Group Exhibition | Flowing Essence

Flowing Essence | Group Exhibition

FLOWING ESSENCE
An Odyssey of Movement and Transition

27 Jan - 27 Feb 2024

The concept of flow has mesmerised countless individuals, providing a profound reflection on the journey of life. Flow embodies continuity, vastness, and adaptability, mirroring the relentless ebb and surge inherent to existence. In the same vein, our gallery has flourished amidst a myriad of challenges, setbacks, and momentous accomplishments. The year 2024 stands as a pivotal moment, signalling both a transition and a celebration of seven years dedicated to artistic passion and excellence.

"Flowing Essence" encapsulates our gallery's evolution, moving gracefully from Eastern beginnings to Northern ambitions. Every piece in this exhibition carries its own narrative, seamlessly integrating into the grand tapestry of our shared odyssey. The anticipation and eventual realization of securing a new home for our gallery in 2023 bears witness to our foresight, ambition, and the undying support of our patrons.

Life, in its myriad forms, is about connections, encounters, and a profound belief in cosmic synchronicity. This collection speaks to the notion that, armed with faith and a clear purpose, we are all destined for greater vistas. In the grand scheme of things, flow, much like water, is more than a force of nature – it symbolizes love, steadfast support, and unwavering resilience. Inspired by Daoist philosophy, the artworks delve into the many aspects, from its generous spirit to its ability to navigate any impediment.

Within the sphere of psychological imagery, the idea of flow parallels the apex of human character traits. Just as the flow persists with intention, seamlessly and selflessly enriching its surroundings, so do individuals who possess genuine strength of character, exemplified by humility, resilience, and adaptability.

We invite you on this artistic journey where the essence of flow parallels human experiences. Let's celebrate destiny, treasure the bonds we create, immerse in the present moment, and allow life to unfold naturally, akin to the unerring course of a stream. Dive into the rhythm, surrender to the essence. Welcome to "Flowing Essence." 

VIP PREVIEW
Saturday 27th Jan 2024
10 am - 6 pm
Ground Floor, 317 Pacific Highway, North Sydney

OPENING & MEET THE ARTIST
Friday 2nd Feb 2022
1 - 3 pm
Ground Floor, 317 Pacific Highway, North Sydney

For any enquiry, please contact Rochfort Gallery, enquiries@rochfortgallery.com

Appearing In This Exhibition
Barbara Campbell-Allen OAM
Barbara Campbell-Allen OAM

Esteemed as one of the most original and important ceramicists of her generation, Campbell Allen was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the creative arts as a potter and ceramicist. Trained at the National Art School (Sydney) and the Gippsland Centre for Design and Art, she has innovated a wood fired kiln technique producing works that are elemental, painterly and intensely sculptural. Utilising paper clay, a blend of paper fibre and clay enables her to create works of unique form, texture and depth of surface. An element of expedition influences her works, journeying into the Australian landscape for research and sometimes for specific materials. To engage her aesthetic is to see that geology has a soul, the earth has a memory and that natural materials have both tactile and sensory power. Hers is work that is profoundly linear and visceral. Scars, remnants and the raked lines of the artist’s hand harness a rough-hewn beauty in her stoneware, evoking the raw power of silent ancient places.
Manly Regional Gallery and Newcastle Regional Gallery purchased sculptures, two consecutive years running. The Powerhouse Museum exhibited three of her larger works as part of the Clay Dynasty exhibition from 2021 - 2023. Her work is collected locally and throughout the world.

Dana Dion
Dana Dion

Born in Israel and growing up between there and East Africa and Canada, Dana Dion studied art at the Emily Carr University in Vancouver and then moved to London in 1995 where she studied at the Hampstead School of Art. A full time artist since 2005, Dion works on a large scale with painterly verve, an intricate line and a nuanced palette. Honoured with the Hunters Hill Regional art prize in 2018 and three major art prizes in 2017: The Art Extra Guy Warren Art award, The Gosford art prize and Art in the Hills Acquisitive art prize, her work is collected internationally. Dion defines her work as a place of both discovery and intrinsic communion: “Painting a landscape creates, for me and hopefully my viewers, a sense of shared ownership and belonging: a connection, a duty of care, and common experience. Intuition of the landscape and boldness drive the work. The art aims to capture the interaction of branches, trees, vegetation, rocks, hills, lakes and water. Trees, for example, create “windows” to the view beyond; encapsulating the intimacy of the Australian landscape: the slow-moving flux of trees, leaves and branches, disappearing and reappearing, and the subtle changes in light, space and texture.””

