Art

De Shan

They call my studio “the Forest” because it is wild, untamed, and probably full of foxes.
I am one of those artists who requires noisy trains and buses and lots of birds squawking…

and some fantastic music playing really loudly in order to create. Oh good grief I work in chaos! I paint with distractions full on! Vibrantly feminine and insanely colorful – a description that matches both her personality and her art. she’s de Shan: one of the few, the proud… the hip-enough-they-only-need-one-name. wielding markers and paint by the time she was four years old, de Shan has been doing the art thing all her life, finding inspiration in everything from a random shoe to a bizarre middle-of-the-night movie. now don’t you want to have a little of the de Shan attitude about you? it matches your shoes…

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The lounge Bar Gallery

Shannon Astill

From running from the cops as a mongrel, ILLEGALLY tagging his own stencils to designing images for festivals to now designing abstract art for interior designers.

Shannon Astill has come a long way from just getting high in his garage and letting loose on a blank piece of canvas. He does what he has to do; mass-producing feature artwork for resorts, but his heart lies in creating art through WACKED out ideas. This exhibition portrays his quirky take on life and society using acrylics, spray paints, photography and other mixed media. A tongue in cheek approach to art expresses his personality and will put a smile on your face in acknowledgement of what he portrays.

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Gerrard King

Gerrard King is an artist who defies categorization. He freely maneuvers between styles, from Realism to Pop, Surrealism, and Abstraction with ease. The unifying thread that ties his oeuvre together is imagination and a commitment to detail. His surreal oil paintings, full of mesmerizing detail and classical technique, take their cue from the works of Dali and Dutch Masters, with his own uniquely identifiable style making them truly his own.

Wearing another hat, his paintings of skulls, bombs, and other icons/objects of popular culture display his knack at combining elements of realism with those of contemporary design. Skulls are juxtaposed with vintage fabrics, whilst a bomb may be depicted with the designer striping found in a vogue French apartment. His pure pop pieces, such as his “Angry Young Things series” depicting superheroes behaving badly, show an artist who also loves pure visual explosions of colour and hard-edge graphics. Gerrard’s versatility and commitment to his craft make him an artist to watch now and in the future.

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Lauren Biggs

‘Exploration of the Female Form’ is Lauren Bigg’s first solo photography exhibition and is a celebration and detailed analysis of the female body portraying the many emotions and feelings experienced by women.

Using technical lighting and composition, this study of eight, hand signed first editions communicates the journey of woman in a contemporary and sensual way. A TAFE graduate, Lauren works full time as a professional photographer in a Sunshine Coast portrait photography studio. This exhibition was a long dreamt of creative outlet for her compositions and was a five month project. The photographs are finished in light weight artmount and are available to purchase through Louise Hickey Marketing.

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Elodie Perrier

Inspiée des fleurs, de la nature, de la population, de l’architecture, j’assemble tel un puzzle des formes évasives, des images perceptibles, des couleurs aux teintes diluées. Je crée ma propre vérité, une harmonie poétique et chimérique.

“…Inspired by flowers, nature, people, architecture, I put together like a puzzle evasive forms perceptible images, colors in shades diluted. I create my own truth, a poetic and chimerical harmony…”

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Jacinta O’Brien

Jacinta O’Brien travels across the globe finding the very best artists and photographers to showcase on her online art business Abstract Imports.

All the artworks are hand painted oil paintings across a diverse range of genres and subjects. In addition, she sources the best landscape and surf photographers for her collections. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Jacinta is passionate about making art affordable for everyone to enjoy.

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Kira Crees

Based in South East Queensland, Australia. Kira Crees is a freelance artist who works in mixed media. She finds blank, bare walls strangely disquieting.

Her works are bright and figurative incorporating pattern, flora and fauna depicted in a range of media spanning acrylic paint, aerosol, graphite, ink and charcoal. She has trained under some of Australia’s best contemporary artists, selling works professionally from her mid teens, her artwork graces the walls of private collections within Australia, Europe and the United States.

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Brett McIntosh – Friday 8th February 2013

The Awakening

Sunshine Coast local photographer, Brett McIntosh, has won first prize with his ‘Electric Blue’ photograph for ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012’ in the international “Global Photography Awards” and is celebrating by hosting his first solo exhibition at Solbar until mid March.

The competition is an international, independent celebration in the worlds finest photographers from across all genres. The awards recognise the very best photographers that capture the excellence in the art of photography. Judges included Bill Lennon from California, USA, Andy Gock from New South Wales, Australia and Peter Monik from New York, USA to name just a few who had the tough decision to make from hundreds of world wide entrants.

In addition, Mr.McIntosh also won the ‘Judges Choice’ accolade for a second image he submitted called ‘Eerie Shores’ as part of the international competition. He said “I love the adventure of photography and I’m driven to capture the breathtaking beauty of Mother Nature”.

