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Drawing on experience

SMH (Spectrum), p.16-17
10-11 September 2016
John McDonald

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In its first incarnation, the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial concentrated on landscape. For the second biennial, subtitled Close to Home, curator Anne Ryan has come up with something much cooler, namely "narrative based on memory and experience".

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Skill is more conspicuous in Catherine O'Donnell's Inhabited Space (2015-16), but there is an emphatic side as well. Known for relatively small, precise pencil drawings of buildings, O'Donnell has taken a new turn here, finding a way to make those drawings inhabit an entire wall.

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20 things to see, hear. Art | Seven Rules for Raising your Siren

SMH, p.2
26 August 2016
Sharne Wolff

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A member of the order Sirenia, the vulnerable dugong is an herbivorous aquatic mammal and a siren of the sea. Via works on paper, sculptures and a beautifully hand-drawn animated video, artist Todd Fuller's latest show dispenses handy tips on how to care for a stray dugong if you're lucky enough to catch one falling from the sky. Fuller's refreshingly sensitive story of love and imagination will appeal to the child in everyone.


Catherine O'Donnell

Artist Profile, p.86-91
August 2016
Lucy Stranger

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For Catherine O'Donnell a later start to art has not limited the conceptual maturity of her practice. She began making art in early 2000, her drive has been fuelled by a lifelong connection to place and the home. Drawn to the familiar and unrepresented. O'Donnell depicts everyday images from plumbing to suburban homes, moving between hyperrealism and abstraction in her construction of geometric shapes and forms.


The Quarterly 2.4

Spring 2016
Brenda May Gallery

Exhibition information and news for the fourth quarter - October to December 2016 - at Brenda May Gallery.


8 Days: Your Sunday to Sunday Planner

SMH (S Liftout)
14 August 2016
Nicole Elphick

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The second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial: Close to Home (until December 11) presents images from Jumaadi, Maria Kontis, Richard Lewer, Noel McKenna, Catherine O'Donnell and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.


The Dobell Drawing Biennial: modestly staged, impressively rendered

The Conversation
12 August 2016
Andrew Frost

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Catherine O'Donnell's massive Inhabited Space (2015-16) is a wall drawing that depicts the simple lines of the suburban fibro house; its windows and screen doors hyper detailed charcoal on paper drawings. Together, the schematic outline and the detail coalesce, and like Yunupingu's drawings, float between abstraction and figuration. Read online here: https://theconversation.com/the-dobell-drawing-biennial-modestly-staged…


Glebe artist inspired by childhood fantasy of a pet dugong

Daily Telegraph
11 August 2016
Elizabeth Fortescue

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In a consumer society, the precious commodity of imagination is in just as much peril as the gentle dugongs whose dwindling supply of seagrass has put them on the endangered species list.

So says Glebe artist Todd Fuller, 27, whose new artwork was inspired by his childhood fantasy of a pet dugong. Fuller's hand-drawn animation Seven Rules for Raising Your Siren is on view at Brenda May Gallery.


Close to home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Art Guide website
9 August 2016
Naomi Gall

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Presenting the work of six artists, Close to home is the second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial. Jumaadi, Maria Kontis, Richard Lewer, Noel McKenna, Catherine O'Donnell and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu explore narratives based on memory and experience. With an intense intimacy and personal poignancy, these six storytellers present complex themes, from death to depression, that are both beautiful and unnerving.

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Close to Home : Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Art Gallery of NSW
July 2016
Anne Ryan

Over the past three decades there has been a significant revival of drawing in Australia. Today there are more artists drawing, and more drawings being made, than ever before.

Close to home, the 2nd Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, includes the work of six artists whose work is connected by a simple thread of visual story-telling. Their drawings are poetic narratives, based on memory and experience. While their subjects come from the particular, they resonate beyond with universal relevance and appeal.

The artists:

- Jumaadi
- Maria Kontis

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8 Days: Your Sunday to Sunday Planner

SMH (S Liftout)
17 July 2016
Nicole Elphick

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The architecture of the beach-side suburb is charmingly depicted in Kevin McKay's small oil paintings on display for So Bondi (until August 4).


Environment art is no longer just a political voice but images that stoke the heart with passion

Western Advocate
9 July 2016
Emma Hill

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BRAG audiences will remember the highly successful Illumination: New Work by Nicole Welch exhibition, shown here in 2012. Eastern Interiors follows on, utilising similar processes while surveying new forms, destinations and histories.

Beginning in her home of Bathurst and finishing in Albury, Welch has drawn on the historic archives and journals of Thomas Mitchell, explorer and the original Surveyor General of NSW to extract the original pathways into the eastern interior of NSW.

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Art & Design

Vogue Living
July 2016
Freya Herring

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In Kevin McKay's new exhibition, So Bondi, the historic buildings of Australia's most celebrated beach are given the same dignity as would befit a formal portrait, as Blue Building, North Bondi (2016, above) illustrates. It runs 9 July - 4 August at Sydney's Brenda May Gallery.