The first exhibition for 2018 at VIANTA Arts, Through Our Eyes, has been prepared by three passionate photographers demonstrating how they interpret the world through the medium of photography. All of these artists belonging to the Beerwah and district group of like-minded local photographers, 'GRAFX', who meet regularly to share their love of photography.
Ian Ferguson, a retired business owner has found his niche in natural landscapes interpreted through the medium of black and white photography; Annette Pendelberry has taken a different approach and digitally manipulates her photos to create surreal works of art; while Ilia Starkovsky, a professional photographer, explores the aesthetics of nature and flowers printed on canvas.
Ian Ferguson is a member of the Beerwah Grafx Group with a passion for black and white photography. His main subjects include landscape, still life and portraiture. He has a Visual Arts Certificate from Nambour TAFE, and he prints and frames all his images himself.
Annette Pendlebury discovered the world of photography 12 years ago. She said that she had "found this to be an incredibly creative journey which has allowed me to realise and release a latent talent". Initially her photography leaned toward the landscape/seascape genre, however, over the last few years her direction has changed and taken on a more digitally creative workflow. She is currently immersed in the creation of artistic composites and Fractal Art. Her tools of trade are Photoshop and Ultra Fractal.
She explains "No doubt there are many approaches when creating a fractal piece. One approach could be to create a piece with an idea or concept in mind - another to know exactly what you are doing with the 'math' involved in creating a fractal - another just go for it - begin a piece with absolutely nothing specific in mind and watch how the image evolves. This last approach is how I created my 'Underwater' Set."
"I began with a base shape, added layers, more layers, some colour and voila a picture of seashells and coral emerged. Manipulating the colours and adding various masks I worked with my fractal till I was satisfied with the 'picture'. Watching my fractal evolve, the idea of creating a small set of 4 - titled 'Underwater' was born."
Ilia Starkovsky was born in Tientsin, China, of Russian parents and immigrated to Australia at the age of seven. After completing his formal studies in Photography at RMIT, Ilia spent 25 years running his own commercial photo studio near Zurich inbSwitzerland. When he returned to Australia, Ilia settled on the Sunshine Coast and continued professional photography as 'Beerwah Photographics', specialising in commercial, technical, advertising, and art photography. Ilia has been a judge at various photo competitions, and he tutors photography at U3A.
Ilia says "Nature, especially flora has always held a special fascination for me. I've decided to print on canvas, not to imitate an artist's painting, but to use the canvas surface as a structural element for this modern inkjet medium".
Through Our Eyes will be on display at Vianta Arts 70 Simpson Street Beerwah from 28th January to 25th February 2018, and will open at 6:30pm on Friday 2rd February. To book a table at the opening call Steve on 0431 730 275. For information on hanging an exhibition at VIANTA email Michele at email@example.com or text at 0412 936 361.
Through Our Eyes
Regular gallery times (7am - 6pm)
28 January - 25 February 2018
Vianta Arts 70 Simpson Street
VIANTA Espresso & Exotics, Beerwah
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