Three South Australian artists, Janine Mackintosh, Peter Syndicas and Stephen Trebilcock, each long term represented artists of Hill Smith Gallery, exhibit together again in a group exhibition to end the year. The exhibition includes new works by the artists inspired by nature and aspects of the unique South Australian landscape.
Mackintosh’s latest body of assemblages and sculptures titled Dead to the World pays homage to the trees and plants that have been cleared for development on Kangaroo Island where she resides. “I want to show what is being lost but also show why, because the obliviousness of most of our urbanised society makes the likelihood of investment in change more remote,” she explains.
Syndicas travelled to the Flinders Ranges to collect materials for his sculptural forms, titled Imperfection. The work, Birdman, is honed from a rare fossil found in the Flinders Ranges, Stromatolite. “A Stromatolite is the earliest fossil reference to life on earth which is over 660 million years old and quite rare,” says Syndicas.
Trebilcock’s much admired textural paintings draw heavily on influences from the rural environs. “My new works depict iconic images of native South Australian flora, filling the canvas with organic shapes, colours and impasto texture to convey my passion of the natural environment,” says Trebilcock.
Hill Smith Gallery Director, Sam Hill Smith says: “Whilst each of these highly accomplished artists present their own unique style and viewpoint of their environment there is a synergy between them which allows the viewer to appreciate the beauty of the work and respond to questions the artists pose about environment issues and the majesty of nature.”
25 November – 16 December 2017