Aylsa McHugh is a Melbourne based artist who works in a variety of media.
Through her work she is interested in conveying the uncanny; the disturbing unfamiliarity of the evidently familiar.
Most recently she has been appropriating images found in magazines and books to create unsettling and elegant juxtapositions.
These assemblages are compelling and perverse, disjointed and harmonious, a celebration of the grotesque and strangely beautiful.
She graduated with a BFA from the Victorian College of the Arts and her work is held in private collections in Australia and overseas.
To view more of her work please visit her instagram profile @aylsa_mchugh or visit https://www.instagram.com/aylsa_mchugh/
Ariadne in the Grotto
Cy O’Neill studied Fine Arts at Edith Cowan University and went on to further studies at Monash University, completing an Honours degree in Fine Art and a Diploma in Education.
She currently lives and works in Melbourne as an Artist and an Educator.
I went off course whilst walking along a bush path in outback Western Australia. The Australian bush can be very disorientating. Thick with branches and foliage it is easy to lose bearings and feel swallowed up by the vegetation.
Without being tethered to a path and feeling in some ways lost senses are heightened. I felt immersed in bush. Sights, sounds and white sun created in my mind a living version of static.
This series of paintings are glimpses and snippets of a huge landscape. Pieced together like a quilt in an attempt to make sense of the chaotic profusion and pattern.
Born in Melbourne in 1973, Katie Roberts grew up in Melbourne and London where at aged four she had a vision that she was going to be an artist.
She has taken her art seriously ever since. Her parents were heavily involved in the Aboriginal Land Rights movement, she grew up knowing of the injustice of colonialism in Australia, which informs her work as an artist.
She studied fine art at what is now Melbourne Polytechnic from 1991-1995. In 1996 Katie was accepted into BA Fine Art at RMIT, eventually moving from Painting to Drawing, under Godwin Bradbeer and James Taylor.
She received first class Honors when graduating in 1999 and undertook an Honours year in 2000.
After graduating she started Synergy Gallery, a community contemporary art space in High Street Northcote in 2001 with a group of artists and community members.
Katie voluntarily co-ordinated the space for most of ten years, hosting over 200 exhibitions and supporting and nurturing hundreds of local artists. In 2005-2006 Katie Roberts completed a Masters of Fine Art at RMIT on the topic of Light as a Medium.
After this, in 2006 Katie Roberts embarked on a long-term project to re-map the Yarra River in Melbourne including it's layers of history, which she showed in a series of exhibitions culminating in a major exhibition at Montsalvat in 2010.
This project is still ongoing, she has since started investigating tributaries including Darebin Creek – becoming the first Artist in Residence at Darebin Parklands in 2014-15. Then in 2016-17 she became Artist in Residence at Point Nepean on the Mornington Peninsula extending her investigation to the bay.
Katie's artwork addresses the relationship between human's and the natural environment and are both technically skilful and experimental. Her works are held in private collections in Australia and overseas and is especially favoured by locals. Katie has lived in Fairfield for 25 years, where she works from her home studio and teaches art to adults locally. Although you might see her along the rivers and waterways of Melbourne or surrounds, where she makes much of her artwork outdoors.
Rona Green is highly regarded for her fantastical figurative pictures that explore ideas about the nature of individuality.
Specifically, her interest is in the potential of the body to be a vehicle for story by means of transformative devices, in particular anthropomorphism and body decoration.
Born in Geelong, Australia, Rona went on to study art at La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, and Monash University, Gippsland.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her printmaking including the Geelong Print Prize, Swan Hill Print Acquisitive Award and Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints Grand Prize.
Her work is represented in over 60 public collections including the National Gallery of Australia.
King of Punchbowl
Katia Honour is a passionate visionary artist based in Northcote. Her mischtechnik artworks offer sensations of peace and transcendence through delicately built up layers of tempera, oils and glazes to create sensorial invitations into dreamy idealism. She is fascinated by people’s search for meaning and context.
Since 2011, Katia’s paintings have regularly exhibited and been held on permanent display at galleries in US, Europe, Australia and Bali. She also teaches and presents at global shamanic arts events.
In 2012, Katia founded Ecstatic Arts Collective and Visionary Art Atelier to host master-artist residency programs. Katia was awarded a diploma at the Moscow Visionary Art Awards, she featured at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, New York and in Austria’s Legacy of Light exhibition in memory of their famous mischtechnik artist, Ernst Fuchs.
Kylie Sirett draws inspiration for her intimate still life works from her immediate surroundings. She draws attention to light and its effect on surfaces and textures.
Using common objects, Kylie’s compositions highlight not only aesthetic beauty through colour, form and light, but also the relationship between objects and the space they individually hold.
Kylie works from her studio in Hurstbridge.
Anthony Breslin has been an original force within the Australian art scene since the late 90’s.
His career encompasses myriad creative and artistic pursuits including painting, performance, poetry, design and production.
Up until his 2014 diagnosis of blood cancer, he created more than 50 solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally - these include shows in Hong Kong, Zurich, Prague, Barcelona, Shanghai, Bern, London and Dublin.
Breslin is passionate about working with marginalized groups and schools to build awareness and focus on the importance of community, belonging and rites of passage.