Susan Skuse – work on show at Razorback Gallery, Montville.

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.

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Susan Skuse | A Gala Event | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas, framed | 102 x 102cms | $1950

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Susan Skuse | A Gala Event – in situ

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Susan Skuse | La Kooka Nostra |$875

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Susan Skuse | Magpie Chorus | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | 82 x 82 cms | $875

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Susan Skuse | Duet – Grest Egrets | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | 90 x 60 cms | $875

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Susan Skuse | A Forest Conversation | Aerosol and oil on stretched canvas | 61 x 91 x 4 cms | $A1200

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Susan Skusae | Here’s Looking at you, kid | Aerosol and oil on canvas | 71 x 122 x 4 cms |$A1400

Budgie business

Susan Skuse | Budgie Business | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | 60 x 152cms | SOLD by Razorback Gallery

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Susan Skuse | Pool Party #2 | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas

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Susan Skuse | Baby Boobooks | Lithographic ink aerosol and oil on canvas | 60 x 60 cms |

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Susan Skuse | Frog Hunting seminar – Cattle egrets |


Susan Skuse | Figbirds | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas, framed | 60 x 60 cms | SOLD by Razorback Gallery.

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Susan Skuse | Crows, Rose, Michaelangelo’s | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas

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Susan jSkuse | All Dressed up and Nowhere to go – Crimson rosella and Rose crowned fruit dove | SOLD by Razorback Gallery.

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Susan Skuse | Froest Gem – Buff breasted tropic kingfisher | 60 x 60 cms | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | $875

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Susan Skuse | Learning to Fly – in situ | $A1950 | SOLD by Razorback Gallery

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Susan Skuse | Learning to Fly – Sulphur Crested cockatoos | lithographic ink, aerosol and oil | on canvas | 102 x 102 x 4 cms | $A1950 | SOLD by Razorback Gallery

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Susan Skuse | Three’s a crowd – Pale headed rosella | SOLD by Razorback Gallery.

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Susan Skuse | Life – it’s so confusing | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | 102 x 102 cms | SOLD by Razorback Gallery.

Triple Vision – how three Gold Coast artists see the world in different ways.



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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

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.

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Steve Hillier

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.

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Susan Skuse

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.

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Fourteen good reasons to buy original art

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.


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A Chorus of Birds – New work by Susan Skuse – at the Gold Coast Home Expo 9-11 June at the Convention Centre.

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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.

New art from Hillier and Skuse available at the upcoming Gold Coast Home and Lifestyle Expo.

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

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Looking for a great art buy? Our gallery is closing soon due to redevelopment, and we have many beautiful works at greatly reduced prices.

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

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)

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Susan Skuse

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%.

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Brian Cook

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

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Ros Dux

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.

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Otto Schmidinger

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.

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These are just a few examples of artists and work available until the end of January.

Put Some Colour in Your Life Art Market



Handcrafted art for a unique and enduring gift

30 Award Winning ArtistsMore than 600 artworks to choose fromPaintingsPrintsCeramicArt 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.

‘Passion and Desire’ 2016 – an art award celebrating erotic love – won by Steve Hillier.

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).


Steve Hillier | The Visit | Oil on canvas | 80 x 60cm | framed | $800


A beach-themed selection to welcome Spring

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.


Barbra Elvin | Gusty on the Goldy | Acrylic and Charcoal on canvas | 91 x 91cms | $1200


Seaside Memories | Hillier and Skuse | Oil on board | 60 x 115 cms | framed | $3,200


Brian Cook | Paddling | Oil on board | 31 x 40 image size | framed | $500

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Barbra Elvin |Burleigh Headland Walk | Acrylic and charcoal on canvas | 76 x 122cms | $1,300


Andrew Lansley | Kate’s Fish | Acrylic on board | 76 x 137cms | framed | $950

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Andrew Lansley | Reef Shark | 78 x 81cms | Acrylic on board | $750


Andrew Lansley | Sandcrab | Acrylic on board | 82 x 82cms | $750

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Mary Conder | Sticky Beaks 2 | Acrylic on canvas | 153 x 100cms | $2950


Brian Cook | Childhood Memories | Oil on board | 570 x 1130mm | framed | $2,500


Brian Cook | The Big Blue Oil on board | 900 x 1200mm | $4,500


Otto Schmidinger | Hover | Oil on canvas | 1520 x 760mm | $3200


Ron MacRae | beach Babes | Mixed Media | 63 x 94cms | framed | $1150

Ladley, Byron Rocks 90 x 120 $900

David Ladley | Byron Rocks | Acrlic on canvas | 900 x 1200mm | $900

Ladley Coolangatta 75 x 100 Oil $695

David Ladley | Coolangatta | Oil on canvas | 750 x 1000mm | $695

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Leisa O’Brien | Beach Aerial | Acrylic on canvas | $1800


Susan Skuse | Our Gang | Mixed Media | 100 x 120 cms | framed | $1250

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

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.


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.


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.


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