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2c_iii_2018 Autumn Winner - Alpine Grasses - Helen McKie - Undine Award Winner 2018

May Exhibitions at VAS

JOHN DANIELS—DISCONNECTED

Thursday 29 April 2021–Monday 10 May 2021

Cato Gallery

John Daniels, 'Push Down, Push On'- Highly Commended

'Push down, Push on,' oil by John Daniels 

Highly Commended Award, VAS Winter Exhibition 2019


Inspired by seeing people in Melbourne city going about their business, absorbed in their own world and disconnected from those around them. I don't want to blow the viewer away with a grand canvas; instead, draw them in to examine the detail and the story—which is manufactured.

I aim for realism, but the picture is composed from various photos, put together like a Photoshop. There's a bit of John Brack and Jeffrey Smart, but not intended. If not specifically about disconnectedness, the work will have a social comment or an irony, sometimes with obscure meanings.


RAY HEWITT—BACK TO ARKABA

Saturday 1 May 2021–Monday 31 May 2021

Eileen Mackley Members Room

Ray Hewitt Image

'Creek bed, Flinders Ranges', oil by Ray Hewitt


'It has been 25 years since my last visit to this part of the Flinders Ranges, where the ruggedness of this place still takes my breath away with all it’s colour and texture.' Ray Hewitt


VAS AUTUMN SELECT EXHIBITION 2021

Friday 7 May 2021–Monday 31 May 2021

Opening Night and Awards Presentation, Tuesday 11 May at 7pm

Frater, McCubbin and Hammond Galleries

2c_iii_2018 Autumn Winner - Alpine Grasses - Helen McKie - Undine Award Winner 2018

'Alpine Grasses' by Helen McKie

Autumn Exhibition, Undine Award Winner 2018


The Victorian Artists Society is pleased to present the annual 2021 Autumn Exhibition and the President's Award. 

The Autumn Exhibition is the first of three Select Exhibitions held each year by the Victorian Artists Society. The VAS Select Exhibitions are Autumn, Winter, and Spring. 

Autumn is the first VAS Select Exhibition with votes cast by exhibiting member artists used to decide the list of candidates for the 2021 Artist of the Year Award.

The 2021 Autumn Exhibition features the President's Prize for $2000 and the VAS Council Sculpture Prize.

Please join us for the official opening of this Exhibition. All welcome.


GENEVIEVE ACKLAND—RAILWAYMEN

Thursday 13 May 2021–Monday 24 May 2021

Cato Gallery

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'Keith' photograph by Genevieve Ackland


Railwaymen is a series of portraits featuring some of Melbourne’s longest-serving train drivers, photographed in sites of historical significance across the city’s railway network.

Captured on black and white 35mm film using a 1964 Rangefinder camera, the photographs depict drivers with decades of railway industry experience amongst iconic Melbourne sites, including the Flinders Street Station ballroom and gymnasium, Newport railway yards and workshops, and several historical stations across the city’s metropolitan railway network.

These powerful and intimate portraits reveal the human faces behind Melbourne’s railways, and capture the knowledge and wisdom of decades of experience.


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