Susan’s work has been receiving a great reception at the Razorback Gallery, Montville. Razorback Gallery is run by Wayne and Tracey Malkin, who also own the long established Montville Art Gallery across the road. Razorback is the contemporary artspace. Susan was feature artist in the gallery in June and has been generating quite a bit of interest and sales. These are the works currently on show at the gallery, or recently sold.
Otto Schmidinger, Steve Hillier and Susan Skuse are three dedicated Gold Coast artists with many years of practice behind them. This show brings together their diverse approaches and interests to produce a varied exhibition of high quality artworks encompassing the genres of landscape, figurative, abstract and wildlife painting. Each artist will be exhibiting a number of major new works as well as some smaller accessible pieces which would make ideal gifts for the Christmas season.
Otto Schmidinger, a past winner of the international Arno Award for Illustrator of the Year, honed his skills as an illustrator before moving into the fine art field. His works have been included in the finals of many of the top Art Awards in Australia, and he has been awarded prizes in a long list of major competitions in the fields of both landscape and portraiture. Otto will be exhibiting a varied collection of works including beautifully detailed landscape and animal paintings, some lovely small landscapes and whimsical pieces designed for young art-lovers.
Steve Hillier lives and works as a self-managed practicing artist on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Education; Diploma of Visual Arts, Twickenham School of Art, London 1970,
Working primarily in oil portraiture and wild life subjects with a representational approach which incorporates ideas of experimental and surreal settings that aim to present and reveal the beauty and timeless elements of an image in a way that makes it personal, fresh and possibly questioning yet continuing a conversation with the subject that compels the viewer to actually look. Steve’s work is remarkable for the skill in drawing and rendering his subject, his major paintings typically taking hundreds of hours of painstaking painting with many layers of translucent oil paint to build up glowing flesh tones or amazingly realistic fur, hair or feathers. Steve will be exhibiting a number of figurative works, as well as wildlife art and some experimental works.
Susan first trained as an artist in the 1980’s and has more recently completed degrees in Fine Arts and Philosophy. Her current series of work brings together a diverse range of influences including Asian philosophy and traditional art, textile pattern, bird-watching and the phenomenology of perception. The works on show are part of her current series of paintings working with layers of colour and pattern combined with realistic depictions of Australian birds. Susan explains: “The work goes through four processes (at least) Firstly, I create an abstract colour background using vibrant lithographic inks with solvent to create fluid organic effects. Then I work with my ever growing library of custom made stencils – sometimes plant forms, sometimes abstract or classical patterns. When I am happy with the background I then set back and consider what bird subject it suggests to me. The final stage is to re-balance the work tonally so that the subjects sit happily with the background.
In getting ready for our show at the Gold Coast Home and Lifestyle Expo this weekend we have been thinking about the reasons why it’s a good idea to have original art in one’s home. We came up with fourteen reasons in this slide presentation. There are no doubt many more. Please let us know your thoughts.
What do you get when you combine a love of colour and pattern with a fascination for Australia’s diverse species of birds? Maybe something like Susan Skuse’s new series of works – “A Chorus of Birds”.
Susan creates layers of pattern by the use of her collection of hand made stencils. “Pattern has its own symbolic language, with different cultural connotations, suggesting different moods or periods of time. I like to combine these in overlapping layers, giving a dimentional quality, a feeling of looking into and through layers of meaning”. Using aerosol and pounced paint application, often shimmering with reflective metallic effects, Susan creates an abstract settings for her realistic paintings of many different bird species. “Birds are an endlessly fascinating subject – they have everything going for them — different forms, colours, textures, modes of movement and on top of that, they all have their own distinct personalities, which I try to enhance through the appropriate combinations of colour and pattern.
See Susan’s new work at the upcoming Gold Coast Home Expo at the Convention Centre from 8th to 11th June – entry is free.
