Whereabouts: Printmakers Respond – Group Exhibition Curated by Rona Green

Image above: Rona Green  Petal  2023  hand coloured linocut  edition 57   38 x 28 cm
Photography by Tim Gresham

Printmaker Rona Green has curated a group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat,
Whereabouts: Printmakers Respond, inviting 56 emerging and established artists from across Victoria to submit a work that responds to their relationship to place, country and home. 

Australian Galleries artists Sue Anderson, David Frazer, Rona Green, Kyoko Imazu, Glenn Morgan, Heather Shimmen and Deborah Williams all have works in the exhibition.

Whereabouts: Printmakers Respond
Now Open
Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street, Ballarat VIC

Exhibition Launch
Saturday 16 December 2023

Free entry. All welcome!
Exhibition current until 4 February 2024

For further information on this exhibition, visit The Art Gallery of Ballarat’s website here

 

Sue Anderson  Cygnet Boats  2023  drypoint  edition 57  20 x 30 cm
printed by Bill Young Photography by Tim Gresham

David Frazer walking home  2023 wood engraving  11.5 x 15.5 irregular edition 57
Photography by Tim Gresham

Kyoko Imazu  Horseshoe Bend  2023  etching and aquatint  edition 57  17.5 x 29.5 cm
Photography by Tim Gresham

Glenn Morgan  Cats  2023  linocut  edition 57   26 x 28 cm
Photography by Tim Gresham

Heather Shimmen  Chaos  2022  hand coloured linocut  edition 57  38 x 28 cm
Photography by Tim Gresham

Deborah Williams  celestial movement  2023  screenprint  edition 57  28 x 38 cm
Photography by Tim Gresham

Rona Green and Deborah Williams – ‘Back to Box Hill’ at Whitehorse Artspace

Image above: Rona Green  Cola nights 2022  hand coloured linocut  edition 23  49 x 72 cm

Rona Green and Deborah Williams are both featured in the current exhibition ‘Back to Box Hill’ at Whitehorse Artspace.

This exhibition presents a collection of artworks created by artists who taught in the remarkable heyday of art education, offered at the Box Hill Institute of TAFE.

Artists include Rona Green, Deborah Williams, Dawna Richardson-Hyde, Sue McFarland and Ian Gardiner.

Exhibition on view until 23 September 2023

The Box Hill Town Hall and Artspace is located at
1022 Whitehorse Road Box Hill

Image below: Deborah Williams  Stray shadow 2022  aquatint  edition 15  37 x 29.5 cm

Danielle Creenaune, Dianne Fogwell and Rona Green – Finalists in the Burnie Print Prize 2023

Congratulations to Danielle Creenaune, Dianne Fogwell and Rona Green, who have been selected as finalists in the Burnie Print Prize at Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

An initiative of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, the Burnie Print Prize presents the best works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists. Offering a prize pool of $22,000, including a major acquisitive award of $16,000, it is open to all artists from Australia.

The Burnie Print Prize for 2023 received a record number of 185 submissions, from which a short list of 66 works has been selected for inclusion in the Burnie Print Prize exhibition. The judges this year are Milan Milojevic, Ashley Bird, and Annika Romeyn.

The Burnie Print Prize 2023 exhibition will open on Friday 21 July at 6pm, when all winners will be announced, and will be on display until Friday 8 September.

Burnie Print Prize
Opening night and winner announcement: Friday 21 July, 6pm
Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Burnie Arts Centre, 77 – 79 Wilmot Street, Burnie TAS 7320
Friday 21 July – Friday 8 September 2023

Rona Green  Lucky LeVon  2022  hand-coloured linocut  edition of 23  56 x 76 cm.

Throughout her career Rona Green has demonstrated an enduring interest in the figure and notably a dedication to the development of extraordinary hybrid characters. Fuelled by a fascination with the animal, Green explores ideas about persona, transformation and the absurd.

Danielle Creenaune  Luminous Fall  2022  woodcut on Somerset Satin White paper  101 x 80 cm.

Luminous Fall forms the expression of a new passage which attempts to capture the nuances and meaning of water. Deriving inspiration from the waterfalls and creeks in the Illawarra landscape and the small flowing creek outside Creenaune’s studio, the artist explores the different qualities of water in this work – movement, light, strength, fluidity, substance and flow – through vertical form and line.