Mr. McIntosh takes landscape photographs across the Sunshine Coast, capturing its beautiful beaches and hinterland scenery, and runs his own business called ‘Sunshine Coast Photographic Art”. He said “Half the challenge is being able to predict and visualise a scene before it happens, taking into consideration important elements such as the sun, clouds, rain, fog, tides and swell and being able to place yourself in the right spot, at the right time, to capture something breathtaking”.

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James Needham – Sunday 21st October

My Artwork is essentially concerned with Human Beings. In my work this runs from the visual, aesthetic beauty of the Human form, to the exploration of human relationships and how we interact with one another.

My most recent works explore social interaction and body language, how our true feelings are often betrayed by our bodies long before our mouths open to speak. I create a drama in my scenes and instill in them a tension which will draw the viewer in. The scenes may be slightly ambiguous and the exact meaning unclear, inviting the viewer to question and reach their own conclusions. There is an intentional voyeuristic element to my work which reflects the human obsession with other people and how we are viewed by others.

Painting people creates limitless possibilities and I never struggle for inspiration. Ideas for new work are all around me and a chance sighting of a couple in a park or a conversation with a friend can be the beginnings of a new work or series of works.

I primarily work in Oil paints on large canvases. Using large brushes and painting directly with thick paint I can express the emotions required without getting tied down by superfluous detail. For me, painting is a physical pleasure as well as a visual one, I love the way oil paint flows on to the canvas and how every brushstroke is clearly visible, allowing the viewer to connect more directly with the painting and see evidence of the creative process.

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Bernhard Weisskamp – Sunday 5th August

Born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany in 1972, Bernhard Weisskamp emigrated to Australia at the age of six with his parents to settle in Queensland. His father was an established artist and his mother was a talented folk artist, so it was a natural progression for Bernhard to enter the world of art from a young age after demonstrating a talent with the brush.

Fascinated by comic strips, Bernhard first started creating and drawing his own original characters and comic stories from a young age. It was from this time his love of bright and bold colours developed, and is evident in many of his artworks today. Discovering surrealism and the works of Dali after school, Bernhard expressed himself in the style of one of the greats of this movement and is still an artist of influence today. He says “Dali has an innate sensibility on how to invoke a reaction in people and make a statement with great flair and paradoxically, great simplicity”

Listing Warhol,Pollack and Humes as other great influences, Bernhard is inspired by the everyday. From television to reading, advertising to nature, every day is a source of inspiration. It was while painting a house on a construction job that Bernhard noticed the lay of household paint and was inspired to use it as a medium in his works. For him, it is the simplicity of using a day to day product as an art medium that adds to his art, telling stories of everyday concepts.

“A vodka martini with a twist of lemon and a side shot of tequila” is how he described himself when once asked by a peer. Indeed this can be seen and used to describe his style of art. His abstracts under his name Bernhard Weisskamp evoke a simplicity, a clarity of an everyday being or form, with an underlying sharpness in the composition. His alter ego Red Square Art is the statement maker, bold and direct -just like tequila.

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Anita Pettinato

ANITA PETTINATO is a self-taught Visual Artist on the Sunshine Coast. Her work famous for having appeared on the set of the national TV show ‘Big Brother’ in 2008, the face of Sydney Mardi Gras in 2011, and resident erotic artist for the nationally touring Sexpo events.

With an affinity for the retro / pop art world, her detailed work reflects the perfection of the human hand and inspires re-evaluating reliance on digital mediums. Her mantra for ‘No Rules’ never fails to inspire a unique original piece. Her inspiration – people, sex, music, and a good drink!

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Tracy Naughton

Ride is an exhibition embracing the movement that is happening with Art Music and Culture on the Sunshine Coast. Local Artist Tracy Naughton wants to make the coast a thriving destination for cultural junkies. “It’s happening right now, the coast is beginning to grow this vibrant scene for anyone who wants to be a part of it, all you have to do is look”.

Musicians, Artists, Creatives are riding this wave to as far as it can take them. With Venues like Ground Zero Gallery in Nambour Café Envy in Mooloolaba and Cotton Tree and of course the Solbar Maroochydore, there is not a shortage of options when it comes to getting your work out to the public.

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Renae Awen

“All good stories have a beginning and Renae Awen’s upcoming art exhibition at the Solbar, April 15, is being held almost two years to the day right where a dream began. From an unknown hobby artist painting on the floor with friends at Club Envy. To now, a solo exhibition with a killer line up at the infamous Solbar”.

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Lizzie Connor & Maria Radun

Lizzie and Maria

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Adam Ravazzano

Adam Ravazzano

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Rebekah Joan