Our gallery at 88 Bundall Road is now just a pile of builders’ rubble, but Steve and Sue have been busy making new art and devising ways to share it with the public. Next month’s Gold Coast Home and Lifestyle Expo, to be held at the Gold Coast Convention centre from 9th to 11th June, will feature new works by Steve Hillier, Susan Skuse, and Mary Conder as well as a selection of classic Brian Cook landscapes. Be sure to come and see us there –
Friday 9th June : 11am – 8pm
Saturday 10th June: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11th June: 10am – 5pm
Sadly, the bulldozers will soon be moving in to start the redevelopment of our Gallery site into a much-needed service station and fast-food mall. But our Colour in Your Life Art Market is continuing until the end of January, with many of the artists offering substantial reductions on their prices. Here are some of the great buys you can find in the gallery
Steve Hillier’s meticulous works take hundreds of hours each to complete and to lovers of highly detailed, realistic work, are worth much more than the prices he puts on them. However, being a forward looking sort of person, Steve wants to send these works out into the world, to make mental space for new work. So he has reduced prices, some by 50%. This is a great opportunity to acquire work that few artists these days have the technical skill to create. (Please note – this is written by Susan, not Steve – he’s much too modest)
Susan Skuse is a versatile artist, mainly interested in the natural world of the Gold Coast hinterland, but also enjoying a little figurative work on occasions. She is in the planning stages of a new collection for 2017 and is keen to place her existing pieces to make physical and mental space for new work. Her prices have been reduced by 25 to 50%.
Brian Cook is a noted Australian Landscape painter with five decades of experience in capturing the light and atmosphere of the Australian countryside and seascapes. He has been listed as one of the thirty top Australian Landscape painters by Australian Art Sales. For this month Brian is offering 25% off the price of all of his work in our gallery. We have a large selection – here are just a few
Ros Dux has a distinctive and delightful style. She has been one of our most reliable sellers over the past year and we never have a large number of her works on hand. Ros is keen for us to sell those that we do still have and so she is offering some very attractive reductions.
Very experienced and highly skilled, Otto Schmidinger’s works are beautifully crafted in every way. Each piece represents a large investment of time, from the design process that gives each work a pleasing abstract framework, to the symbolism and finely rendered details. Some of Otto’s best pieces are available at greatly reduced prices.
These are just a few examples of artists and work available until the end of January.
Handcrafted art for a unique and enduring gift
30 Award Winning Artists — More than 600 artworks to choose from — Paintings — Prints — Ceramic — Art Glass — Sculpture –a fantastic range of styles and subjects with some great bargains and gift ideas in time for Christmas – undoubtedly the largest selection of quality local and regional artwork to be found on the Gold Coast.
- Rhonda Armistead
- Nick Broughton
- Mary Conder
- Brian Cook
- Louise Corke
- Scott Denholm
- Lyn Diefenbach
- Kerri Dixon
- Roslyn Dux
- Penelope Gilbert-Ng
- De Gillett
- Louise Grove-Weichers
- Steve Hillier
- Di Ingram
- Inessa Ivascanin
- David Ladley
- Lucinda Leveille
- Ron MacRae
- Margit Major
- Jutta Pilz
- Bill Powell
- Tricia Reust
- Otto Schmidinger
- Susan Skuse
- Graeme Stevenson
- John Turton
- David Warren
- Alma Warren
- Plus a very interesting selection of collector’s art pieces
Hillier and Skuse Gallery Directors, Steve and Susan, have chosen twelve of their top picks among local Gold Coast artists to bring you a wide ranging selection of art to tantalize and intrigue your artistic taste buds.
Brian Cook – The Australian country and seaside are painted with seemingly effortless skill by this Post-Impressionist master. With huge experience and boundless enthusiasm Brian wields his palette knife to create paintings full of light and colour, with a veracity that comes from many years of observation and many, many miles under the palette knife. Excellence never goes out of date, and Brian’s works continue to be sought after by discerning collectors.
Don Waters – An established Australian artist with an illustrious career spanning well over three decades, represented in many private and corporate collectioins, including the Royal Collection of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres to create a truly unique yet ever evolving and eclectic style. He is passionate about his art, seeing it as an adventure that must be experienced not only by the artist, but also by the viewer.
