||George Petelin Gallery enters
its third year of operation
first exhibition for
2008 showcases two of
the most respected female painters in Australia
Jenny Watson and Lesley Dumbrell.
These unique textile-based artworks are Qavailable
for viewing and purchase
during February and March,
clockwise from top-left: Sydney Ball, Bonita Ely, Robert Jacks, Corinne Colbert
(courtesy of the artists and George Petelin Gallery)
Mid 2007 saw the first curated group show in Australia by
Brisbane-based Indigenous art collective ProppaNOW.
members had a particularly successful year: Laurie Nielsen won the
Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award in the 24th Telstra
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards,
while Tony Albert
took out the top prize at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize,
enabling him to
undertake a residency in Maleny as well as collect $15,000 in prize
The Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane released a
new publication surveying the works of Richard
Bell. Titled Richard
Bell: Positivity, the tome includes works from
the artist, new
discussions of Bell’s works by Rex Butler and Gary Foley, and an
‘archival’ article written by George Petelin for the Australian
Perspecta back in 1993. Petelin, who at that time worked as
critic for The Australian, became one of the first
to recognise the
rise of urban Aboriginal art as a force to be reckoned with.
Petelin Gallery artists had a number of successes in 2007. Sydney
artist Giles Ryder won
the prestigious Anne and Gordon Samstag
enabling him to undertake further studies in Berlin. Brisbane painter
and animator Peter Alwast,
who was a previous Samstag recipient,
finalist at last year’s Wilson HTM
National Art Prize. Alwast also won
the Artworkers Award in
November for his work ‘Places that Don’t
Exist,’ which had a successful run at GPG.
clockwise from top-left: Kevin Mortensen, Vivienne
Binns, Luke Roberts, Lesley
Dumbrell, Robert Boynes public installation @ ARIA, Robert Boynes
the artists and George Petelin
Both Alwast and
Ryder were also selected for the Stan
and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art
Prize, which exhibited at the Gold
Coast City Art Gallery until February.
2007 Canberra painter Vivienne Binns,
was named one of the 50 Most
Collectible Australian Artists in ‘Australian Art Collector’.
also part of the major exhibition Cross Currents: Focus on Contemporary
Australian Art held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. This
exhibition is the last from the late Australian curator John Stringer,
who has contributed greatly to the developments in Australian art
for over half a century.
Like fellow GPG artist Robert Jacks,
Binns is also recipient of the prestigious Order
of Australia Medal.
new works were on display at GPG last month, alongside Gold Coast
artist Corinne Colbert,
who has just concluded a successful residency
at Tamworth Regional Art Gallery.
Away from GPG gallery
walls, the Gold Coast City Art Gallery and the Bodies Corporate of the
at Broadbeach have awarded the 2007
Living Art Award to
Canberra Times’ Artist of
the Year Robert Boynes. As recipient of the
Living Art Award, Boynes’ work has been blown up on a gigantic 7x6
metre art billboard, and is currently on display in front of the ARIA
building for twelve months. His new works, which were inspired by his
experience at last year’s Schoolies festival, were also exhibted at
ARIA’s Resident’s Lounge to coincide with the launch.
clockwise from top-left: Sydney Ball, Bonita Ely, Robert
Jacks, Corinne Colbert (courtesy of the artists and George Petelin
Our new GPG website, will
be a database
for news and information concerning our stable of artists. The site
will also keep you up to date with our calendar of exhibitions and
events. We will keep you posted
We invite you to view new artworks exhibited at GPG each month, as well
as works held in our stockroom.