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Finalists in the 2024 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize

ARTIST NEWS

We are delighted to share that Zaachariaha Fielding and Idiko Kovacs have been announced as finalists in the 2024 Wynne and Sulman Prizes.

Winner of the 2023 Wynne Prize, Zaachariaha Fielding has been named as a finalist in both the Wynne and Sulman Prizes. About his work in the Sulman Prize, Zaachariaha states: “I am one of nine children, Robert and Kay’s oldest. Since my birth, the songs of my Country have filled my soul. Alongside their beautiful lessons, came my responsibility to protect and celebrate this knowledge. These songs will always be the most immense joy of my life, my anchor and my kurunpa (spirit). They kept me safe as I grew up in one of the toughest places in Australia, amongst violence and sickness. While the brightest and loudest discussed how to close the gap, how to make First Nations people healthy and live another 20 years, Australia voted ‘no’. Some referred to my achievement of winning last year’s Wynne Prize as winning the lottery, as if it was a fluke. I’m left to wonder: will me and my mob ever have access to those ‘lucky numbers’?”


Zaachariaha Fielding, Who won the lotto?, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 200 x 152.4 cm

This work depicts the sounds of Paralpi, a special place found just outside of Mimili on the eastern part of the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, South Australia. ‘Paralpi is a place where people come to embrace and celebrate children,’ says Fielding. ‘They are taught by the Elders how to move and mimic their clan emblem, and, for Mimili, this has always been the maku (witchetty grub).’

Paralpi is an extension of Fielding’s previous Inma series (2019–23), which includes the titular work that won him the 2023 Wynne Prize. Fielding’s scratchy application of Pitjantjatjara text as a stylistic element used to outline and define Country also captures reverberations of bodies performing the act of inma (ceremonial song and dance).

‘When this inma is sung, the sounds of the soprano, alto, tenors and baritone are thick, hitting the heart and then returning to the ngura (country),’ Fielding describes. According to Fielding, who is also a finalist in the 2024 Sulman Prize, this is a cyclical process unique to Aṉangu culture, which celebrates one’s interconnectedness with the land.

Zaachariaha Fielding, Paralpi, 2023, acrylic and ink on canvas, 300 x 200 cm

About her work selected as a finalist in the Sulman Prize, Ildiko Kovacs shares: “Two-up is a gambling game played on Anzac Day. Tossing a coin upward and its inevitable falling are attributes of a certain kind of line. It isn’t a straight line, nor a singular line, but a line drawn from kinetic energy. A line fuelled with emotion, unpredictability and the excitement of chance.”

Ildiko Kovacs, Two-up, oil on wood, 220 x 90 cm

We would also like to extend our congratulations to Christopher Zanko who the gallery is excited to be working with in 2025.

Congratulations Zaachariaha, Ildiko, and all the finalists!

The Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman Prizes will be on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 8 June to 8 September 2024.

 

 

Hugo Michell Gallery Opening: Kate Just | Fiona Roberts


Please join us for the launch of Kate Just’s ‘50 Rules for Making Art’ and Fiona Roberts’ ‘Hereafter’ at Hugo Michell Gallery on Thursday 23rd May from 6-8pm, with an artist talk with Kate Just at 6pm to launch her accompanying publication.
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Kate Just
50 Rules for Making Art

‘50 Rules for Making Art’ is a series of 50 brightly coloured, hand knitted, square panels of text. About this series, Kate shares: “The rules look like knitted post-it-notes or reminders to self. The texts are in my own handwriting. I drew each text onto a knitting grid before stitching each panel. This series was made during the year I turned 50. While knitting, I reflected on the number of years I’ve lived and the many lessons I’ve learned about making art.”
Artist talk with Kate Just at 6pm to launch her accompanying publication.
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Fiona Roberts
Hereafter

‘Hereafter’ explores humanity's eternal quest for psychological and physical safety, manifested through the interplay of symbolism, superstitions, rituals and belief systems. Drawing upon symbolic representations of life and existence beyond, Roberts explores the profound existential inquiries that have plagued human consciousness throughout history.

Selected work by Fiona Roberts in her solo exhibition 'Hereafter', 2024.

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Hugo Michell Gallery are proud to partner with Bird in Hand Winery for this opening event.

Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!

Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Kate Just selected for the 2024 Contemporary Textile Biennial: CONTEXTILE in Guimarães, Portugal

We are delighted to share that Kate Just has been selected as one of 50 artists across 29 Countries for CONTEXTILE 2024, the 7th Contemporary Textile Biennial in Guimarães, Portugal, with her Self Care Action Series.

About this body of work, Kate shares: “My Self Care Action series explores the radical roots of self care and its origins in community organising. I knitted it to remind myself and others of the ways we have learned to sustain ourselves and support each other through grief, global upheaval, family stress, and life changes. The touch and tactility in each work seeks to translates a message of love and care.”

This edition of CONTEXTILE 2024, proposes a reflection on Touch. ‘We believe touch is the foremost sense capable of repositioning people in relation to the world and from a less ocular-centric perspective. Touch is a powerful tool for fostering closer, collaborative, and healthier human relationships. Touch, when used with respect, consent, and consideration, can create environments where people feel more connected to each other, a fundamental aspect in building stronger communities and more cohesive societies. Ethical touch goes beyond the physical aspect, representing, above all, an expression of recognizing humanity in one another.

CONTEXTILE 2024 will be presented from September to December 2024.

Pictured: Kate Just with ‘Self Care Action Series’, 2023, hand knitted acrylic yarn, canvas, and timber, 55 x 40 cm each.

Gallery closure for Anzac Day Public Holiday

GALLERY CLOSURE
Please note that Hugo Michell Gallery will be closed on Thursday 25th April for the Anzac Day Public Holiday.