Dianne Fogwell  Tempest  2023  linocut, pigmented ink  142 x 152 cm

“Tempest is a contemplation on global recent floods, their beauty and destruction and ponderings on our ability to take up the challenge of climate change.” –  Dianne Fogwell

 

 

Rona Green ‘As ready as ever’ – The Docklands Gallery, Melbourne

Image above: Rona Green  Icecream days  2019  hand coloured linocut  49 x 72 cm.

Rona Green’s vibrant hand coloured linocuts were recently shown her a solo exhibition As ready as ever at Library at the Dock at the Docklands, Melbourne.

Green says of her work: “The pictures I make utilise animal hybrids as a vehicle to explore the nature of individuality. Of specific interest is how identity is expressed via the body; physical appearance and the ways it can be altered; the skin and its ​potential to be the stem point for transformation.

“The creative process, for me, is very much about synthesis of the real and imagined –​​ fusing an eclectic mix of reference material with observations to invent something otherworldly and absurd that is also genuine.”

Located at Victoria Harbour, Library at The Dock is more than just a traditional library – it boasts community spaces, makerspace, recording studio, a large and versatile gallery and some of the best views in Melbourne, including a large window display overlooking Victoria Harbour Promenade.

 

Rona Green: As ready as ever
Library at The Dock Gallery
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
19 April – 14 May 2023

 

Installation views, As ready as ever, Library at the Dock Gallery. Photographs by Rona Green.

Rona Green Interview on The Jacklyn Foster Podcast

Rona Green was recently interviewed for Episode 1 of The Jacklyn Foster Podcast: Rona Green – 30 Years of Printmaking

Listen to this insightful interview via the link below:

Rona Green: 30 Years of Printmaking

What an absolute ripper episode to start back for season 2. I have been such a fan of Rona Green since I was a teenager, and the opportunity to sit down and chat with her was just amazing. She is so incredibly talented and brilliant at her craft, and such an inspiration to chat to. Welcome back to the podcast, and I’m glad we’re back! – Jacklyn Foster

To read more about Rona Green and to view a selection of available works, visit our website here

Rona Green – Art Almanac Feature

“Whatever I create is a musing on persona, contemplation about individuality and the notion of modification.” – Rona Green

We are delighted to share this wonderful interview with Rona Green, in the April issue of Art Almanac, who spoke with the artist ahead of the opening of her survey exhibition RONA GREEN: 30 Years of Printmaking, recently on view at Whitehorse Artspace in Melbourne. Here’s what she had to say.

For three decades, artist Rona Green has continued to explore and reimagine her observations of identity, personality, and transformation in the creation of playful human-animal mutations, which she brings to life in portraits made using a range of printmaking techniques and processes; namely monotype, linocut, lithography, digital printing, etching, and screen printing, as well as drawing, painting, and soft sculpture poppets.

Tell us about the ‘figure’ in your artmaking and how it has continued to captivate and inspire your imagination over three decades of practice?

The figure is continually fascinating and a constant challenge to work with. As a subject the animal kingdom is inexhaustible. Early on, my figures were various individual species that became hybridised over time. A formative experience was encountering Egyptian art, specifically representations of theriocephaly – not to mention a childhood love of cartoons and comics centred on anthropomorphic characters having a major impact on my own way of image making. A cornerstone of my practice is conjuring up absurd persons that amuse me, and all going well will engage the viewer and prompt an unspoken dialogue.

What’s involved in bringing your hybrid animals to full blown character?

Initial ideas are pretty much always ignited from observation or reflection on actualities, then imagination plays its part, and a kind of fusion of the real and the fanciful transpires. Many of the subjects in my pictures are persons known to me, others are amalgams of the real and imagined, and some are purely dreamt up. Whatever I create is a musing on persona, contemplation about individuality and the notion of modification. I’m interested in how identity is expressed via the body; physical appearance and the ways it can be altered; the skin and its potential to be the stem point for transformation.

To read the full interview, visit Art Almanac here

Rona Green: In the Studio Published 12 April 2022 | Kirsty Francis