Louise Tuckwell at Aurora Place 27 July – 3 Sept 2015

Gallery 9 is excited to present a new exhibition by Louise Tuckwell at Aurora Place.

The idea of limitless combinations of colour, patterns, shapes and textures, whether simple or complex, is the starting point for Louise Tuckwell’s vibrant, non-objective paintings. Sparked by an interest in geometric patterning within the everyday, Tuckwell’s work searches for an overall system of balance and harmony– drawing on the influential algebraic and geometric work of Ancient Greek mathematician, Euclid.

Tuckwell originally studied at the Julian Ashton Art School and later graduated from the National Art School. While painting is Tuckwell’s primary practice she is also well known for her work with tapestry and is currently exhibiting as part of the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial which is scheduled to tour the nation. Tuckwell has been exhibiting her work for over 30 years in Sydney and Brisbane and has previously shown with Tim Olsen Gallery, Utopia Gallery and Damien Minton Gallery. She has been a finalist in the Mosman and Waverly art prizes and is widely represented in public, private and corporate collections. Tuckwell’s works are held the collections of the MCA Australia, Artbank, City of Sydney, New England Regional Art Museum, Tamworth Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Gallery and Allens Arthur Robinson, Sydney.

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Jake Walker: Sydney Contemporary 10 – 13 Sept 2015

Gallery 9 is excited to present Jake Walker at Sydney Contemporary 2015.

“Jake’s work has always shown an uncanny use of found imagery imposed with a painterly intervention that reveals something new, fresh and just right” Mark Hislop

Jake Walker’s paintings are a response to what he sees as the highly resolved quality of contemporary art, which de-emphasises the hand made and the mark of the artist. Walker calls his work a type of “Folk Modernism” that returns our attention to the nuances of surface and the hand made form.

Born in New Zealand in 1971, Jake Walker has lived in both Sydney and Melbourne. He recently returned to New Zealand and currently resides in a small town outside of Wellington. Solo exhibitions of Walker’s work have been held in New Zealand and Australia. Walker has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and New Zealand. In 2010 he was highly commended in the RBS Emerging Artist Award 2010 and won the inaugural Arkley Award at NOTFAIR, Melbourne.


Images coming soon!

Simon Blau: exhibition 26 Aug – 19 Sept 2015

Reading Room

Simon Blau turns to his library as a source of inspiration for this new body of work. He recalls the books that have stayed with him, drawing on particular moments of narrative and reimagining the experiences they offered him. Representing more than just a physical space, the Reading Room continues Blau’s exploration of the nexus between physical and immaterial experience. As he puts it: ”These works make an equation between the literal and the abstract. They recall the enjoyment to be had from looking and reading, and the transportation of the mind common to both.” 

Born in 1952, Blau lives and works in Sydney. He has held over 25 solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne. His work is included in the public collections of The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, Wollongong City Gallery and Artbank as well as corporate and private collections including The Baillieu Myer Collection of Contemporary Art, Melbourne.


Mark Rodda: exhibition 26 Aug – 19 Sept 2015

Flora with Fauna

In Flora with Fauna Mark Rodda has re-populated his formerly unoccupied landscapes. Animals, people, and creatures now reside in the hills, buildings, and ruins of his enchanted worlds. As the artist explains: “I felt like I was getting lonely in the studio and I needed to paint some friends. It is not clear what these creatures are up too, not even to me. Some are just sitting and waiting for something to happen, while others are in the act of completing a cryptic task.” Drawing on Persian, Chinese and pre-modern western painting, Rodda creates landscapes that are a fantastic blend of traditions and his own imaginings.

Born in Tasmania in 1973, Rodda has held over 16 solo exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand and has shown in group exhibitions and festivals internationally and around the country. He was a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2013 and in 2014 won the Glover Prize, Australia’s richest prize for landscape painting.

Read an INTERVIEW with Rodda and artist Robert McHaffie, discussing Flora with Fauna.

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Adam Norton: exhibition 29 Jul – 22 Aug 2015

New Works

As a dyslexic kid I remember learning to read from the billboards viewed out of the back seat of my parents’ car with a comic book spread over my knees. The first clues to the meaning of words were gleaned by first ‘reading’ the image and then attaching that meaning to the shape of the letters.

This interest in the relationship to the meaning of imagery possibly made me into an artist and has continued to have a profound impact on my art practice. Recent projects have included works based on signposts, book covers, film posters and film stills. Taken together they are pictorial attempts to present the essential understanding in those found images we all see around us.

These ‘New Works’ are based mainly on postcards and other found images in brochures and manuals from my collection of pictorial ephemera. All images come from the earliest days of half-tone colour mass reproduction, between the start of the sixties and the late seventies.

The works are put together from parts of images of Brutalist architecture, factories, bridges, dams, of rocket tests and space science, but make up a newer reading of strange new worlds, extra terrestrial visitations and intergalactic travel.

Initially, I scanned the images and used Photoshop to manipulate a certain strangeness into the images by simple acts of combining or cropping or flipping the images, whilst trying to retain the essential feel of the dog-eared original. These Photoshopped postcards directly resulted in the set of 12 prints, ‘12 Postcards’.

In the works on canvas, the printed sections are massively enlarged from the original postcards or images, revealing their dot matrix structure as well as any rips, tears and glitches they have picked up since they were made. Whilst the painted sections have been produced in slick, lush vinyl paint, this has created a slight visual disconnect between the different methods of production and the different elements of the work. The two aspects of the image manufactured sit together in an uneasy alliance, making up a new third image which offers clues to more esoteric meanings.

These works are an attempt to keep the viewer in that ‘snap’ or instant when the brain comprehends the image in front of their eyes. This could be described as cognitive dissonance, or pictorial ‘slipstream’ both terms borrowed from the Cyberpunk literary movement.

Adam Norton, 2015


Paul Snell at Aurora Place 1 Jun – 17 Jul 2015

An extension of his recent exhibition Sectant at Gallery 9 in May, the Gallery is pleased to present the recent works at Aurora Place at 88 Phillip Street, Sydney, where they will be on show until 17 July 2015.

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Paul Snell graduated from The Tasmanian School of Art in 1989 and later completed Honours there in 1995 also being admitted to the Deans Roll of Excellence. In 2010 he travelled and researched in London and New York and in 2011 was awarded his Master of Creative Arts from the University of Tasmania. Snell has taught art for the past 20 years and maintaining his own practice throughout, he has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and in New York. Most recently he has staged solo shows with Colville Gallery (Launcestron), Jan Manton (Brisbane), Edmund Pearce (Melbourne) and at Gallery 9 (Sydney). His work is held in numerous private and public collections including Artbank and was a recent finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and winner of the Moreton Bay Region Art Award in 2015.

Simon Blau at Aurora Place 1 Jun – 17 Jul 2015

Gallery 9 is currently presenting a selection of recent works by Simon Blau in the foyer of Aurora Place in the Sydney CBD. The works on exhibition were created by the artist between 2006 and 2012 and are representative of the significant developments towards a hard-edge, glossy yet hand-made aesthetic which occurred during this time.

Simon Blau lives and works in Sydney. He has been exhibiting since the 1980s and his work is held in numerous public collections including The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, Wollongong City Gallery and Artbank as well as corporate and private collections including The Allens Collection, Sydney and The Baillieu Myer Collection of Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

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