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Recent news and editorial from Defiance Gallery Newtown. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up-to-date by joining our mailing list or email lauren@defiancegallery.com

Anita Larkin reviewed in World Sculpture News

14 March 2012

Anita Larkin’s exhibition Leaping Chair, which was on display at Wollongong City Gallery from 30 September - 20 November 2011, has been reviewed in the respected international publication World Sculpture News.

Gina Fairly praises the ‘technically luscious objects’ and the exhibition’s ability to allow the viewer ‘to rediscover a sense of wonder.’ The Winter 2012 World Sculpture News is still available and the full review can be read below.

Image: Roger I hear you loud and clear

Kevin Norton outdoor sculpture

1 March 2012
Kevin Norton’s Sitting Pretty has been installed on the grass reserve next to Lucio’s Restaurant on Windsor Street in Paddington. Thanks to Woollahra Council for making this fantastic work available for public view. Image: Kevin Norton?s Sitting Pretty

David Wilson at QAG

1 March 2012
David Wilson’s impressive sculpture Hope Sleeping - Grand Design has been repositioned at the Queensland Art Gallery. The work looks great in its new outdoor setting and is worth a visit. Image: David Wilson, Hope Sleeping - Grand Design, 1989, steel

John McDonald reviews Genghis Khan

23 February 2011

John McDonald has reviewed Phillip King: Genghis Khan and recent monoprints in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum of February 18-19.

The exhibition is showing at Defiance Newtown until February 25th, so get in soon to see King’s wonderful pieces.

Ulvi Haagensen online exhibition

23 February 2012

Ulvi Haagensen has created an online exhibition of animated works, utilizing her molded steel wire pieces to create stories about the everyday.

The artist states; ‘the idea began in summer when I bought a camera and started to make simple animations with my children. But my aim with this exhibition was not to make films but I saw an opportunity to exploit the online format of this exhibition space. I had the opportunity to control the viewer and make them look in precisely the way that I wanted. I could make sculpture move and make up a few stories.’

These works can be viewed online at http://www.kunstikeskus.ee/new/galerii/naitus/ulvi_haagensen_vm.htm

Russell McQuilty sculpture installed outside MRAC

28 January 2012

Defiance artist Russell McQuilty's sculpture Tooraweenah Morning has found a fantastic home outside the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

Defiance Gallery would like to thank Brad Franks (Arts Centre Manager) of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and The Muswellbrook Shire Council Art & Culture Advisory Committee for making this opportunity possible.

The Council are planning a ceremony in March this year to acknowledge the work and the partnership with the MRAC, Russell McQuilty, Defiance Gallery and the Council.

Tooraweenah Morning can be viewed on the corner of Bridge & William Streets, Muswellbrook NSW. The artist has also lent a maquette of the sculpture which is on exhibition in the gallery.

Russell McQuilty, Tooraweenah Morning
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre,
Corner Bridge and William Streets, Muswellbrook NSW 2333

Defiance Gallery and Woollahra Council's new public art program

12 January 2012

Defiance Gallery is working with Woollahra Councilor Ian Plater on an exciting temporary art installation program. To date, Campbell Robertson-Swann's sculpture One has been installed in Lyne Park, Rose Bay and Russell McQuilty's Red Mountain has a great position in Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay.

Woollahra Council's Public Art Advisory Committee's innovative and forward thinking has created this great opportunity for sculpture to be enjoyed by the public all year round. As Mayor Susan Wynne states, "the diversity and appreciation of art is very important in our community. The aim of this new temporary art concept is to initiate conversation and debate around art and its role in our society."

The works will be on display until December 2012.

Tim Allen and Charmaine Pike in Australia Day Exhibition

19 October 2012

Tim Allen and Charmaine Pike have been invited to exhibit in The Great Australian Landscape, the Australia Day themed show to be held at Tim Olsen Gallery. The Sydney Morning Herald asked twelve leading Australian artists to create works depicting their vision of the country's national character.

The exhibiton celebrates the incredible diversity of our place and also features works by John Peart, Luke Sciberras, Rosella Namok, Guy Maestri, Angeliki Androutsopoulos, Jo Bertini, Leo Robba, James Drinkwater, Peter Hadjimichael and Mary Tonkin.

The works will be featured in a wrap around feature in the SMH on January 26th and the exhibition will be opened by editor Amanda Wilson on the 25th January from 6-8pm.

The Great Australian Landscape, Tim Olsen Gallery

16th Annual 6x6x6 Inch Miniature Show opened

27 October 2011

Last night Terence Maloon opened the 16th Annual 6x6x6 Inch Miniature Show to a full house.

Many thanks to Terence for his insightful and enlightening opening speech.

John McDonald reviews Peter Godwin

23 October 2011
This weekend's Spectrum (Sydney Morning Herald) included a glowing review of  Peter Godwin's exhbition at Defiance Paddington. The show will be on until the 5th of November, and is well worth a visit.


