Father and Daughter have joined forces to create an inspiring and moving show ‘5 Kogia St: the house that Dad built’, soon to be shown at Rosebed St Gallery, in Eudlo. For the very first time, local Palmwood artist, Kari, will be joining her father, Peter Strickland ( a Victorian artist), in an exhibition consisting of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas with ceramic floor installations. He is the painter, she is the potter.
Metaphorically, the title ,’5 Kogia St’, refers to the name of the street where Kari grew up, in the family home that her dad built. Alternatively, this title refers to the solid foundations of creativity that were built for Kari by her father, providing a platform for her creative expression as a child, which have been the influence for her creative life as an adult. The artworks withhold a creative spirit that lives on though both these artists.
This is what Kari says:
As I was growing up, Dad always had art materials around. We were never given colouring in books, just books full of gloriously blank paper and plenty of colours to play with.
I remember Dad saying he’d make a ping pong table for my brothers and I. He bought the net, the bats and a few balls, and then proceeded to make up two large tables to be placed together with a net in the centre.
He got as far as one table; a large, very sturdy, square table. He painted it bright yellow. It was always full of piles of interesting textured papers, jars of pigments, glues, cardboard and a Stanley knife with steel ruler. Not just any materials, good quality art materials; the kind real artists use.
We were always encouraged to make up our own projects.
“Dad, could you get me a ....”
“You could make it yourself,” was the response.
And then he’d go off collecting the appropriate materials for said project and leave me to it. I spent my childhood making stuff.
That table was never used for ping pong!
Then there’s the Christmas card story, and the travelling Australia story!
Exhibiting alongside this exhibition is ‘Back to Basics’: Graphite Drawings by Sara Bell. Sara’s perception and accuracy will astound you, with her portrayal of animal and human life. Peter will be running workshops while he is here, sharing his long lifetime of skill and knowledge.
You are invited to join us for the official opening night of both shows on Friday 19th July at 7pm at 13 Rosebed St, Eudlo. Drinks & nibbles served. Please RSVP by Wed 17th July. firstname.lastname@example.org ph 54573780
Retired from a life of secondary school art teaching, Peter divides his time between painting, exploring the Australian outback, and maintaining the integrity of a native bush block with wife Kathie.
Peter’s first retirement project was the illustration of 4 books on the vegetation of the Mornington Peninsula which wife Kathie had written. He followed this by illustrating species in the Flora of Victoria publication.
He spent many years painting landscapes in gouache on paper and has had many successful exhibitions in Victoria of these works. His works appear in private collections in Canada, Switzerland, France, Victoria and Queensland.
After seeing the work of Australian Aboriginal artists in Central and Northern Australia, an exhibition of the German Expressionists and various Paris Galleries, Peter was inspired to re-think his approach. He rediscovered acrylic and oil on canvas, and his work is now bolder, with more use of fauvist aesthetics and a complementary colour palette
His new subjects include references to contemporary life, as he enjoys watching his grandkids play in the pool. Examples such as 3 new pool works incorporate objects pool owners seem to be required to own; fancy walls, potted plants, pool play things, towels on rails etc. He is exploring a light-hearted commentary on the life of his grandkids, so different from his own youth playing in and drawing the bush environment.
As a child, Kari played with terracotta in her Dad’s teaching studio. He never fired it to her 3 yr old liking! She re-explored ceramics in later life, graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Ceramics at Sunshine Coast TAFE.
Her ceramic artwork has won awards and been exhibited in SE Queensland and Japan. Her installations have appeared in dance concerts, at environmental festivals and in galleries. In recent years she has exhibited at the Noosa Regional Gallery in a solo show, at Fusions Gallery, Brisbane, and Barratt Books Gallery, NSW, and Gulgong Ceramic Conference, featuring works entitled Cunei Forms referencing ancient Phonecian cuneiform text.
Working from home pottery studio with husband ceramicist Stephen Roberts, Kari explores a light-hearted feminine view of an ancient herstory of clay, re-examining and perhaps reclaiming cuneiform writing for women. Kari’s studio work explores many techniques of hand building and wheel thrown work and engage different firing techniques including wood fired work and gas fired stoneware. A connection to environment, learned from her parents is seen in much of her work.
Kari also specializes in combining artforms; dance, music and ceramics in a new kind of performance pottery. She works as a celebrant, musician and artist.
Official Opening - 5 Kogia St
13 Rosebed Street, Eudlo
Friday 19th of July - RSVP by Wednesday 17th of July
Drinks and Nibblies Served
For further information please contact 07 5457 3780
13 Rosebed Street, Eudlo
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