Mary Conder – Mary Conder is a self-taught artist who has been quietly honing her skills for most of her life. Working initially in the field of commercial art, Mary has been able, in recent years, to turn her attention and skills to serious fine art subjects, as well as creating works referencing memories from her childhood. The twin lines of her artistic investigations – on the one hand delightfully whimsical and on the other confronting the alienation inherent in modern life – intertwine and dance through her work.
Roslyn Dux – Roslyn Dux has created an instantly recognisable hallmark style that is distinctly her own. Ros works with figures and landscape, simplifying shapes and imposing her own geometry on the subjects, playing with light and carefully layered colour to create works that hum and glow. Her signature “Umbrella People” series works with a few simple forms of umbrellas and beople, beautifully constructed as abstract compositions, full of delightful colour combinations.
Otto Schmidinger – Otto Schmidinger is a highly skilled artist and designer, working in the Realist Tradition. Otto paints a variety of subjects – he has received many local and international awards both in landscape and portrait genres. The scope of his focus ranges from the very large to the tiny, often finding congruities in unexpected places. His images are detailed and beautifully rendered, achieved only through intense observation and many, many hours of careful work. His strong sense of design results in works that are at the same time exactingly painted realistic depictions and pleasing abstract compositions.
Tricia Reust – Tricia Reust is a well known and highly skilled mixed media artist, using many layers of imaging and a wide variety of techniques to produce works whose meanings unfold only gradually. Tricia won the National Mortimore Prize in 2012 and has had work accepted over eleven times in the Bald Archy National Touring Exhibition. She has recorded an episode with the television series Put Some Colour in Your Life and has articles published in several issues of the Australian Artist Magazine.
Louise Grove Wiechers – Louise is a South African born artist, living and working on Tamborine Mountain. Her landscapes are inspired by her surroundings, especially by the spectacular Scenic Rim land forms. Her works are honed down and simplified. “I take vignettes from the landscape and eliminate the things that don’t speak to me”, she says. “I don’t do realism as such, I paint a dream, the ideal existence – modernism with a touch of surrealism. I capture the ideal pastoral experience by simplifying elements to their basics, leaving only the impression of the perceived vision.”
Inessa Ivascanin – Born and trained as an artist and art teacher in the Ukraine, Inessa’s work carries a delightful, quirky European vibe. She often paints old city laneways, crowded with detail, incident and colour. Other themes in her work explore imaginary city-scapes and fantastical floating islands. Her work is recognisable for its bright palette and often highly reflective surface treatment. Inessa’s own sunny disposition shines through her highly enjoyable works.
Ron MacRae – Ron MacRae is one of the most imaginative Gold Coast artists we know. His work is often humorous, and always quirky, whether he is painting buxom pirate wenches, outback pubs, sailing ships or vintage street scenes. The enjoyment of life leaps off Ron’s canvases, even if one is sometimes puzzled about what exactly is going on in his mind.
Andrew Lansley – Andrew Lansley is fascinated by the creatures of our seas – fish, sea horses whales, turtles, sharks. Andrew’s paintings are expressive, unique compositions, consisting of built-up textures on a strong foundation, using bright irridescent colours and movement. Andrew is a passionate supporter of ocean conservation and donates a percentabe of profits from all art sales to this cause.
Barbra Elvin – Barbra’s work instantly communicates her spiritual attachment to the landscape. Often underpinned by charcoal drawing, Barbra’s delicately coloured and sparingly rendered works are based on elements of the landscape that resonate with her. In recent times she has concentrated on a series of works about her life’s journey. The subject matter can appear deceptively simple – ripples in shallow water, a gnarled tree or a tussock of dune grass – but a strong feeling of the unity of all things draws us in and comforts us.
Rainer Kozik – Delightful, whimsical and colourful are some of the words that come to mind when looking at Rainer Kozik’s work. Skilful, precise and inventive are some others. Bavarian born Rainer Kozik grew up amongst painters and craftspeople. With two artists as parents he had no choice but to become an artist himself. Migrating to Australia in 1969, Rainer formed the dream of creating a book for children. Today Rainer Kozik is writing and working on the illustrations for his childrens’ book “Journey of the Ghorks”, a light-hearted fantasy for young and old. This tale is based on his life with his wife and four children, with all characters being turned into pre-historic birds, lizards, insects and dinosaurs. There is much Magick to be found in Rainer’s work.