13 October 2011

The 16th Annual 6x6x6 Inch Miniature Sculpture Show

26 October - 26 November 2011

Showing at Defiance Gallery, Newtown


To be opened by Terence Maloon, AGNSW Special Projects Curator at 7pm

Exhibition opening 6-8pm Wednesday 26th October

Preview 11am - 5pm Saturday 22nd October

80 artists | over 140 works 

$10,000 in prizes

$5000 The Peter and Deborah Debnam Sculpture Prize

$2000 The Lady Nock Sculpture Prize

$2000 The Cat Advocate Prize for an emerging artist

$1000 The Defiance Gallery Miniature Sculpture Prize

chosen by Terence Maloon

PEARLS annual charity auction

6 October 2011

Next week PEARLS will be hosting its annual charity auction to raise funds for the charity's important research into preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is the most common complication of pregnancy, a major cause of premature birth and accounts for around 780 infant deaths each day throughout the world.

This year's auction catalogue has a terrific line up, featuring works by prominent Australian artists including Euan Macleod, Peter Godwin, Tim Allen, Daniel Kyle and Sue Nettleford. It is set to be a great evening, held at Sydney's iconic Mint and with fashion designer Alex Perry acting as Master of Ceremonies.

This is a great opportunity to have fun, help an important cause and even take home a fabulous piece of art!

PEARLS Charity Auction 11th October 2011 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney

5 Easy Pieces Review

28 September 2011

Among the unsolicited art emails that appear in my mailbox each week, one recent posting came from the Martos Gallery in New York, which was holding an exhibition called We Regret to Inform You There is Currently No Space or Place for Abstract Painting. The accompanying image showed this sentence written in a spiral on a black square... click the link below to read the full article

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/lines-of-thought-20110915-1ka5m.html Image: Ganymede's Run, by Michael Buzacott (2008-2011), from the Abstraction exhibition.

Defiance Gallery is now on Facebook!

21 September 2011

Defiance Gallery is now on facebook. ‘Like' us to stay in touch with the latest exhibition and artist news and to share your feedback!

Newtown gallery: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Defiance-Gallery-I-Newtown/243130222371729

Paddington: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Defiance-Gallery-II-Paddington/206171889435417

Look forward to seeing you there!

Five Easy Pieces openings

15 September 2011

Five Easy Pieces was opened last week to great acclaim. Defiance Director Campbell Robertson-Swann devised the concept of this show and it was first exhibited in 1999.  The exact five steel elements were issued to 34 upcoming, mid-career and leading Australian and international sculptors to create a sculpture.

The rules:  the steel can be cut and manipulated in any way, nothing can be taken away, all the steel must be used, the only additions allowed are welds, and the work can be painted.

The show had two openings, on Tuesday the 6th of September artists and critics were challenged to match sculpture to sculptor without the use of a catalogue. On Wednesday the 7th the exhibition was opened to the general public.

Great thanks to Lucio Galletto OAM, who opened the show with a very entertaining speech. Thanks also to all participating sculptors and galleries, and congratulations to Defiance artist Angus Adameitis who correctly identified the greatest number of works on Tuesday night and will be rewarded with dinner at Lucios!

The exhibition continues until the 15th of October.

Five Easy Pieces - Defiance Newtown, 47 Enmore Rd

7 September - 15 October 2011

Phillip King in Australian Art Review

31 August 2011
The new September/October 2011 edition of Australian Art Review features Phillip King's 'Blue Slicer' (displayed in Defiance last year) on the cover and contains a great article on Phillip King's career to date and his plans for 2012 by Joseph Brennan.

Daniel Kyle exhibits in Walcha

18 August 2011

Defiance Gallery's newest artist Daniel Kyle was recently part of a group exhibition at the Walcha Gallery of Art. The exhibiton also featured the work of sculptors  Stephen King, James Rogers, and Francois Jaggi.

Raw Jam was on show 5th August to 7th September at the Walcha Gallery of Art, 15N Derby Street, Walcha 

Defiance Gallery welcomes new artist Daniel Kyle

18 August 2011

Defiance Gallery is excited to welcome new artist Daniel Kyle. Daniel's work was just shown in our Annual Landscape Show to great acclaim. 

Daniel recently graduated from the National Art School, Darlinghurst. Daniel chooses to paint en plein air in order to try and catch the ever-evolving characteristics of the landscape. To this end, he prefers to work in the changing light of the early morning and late afternoon. 

Daniel emphasises colour, shape and movement. The artist plays with elements of the space, cropping and moving objects such as trees and rocks and manipulating the foreground and background in an attempt to achieve the perfect balance between tension and slack within a resolved composition.

