Donna Sharam’s paintings explode with colour and joyful images. Inspired by a combination of her vivid imagination and observation of the natural world around her, they directly reflect her zest for life.
Her use of gestural brushstrokes, spontaneous mark making, emotive colours and action painting techniques create works that are highly individual in execution and style.
While Donna’s work is not confined to any single school of painting her images are reminiscent of fauvist expressionism, known for its use of use of luminous, pure colours and bold, distinctive brushwork.
Donna paints from her imagination and from the heart. The overwhelming sentiment in her art is joy and love of life. Her hope is that when buying or viewing her work this feeling is transferred to you and your environment.
An active artist since his teenager years, a graphic designer for many years after, he has explored the many mediums and facets of his creativity over time, originally painting in oils with his heroes ranging in diversity from Streeton to Dali, with his current intrigue being occupied by digital art.
The source of inspiration for his latest series is the natural beauty of the land and the atmosphere which is so volatile and distinct in this region.
Having spent time exploring life's horizons in other places, he gravitated to the Nimbin area where the creative flow has been reawakened with a refreshed spirit.
I studied ceramics at the National Art School( East Sydney Tech) in 1975-6 and at Southern Cross University in 1985-90, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Ceramics . I’ve been making domestic ware pottery full time since then. My work is made from fine white stoneware clay, high fired to 1260 degrees C , which produces a durable body and glaze, is microwave and dishwasher safe and does not react to food acid or any other food. My main aim with my work is to create pleasing forms, and also to produce pieces that are a pleasure to use as well as to look at.
Arnulf Gautsch graduated at the State Glass Art School in Kramsach, Austria. He also hade various trainings at the Art School in Luzern, Switzerland. Arnulf created glass works for ten years in the best known Crystal glass Company in Luzern before forming the own studio with his wife Trudy. He supplied galleries all over Switzerland and a few overseas for fourteen years.
1997 Arnulf and his family migrated to Australia as a resident and opened “glass art aspects”, supplying and exhibiting in galleries all over Australia. Arnie won several awards.
2003 Trudy and Arnie opened their own gallery ‘art aspects gallery’ at 104 Woodlark Street in Lismore. After 7 years, in 2010, they sold it to Chris & Lily to have more time for travelling and exploring this fascinating country and its nature.
- 1998 - 2007 Roxy Gallery, Kyogle NSW ( solo exhibition ) - Inverell Art Gallery NSW - Bare Bones Gallery, Bangalow NSW - Tweed River Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW, Southern Cross Art Festival, Ballina NSW - Art Gallery Stanthorpe QLD - School of Arts, Nimbin NSW - International Sculpture Show , Gold Coast QLD, East Coast Sculpture Show , Thursday Plantation, Ballina NSW - Exhibition of Excellence, Grafton NSW - Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise QLD, Cooraki NSW – Tea Tree Art Festival
- 1984 - 1996 Various exhibitions in Switzerland, e.g. Zurich, Bern, Basel and Lucerne.
- 2004 Part time Art teacher at TAFE Murwillumbah (Engraving & Sandblasting)
- 2003 Opened our own gallery at 104 Woodlark Street in Lismore NSW 2480 , displaying our glass and art works from over 40 other artists
- 1997 - today Arnie & Trudy are creating various artworks and supplying local and interstate galleries with works from their studio "glass art aspects"
- 1983 - 1996 Formed "Atelier Gautsch" in Hitzkirch (Lucerne-Switzerland) with wife Trudy and supplied the heritage galleries in Switzerland with engraved glass art works.
1972 - 1982 Created glass works at "Aux Art du Feu" Lucerne, one of the leading crystal glass companies in Switzerland
1997 Migrated from Switzerland to Cawongla NSW, acquired permanent residency in 1996, and the Citizenship in 2000.
Her current works to be showcased at the Spring Arts Exhibition are 3D sculptures from hand knitted copper wire and beads.
Her range of art at the Nimbin Artists Gallery include wearable art, wall quilts, quirky jewellery, and rust prints as a response to a recent trip over Lake Eyre and the surrounding desert. See Pauline's web page for more details.
I love working with and painting geometrical designs with mystical connotations. I have studied many art forms over the years but always return to the fascination of geometrical, mathematical based art forms.
My background is based in the mechanical ~ electrical, drafting and engineering genre and I use my ‘antique’ drafting equipment to create mandalas.
My purpose for painting mandalas is to bring about an inner calm and to enjoy the quiet and meditative state they create for me. My mandalas are handpainted on canvas or paper in mixed media and are one-off works only.
The Mandala is an ancient and sacred symbol of the universe. Classically in the form of a circle (the Cosmos) enclosed in a square (Earthbound matter). Mandalas are used for meditation, contemplation, healing and visual pleasure. The context of the Mandala is to follow the "peaceful path". To gain understanding of things by becoming calm and centred and to discover that divinity resides within yourself.
