Geoff Todd One-Day Show in Newrybar

Despite having his work acquired by The National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and other National and State institutions in Australia, Northern NSW knows little about Geoff Todd.

Black Dress Number 2 122x122cm, acrylic on canvas 2017.jpg

Mitchell Fine Art Gallery in Brisbane has decided to change that. This brief, one-day exhibition is an exciting introduction of Todd's work to the region. Black Dress is an exhibition of new works by Todd - a selection of paintings, drawings and ceramics will be on display on Sunday October 15, 9am-3pm, at Newrybar Hall.

BAM.  Are these works representational of women whom you know personally?
Geoff. 
My connection with Indonesia since 1990 has left me with many wonderful friendships. Nonita Respati, one of Indonesia's most important fashion designers, came to my Victorian studio to stay. She is a creative genius who inspires those around her. While these paintings are not meant to be portraits of a  particular person, they were inspired by this wonderful, serene lady who bonded with our dog, Daisy. When ever sitting opposite Nonita, Daisy would throw my lap over for hers. Nonita in her signature black dresses, Daisy contrasting with her white coat. An image not easy to ignore.

 

Black Dress #3, 31x2.5cm, ceramic platter 2017.jpg

BAM.  What are your views on feminism?
Geoff.  As a young artist I was quite closely involved with the Women's  Electoral Lobby and studied Germaine Greer's the Female Eunuch as part of my degree, so was very much aware of the public consciousness of Feminism. Then moving to live in Arnhem Land with a very patriarchal society of tribal Aboriginal people I was able to identify many extremes of society shown me from the feminist point of view.
By virtue of my sexuality I find I tend to use female models much more than male. Perhaps I look for excuses, but I must point out that the sexuality of the artists over the centuries does tend to control an artist if they are working figuratively. Way back in the late seventies there was a distinction made that there is a big difference between equality and sameness and this I believe feminists of all genders must consider.

Black Dress Number 4, 122x122cm, acrylic on canvas 2017.jpg

BAM.  Please describe how this series fits within your oeuvre.
Geoff.  I have always been a figurative artist. Always on the alert for inspirational imagery and unlike some of the art schools of today, I have this conservative belief that an artist must be able to control one's mark making, even if this artist works non - figuratively!
Two things keep haunting me: first, if an artist relies greatly on "accident" within the work, it seems wrong to call that art — it's an accident, some times a happy accident, but unless the artist hand has some control, we are not talking art.
The other worrying idea is that " art can be anything".  This is simply wrong because if art can be anything it must be something else, therefore once everything becomes art, we have lost art. Marcel Duchamp in one of his last interviews with Pierre Carbanne said, "I never meant it to be an artwork" when talking of his famous urinal/fountain. So in retrospect I think this series fits my oeuvre from the point of view that I am still bashing away to keep emotions, aesthetics and control in my art work. This is how I get satisfaction. If others identify with me it is a bonus.

Portrait #3, 29.5x7.5cm, ceramic platter 2017.jpg

BAM.  Do you have any further shows planned for the Northern Rivers, Gold Coast or Brisbane?
Geoff.  Since Mitchell Fine Art showing my first Brisbane exhibition in 2015 bringing, my wife, Janette Lucas, another artist, to this region, we are looking forward to a working and a living future here and are in the process of organising our relocation from our Darwin and Victorian studios.

Black Dress, an exhibition of new works by Geoff Todd.

SUNDAY 15th OCTOBER
9am - 3pm

Newrybar Hall
13-15 Old Pacific Highway
Newrybar NSW 2477

For enquiries please email gallery@mitchellfineartgallery.com or phone 0419 655 434.

Artist Profile - Diana Miller

"Sharing beauty with the world through my art is what drives me. I thrive on connecting with others through this medium and would like to inspire others to live their own life doing the things that bring them a sense of fulfilment."

 

Born and raised in South Africa, Diana Miller has now been living out her dream as a full-time artist from her home studio and gallery at much loved local favourite, Newrybar Merchants for just over a year. Colour forms the basis of Diana’s work – her most recent canvas’s expressing a vibrant sense of energy and raw emotion through pattern, texture and bursts of blushing hues. Favoured by interior stylists across Australia, her stunningly abstract outputs of creativity feature as the hero piece in many a living and work space, enriching rooms with a sense of joy and calm. 

The Centre  Acrylic on linen  60 x 76cm

The Centre

Acrylic on linen

60 x 76cm

Transcendence  Acrylic on linen  90 x 105cm

Transcendence

Acrylic on linen

90 x 105cm

Surrounded by the immense natural beauty of the Byron Hinterland, Diana attributes the slowly evolving nature of her work to her environment, saying that her paintings are “more pared back and the palettes more toned down” in comparison to the more detailed and busy work of her pre-Byron life. She says that “part of this is also a result of an abstraction course with Michael Cusack at the BSA earlier this year, which definitely saw a shift in my approach to my work”.

Diana explains her work and process as abstract and intuitive. "I work with a basic palette and an expressive, loose arm, with no reference point – merely colour, texture and shape as my tools with which to work. Applying paint in layers, my acrylics get brushed on and then wiped off and layered again in a game of give and take-away! Sometimes, something will start to take shape fairly early on and other times the canvas will evolve more slowly. Ultimately when the work is resolved I feel an enormous amount of satisfaction and peace."

Lakeside  Acrylic on linen  80 x 90cm

Lakeside

Acrylic on linen

80 x 90cm

Blush  Acrylic on linen  100 x 120cm

Blush

Acrylic on linen

100 x 120cm

To see more of Diana's recent artwork, visit her Instagram at @dianamillerartist, or click HERE

Diana's work is available locally at Newrybar Merchants, Newrybar and Art Piece Gallery, Mullimbimby. You can also find it at Fenton & Fenton in Melbourne, Summer and Salt in Peregian Beach, and on The Block Shop Online.