OVER 500 WORKS
PAINTINGS, DRAWING, SCULPTURE
June 1 to July 15 2016
For six weeks from 1st June, Hillier and Skuse Gallery will be hosting an Art Fair and Studio Clearance Sale with a huge variety of work from over fifty award-winning artists at very realisitic prices. This is a great opportunity to discover a very special piece made by one of our top local or regional artists. Artists showing will include
- Pierre Bernabeu
- Ron Bryant
- Mary Conder
- Brian Cook
- Mark Davey
- Tony Duarte
- Ros Dux
- Barbra Elvin
- Jill Garsden
- Penelope Gilbert-Ng
- Louise Grove-Wiechers
- Di Ingram
- Steve Hillier
- Michael Hooper
- Inessa Ivascanin
- Rainer Kozik
- David Ladley
- Andrew Lansley
- Jan Lawnikanis
- Mal Leckie
- Jenny Leung
- Lucinda Leveille
- Glenn McLeod Leaity
- Jenny McConaghy
- June McCotter
- James Mackay
- Margit Major
- Bob Murphy
- Leisa O’Brien
- Jerry O’Donnell
- Katrina O’Kane
- Jutta Pilz
- Annette Raff
- Tricia Ruest
- Sandra Ridgway
- Otto Schmidinger
- Anne Schumaker
- Howard Searchfield
- Atsuko Shima
- Susan Skuse
- Milada Theron
- Petronella Van Leusden
- Daphne Volin
- Hellene Warne
PLUS SOME AMAZING SECONDARY MARKET BARGAINS with works by some of the best-known Australian names of C20, including
- Pro Hart
- d’Arcy Doyle
- Robert Dickerson
- Hugh Sawrey
- Geoffrey Proud
- Mark Schaller
Mothers Day is coming up very soon and a lovely piece of artwork would be a permanent way of saying “I love you” every day. We are offering a 20% discount off a wide selection of works to and including Sunday 9th May. Here are a few examples of the works we have in the gallery at the moment.
Among the Gold Coast artists recognised by the Royal Queensland Art Society at their annual Big Art Awards recently artists working with Hillier Skuse Gallery featured prominently – including —
Brian Cook – Winner of the 2016 Betty Quelhurst Prize for Oil Painting
Steve Hillier – Winner Figurative painting
Antonio Duarte – Runner Up – Figurative painting
Leanne Manns – Winner Landscape Painting
Susan Skuse – Runner Up – Landscape Painting
Otto Schmidinger – Runner Up – Still Life
Ron MacRae – Winner – Abstract
A selection of works from these and other excellent Gold Coast artists can be seen at Hillier Skuse Gallery every day except Wednesdays. Brian Cook and Susan Skuse will be featured artists next month with two different approaches to landscape painting.
1st to 30th April 2016 – Guest curators Eva Breckon and Jesse Breckon – artwork by Eva Breckon, Jesse Breckon and Kyan Rain De Vere.
Official opening and Artists’ Reception – Friday 1st April 6:30 pm.
Supporting the Gold Coast Film Festival – full details here
Just as the cover art of a book may entice you to read it, a movie poster may entice you to watch a movie. Before the advent to today’s technology, movie posters were very much an art form in their own right. Movie posters are a powerful visual tool, promoting a film’s theme and narrative.
The Exhibition, ‘Cinefiend’ pays homage to this special genre of art, with an emphasis on B-movies, noir and cult. The exhibition comprises approximately 60 works of art, each individually hand-painted in movie poster size and format on archival 300 gsm water-colour paper.
The exhibition will also feature a video presentation of cult and B-movie trailers presented by Andrew Leavold, director of films “The search for Weng Weng” and “The Last Pinoy Action King”.
Each Friday in April, commencing on the 8th April, Hillier and Skuse Gallery will present a free movie screening of a cult movie classic. BYO cushions and refreshments. The show will start at 7pm. Here are some samples of the wonderful work created by Eva and Jesse Breckon and Kyan Rain De Vere.