Daniel's work has also appeared at the Walcha Gallery of Art, where he won first prize for painting at the Walcha Show. He also won the 2010 Inner City Clay-workers award. The artist is working towards a solo show with Defiance. 

Abstraction opening

18 August 2011

An exhibition of contemporary Australian abstract art will open at the Drill Hall Gallery on 18 August 2011.

Terence Maloon and Paul Selwood have curated an exhibition aiming to show the continuing longevity and vitality of abstraction as a creative language in Australian art. The exhbition features ten participating artists, five painters: Virginia Coventry, Roy Jackson, Allan Mitelman, John Peart  and  Aida Tomescu and five sculptors: Michael Buzacott, Paul Hopmeier, Jan King, James Rogers and Paul Selwood.

Abstraction will be officially opened by the curators of the exhibition Terence Maloon and Paul Selwood on Thursday 18 August 2011 at 6pm. The exhibition will continue at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), Canberra ACT, until 25 September.

Zoo AiR Auction featuring the work of Dave Teer

18 august 2011

An auction will be held on Sunday 21 August to raise funds for Taronga zoo conservation endevours. The auction features the work of 20 contemporary artists including Defiance artist Dave Teer, John Olsen, and Wendy Sharpe. These artists spent three months at Taronga, and have donated works inspired by the zoo. Bonhams will auction the works and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Taronga Foundation.

21 August, 2pm (viewing from 10am), Byron Kennedy Hall, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

The Normyle Artist Residency on The Monaro

9 June 2011

LOVE LACE Opens 30 July 2011

2 June 2011
Ingrid Morley has an amazing sculpture called 'Lacie Lorrie' in the upcoming LOVE LACE exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. This spectacular, ground-breaking exhibition of contemporary lace works by artists and designers from around the world showcases lace design in ways never before seen or ever imagined. See more than 130 lace works by 134 artists from 20 countries, drawn from finalists of the Powerhouse Museum's third International Lace Award that attracted an outstanding field of 700 entries globally. A disused farm truck revived by its impressive metal lace body, a sculpture of a female uterus made from delicately knitted human hair, a replica Ford motor engine created from thin crocheted steel, and a galvanised steel wire fence with its spectacular bobbin lace butterfly design, are among some of the extraordinary and provocative works that are expected to surprise and delight! This unique exhibition features two and three dimensional and virtual works that range from large-scale installations, screens and sculptures; textiles, wall hangings and lighting; to fashion, fashion accessories and jewellery. Unconventional materials including human hair, horse hair, titanium, mulberry paper, tapa cloth, copper and silver wire, and optical fibres have also been manipulated with traditional techniques to create such revolutionary works. In contrast, beautifully-constructed textiles, artworks featuring materials from the natural environment inspired by ancient skills, and exquisite pieces featuring the finest of lace techniques including needle and bobbin lace, are also presented with a contemporary twist. The first prize winner and five category winners (traditional techniques, fashion, built environment, digital multi-media, and Australian and New Zealand tertiary students) of the 2010 Lace Award will be announced and awarded prizes from a cash prize pool of A$40,000 when the Love Lace exhibition is officially opened at the launch of Sydney Design 2011. Ingrid Morely, Lacie Lorrie. photo courtesy of Sotha Bourn, copyright Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Image: Ingrid Morely, Lacie Lorrie. photo courtesy of Sotha Bourn, copyright Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Anita Larkin wins award at the 6th International Biennial of Textile Art

2 June 2011
Anita Larkin was recently presented with the Salon for Textile Art Object Award at the 6th International Biennial of Textile Art in Mexico for her work Roger, I hear you loud and clear. The Biennial was held at the Gallery for Contemporary Art, Xalapa, Mexico and featured work by artists from around the world working in a variety of different media. Image: Roger, I hear you loud and clear

Annual Landscape Show to be dedicated to Madeleine Halliday

26 may 2011

The Annual Landscape Show - Same Place, ManyViews 2011 will be dedicated to Madeleine Halliday who passed away in January this year. Madeleine's unique response to her beloved Hawkesbury region and the Australian bush in general was heartfelt and understood. Madeleine's full and colourful character leaves us with wonderful memories. Madeleine is dearly missed by all that knew her. 'Halliday's work may be placed within a tradition of modern Australian landscape painting - an extended family of artists each forging their own relationships with scenery that extends from the banks of the Hawkesbury to the red sands of the Outback. Each of these artists has taken something different from these environments, some element that gives their work an individual spark. In Halliday's case it may be a restless, physical, electric quality that turns this ancient land into an arena that teems with life. There is nothing stately or pastoral about these landscapes. They are imbued with an energy that seems entirely natural but owes an incalculable debt to the personality of the painter.'

- John McDonald 2010

News & editorial

Recent news and editorial from Defiance Gallery Newtown. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up-to-date by joining our mailing list or email lauren@defiancegallery.com