medium of painting can be taken and how subjective the definition of “painting” becomes.

“Maybe it doesn’t matter,” Brennan said, “but I think when we push things to the limit, it helps us understand what’s important about them and what makes them different. them what they are. Essentially, it also helps to broaden our view of the world.

Local artists Alex Lange, Alicia Sharples, BJ Murphy, Casey Hewitt, Pippa Makgill and Thom Stuart orient the painting in different spaces, times and dimensions.

Pushing the medium to places that Brennan says don’t usually come to mind when we think of the medium, A BIT MORE PAINT asks us to re-evaluate our assumptions about what paint could and should be.

“I don’t know if this is exclusive to the Sunshine Coast,” Brennan said, “but the prevalence of new artists building their practices here with an emphasis on analog and tactile paint application processes is, to say the least. impressive.”

While that might not seem like such a remarkable thing to some, in this age when art schools often prioritize ideas over mastery of a medium, and when digital technologies are so pervasive in our daily lives that we Let’s take it for granted, the Noosa Regional Gallery is blazing the trail for a new era of painters, and that’s something we should all be excited about.

A BIT MORE PAINT takes place from November 5, 2022 to January 22, 2023.

For more information about this exhibition, including booking free tickets for the official opening event on Friday 4 November, visit noosaregionalgallery.com.au

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