We had a large and lively crowd at the Gallery last night for the twin Exhibition Openings for Stephen Buntrock and Steve Hillier. Thank you so much to everyone who came and made the evening such a success.
Stephen Buntrock’s show, Touching Base, includes some very large and/or multi-panel pieces in vivid colours and containing many layers of paint and meaning. Stephen spents many enjoyable years in Papua New Guinea and his deep links, love and respect for the people there continue to inform his work. These are works that give immediate pay-off in terms of pleasurable shapes and colours, but which continue to unfold as the viewer spends more time with them.
The catalogue of all works in the show is downloadable here –Buntrock – touching base
Steve Hillier’s show, First Among Equals, focusses on his favourite topic, women. In his complex paintings the female figure is often used to communicate Steve’s thoughts on society and the world in general. There is often a barbed joke or two hidden among his references and symbols, and sometimes a poke at an Artworld that takes itself far too seriously. The photo-realistic finish of his paintings is achieved through many, many hours of meticulous drawing and layering of subtle layers of paint in true Old Master style.
The catalogue of allworks in the show is downloadable here – Hillier – First Among Equals
Susan Skuse – 5-3-16
Ros has brought us another of her Umbrella People series, and this one’s a real beauty. The colours really glow with Ros’s trademark dry-brush technique.
Contragulations to Otto Schmidinger for his inclusion as a finalist in the prestigious Glover Prize, an acquisitive Tasmanian landscape prize with some very impressive prize money. There are so many fabulous landscape artists working in Tasmania that it’s not easy for a big-islander to get into the finals, but I’m sure you will all agree that Otto’s work here is absolutely stunning and well deserves it’s place. Go Otto! We have our fingers crossed for you.
Three beautiful new works have just arrived from one of our best-selling artists, Ros Dux. Ros’s unique style incorporates highly stylised forms of landscape and figures and uses a multi-layered dry-brush approach, playing with colour harmony, contrast and dissonance.
1st February to 28th February, 2016.
Places in my Mind, a collection of works by emerging artist, Mary Conder, takes the viewer in a tour of the artist’s imagination. Sometimes eerie and edgy, sometimes whimsical and joyful, Mary Conder’s work plays with symbolism , space, time and the physicality of the painted surface. Technically skilful and thoughtful, Mary’s paintings reward the viewer who takes a little time to ponder.
A downloadable catalogue in PDF format is available here >>> Mary Conder – Places in my Mind
My current work is a continuation of my rainforest creek scenes, exploring more contemporary methods of depiction, and using larger formats. But for now, here is a look at my work from the last few years.
At last I have found the time to put together a catalogue of a substantial number of Steve Hillier’s currently available work, including some new work not seen before and not yet up in the Gallery. Photos of the works are listed on the Steve Hillier artist page and a downloadable PDF format catalogue is available here: Hillier 2016.
The count currently stands at 95 artworks on an equine theme from 40 artists, and were’re hoping that’s it, because the gallery is bursting at the seams with depictions of magnificent horses in every kind of style, size and shape you can imagine. The works range in price from around $300 to – well let’s just say much more for an original Hugh Sawrey or d’Arcy Doyle.
The opening function is on Thursday 7th January at 6:30pm, and the show will continue throughout the month of January, every day except Wednesdays, 10:00 to 5:00pm.
Here are some of the works that have recently left Hillier and Skuse on their way to new homes. Don’t let the one you have your eye on slip away.
Susan Skuse | Shifting Patterns, Mudgeeraba Creek | Oil on canvas | 1220 x 800mm | SOLD
Steve Hillier’s work ranges from the amusing and saucy to beautifully crafted depictions of animals and birds to moody and sensual work exploring complex philosophical themes, such as ‘Infinity, show us your papers’
Here I am now, at a point of perfection
that is but a fleeting moment in the scale of infinity.
Steve Hillier’s moody, sensual painting, ‘Infinity, Show me your Papers’ is inspired by a poem written by the little known French Symbolist, Jules Laforgue (1860-1887) —
“Infinity, where did you spring from? Why are our proud senses mad for something beyond the keyboards bestowed, do they believe in mirror more fortunate than the Word, and kill themselves? Infinity, show us your papers.” .
