These are Picasso Days (Working from Home)

Wendy Cohen, Joanna Cole, Nadeena Dixon, Agatha Pupaher

12 January 2022 - 30 January 2022

Free Admission

These are Picasso Days, Joanna Cole

These are Picasso Days, Joanna Cole

These are Picasso Days (Working from Home) is an exhibition by three Sydney based artists toying with themes of distance in space and time, access and restriction to landscapes, people, freedoms, mysterious secrets, colour, joy and painterly solutions that respond to circumstance. It celebrates the ordinary and the extraordinary and Sydney.

Pushing artistic practice beyond to adapt to situations “Picasso Days…” is birthed of a unique moment in time, shared by all, where connection with the land and the people around us had changed, and through creative expression and innovation with technology, colour, and object these artists find commonality.

The exhibition comprises oil-wash painting, i-phone ap prints, ceramic vessels, digital animation, collage & found object paintings and weavings, set in the light-filled Gallery 4 of the reconfigured Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf.

With a community focus entwined in the history of the place, the artists merge their common experience of time in isolation and solitude, each purging creatively with adaptive methods and process.

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The primary focus of artist Wendy Cohen's practice is to invite the viewer to enjoy each painting as she transforms the static space of each painting with synchronized contrasting colours highlighting its vibrant chemistry and resonance. By integrating shapes into a cohesive body of colours and forms in conjunction with collage elements, flowing ideas are arbitrarily manifested that bring the viewer's attention to the brushstrokes, mark-making and materiality on the surface of each painting. Wendy is a Sydney based professional artist , who is a graduate of the National Art School, attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2017.Wendy’s aim is to convey her own fetish, poetry and harmonious rhythm to the paintbrush, developing playful imagery with an emotive and inventive sensibility. The loose whimsical brushstrokes concerned with Abstract Expressionism and the  precise shapes with Geometric Abstraction, are the composites of Wendy’s paintings.

The artistic practice of Sydney based landscape painter Joanna Cole, considers the awe and wonder of the landscape through repetition and acute responses to moment. Adapting a conventional outback plein air painting practice into urban nature doses Cole is combining drawing and painting, with i-phone ap technology to transformed perspective. Small plein air sketches document the days when Bondi Beach was closed, the days when people would say “I need a haircut”, and all would chuckle in understanding. “These are Picasso Days  - Picasso Colours“ she notes looking out at the ocean through the strange roots of the Pandanas, on the strange days when nothing really made sense. The outback and the coastal landscapes become mythological time-warps of memory, and the present has to be accepted.

Cole has exhibited at NSW Parliament House En Plein Air Art Prize, The Blacktown Art Prize, The Bowral District Art Prize and Grace Cossington Smith Gallery. Joanna Cole is a graduate of USA with a Bachelor Visual Communications,1997 and UNSW Master of Art in 2020.

Nadeena Dixon, a Gadigal Master Weaver and digital multidisciplinary artist engaged with ongoing revitalisation of traditional cultural practices, is a Facebook International Artist Alumni, being the first Aboriginal Artist in Residency with the Facebook A.I.R Program. Nadeena has a Post Graduate Degree in Indigenous Arts Management University of Melbourne and is a Masters in Fine Arts UNSW graduate 2017. In 2019 Nadeena was commissioned to design and paint a 9 metre internal wall at Barangaroo Towers.

Agatha Pupaher is a maker and sharer, owner of Sydney Clay Studio and collaborator with Joanna Cole on ceramic painted vessels for over three years. They have exhibited together at Saint Cloche, Hazelhurst Art Centre, Barangaroo and Purple Noon Gallery.

Exhibition gallery

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf acknowledges that we are on the land of the Gadigal and Birrabirragal people, the traditional custodians of the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is proudly owned and operated by Woollahra Municipal Council