Gallery Directors’ Mixed Dozen – until 31-10-16

Louise Grove Wiechers | Hinterland Scenic Rim | Acrylic on Linen | 101 x 155cms | $3,500

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.

Viewing Notes:

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  Excellence never goes out of date, and Brian’s works continue to be sought after by discerning collectors.

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Brian Cook | Childhood Memories | Oil on board | 570 x 1130mm | framed | $2500

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.

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Donald Waters | Thaw | 1200 x 1800mm | Charcoal and Synthetic Polymer on Linen | $16,000

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.

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Mary Conder | Bus Stop on the New Estate | 910 x 1520mm | $3,000

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.

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Roslyn Dux | Umbrella People – Handbags and Gladrags | acrylic on canvas | 910 x 910mm | $2,400

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.

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Otto Schmidinger | Rock Stack | Oil on canvas | 101 x 153cm | $3,400

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.

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Tricia Reust | Camelia Window | 610 x 610mm | Mixed Media on canvas | $580

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.”

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Louise Grove Wiechers | Hinterland Scenic Rim | Acrylic on Linen | 101 x 155cms | $3,500

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.

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Inessa Ivascanin | Dusk Harbour | Acrylic and Resin on canvas | 900 x 1200mm | SOLD

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.

 

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Ron MacRae | The Pub with No Beer | 510 x 1200mm | acrylic on canvas | SOLD

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.

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Andrew Lansley | Green King Fish | acrylic on Board | 770 x 1100mm | $950

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.

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Barbra Elvin | burleigh Heads Walk | Acrylic and charcoal on canvas | 760 x 1220mm | $1,300

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.

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Rainer Kozik | Metamorphosis of the Butterfish | Acrylic and enamel on canvas | 400 x 1220mm | SOLD

 

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Art Fair and Studio Clearance Sale

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NOW OPEN

FIFTY ARTISTS

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

A Selection of beautiful works for Mother’s Day

Steve Hillier | Feathered Friends No. 1 and 2 | Acrylic and oil on canvas | 760 x 760mm | $850 ea.

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.

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Hillier and Skuse artists recognised at Royal Queensland Art Society annual Big Art Awards

Brian Cook | Turbulence | Oil on Board | Winner of the 2016 Betty Quelhurst Prize for Oil Painting

 

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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

Congratulations

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.

 

Until 30th April – Cinefiend – a tribute to Movie Poster Art

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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.

To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962, USE - Atticus finch, a lawyer in the Depression era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962, USE – Atticus finch, a lawyer in the Depression era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

The Crow, 1994, USA - A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiance's murder.  Handpainted artwork on archival 300 gsm watercolour paper | $350 unframed

The Crow, 1994, USA – A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiance’s murder. Handpainted artwork on archival 300 gsm watercolour paper | $350 unframed

M - 1931, Germany.  When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

M – 1931, Germany. When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

The Enforcer, 1951, USA (Turkish poster version), A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

The Enforcer, 1951, USA (Turkish poster version), A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

Night of the Living Dead, 1968, USA | A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

Night of the Living Dead, 1968, USA | A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

5 Women for the Assasin, 1974, Italy - Five Women for the Killer is an Italian giallo film directed in 1974 by Stelvio Massi. Il Giorno wrote "the film has the merit of a quick direction that does not spare chills and twists" | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

5 Women for the Assasin, 1974, Italy – Five Women for the Killer is an Italian giallo film directed in 1974 by Stelvio Massi. Il Giorno wrote “the film has the merit of a quick direction that does not spare chills and twists” | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

The Hunchback of Soho, 1966, Germany - A woman is kidnapped and her identity is stolen by criminals attempting to collect her inheritance. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

The Hunchback of Soho, 1966, Germany – A woman is kidnapped and her identity is stolen by criminals attempting to collect her inheritance. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

The Third Man, 1949, USA - Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy post-war Vienne, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

The Third Man, 1949, USA – Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy post-war Vienne, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

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Citizen Kane, 1941, USA - Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

Citizen Kane, 1941, USA – Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

Bird with Crystal Plumage, 1970, Italy - An American writer living in Rome witnesses a murder attempt while visiting an art gallery by a mysterious figure. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

Bird with Crystal Plumage, 1970, Italy – An American writer living in Rome witnesses a murder attempt while visiting an art gallery by a mysterious figure. | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

Metropolis, 1927, Germany - In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savious to mediate their differences | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

Metropolis, 1927, Germany – In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savious to mediate their differences | Handpainted artwork on 300gsm watercolour paper, 770 x 570mm unframed | $350

 

Exhibition Opening for Stephen Buntrock and Steve Hillier – A good time was had by all.

