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Mandy Bell & Graeme Oliver—Artists Out of Hiding


20 Apr 2022 - 10 May 2022

Location: Cato Gallery


Visual Artist Mandy Bell and Graeme Oliver (who also sculpts), are exhibiting artwork completed during 'Covid Times'. They are accompanied by 2 guest artists Hannah Russell and George Eustice. The artwork is Contemporary and offers a diverse subject range with both recent and treasured artworks from their individual work practices. This exhibition will be available to view from 12:00pm 20 April until 1:00pm 10 May.
Mandy Bell, Nobody told me there'd be days like these

Mandy Bell, Nobody told me there'd be days like these

Mandy Bell & Graeme Oliver—Artists Out of Hiding

Location: Cato Gallery


20 Apr 2022 - 10 May 2022
Visual Artist Mandy Bell and Graeme Oliver (who also sculpts), are exhibiting artwork completed during 'Covid Times'. They are accompanied by 2 guest artists Hannah Russell and George Eustice. The artwork is Contemporary and offers a diverse subject range with both recent and treasured artworks from their individual work practices. This exhibition will be available to view from 12:00pm 20 April until 1:00pm 10 May.

Artist Talk Friday 22 April, 12pm to 1pm in the VAS Cato Gallery.

During 2020 and 2021 as we experienced ‘Covid Times’, many of us found ourselves reliant upon our home based strengths. Quite a few people took up hobbies and interests, others retreated somewhat within a home base and explored the world of technology. As 2022 evolves, with the sense of new freedom, yet with a glance over our shoulder in case we retreated to that lockdown feeling, confidence is emerging and returning.

As this year has progressed we are all now feeling confident in exploring cultural opportunities. An Art Teacher once said to me ‘Get those paintings out from under the bed and get ’em up somewhere’ and so we are! 

We 4 are boldly displaying artwork for your enjoyment.

Mandy Bell has completed a Diploma of Visual Art (Lismore TAFE NSW) and an Advanced Diploma in Visual Art and is now commencing a Bachelor of Creative Arts Practice through NSW TAFE. Mandy’s work is mainly figurative with an abstract/Pop Art exploration. The Artwork is Acrylic ranging in sizes on canvass, with some works on paper framed works on paper.

Graeme Oliver has spent a long career in Medicine and also has a Degree in Mathematics. Graeme’s love of this field has led him to use mathematical, (mainly Geometric concepts), to inspire his art explorations. Graeme’s Acrylic Paintings are mainly on square canvas. Graeme has completed a program in Welding Sculpture though the National Art School NSW.

Both Mandy and Graeme have also explored Contemporary Sculpture, and several sculptural works are included in the Exhibition.

George Eustice has a Diploma of Art completed a number of years ago, from what is now called RMIT Bundoora. George has participated in the Melbourne and Victorian Art Scene for several decades. George’s work in presented in a number of mediums and of varying sizes.

Hannah Russell, along with 2 others, was one of the founding members of the Victorian Life Model Society back in the late 1980s. She has recently retired from working as an Artist's Life Model. During her career, she commenced creating series of artwork reflective of her modelling work, with works on canvas and paper


Banner Image: 'Nobody told ME there’d be days like these', Acrylic on Canvas by Mandy Bell


Graeme Oliver Red Square Acrylic on Canvass

'Red Square', Acrylic on Canvas by Graeme Oliver


George Eustice Interior Acrylic on Canvass

'Interior', Acrylic on Canvas by George Eustice

Acknowledgment of traditional owners.

We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.