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  • Bridie Gillman Joins Hugo Michell Gallery as a Represented Artist

    Hugo Michell Gallery welcomes the addition of Bridie Gillman to our represented artists!

    Informed by ideas of place, and the ways in which experiences and memories shape personal perspective of a site, Bridie Gillman expresses these observations in paint using colour and abstract gestures. This process of responding to past experiences from the context of the studio environment offers a different way of connecting to a place.

    Bridie Gillman graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) in 2013. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally, including Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney; The Walls, Gold Coast; Blindside, Melbourne and Run Amok, George Town, Malaysia. She was previously a finalist of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, 15 Artists, the MAMA National Photography Prize, and in 2019 was winner of the Moreton Bay Region Art Award. She has undertaken residencies in Kedewatan, Indonesia, in 2019 and George Town, Malaysia, in 2015, among others.

    Congratulations to Bridie on all of her achievements, we’re thrilled to be working with her!

     

    Pictured: Bridie Gillman, Disoriented, 2021, oil and enamel on linen, 187 x 207 cm

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Narelle Autio | Kate Just, Jamie O’Connell, Min Wong

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to our first exhibition opening of 2021! Featuring Narelle Autio’s ‘Place In Between: The Changelings’ and ‘Neon’ with work by Kate Just, Jamie O’Connell and Min Wong.
     
    *Please note*
    If you wish to join us for the opening of these exhibitions, RSVP to mail@hugomichellgallery.com is essential.
     
    The call of the ocean has long been a focus of Narelle Autio’s work. Spending her childhood growing up in sun-soaked Australia she has had a lifetime relationship with the beach and is fascinated by the need for many of us to return to water. A primeval need connecting us to our ancient ancestors, pulling us back to where we came. The images dive into our collective memories and speak too many of their own personal experiences.
    Cinematic in nature and using the play of light and colour familiar to all her work, she captures the complex relationship and drama of our love for the sea and our willingness to risk our lives to enjoy it. – Stanley Barker Books (Place In Between)
     
     
    ‘Neon’ featuring works by Kate Just, Jamie O’Connell and Min Wong.
     
    Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!
     
    Exhibition Opening Thursday 4 February 6-8pm
    Exhibition runs from: 4 February – 5 March
     
    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.
     
    Pictured: Narelle Autio, Changeling II, from ‘Place in Between: The Changelings’, 2020, pigment print, 162 x 110 cm
     
     
    Pictured: Kate Just, Not Okay, 2018, neon sign, 20 x 70 cm, edition of 4

  • Happy Holidays!

    Hugo Michell Gallery would like to thank you for your support throughout a challenging year. Wishing you good health, prosperity and a fun-filled summer!

    Save the date: Thursday 4 February 2021
    Narelle Autio – ‘The Place In Between: The Changelings’
    Kate Just, Jamie O’Connell, Min Wong – ‘Neon’

    GALLERY CLOSURE DATES:
    CLOSED: from 18 December 2020
    OPEN: 4 February – Available by appointment from 11 January 2021

    Pictured: Lucas Grogan, ‘WE THINK YOU SHOULD TAKE THE DAY OFF’, 2020, ink, acrylic enamel on archival mount board, 43 x 43 cm.
  • Richard Lewer – Paul Guest Prize WINNER

    Congratulations to Richard Lewer who has been announced as the winner of the Paul Guest Prize!
    “The Paul Guest Prize is an award and exhibition held biennially that highlights contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, The Honourable Paul Guest OAM QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing in contemporary art practice. The Prize is a non-acquisitive cash award of $15,000.”
    Of the winning work Lewer states:
    “Drawing is the foundation of my art practice, I appreciate that it is immediate, unpretentious and uncomplicated. From a personal point of view, drawing plays a fundamental role in my wellbeing, it is where I go to escape when I need to deal with my demons, it is the best way I know to become healthy.”
    Finalist Exhibition: till 7 February 2021. Bendigo Art Gallery.

    For more information click here.

    Pictured: Richard Lewer, ‘2020’, 2020, charcoal on museum rag board, 100 x 150 cm.

  • Paul Sloan – Pigeon

    We’re thrilled to see that Paul Sloan’s majestic, mirrored pigeon has become an overnight icon for South Australia! The 2.3 m tall sculpture, which was unveiled on 6 November, has been drawing record crowds to Adelaide’s Rundle Mall.

    Simply titled ‘Pigeon’, the striking work sits in good company close to Bert Flugelman’s ‘Spheres’ and Lyndon Dadswell’s ‘Progress.’

    ‘Pigeon’ is the world’s first large-scale, permanent public artwork of the internationally omnipresent bird. It is also Paul’s first major public art work.

    Commissioned in 2019 as part of the City of Adelaide’s Gawler Place Upgrade, it is one of the city’s most significant commissions in recent times.

    Paul is interested in examining that which often escapes our attention. Ubiquitous, yet often overlooked the sculpture elevates the humble pigeon to the realm of awe and wonder.

