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2018 Maritime Winner -Thomas Somerscales Trophy - Ted Dansey - Splitsail Barges, watercolour

April Exhibitions & Workshops

Victorian Artists Society Easter & Anzac Day Opening Hours

Good Friday: Friday 2 April 2021 1pm–4pm

Easter Saturday: Saturday 3 April 2021 12pm–4.30pm

Easter Sunday: Sunday 4 April 2021 1pm–4pm

Easter Monday: Monday 5 April 2021 1pm–4pm

Anzac Day: Sunday 25 April 2021 1pm–4pm


JUDITH PERREY RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

Thursday 1 April 2021–Monday 12 April 2021

Frater, Hammond & McCubbin Galleries

A retrospective exhibition of work by Judith Perrey, a former Fellow of the Victorian Artists Society. Judith was also a Life Member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Society; Life Member of the Waverley Arts Society and Member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters’ Society.

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Judith Perrey painting in the early years


Judith Perrey was born in 1927 in Hawthorn. She was enthusiastic and talented about her drawing from an early age.

After attending Bradshaws Business College in 1940–1942, she studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School 1943–1947. Her awards during that time including The Bernard Hall Prize, The Grace Joel Scholarship, The Hugh Ramsay Prize, culminating in the award of runner-up in The 1947 NGV Travelling Scholarship with her painting, The Toy Makers. 

This piece will travel from Warrnambool Regional Gallery to be the centrepiece of the exhibition and we explore the factors and opinions offered during this time.  

Also showcased is her career as commercial artist, during her gallery years and afterwards doing fine line illustrations, cartoons and drawings.  

Judith passed away in 2016 at the age of 89. Her children, Peter and Jennifer, are proud to present her work for everyone’s pleasure.

This exhibition offers Judith’s works for sale as well as acknowledging her many achievements.

You can see more of Judith's work here.

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'The Toy Makers' by Judith Perrey

Oil on canvas


AUTUMN WORKSHOP

EXPLORING MIXED MEDIA with Richard Impey

Wednesday 7 April 2021–Thursday 8 April 2021

10:00am–3:30pm

Treasures Of The Deep

'Treasures of the Deep' by Richard Impey

Mixed Media

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Richard Impey is a practicing and exhibiting artist with over thirty years of teaching experience. His practice includes digital art, painting, printmaking and mixed media. He runs workshops and regular weekly art classes. 

Richard is also a councillor for the Victorian Artists Society and a committee member of the Brighton Art Society. 

He believes that to grow as an artist he needs to be open to new ideas and skills and to continually challenge himself.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Art is an experiment. Mixed media presents many ways in which the you can explore, discover and express ideas. This tutored class caters for all abilities in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with an experienced teacher and artist. 

During this two-day workshop you will be introduced to a variety of mixed media techniques. The class will enable you to commence assembling your own artist reference book comprised of examples of work you have produced.

Click here for further information about the workshop and bookings.

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'Dog Enzlo' by Richard Impey

Mixed Media


HANS VAN WEERD—PERSONA EXHIBITION

Thursday 15 April 2021–Monday 26 April 2021

Cato Gallery


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Hans van Weerd is a Newport-based contemporary artist. He always carries a sketchbook with him, drawing wherever and whenever he can. Hans can be found most Saturdays in the studio of the Victorian Artists Society, he is also a member of the Hawthorn Artists Society. Hans regularly exhibits his work at the Victorian Artists Society and elsewhere.

In 2020 Hans was elected Signatory Member of the Victorian Artists Society.


PERSONA EXHIBITION

Persona is about what lies behind the likeness—behind the mask of human faces, and how they reflect a state of mind, an emotion, a mood.

Persona: mask, character in a play. The aspect of someone’s character as shown to or perceived by others. 

My art is about my fascination for people and what makes them the individuals they are, capturing their Persona in images. It is about what lies behind the likeness—behind the mask. I am intrigued by human faces, and how they reflect a state of mind, an emotion, a mood. With this comes an appreciation of the beauty of the human form, and the challenge to depict proportion, volume, direction, tension and the dynamics that are as much part of someone’s Persona as their face is.

The exhibition ‘Persona’ gives an overview of my work about portraying people’s individuality and character in charcoal, ink, pastel, watercolour and oil, on paper and on canvas. Most from life, some from on-line life drawing sessions while in lockdown, a few from photos or from original artwork by others, as seen in museums.

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'Shoe' by Hans van Weerd

Pastel on Kraft paper


ADRIAN JOHNSON EXHIBITION

Thursday 15 April–Friday 30 April 2021

Eileen Mackley Members Room


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Adrian Johnson began his painting journey in the early 1980s by joining the Wonthaggi Art Group.

While attending workshops he was able to gain sufficient knowledge of the painting process to develop his own style of capturing the light in the landscape.

Australian impressionists Peter Smales, Max Wilks and English painter David Curtis have been a source of inspiration and learning. Adrian has exhibited and painted extensively throughout Victoria and NSW with watercolour artist Bob Pelchen. The Southern Grampians and the high country around Mansfield and Mt Buller have provided spectacular ‘plein air’ painting challenges in recent times. Adrian is a past recipient of the Bass Coast Acquisitive Award and has been invited to judge at many local art shows.

He has a long association with the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA). In 2011 he was awarded a guild fellowship for outstanding achievement.

'I try to achieve a determined work practice to help solve problems that may arise during the painting process. Varying my technique and subject throws up many challenges. I believe working in this manner improves my development as a landscape painter'. Adrian Johnson.

Source: Art Space Wonthaggi

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'Creek Bed Shadows, Flinders Ranges' by Adrian Johnson

Oil on linen


VAS MARITIME EXHIBITION 2021

Friday 16 April 2021–Monday 26 April 2021

Opening Night, Tuesday 20 April at 7pm

Frater, Hammond & McCubbin Galleries


The Victorian Artists Society Maritime Exhibition is a must for people who appreciate boats, sailing and the spirit of the sea.

The VAS Members Exhibition is inspired by all things nautical, and will feature the Thomas Somerscales Trophy for the winning artwork. 
 
Featuring some of the Victorian Artists' Society most experienced and talented artists, this is an exhibition which captures the mood of the sea and boats at anchor to the spirit of the many bays and inlets from dusk to dawn. 
 
For collectors of maritime art this is an exhibition to enjoy.  This Exhibition features artworks including tall ships, peaceful beach scenes and the ever changing moods of the ocean.

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The Thomas Somerscales Trophy will be presented to the winning artist at the official opening of the VAS Maritime Exhibition.


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Thomas Jacques Somerscales (29 October 1842–27 June 1927) was an English teacher, sailor, and landscape and marine painter. He is also considered a Chilean painter as he began his career as an artist there. Many of his landscapes evoke the region and many of his marine paintings feature notable events in Chilean naval history and have become patriotic national icons in that country. 


2018 Maritime Winner -Thomas Somerscales Trophy - Ted Dansey - Splitsail Barges, watercolour

'Splitsail Barges', watercolour by Ted Dansey FVAS

Maritime Thomas Somerscales Trophy Winner 2018


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