Ken Knight
Ken Knight

An impressionist ‘plein-air’ painter, Ken’s work is charged with a freshness and spontaneity that cannot be created in a studio. Ken approaches the landscape with a contemporary boldness. His use of textural oils applied by swift palette knife gestures and energetic brush strokes are highly responsive to the scene in front of him. The result is a painting which offers something a little different each time it is viewed. Up close, his paintings are brilliantly abstract - a myriad of brushstrokes and edges of thick paint - but stand back a few paces and they resolve into a landscape of texture, mood, time and place which shifts slightly with each viewing.

Phil Stallard
Phil Stallard

Describing himself as an “Emotional Abstractionist”, Phil Stallard dedicates himself to creating exuberantly coloured paintings with Sydney centric iconography. The theme of water has been a prominent reference point for Phil, of which he further draws upon personal memories of Sydney and the Hawkesbury. With an aptitude to push the genre of landscape painting through an interplay between abstraction and realism, Philip’s strength is found in the ability to balance spontaneous painterly marks with careful consideration for geometric compositions. There exists a playful element to each work, whether it be the strength in colour that radiates excitement or the presence of circles, hearts and numbers, which offer a sense of humanness to each piece. “My work has echoes of improvised jazz, where the artist interprets compositional themes through the act of painting. The result is carefully thought out but with spontaneous elements that give the painting vitality and life. The spontaneity is practiced and repeated until the gesture has the energy and balance that the painting needs.” – Phil Stallard

Sai Cheong (Chris) Ma
Sai Cheong (Chris) Ma

Born in Hong Kong in 1961, MA Sai Cheong graduated from Grantham College of Education (Arts & Design) in 1985 and Wolverhampton University (Arts & Design) in 1991. From 1986, Chris has held over 70 exhibitions. His exhibitions took place in Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, University Museum and Art Gallery (Hong Kong), Galeria De Leal Senado (Macau), National Museum of History (Taiwan), Onomichi Enomachi-kan (Japan), University of British Columbia (Canada) and the University of Sydney (Australia). Chris was recently invited by the 1st International Contemporary Material Art Biennale in June 2022 in China. Chris’s art pieces are widely collected by institutions around the world including the Hong Kong Museum of Art (Hong Kong), Regional Council Museum (Hong Kong), Philippe Charriol Foundation (Hong Kong), Leal Senado’s Art Gallery (Macau), International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname (Japan) and Asian Centre of University of British Columbia (Canada).

Tiejun (Richard) Chao
Tiejun (Richard) Chao

Born in Xi‘an, CHAO Tiejun (Richard) is a renowned watercolour artist with solo and group exhibitions in Europe, USA, Asia, and Australia. Richard is regularly invited to carry out watercolour demonstrations, workshops and lectures around the world, and is presided as the judge for international art exhibitions. Richard is a featured artist by the French leading international professional journal The Art of Watercolour, winner of over 60 major watercolour prizes during the last 5 years, among which First Prize in IWM - UK, A. J. Casson Award (First Place) in WSPWC 96th Exhibition - Canada, Mary Lind Award (Top Three) in NWS Member Exhibition - USA, and many others. Richard is a master member of International Watercolor Society (IWS), a member of National Watercolor Society of America (NWS) and a signature member of Global Association of Watercolor Artists (GAWA). Richard hopes he can interpret his understanding of the self, the world, and the universe into his paintings.

Date & Time
Saturday

27 January 2024

Start - 10:00 am Tuesday

27 February 2024

End - 6:00 pm Australia/Sydney
Location

Rochfort Gallery

317 Pacific Highway,
North Sydney NSW 2060
Australia
0422 039 834
enquiries@rochfortgallery.com
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