Rikki started her career in Graphic Design after completing a Diploma in Art and Design at RMIT Victoria. At the height of her career she managed her own graphic design studio in Melbourne for 20 years. Upon selling the business in 2005 she was now determined to find time to work on her own artwork and refine her skills as an artist.
Rikki has a passion for wildlife hence influencing the subject matter for her artwork. In recent years Rikki has mainly painted Australian bird life. She said “I never liked birds much and fish even less. It was only after a trip to Darwin and Kakadu that I discovered the richness of our Australian bird life. The variety was amazing and I was hooked”. However in 2012 her focus changed to African animals after a trip to East Africa.
Rikki uses a variety of media depending on what she is wanting to achieve in her artwork. Her most recent works are in Scratchboard. She holds Scratchboard workshops for artists and also teaches adult drawing classes for ‘Absolute Beginners’.
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Rob Harle is an artist, poet and researcher.
Past artwork consisted of drawing and sculpture ― current work is exclusively digital/computer created images. Writing work includes both film & book reviews, poetry and academic essays. These are published in numerous journals, magazines and books.
His formal academic studies comprise: Philosophy of Mind, Comparative Religion, Architecture and Psychotherapy. His immediate past work has been concerned with the technoMetamorphosis― the social and evolutionary impact of technology, including the nature of consciousness, embodiment and techno-augmentation. This has given way to a (re)exploration of the surreal nature of existence through the archetypal shadows of the Collective Unconscious. One recent critic used the term techno-surrealism to describe his work.
He is an active member of Leonardo, and an editorial member of The Journal of Fine & Studio Art and The Journal of Virtual World Research. Artwork & selected writings are available from his website
I was born in Quebec Canada into an eccentric French Canadian family. From early childhood I have developed my passion for art. By the age of 18 I commenced studying art, theatre and dance in Montreal. After extensive world travel including South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe, I settled in Australia where I pursued my journey in art. I completed an Advanced Diploma in Ceramic and visual art in 1999 and then exhibited in Noosa Yandina Mooloolabah Byron Bay and Gold Coast .Since settling in Uki NSW Australia in 2007,I have dedicated my creativity to my art providing the time space and motivation most artists dream of.
I am a sculptor and painter principally working with clay as my favourite medium. My sculptures are hand built using clay slabs to make hollow forms, which are then fired in a gas kiln to become my canvas or I simply apply clay on canvas to be part of my painting. Oil or acrylic is used to produce the illusion of metal or vibrant colors. My art could be described as naïve. My images are strong and arresting largely as a result of the three dimensional technique. I am inspired by where I live and travel, the villages, the nature, the native, the human form.
Her illustrations immerse you in a complex world of detail and colourful design full of fun and love that she feels for her environment.
In recent years she has become drawn towards printmaking, exploring the soft velvety lines and textural beauty of printmaking and the endless possibilities and techniques applied.
I practised as a secondary art teacher in Mentone, a Bayside suburb of Melbourne for 30 years.
I taught painting and drawing, ceramics, printmaking, set design and multi media, amongst a host of other art related subjects. I also coordinated the school magazine for many years and was the art coordinator.
I enjoyed teaching, but found that it was hard to develop my own passion for painting and drawing and ceramic sculpture as well as bringing up children amid the usual domestic joys and traumas of modern life. However, I have always found time to produce art – just because I have to. I have occasionally exhibited and sold pieces of work, but it has not been easy to complete a lot of work. Mostly this is to do with my fairly intricate style – it can take months to produce a single painting. Since arriving in the Northern Rivers in 2013 I have had the opportunity to focus and it is my ambition to become an artist whose work is exhibited and appreciated.
I have also always enjoyed writing and talking about art, and have had a number of articles published.
Drawings in pencil, pen and watercolour. Presently working on a series of large water colour and pen works, inspired by botanical art and science fiction. Ceramic sculpture, vessels hand built thrown and coiled, Clocks. Majolica style decoration on terra cotta earthernware.
Exhibitions “Summer Solstice” Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, 2012 Group exhibition of friends of Lynne Sinclair-Wood (1950 – 2011) copyright
"Born at the very end of the Baby Boomer period in Melbourne, Australia, Peter dutifully completed school and university graduating in “rocks and things” (Geology) and mining, and literally headed west and into the bush - rarely to be seen in Melbourne again.
Thus began a life of always wanting to go somewhere different, just for the sake of it, that has grown far beyond Australia’s expansive shoreline. Interest in photography started about the same time but developed into something much more later on.
Basically a travel stock photographer, Peter is a relatively new transplant to Nimbin and the world of "art" photography. The exploration continues...."