Locally based arts hub and initiative, Art Lovers Australia, and Left Bank Gallery, are bringing series of art exhibitions to the Gold Coast. First of the series is Dual Elements introducing two Queensland artists Amica Whincop and Kurt Black.
Art Lovers Australia and Left Bank Gallery have joined forces in collaboration between the physical and the online gallery space. The series is designed to create further opportunities for the artists and to transfer the online gallery experience to a physical space.
“It is extremely important for us to support the artists in as many ways as possible and create opportunities for them to exhibit and promote their art.“Nancy Donaldson, Art Lovers Australia director said. “As art lovers, we revel in any opportunity to exhibit, consume and view art and we are very proud to be contributing to these prospects.”
Amica Whincop and Kurt Black were chosen for the first exhibition due to the large, elemental nature of both of their art. Kurt Black’s abstract paintings have a strong base in natural landscapes while Amica Whincop’s images construct of stone-like, organic, floating forms.
“I am intrigued by the perfect imperfection found in natural beauty, and the use colour and form to evoke its sense of mystery and wonder. My approach to painting is relaxed and intuitive, rather than analytical. It’s a beautiful chaos to paint this way.”Amica Whincop describes her art practice.
Dual Elements runs from 1st until 22nd May in Left Bank Gallery in Southport.
The next exhibition in the series introduces Jennifer Bell and Hayley Roberts from Brisbane.
Kurt Black’s bold and assertive use of colour and brush stroke, manifests in the elements. He paints outside…in the rain, the sun, without walls, using the climate of the day to determine what media he works with. For Kurt, his bands of colour come from afar and insist on being, even when when he is determined that the image will be other. It is the dominant icon that comes from years of contemplating the horizon and being able to surrender to it in an autobiographical approach.
“My images are direct and personal responses to what’s going on around me. Coastal environments are in my blood and this consistently emerges as a theme. They describe places that we can touch through seeing – places where we might exchange some energy in our encounters. And there are layers of meaning; the strife of life ends up in there in some unpredictable way.”
Since giving up his day job 2 years ago, to become a full time artist, Kurt has created prolifically with passion being selected for exhibitions and receiving the Judges encouragement prize at the Kingaroy Art Prize for his sculpture. He has also been shortlisted in Tasmania’s Hutchins works on paper prize, the Minnawarra Art Award, the Noosa Art Prize and the Brisbane Art Prize. Most impressively is his ability to crack the international art market sales with 13 works selling to Germany just last year.
Amica Whincop is a contemporary Australian artist, recognised for her undulating ‘stone’ like forms which float gently around the canvas. Predominantly influenced by the intricacies of nature, its fragility and strength, there is something simultaneously tranquil and passionate about the pieces she creates.
“I am intrigued by the perfect imperfection found in natural beauty, and use colour and form to evoke its sense of mystery and wonder. My approach to painting is relaxed and intuitive, rather than analytical. It’s a beautiful chaos to paint this way.”
Educated as a visual artist and educator, she graduated from QUT in 2003 with a double degree in Visual Arts and Secondary Education. Now settled in the country town of Gympie, Queensland with her husband and three children, she works as both an artist and visual arts educator.
Her hope that the calm energy she creates in each painting transfers to the viewer is being realised as her work continues to receive widespread national interest. Stylists from both The Block and Grand Designs Australia, have recently featured her work in their homes and publications, and more recently one of her pieces has been selected to feature in the upcoming edition of Home Design magazine. Recognition of Amica’s work continues to develop after her prestigious selection in this year’s, The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art.