“I thought was an interesting concept and worked the idea for the painting from this. My mind wandered over the implications of infinity and our relationship or otherwise within such possibilities,‘show us your papers’ – what is your place in my world and your relevance to me or my relevance in your time scale ?
With my work I try to find a balance that portrays the visual beauty of the female form without putting an over weighted emphasis on the male view, with this painting it’s about a point in time – here I am now, in one respect at a point of perfection that is but a fleeting moment in the scale of infinity.
‘Ah! this life is so everyday… And for the best of memories, Those paltry talents we display.’ — Jules Laforgue.
About Steve Hillier
Like McCavity the Mystery Cat, Steve Hillier is an artist who has lived many lives in succession. Originally from London, he did his stint at Art School as a young man, only to be seduced away into the heady world of rock’n’roll with Virgin and Island Records. He has lived other lives, as well – as a high-level executive with a large multi-national corporation, as an entrepreneur, and even as a public servant in the shady realm of crime and punishment.
Wherever he has gone, though, Steve has carried with him his essential identity as a Londoner and as an artist.
Steve’s favorite subject matter is the female form, and preferably delivered with a a bit of symbolism and a tongue-in-cheek poke at society in general. There are often as many layers of meaning as there are of paint in his work, which I can attest, is many. Steve Hillier’s work is detailed, meticulous and fun – as for example, in the painting that recently took out the Ipswich Art Award prize for painting.
Another branch of Steve’s art practice is his work featuring wildlife, and in particular, birds. His loving and painstaking approach is particularly effective when it comes to depicting birds and other animals. Steve was recently a finalist in the Holmes Art Prize, a prize for excellence in the realistic depiction of Australian birds.
You can get an idea about how Steve works his magic in the video segment produced by ‘Put Some Colour in your Life’, here.
Author: Susan Skuse 2/9/15
Gold Coasters have a rare opportunity to view some of the highly acclaimed work of Barry and Lucy McCann at Hillier and Skuse Gallery.
The first thing you notice when you meet the McCanns is the ‘we factor’ that exists between them, the second is their humility. Although they are both full time individually successful professional artists, Lucy and Barry McCan are a devoted husband and wife team who both aim to produce quality paintings that appeal to lovers of fine art.
The McCann’s work has been widely exhibited, published, awarded and collected with a great deal of their output being devoted to commissions. Barry and Lucy have participated in numerous joint and group exhibitions, winning many awards. They have been finalists in some of the most prestigious art competetions throughout the world. Barry has been listed among the top 30 realist artists in Australia.
Their studio in Armidale, New South Wales, is the centre for their creative output, but they are also very generous in allocating their time to teaching at art societies and collectives along the east coast of Australia, where their dedication to technical excellence is in high demand.
Hillier and Skuse Gallery are proud to display these beautiful examples of Barry and Lucy McCann’s individual styles, which illustrate their dedication to producing fine art.
Ilia Chidzey’s exhibition ‘Schoedinger’s Splat’ invites the viewer to enter alternative dimensions in colour and form. As Ilia says ‘you never know what will emerge until you look inside the box.’ Her original and experimental work explores narrative utilising contours, colours, lines and their subsequent relationships.
Her works transition between mystical and primal allowing you to escape the politics of conventional form and experience. They combine the grit of the street with the sensuality of human touch in a quirky assault on the senses. Her latest works involve an exploration of aluminium, mirror, airbrush and sandblasting while offering a sneaky peak into her obsession with form, line and the bizarre psyche of the artist – be they writer, painter, musician, cinematographer or simply a frustrated creative soul. Ilia’s BA in Industrial Design from the Canberra University has led her to explore many diverse types of media over the years. Her depictions are imaginatively coloured and embellished with exploratory black lines that wander, Escher-like within and without the form, and her choice of transparent colour and reflective mirror or metallic surfaces in many works contribute to the blurring of distinctions between the observer and the observed.
