In 2015 a group of members and friends of the Warwick Artists’ Group attended a beginners printmaking class held at the Warwick Artists’ Group Studio at 21 Willi Street. Over the following months the group explored different relief printing techniques such as lino cut. In 2016, with the help of funding, the printmakers acquired an etching press and began learning other techniques including etching, dry-point, collagraphy, lithography and screen printing.
Portals: Thresholds: Boundaries is the group’s first exhibition at Warwick Art Gallery.
The Cattle Dog Printmakers
This exhibition received support from the Regional Arts Development fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Nikki's work is focused on trees. She admires them and their ability to transport the viewer to a place that feels whimsical, otherworldly and calm.
This body of work includes pastel drawings and some acrylic paintings, all created from photographs taken on walks from the top of Spring Creek to Queen Mary Falls. It also includes imagery from other parts of the Scenic Rim.
The collection includes images of the Spring Creek drive, with is a sealed road bordered by tall, colourful trees. It includes work which looks at the depths of the forest, looking beyond to bordering open spaces, and work which encompasses the dark areas of this place, thick with overgrowth and moss covered trees.
In addition, imagery from Springbrook is also featured, showcasing little showers of light in such a dense rainforest setting. Each piece has a story.
Clinton Barker is a Brisbane based artist who has widely exhibited in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. He has work in private and public collections including the Print Council of Australia and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
This collection of paintings and works on paper is titled Shifts to represent the changes that are created when individual figures are united as a collective grouping.
Clinton’s artworks are influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Primitive Art starting out as abstracts but developing into narrative compositions with the addition of human like figures. He paints as a way of interpreting his personal thoughts and emotions with the overall compositions kept balanced with beautiful colour harmonies.
“A work generally starts out as an abstract composition and then the figures are born from there. As I paint, one colour informs the next until there is harmony. I choose colours that will create a certain ‘vibration’ … ultimately I want each painting to pulsate, to feel alive.”