The gallery will be open during usual hours from Friday 26th April onwards with Sally Bourke's 'Silence is just a sound' and Bridie Gillman's 'The Bend'.

Enquiries to mail@hugomichellgallery.com

Hugo Michell Gallery Opening: Sally Bourke + Bridie Gillman

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Sally Bourke's 'Silence is just a sound' and Bridie Gillman's 'The Bend' on Thursday 18th April, 6-8pm.

Sally Bourke
Silence is just a sound

In Sally Bourke's exhibition 'Silence is just a sound', abstracted portraits serve as portals to the depths of memory. With a deft hand and keen introspection, Bourke captures the essence of silence—not as absence, but as a profound presence. Through her evocative paintings, she invites the viewer into a realm where silence reverberates with the echoes of the past, offering a nuanced reflection on the complexities of human experience. Her paintings beckon us to listen, to immerse themselves in the quietude where memories echo softly.


Bridie Gillman
The Bend

This exhibition has been made in response to a specific moment experienced while walking in Washpool National Park, NSW, on Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung and Ngarabal Country. A dramatic shift in light and atmosphere on a bend of the track that called us to pause. From within the bend – hanging, holding vines connect trees to each other, drawing lines to follow from one point to another, left to right, light to dark. This experience and the observations made, act as the starting point for the paintings, translated through colour and line.

Collected field recordings blend seamlessly with Reuben Schafer's instrumentation to create a captivating soundscape.

Bridie Gillman, The Bend I, 2024, oil on linen, 168 x 213cm


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Hugo Michell Gallery are proud to partner with Bird in Hand Winery for this opening event.

Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!

Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

 

Gallery closure over the Easter long weekend

GALLERY CLOSURE
Wishing you all as safe and fun filled Easter long weekend!

Please note Hugo Michell Gallery will be closed across the long weekend and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd of April with exhibitions by:

Marc Etherington | My Old Heart
Jeremy Blincoe, Jodie Di Natale, Ella Dunn | The artist
is always alone

Exhibitions continue until 13 April 2024. 

Enjoy the break, drive safe!

Georgia Spain selected as FINALIST in Bayside Painting Prize

Georgia Spain has been selected as a finalist in the Bayside Painting Prize with her painting ‘Cosmic Hook’.

The Bayside Painting Prize remains a celebration of contemporary Australian painting. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today.

The finalist exhibition will be held at Bayside Gallery from 3 May to 23 June 2024.

Congratulations Georgia!

Pictured: Georgia Spain, Cosmic Hook, 2023, oil on linen, 183 x 176.5 cm

 

Hugo Michell Gallery Opening: Marc Etherington | Jeremy Blincoe, Jodie Di Natale, Ella Dunn - Curated by Richard Lewer

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Marc Etherington’s ‘My Old Heart’ and the group exhibition ‘The artist is always alone’ featuring works by Jeremy Blincoe, Ella Dunn, and Jodie Di Natale on Thursday 14th March 6-8pm.
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Marc Etherington
My Old Heart
An exhibition of paintings and hand-cut sculptures, ‘My Old Heart’ is a marriage of humour and sincerity. The title alludes to Etherington’s concern for the health of his heart after decades of indulging in relatable vices like junk food and alcohol. This is also a loving nod to his wife Kate, as he says “… sometimes I refer to Kate as ‘my old heart’.”
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Jeremy Blincoe, Ella Dunn, Jodie Di Natale
The artist is always alone
The group exhibition 'The artist is always alone' brings together the diverse work by three Melbourne-based emerging artists, Jeremy Blincoe, Jodie Di Natale, and Ella Dunn, under the mentorship of Richard Lewer.
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Hugo Michell Gallery are proud to partner with Bird in Hand Winery for this opening event.
Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!
Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Clara Adolphs showing in the 2024 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Inner Sanctum

We are thrilled to celebrate Clara Adolphs' inclusion in the 'The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Inner Sanctum' is now showing at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Adolphs will present a new suite of paintings alongside over 20 artists, poets, and musicians, curated by José Da Silva.

“The Biennial unfolds across exhibitions, performances and talks that explore our engagement with the world and each other. Here the idea of an inner sanctum illustrates the private or sacred spaces we create and the faculty of imagination that allows us to see culture and society differently.

The 2024 Adelaide Biennial offers a snapshot of contemporary Australia that is reflective and hopeful. It provides a setting where art and poetry enliven the social imagination and help us understand the complexities of the human experience.”

2024 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Inner Sanctum will be on display at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 1 March to 2 June 2024.

Enquiries to mail@hugomichellgallery.com

 

Richard Lewer in 'What they didn’t teach me at school: Richard Lewer -The Waikato Wars’ at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery (Te Pūkenga Whakaata)

We are excited share the launch of Richard Lewer's upcoming solo exhibition ‘What they didn’t teach me at school: Richard Lewer -The Waikato Wars’ at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery (Te Pūkenga Whakaata) on Thursday 22nd February.

For his exhibition Lewer has created a new body of work resulting from his own personal journey learning about the Waikato Wars.

Lewer began researching and making this body of work because he, like many New Zealanders wasn’t taught about the New Zealand Wars when he went through school in Hamilton in the 1980’s. He feels it’s important for all New Zealanders to acknowledge and digest what happened, to help better understand our complex and disputed colonial history. Lewer thinks this will be the most important artwork series he will ever create, as he develops an understanding of the history of the place he comes from and his place within and resulting from that history.

This exhibition is a part of the Aotearoa Festival of the Arts.

‘What they didn’t teach me at school: Richard Lewer -The Waikato Wars’ is on display at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery (Te Pūkenga Whakaata), Wellington, New Zealand from 22 February to 12 May 2024.