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The Planner/Yeah. Cheers. Thanks a lot

SMH
26-27 November 2016
Katie Milton

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After more than three decades since it was first established and 15 years at its current site, Brenda May Gallery says goodbye. See a retrospective of the artists who have exhibited under its roof, including Nicole Welch's Tondo #4 (pictured)



Newcastle Club Painting Prize 2016: The winner of the city's newest major art prize

Newcastle Herald
18 November 2016
John Barnes

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Newcastle's newest major prize for painting, donated by the Newcastle Club Foundation, has been awarded to well-known local artists Andy Devine and Peter Tilley for their collaborative work, Response #35.

Their work was chosen from a very high quality group of eleven finalists selected from over 70 entries by the former director of the Newcastle Art Gallery, Ron Ramsey, and his fellow judges after many hours of deliberation.

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House art opens doors

Penrith Press
10 November 2016
Isabell Petrinic

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A charcoal almost-to-scale drawing of an early 1960s fibro home in the Housing Commission Green Valley estate is among artworks on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Inhabited Space, by Glenbrook artist Catherine O'Donnell, explores the emotional impact of the way we build, which was also a focus of her Masters thesis.



Dobell Biennial Install

Look
October 2016

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Installing this edition of the biennial took the efforts of many. Sydney artist Catherine O'Donnell is pictured realising her large-scale charcoal and pencil wall drawing Inhabited space, Jumaadi is arranging his work Halfway to the light, halfway through the night and Richard Lewer's nine drawing series makes its way onto the wall, while a young Gallery visitor approaches O'Donnell's finished work.



Catherine drawn to home

Daily Telegraph
29 September 2016
Elizabeth Fortescue

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Catherine O'Donnell doesn't argue when people comment that her near life-size charcoal drawing, Inhabited Space, is just "an ugly Western Sydney house". "Yes. It is. But other tings attach to (these houses) for," O'Donnell says at Art Gallery of NSW, where the work hangs in the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial.



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Textiel Plus
#237
Dorothé Swinkels

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Als jong meisje leerde Melinda Le Guay breien. Ze blies deze vaardigheid nieuw leven in door het maken van een serie bijzondere jurkjes, getiteld Con ict. Voor dit project bestu- deerde de kunstenaar het proces van het breien om meer te weten te komen over de arbeidsintensieve herhaling die ook dit 'vrouwenwerk' kenmerkt. Ze breide haar delicate, transparante sculpturen van ijzerdraad in plaats van de gebruike- lijke zachte materialen. Het verbeeldt een con ict tussen enerzijds bescherming van de fysieke en psychische gevoeligheid van vrouwen en anderzijds de blootstelling ervan.

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In The Studio: James Guppy

Byron Arts Magazine
Spring 2016
Alana Wilson

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Originally from England, James Guppy emigrated to Australia over 30 years ago and settled in the Northern Rivers. He has been awarded the Border Art Prize and Blake Prize for Religious Art, among others, and has exhibited twice in the Archibald Prize. Read online here: https://issuu.com/byronartsmagazine/docs/bam.issuethreefinal



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.