Gold Coast artist, Otto Schmidinger, and Hillier Skuse Gallery are supporting the ‘Save the Devil Fund of Tasmania through a very special piece of artwork. Otto is an award winning artist and designer with a keen interest in Tasmanian wildlife. He has granted the ‘Save the Devil Fund’ rights to use his image for promotional and fund-raising purposes, and Hillier Skuse Gallery has pledged a substantial portion of the sale price of the painting towards the Fund. The painting is typical of Otto Schmidinger’s meticulous painting and design, with a quirky twist. It is currently on show at Hillier Skuse Gallery as part of Otto’s solo exhibition, Designed by Nature, from 14th November to 30th December. Click here for more details of Otto’s available work.
Charles Blackman (born 12 August 1928) is one of Australia’s best known painters, active from the 1950s onwards. He was a member of the Antipodeans, a group of Melbourne painters that also included Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval and Clifton Pugh.
Nude and Half Moon is typical of Blackman’s mysterious, dreamlike images, and a lovely example of his work. Blackman’s paintings have performed strongly on the secondary auction market, with his highest price achieved of more than $1million, and an average over the last three years of $53,771 according to Australian Art Auction records. This painting, which is offered by a local collector at under $18,000, is a genuine bargain.
Julia Godfree’s fascinating resin paintings make a great focal point for a modern room. The organic swirls of colour unfold in three dimensions, and the perfect glossy gives the work a sleek, sophisticated look. These large works are very attractively priced, starting at around the $1000 mark.
This work by emerging Gold Coast artist, Mark Pryer, is big, bright, cheerful, and wonderful value. At 1.5m high by 1m wide, it’s large enough to make quite a statement and the fresh colours on a white background are perfectly suited to our Gold Coast lifestyle.
Mark Pryer’s exhibition, ‘All about the Earth’ is on show at Hillier Skuse Gallery until 30th October. Click here.
If you are interested in owning this work we invite you to send us an email, or call in to the gallery for a closer look.
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We have two exciting new exhibitions opening soon. Make a diary note now for the artists’ reception at 6:30 on Saturday 14th November.
There is also still time to check out the evocative landscapes of Mark Pryer and Chris Seale, so if you haven’t been in to have a look, now is a good time.
Hillier and Skuse Gallery is proud to be associated with Ray White Surfers Paradise Events.
Ray White Surfers Paradise Group has teamed up with the V8 Supercars this year to platform their Annual Sports Lunch and Charity Auction to raise much needed funds for the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. This year’s Business Lunch will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 22nd October and many of the Coasts notable entrepreneurs and business leaders are expected to be in attendance.
As part of the fund raising initiatives, this year’s event will include a live and a silent auction for lunch participants to express their philanthropic generosity. Hillier and Skuse Gallery is proud to announce it’s participation in the event with the donation of art works by two of their assoiated artists as part of the auction catalogue.
The works by artists Brian Cook and Steve Hillier have been chosen to reflect our ocean-side connection and it is hoped they will make a worthwhile contribution to the fund raising event to enable the Surf Club to purchase essential equipment.
For information go to http://rwspevents.com.au/businesslunch/
We are very pleased, and also rather honoured, to announce that Hillier Skuse Gallery will be sole and exclusive agent for all new Brian Cook work. Brian is a master of the Australian landscape in an expressionistic style reminiscent of great painters of the Heidelberg School. Continue reading
Robyn Archer, Strategic Advisor for Gold Coast Arts and Culture, dropped by the Gallery last week and really enjoyed looking around the various works on show. Here is an article she wrote following her visit expressing her pleasure at the advent of our gallery, and other cultural progress.
The pace is quickening in the arts and culture space on the Gold Coast. So much is happening, but a great deal of that is hidden from public view. Artists are embarking on new projects and initiatives (such as the pop-up gallery in Southport and fresh programming at The Walls in Miami). There’s enormous energy currently going into the development of the new Cultural Precinct and BLEACH is developing some beautiful works for next year’s festival. But those huge efforts are all about seeding and planning at this stage, rather than visible outcomes. We want residents and visitors alike to know that there’s so much movement in the city’s cultural sector and visibility is about to change, with the first major public art commission somewhere along the light rail and therefore very much in view of the large number of people now using this transport. Very recently, I was delighted with two highly visible fronts, both discovered within one twenty-four hour period and both bearing the clear signs of that much-loved attribute of the Gold Coast – entrepreneurialism, or the ‘have a go’ ethos.