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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

 

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Remember, you saw it here first!

NEW ARRIVALS

Otto Schmidinger, New Arrivals, 900 x 1820mm, Acrylic on canvas

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.

New Works from Ros Dux

Ros Dux, Trees in Blossom, Acrylic on canvas, 800 x 650mm, framed $1600

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.

 

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Ros Dux, The Waterhole, Acrylic on canvas | 800 x 650mm | framed | $1600

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Ros Dux, Trees in Blossom, Acrylic on canvas, 800 x 650mm, framed $1600

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Ros Dux, Sheds No. 2 | Acrylic on canvas | 800 x 650mm | framed | $1600

Mary Conder – Places in My Mind

Mary Conder | No Ball | Acrylic on canvas | 920 x 1525mm | $3,000

1st February to 28th February, 2016.

 

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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

 

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Mary Conder | Park Bench | Acrylic on canvas | 600 x 1220mm | SOLD

Susan Skuse – Assorted Indulgences

Susan Skuse | Mudgeeraba Creek - a view in three parts - No. 1 | oil on canvas | 330 x 830mm | SOLD

I have finally managed to get my own artist’s page into some kind of order, and have created a PDF catalogue to go along with it.   Here is is >>>>Susan Skuse 2016.

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.

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Steve Hillier available works

Steve Hillier | strathgordon Dawn | Oil on canvas on board | 800 x 1050mm |$

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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.

 

 

 

 

We’re off and racing with our Thoroughbred Art Show

riding on air 97 x 93cm oil emailThe 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.

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Small original artworks now under $500 — an enduring gift

Until Xmas we are offering 20% off the prices of these original artworks.  They are all framed or mounted, ready to hang.  Want one?  Email me at contact@hillierskusegallery to put a red sticker on it.

 

These artworks have recently found new homes

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.

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Susan Skuse | Shifting Patterns, Mudgeeraba Creek | Oil on canvas | 1220 x 800mm | SOLD

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Brian Cook | Venus Bay | Oil on Board | SOLD

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Brian Cook | Sunburned Country | Oil on Board | Sold

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Brian Cook | The Inlet | Oil on Board | SOLD

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Brian Cook | Country Scene | Oil on Board | SOLD

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Susan Skuse | Deja Vu All Over Again | Oil on Canvas | SOLD

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Susan Skuse |The Joy of Swallows | Oil on canvas mounted on board | SP;D

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Susan Skuse | Water Music | Oil on canvas mounted on board | SOLD

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Ros Dux | Umbrella People – Passing Storm | Acrylic on canvas | SOLD

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Tony Duarte | Carmen’s Kimono | Pastel | SOLD

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Julia Godfree | Between Worlds | Resin on timber panel | SOLD

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Steve Hillier | Summeer Palace | Oil on Canvas | SOLD

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Surprise your Home with the Gift of Original Art by Steve Hillier

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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.

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Steve Hillier | Infinity, Show me your Papers | acrylic and oil on canvas | 1000 x 700mm | $1950

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.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away

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.

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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.

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Steve Hillier | Snow Leopard | Oil on Board

You can get an idea about how Steve works his magic  in the video segment produced by ‘Put Some Colour in your Life’, here.

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Barry and Lucy McCann – a rare team

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.

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Barry McCann |  Black and Red Bodice | Acrylic on canvas | 902 x 470 | $7,900

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.

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Lucy McCann | The Nuns | Watercolour | 760 x 560mm | $7,950

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.

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Lucy McCann | Teapots and Lillies | Watercolour \ 560 x 760mm | $7,950

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.

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Barry McCan – Girl in the Purple Dress, detail.

 

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And now for something completely different …. Ilia Chidzey gives you ‘Schroedinger’s Splat’

Ilia Chidzey, Principles of Uncertainty, Ink enamel and sandblasting on mirror, 600mm diameter, $1450.

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.

