Date(s) - Tuesday, July 29 - Tuesday, August 19
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
The original work of three Australian and New Zealand artists Barry Dabb, Carlene Lavender and Glenis Dob will be on display at Agora Gallery, NYC. The exhibition begins on July 29, 2014 and run until August 19, 2014.
The opening reception takes place on the evening of Thursday July 31, at 6-8pm. Entrance is free and all art lovers are encouraged to attend, enjoy and meet some of the artists whose works make up this delightful show.
Exhibition Dates: July 29, 2014 – August 19, 2014
Reception: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Carlene Lavender – http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Carlene_Lavender.aspx
Glenis Dobe – http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Glenis_Dobe.aspx
About Barry Dabb
Influenced by his travels throughout Polynesia, Barry Dabb’s recent paintings explore the nature of the cultivated, tropical garden. While the lush, verdant foliage may be seen to pay homage to a ‘natural wild’ the presence of species that are often not indigenous to a particular place allows for a critical engagement with issues of colonisation and cultural assimilation. Dabb draws his imagery from photographs taken on site and builds his paintings in oil on canvas with a smooth and considered motion. The naturalistic treatment of colour and light thus celebrates the life and richness of these cultivated environments while alluding to the passage of time, both through the physicality of the painting process and the development and adjustment of the Island Nations these gardens represent.
Born in New Zealand, where he currently lives and works in Tauranga, Dabb graduated from Auckland University with a BA majoring in Art History and Anthropology and from Auckland Secondary Teachers College with a Diploma in Teaching in Visual Arts.
About Carlene Lavender
For artist Carlene Lavender, art is the chief means by which she expresses her Australian aboriginal heritage. Painting using the full spectrum of color but with a palette dominated by earthen hues and silky backgrounds, her works of acrylic on canvas bridge forgotten worlds as they expand beyond the traditional bounds of historical aboriginal art and craft. As an international artist, her prismatic and highly detailed compositions convey and explore the modern diasporic experience. Animal imagery, ancient archetypal symbolism and intricate patterning abound in these visionary works which reflect matters close to the artist’s heart yet possess an open, accessible feel. With some of the soothing and mesmerizing qualities of ritual and meditative practice, many works encompass serpentine, slithering forms and radiating geometric and organic shapes. Able to harness the essence of the human connection with nature and spirit, the works speak volumes in a mysteriously familiar cross-cultural tongue.
Carlene Lavender was born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia and is of Australian nationality and Arabana/Central Arunta descent. She has exhibited professionally both at home and abroad.
About Glenis Dobe
Australian artist Glenis Dobe finds inspiration in the colors and textures of the Great Barrier Reef. The fish, corals and other marine life Dobe captures appear nearly as vibrantly alive as they must while diving amongst the coral. The artist says she started painting the Great Barrier Reef in order to enable people from all over the world to know and appreciate its natural splendor, something she finds mesmerizing and beautiful. To convey the same feeling of hypnotic, peaceful enchantment to her viewers, Dobe paints with an eye toward describing detail and texture. This is balanced by her quick, expressive brushstrokes and brilliant pigments. From the bold stripes of a fish, to the sandpaper texture of volcanic rock, the fluttery fins of a leafy seadragon or the spectral lights of a jellyfish, Dobe builds up a world that viewers feel as if they can reach out and touch.
A self-taught artist, Glenis Dobe credits her father with inspiring her to take up painting, and hopes that she can inspire future generations to do the same.