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Storm on Chifley Road, Land and Sky
Jane Gooding-Brown worked as a Visual Arts Educator for more than 40 years before retiring to the Blue Mountains.
She has a Doctorate in Art Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies from City Art Institute, now COFA and has taught in the US, UK and Australia.
Gooding-Brown has participated in group exhibitions in the US (Pennsylvania State U. faculty exhibitions) and Australia ( UNSW Graduate exhibition and Blackheath, Virgin Walls Gallery).
Her exhibition at Rex-Livingston in Katoomba, displays an intense fascination for landscape and weather. The Blue Mountains often has a unique micro climate, hence the title for this exhibition and the exploration of landscape and sky, beautifully rendered in ink, watercolour and acrylic.
"I have endeavoured to pare down landscape to its most essential but dramatic elements. Eerie mists and ghostly fogs at dawn at Govetts Leap exaggerate and perpetuate for me the powerful mystic landscape. Blood orange sun going down behind the mountains seen from the Darling Causeway can speak of coming sinister heat. Storm clouds which rise up from behind the ridges on the Chifley road at Dargan suddenly bring a prophecy of danger and disruption. These characteristics enable me to understand what to include and exclude in the mountain landscape.
I work on paper with inks, watercolour and acrylics – sometimes pastel. The works go through a loosening of the media by subjecting the paper and media to water, rain and sun. I layer the inks on the paper. I am attached to my French inks which refuse to leave the paper when washed and which bleed sympathetically together creating an atmospheric base on which to layer more and more inks and paint.
There is, in these works, a focus on the dramatic essential in the sky and mountain landscape. But there are other connections – with Constable and Turner’s clouds, with Ansel Adams’s concept of sky and land and with the romantic conception of the sublime landscape and more."
Storm on Chifley Road - Land and Sky
14 to 24 December
opening drinks with the artist:
Saturday, 15 December 2/4pm