Ilia Chidzey, Above All Else, acrylic polymer on aluminium, 750 x 500mm, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, Above All Else, acrylic polymer on aluminium, 750 x 500mm, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, Ascend, acrylic and ink on paper, 870 x 640mm, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, Ascend, acrylic and ink on paper, 870 x 640mm, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, Channels, acrylic and ink on paper, 660 x 855mm, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, Channels, acrylic and ink on paper, 660 x 855mm, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 780 x 530mm, ink and enamel on glass and mirror, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 780 x 530mm, ink and enamel on glass and mirror, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, mARTyr, portrait of an artist, ink and enamel on mirror, 750 x 750mm, $1650.

Ilia Chidzey, mARTyr, portrait of an artist, ink and enamel on mirror, 750 x 750mm, $1650.

Ilia Chidzey, Cutting Observations, Ink on aluminium, 1000 x 1000mm, $1800.

Ilia Chidzey, Cutting Observations, Ink on aluminium, 1000 x 1000mm, $1800.

Ilia Chidzey, The Windmill Approach: Miguel Cervantes, Ink on lasercut aluminium and mirror, 1100 x 860mm, $2,100.

Ilia Chidzey, The Windmill Approach: Miguel Cervantes, Ink on lasercut aluminium and mirror, 1100 x 860mm, $2,100.

Ilia Chidzey, Icarus Allsorts, Ink and enamel on mirror and glass, framed, 600 x 600mm, $950.

Ilia Chidzey, Icarus Allsorts, Ink and enamel on mirror and glass, framed, 600 x 600mm, $950.

Ilia Chidzey, Kel Sees the White, Ink on illustration board, 750 x 500mm, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, Kel Sees the White, Ink on illustration board, 750 x 500mm, $1600.

Ilia Chidzey, Leda v. Sawn:1:0, Enamel and sandblasting on glass and mirror, 900 x 650mm, $2200.

Ilia Chidzey, Leda v. Sawn:1:0, Enamel and sandblasting on glass and mirror, 900 x 650mm, $2200.

Ilia Chidzey, Principles of Uncertainty, Ink enamel and sandblasting on mirror, 600mm diameter, $1450.

Ilia Chidzey, Principles of Uncertainty, Ink enamel and sandblasting on mirror, 600mm diameter, $1450.

Ilia Chidzey, Remedios the Beauty Farewels Marquez, Ink and sandblasting on aluminium, 500x750mm, $1600

Ilia Chidzey, Remedios the Beauty Farewels Marquez, Ink and sandblasting on aluminium, 500x750mm, $1600

Sympathy for the Devil – Art plays its part in saving the Tasmanian Devil

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Otto Schmidinger, Devil's Playground, Oil on canvas, 1010 x 1530mm, $8,250, from Hillier Skuse Gallery.

Otto Schmidinger, Devil’s Playground, Oil on canvas, 1010 x 1530mm, $8,250, from Hillier Skuse Gallery.

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.

Value Art Find – Charles Blackman – Nude and Half Moon

Blackman Half Moon Nude

Charles Blackman, Half Moon and Nude, Oil on board, image size 480 x 740, framed size 890 x 1000m, $17,500, from Hillier and Skuse Gallery, Gold Coast.

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.

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Stylish, colourful and mesmerising – resin paintings by Julia Godfree

Julia Godfree, Embryom, diptych, 900x1200 total size,  sythentic polymer and resin on board, $2,195, from Hillier and Skuse Gallery

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.

Julia Godfree, Celestial, 1210x910, synthetic polymer and resin on board, $1,595 from Hillier and Skuse Gallery.

Julia Godfree, Celestial, 1210×910, synthetic polymer and resin on board, $1,800 from Hillier and Skuse Gallery.

Julia Godfree, A Celestial Gathering, 1200mm dia., synthetic polymer and resin on board, $1595 from Hillier and Skuse Gallery.

Julia Godfree, A Celestial Gathering, 1200mm dia., synthetic polymer and resin on board, $1800 from Hillier and Skuse Gallery.

Julia Godfree, Under the Sea, 900mm dia., synthetic polymer and resin on board, $995 from Hillier and Skuse Gallery.

Julia Godfree, Under the Sea, 900mm dia., synthetic polymer and resin on board, $1125 from Hillier and Skuse Gallery.

