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Metropicks - Animal Farm

Sydney Morning Herald (Metro), p.21
30 January - 5 February 2009,
Tracey Clement

Animal Farm

An eclectic range of artists take inspiration from furry critters and the beasties lurking within in Animal Farm: An Orwellian Homage or a Fun Romp Through the Farmyard. Cybelle Blakebrough's "Yeti Girl" seems to be channelling her inner wild woman.

Brenda May Gallery
2 Danks Street Waterloo

Sculpture 2009 - Animal Farm

Art Gallery Guide
January / February 09
Tracey Clement

Left: Cybelle Blakebrough, Eating Timmy, 2008, ceramic, underglaze, oil paint, (Brenda May Gallery).

For many, artist is still spelled with a capital 'P' for painter. Despite having been declared dead more than once, painting remains perched fairly confidently at the top of the visual art hierarchy, while sculpture clings tenaciously several rungs down. Russian-American colour field painter Jules Olitski's off hand comment, "Sculpture is the stuff you trip over when you are backing up trying to look at a painting" (made at the height of the Modernist cult of painter as hero, shaman and visionary) has been repeated so many times that it has become both cliché and doctrine.


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High Court Challenge Looms Over Royalty Scheme

Australian Financial Review
20th November, 2008
Katrina Strickland

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The cost of administering the resale royalty scheme could blow out beyond the standard 15 per cent of income if the federal government does not amend its proposed model.

Inverted Drinking Glasses Tell a Detailed and Satisfying Tale - Waratah Lahy

CitySearch Sydney
7 October, 2008
Emma McGowan

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At first glance this exhibition looks like a row of upside-down fine glass vestibules, black, with the occasional flash of colour, in a stark white room characteristic of the Brenda May Gallery.

In fact, it is this very minimalism that allows you to really focus on these objects of distinct beauty and fluidity of form. Inside each glass an individual story is revealed, one which captures the imagination and allows the viewer an intensely private engagement where, subtly, the artist encourages you to run with your own interpretation.


Metro Picks - James Guppy

Sydney Morning Herald (Metro), p.21
26 October, 2008
Tracey Clement

The surrealist painter celebrates the beauty of women of all ages and shapes in his solo exhibition Fay. Naked women wrangle with fairies and their own demons across his hyper-real canvases. In The Fairy of Sharp Edges, a sassy woman sports kitchen knives instead of wings.
Brenda May Gallery
2 Danks Street, Waterloo, 9318 1122.
Tues-Sat, until October 4.

Art Market - Stockroom - Waratah Lahy

Art World
Issue #5, October / November 2008, p.192

Left: Waratah Lahy,

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Stockroom: Our selection of available works from galleries around Australia and New Zealand.

Backlash - James Guppy

The Byron Shire Echo
September 2, 2008

Left: Detail from The Fairy of Sharp Edges, acrylic on linen, by local artist James Guppy.

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'These works are about women, aging and power,' says James. 'The fairy element is also a tribute to my mother who gave me fairies as a child. She maintained she had seen one, so as a loyal son I will not say that I do not believe in fairies. I certainly believed in my mother. She was a testament to a mature woman's power.'

Visual Art - Robert Boynes

Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum), p.18
26-27 July, 2008
Leesha McKenny

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Boynes nails his canvases to the floor before he runs the silk screen over them, rubs them back with a scrubbing brush and gets the screen back out again. It's a process that can result in up to 30 layers n each of these featured work, which portray seemingly generic urban scenes (but are actually London, Sydney, Canberra et al) of an an everyman commuter moving through his everyman city. Unlike Boynes's earlier work, it is the commuter he's interested in here. Along with rain sweeping through thoroughfares, he captures them as the forever shifting and changing lifeblood of a city.

At Work and Home With Robert Boynes

Capital: Culture, Art, Society, pp.52-57
Issue #35, July-August 2008
Helen Musa

Left: Images: Elizabeth Hawkes

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When I visited him recently at his Macquarie home and studio where he has lived since 1982, he was rushing to finish work for Beaver Galleries' exhibition at the Melbourne Art Fair and for a solo show at Brenda May Gallery in Waterloo from July 15 to August 9 as part of the Biennale of Sydney's "Parallel Program."

Journey Through Urban Jungle - Robert Boynes

Canberra Times (Panorama), p.22
12 July, 2008
Philip O'Brien

Left: Images: Richard Briggs

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When Robert Boynes retired as head of the Painting Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art in 2006, he decided he needed a larger home studio. Freed from the demands of teaching and administration, Boynes whose work is featured in major Australian and international galleries was now able to concentrate full-time on his own art. He wanted a studio with a higher ceiling, column-free space and plenty of blank walls.He approached Canberra architect Dennis Formiatti to design and build the structure.


Metro Picks - Will Coles

Sydney Morning Herald (Metro)
11 July, 2008, p.25
Tracey Clement

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More than 20 artists wrestle with the inevitability of death in this show. Highlights include works by Jonathan Leahey, James Guppy and Nick Stranks (Bronze Classic, left). Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, 9318 1122.
Tracey Clement

Biennale of Sydney 2008 - Robert Boynes

18 June 2008

Left: Chinese Cinema, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120cm

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Robert Boynes works through a series of oppositions within his practice, both in terms of his subject matter and his creative process. He simultaneously draws attention to the outside and the inside, public and private, static and animated, the unique and the repeatable. In his new show at Brenda May Gallery in July, Boynes reflects on the nature of our urban existence by presenting his audience with snapshots of the often-mundane aspects of our lives: walking through the city, waiting for a train, pausing on the street.