Ruth le Cheminant,

Lincoln's Rock to Little Kickerbell 

   2 to 26 March 

opening drinks with the artist:

Saturday 10 March 2/4pm

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Ruth le Cheminant


Lincoln's Rock to Little Kickerbell


​2 - 26 March

Rex-Livingston Art + Objects presents a new body of work by Ruth le Cheminant in March, entitled - Lincoln's Rock to Little Kickerbell. 

The locations that have been the inspiration for this exhibition extend from the far west of New South Wales on the Darling River, Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains and Little Kickerbell on the Liverpool Plains near Quirindi in the north of the state.

All these locations are very different as is the work inspired by them. Each area visited has influenced the colour palette and the approach Ruth took. Included in the show are drawings and plein air studies of each area that informed the larger major works. As a consequence, there is a variety of disciplines and sizes of work, from the intimate to large scale paintings on canvas.

le Cheminant says "It was important to spend time in each environment, quite literally. I spent time simply being there, observing the landscape, understanding it and taking reference photographs. My next step is to work plein air to try and understand the formations and structures that were around me. My two stays at Evandale, a 400 acre property on the Darling River was limited - so I returned to the studio to complete work.

Living in Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, I realised I should practice more rigorously the same process I had travelling to other areas. I live in a property that interfaces with the bush.  The shrubs and bushes, the wildlife and the chorus of the birds,  the seasonal changes,  the mists that can obscure the trees and the clarity in summer - all of these are my inspirations for my painting.

Some years ago I ‘discovered’ Lincoln’s Rock in Wentworth Falls and find it endlessly fascinating. Being a rock shelf that has been scored and gouged by passing generations presenting dates, names and marks that pattern the surface. It is an escarpment with no barriers and has a sheer drop to the valley floor below. It is quite magical.

For most of February I have been at Little Kickerbell near Quirindi looking after the garden and Dixie the dog and painting the landscape.

Kickerbell remains a very large rural property. The family realised the old homestead was deteriorating and decided they’d sell it off and surrounding acres. Hence it’s name - Little Kickerbell."

The response to three environments is contained in one exhibition by Ruth le Cheminant at Rex-Livingston Art + Objects throughout March. You will be treated to a visual trip from the far west of NSW to the central north of the state via the Blue Mountains!

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