Gallery Takes Unusual Step Closer To Home

Newcastle Herald

Tuesday October 21, 2008

By JACQUI JONES

SHOWINGS by contemporary Hunter artists at Newcastle Region Art Gallery have in the past been rare, but a new exhibition is restoring the balance.

The work of Newcastle-based artist Dallas Bray and Salamander Bay's Darryl Bowes is on display until November 23.

Bray uses scale models and paintings to depicted landscapes, including those from the Hunter and his birthplace, Moree.

"They're impressions from childhood and life experience," he said.

Bowes's abstract pieces are done with automotive paint and many are titled with a stopwatch time indicating how long they took to complete.

"A lot of what I'm interested in is the labour component," he said.

"I'm sort of seduced by the materials."

The artists are pleased to be showing concurrently.

"The fact that we're both here together demonstrates that there's huge diversity with what's happening with Newcastle," Bowes said.

The last time Bray displayed work at the gallery was in 1987 when he was an artist in residence.

"It's great to be back," he said.

"Until fairly recently it was quite unusual for a Newcastle artist to show in this gallery."

Gallery guides heard yesterday from Bray and Bowes about their work. Such first-hand accounts are uncommon as many artists live elsewhere or their works are exhibited posthumously.

© 2008 Newcastle Herald

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