Value art find for today – Rosie II – big, bright and fresh

Mark Pryer, Rosie II, acrylic on canvas, 1500x1000mm, $1050, from Hillier and Skuse Gallery.

Mark Pryer, Rosie II, acrylic on canvas, 1500x1000mm, $1050, from Hillier and Skuse Gallery.

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.

Mark Pryer, Rosie II, acrylic on canvas, 1500x1000mm $1,050

Mark Pryer, Rosie II, acrylic on canvas, 1500x1000mm $1,050

Value Art Finds

GOOD ART IS AN INVESTMENT IN LIFE.

This page is devoted to uncovering some of the accessibly priced treasures that find their way into the gallery. Many of the works selected are by emerging artists, and some are especially well-priced works by more established artists.

We hope you will agree that these works represent great value and high

Click on the sub-page menu to view our latest recommendations.

Today’s choice is here. If you would like to own this work, please email us at contact@hillierskusegallery.com and we will make arrangements.

Steve Hillier and Susan Skuse, Private Thoughts II, mixed media monoprint over polychrome life drawing, on paper, framed, 550x400mm approx. $550

Steve Hillier and Susan Skuse, Private Thoughts II, mixed media monoprint over polychrome life drawing, on paper, framed, 550x400mm approx. $550

Two New Exhibitions Coming Soon – Ilia Chidzey and Otto Schmidinger

November Exhibition, 14th Nov. 2015 -30 Dec. 2015, Ilia Chidzey, Schroedinger's Splatt

November Exhibition, 14th Nov. 2015 -30 Dec. 2015, Ilia Chidzey, Schroedinger’s Splatt

Otto Schmidinger, Designed by Nature, Nov. 14 to Dec. 30, 2015

Otto Schmidinger, Designed by Nature, Nov. 14 to Dec. 30, 2015

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.

Mark Pryer, Blue Earth, 760 x 1530, Acrylic on canvas.

Blue Earth, 760 x 1530, Acrylic on canvas.

Chris Seale, Australian Bush, 910 x 1520, acrylic on canvas

Chris Seale, Australian Bush, 910 x 1520, acrylic on canvas

Hillier and Skuse Gallery supports Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving through the Ray White Charity Auction

Steve Hillier, Summer Palace, Oil on canvas, 750x 1020mm

Steve Hillier, Summer Palace, Oil on canvas, 750x 1020mm

Brian Cook, The Inlet, oil on board, 450x750mm

Brian Cook, The Inlet, oil on

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/

A big ‘thumbs up’ from Robyn Archer

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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.


Surprise Surprise

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 – Ocean and Earth – on show until 30th October 2015

Chris Seale|Waterlilies| 1230 x 910mm| acrylic on canvas| $7000

Chris Seale|Waterlilies| 1230 x 910mm| acrylic on canvas| $7000

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.

Glitter-Arti – work celebrating the Gold Coast Glitter Festival

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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.

Steve Hillier, Temptation of Ann-Tony, Acrylic and Oil on board, 940 x 710, $5,000

Steve Hillier, Temptation of Ann-Tony, Acrylic and Oil on board, 940 x 710, $5,000

Otto Schmidinger, Carmen and Sky, Oil on linen, 1220 x 940, $6,000

Otto Schmidinger, Carmen and Sky, Oil on linen, 1220 x 940, $6,000

Hillier and Skuse Gallery at the Life art Worldwide Expo

Sue at Life Art Worldwide in Brisbane

Sue Skuse at the Life Art Worldwide Expo – filling the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of painting.

The Art of Riding on the Wind No. 1 Welcome Swallows a

The Art of Riding on the Wind No. 1 – Welcome Swallows – 400 x 400, acrylic and oil on composite aluminium panel – this was Sue’s piece in the finals of the Brisbane Art Prize.

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?

Additional Works by Mary Conder

Mary Conder | Vintage Beach | Acrylic on Canvas | 460 x 920mm | $1200

Mary Conder’s show, Places in My Mind, is drawing a great deal of interest and favorable comment.  Mary’s works tend to be either quite dense with meaning and symbolism or else quite light and happy.  She has just brought a few more paintings into the gallery that fit into the latter category.  Beautiful work, Mary, and very easy to live with.