A new gallery has opened on Bundall Road, close to the Arts Centre and thus to the eventual Cultural Precinct and the Cultural Corridor that will connect with Surfers Paradise and the light rail. Hillier and Skuse Gallery is dedicated to giving space to Gold Coast (and regional) visual artists. It’s a big open space that allows for a commercial hang as well as offering smaller spaces in which individual artists can curate their own show. The gallery opened a couple of weeks ago, with the space accommodating more than two hundred guests. It’s a terrific initiative that allows local artists to show their work and hopefully make some sales; a really significant contribution to the arts landscape on the Gold Coast.
On the same day, I was surprised and delighted to find that one of my perpetual frustrations had been eliminated. It’s great to see the small second-hand bookshops on the coast, and the few commercial outlets seem to be well patronised, but I had been craving a serious literary bookshop. Suddenly, there it was, so unexpectedly at Pacific Fair. A serious, well stocked bookshop with everything from kids’ books to crime, contemporary fiction to classics and everything in between, including a few gifts and a small antiquarian section. Moreover, it had the feel of a bookshop being run by people who know a lot about books, and would go to great lengths to order in something unusual. It is often said that the arts are a sign of civil society and for me it’s absolutely true that a city without an excellent bookshop or two is a city without a soul. The Gold Coast has just expanded its generous soul with this recent addition to the cultural landscape. The accompanying café, also surrounded by shelved books, is a sure sign of the conviviality of Berkelouw Books, whose Sydney and Eumundi branches I have populated and enjoyed for so many years. This one is called Bookface and it will rapidly become a haven for those who love books and literature. To have two important cultural facilities appear out of private commercial initiatives is proof positive of the confidence arising in the cultural sector. Go Gold Coast!
Robyn Archer AO FAHA
Strategic Advisor, Gold Coast Arts and Culture
Chris Seale’s delightful exhibition of compelling, sensual landscapes is on show at Hillier Skuse Gallery until 30th October. Chris has a wonderful way of evoking the smell and feel, as well as the sight, of the Australian bush. She is also an expert at painting ocean waves with translucent light. See more of her works from the show here.
We are really happy to see our city hosting the Glitter Festival for the first time this year. The event has come hard on the heels of our opening, and we haven’t been able to arrange a full scale exhibition this time around. Next year, definitely. However, here are a couple of works celebrating diversity by two very skilled and talented artists – Otto Schmidinger and Steve Hillier.
Last week was a very busy one, with one half of the team (Sue) up in Brisbane for the Brisbane Art Prize and Life Art Worldwide Expo, while the other half (Steve) manned the gallery. What can one say? Well, no experience is ever entirely wasted, and it was a great opportunity to meet and chat at length with wonderful regional artists such as Lyne Marshall, Kym Barrett and Beatrice Prost. Perhaps we could consider an invitational Art Expo at Hillier Skuse Gallery some time next year? What do you think?
Now in its 14th year, the ‘Passion and Desire’ Art Award (formerly known as the “Erotic and Exotic Art Award”) celebrates these most basic aspects of the human psyche and condition. Open to artists practicing in all media and disciplines – including sculpture, painting, photography, pottery etc. – the exhibition has proved to be a successfully interesting and entertaining event on the Gold Coast for many years.
Many artists throughout the centuries have expressed themselves in this genre – from the sculptures of Rodin, the drawings of Maillot, the etchings of Degas and Daumier to the erotic paintings of Picasso, Norman Lindsay and Whitely. The Gold Coast Sculpture Society provides local artists and viewing public the opportunity to contemplate the humorous, the serious, the mundane and the forbidden issues of love, sexuality, romance, desire, passion, pleasure and sensuality. Passion & Desire 2016 is an 18+ event held in the Schoolhouse Gallery at the Society’s premises at Benowa (corner Ashmore Road and Carrara Street).
Spring is here and what a good opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of our beautiful beaches and seaside. Here is a selection of works from some of our talented local artists, each celebrating the beach in their own distinctive ways. You can enjoy the seaside all year long, and not even get sand in your car.