    For many years, Paul has studied the form and symbolism of this common bird. For him, the pigeon speaks of migration and immigration, it connects the urban realm to the natural world, suggests navigation and homing instincts, reminds us of the messages and news we bring each other, and is a unifying feature of cities across the globe.

    Birds, navigation, history and the natural world are all enduring themes of exploration in Paul’s work, as are geometric abstraction and mirrored surfaces.

    Through the poetry of geometry and the escapism of the spectacle, this sculpture playfully disrupts the everyday. Through its mirrored surfaces, it reflects its viewer, environment and surrounding architecture while inviting closer inspection.

    The work speaks of the built world (materials, structures and sculptures), of the natural world (birds and abstracted natural, geological forms), of direction, movement and mapping. It generates intrigue, makes passers-by stop, investigate, circumnavigate and explore the artwork.

    Recognised as a homing pigeon from the band on its leg, the bird’s place of residence is recorded in GPS coordinates – cementing a sense of place and patriality for everything this resilient, remarkable bird symbolises.

    Despite its fledgling status, for many the sensitively considered sculpture seems like it has always been in the public realm – a masterful achievement for this artist’s first major public art commission.

    Congratulations to Paul!

    Pictured: Paul Sloan, Pigeon, Adelaide, Australia, 2020. Sam Roberts Photography

  • Temporary Gallery Closure

    Edit: Gallery Open as of 24 November
     
    In line with SA government direction, our gallery spaces are now temporarily closed. As always, we are accessible online and you can contact the gallery directly to receive digital materials regarding exhibitions and available works.
     
    All orders through the Hugo Michell Gallery online shop will be processed once we are able to return to the gallery.
     
    It is important for our cultural sector that we continue to support artists and creative outcomes. We extend our support and sympathy to all impacted in our community.
     
    Look forward to seeing you in person, on the other side!
     
    Pictured: Paul Yore, HANG IN THERE, 2020, Wool needlepoint, 45 x 29 cm (irreg)
  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Elvis Richardson | Bridie Gillman

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Elvis Richardson’s ‘Settlement and the Gatekeepers’ and Bridie Gillman’s ‘A space between walls’.
     
    *Please note*
    If you wish to join us for the opening of these exhibitions, RSVP is essential.
     
    Elvis Richardson’s ‘Settlement and the Gatekeepers’ is a suite of new works using painted metal and photography that expand upon previous iterations of Settlement 2016 investigating the aesthetics and personalities found in domestic interiors and access to the Australian dream of home ownership.

    Of the exhibition Bridie Gillman states: My practice is informed by ideas of place, and the ways in which experiences and memories shape our perspective of a site. Everyday observations that could be easily overlooked or forgotten are remembered and expressed in paint using colour and abstract gestures. This process of responding to past experiences from the context of my studio environment offers me different ways of connecting to a place when I am physically no longer there. Memories of a place often shift over time, with details fading and colours changing. My practice welcome’s the distortion that occurs in the process of remembering.
     
    Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions, our final shows for the year!
     
    Exhibition Opening Thursday 11 November 6-8pm
    Exhibition runs from: 11 November – 9 December
     
    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.
     
    Pictured: Elvis Richardson, Settlement #3, 2020, Pink powder-coated, bent mild steel gate, 188 x 90 x 45 cm
     
     
    Pictured: Bridie Gillman, I thought they were pretty (“Bridie, why did you buy this?”/“Bridie, kenapa kamu beli ini?”), 2020, oil on linen, 183 x 137 cm

  • Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020

    Hugo Michell Gallery are thrilled to be presenting the work of Richard Lewer and Lucas Grogan in Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020!

    “Designed to showcase art a little differently, Sydney Contemporary presents 2020 is an experiential platform that takes you on an art buying adventure from the comfort of your own home. Explore, discover and buy from over 450 artworks by 380 Australian and International artists all created in 2020. We always remember the story of when, how and why we bought an artwork so why not take this opportunity to acquire a work created during this iconic year, and support our artists.”

    Running from 1-31 October.

    Pictured: Richard Lewer, Ground Parrot, 2020, acrylic on rusted steel (sealed), 22.5 x 30.5 cm
    Pictured: Lucas Grogan, The Ascension, 2020, Ink, acrylic & enamel on archival mount board, 102 x 82 cm
  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Marc Etherington | Pepai Jangala Carroll

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Marc Etherington’s ‘Cave Paintings’ and Pepai Jangala Carroll’s ‘Ngayulu ngaranyi nyaratja (I was standing there)’.
     
    *Please note*
    – If you wish to join us for the opening of these exhibitions, RSVP is essential.
     
    Of his exhibition ‘Cave Paintings’, Marc Etherington states:
    “The show is about how since moving to Canada a year and a half ago, I have been feeling a bit of isolation and missing my family and friends. It’s hard starting off in a new country. I’ve found solace is listening to Nick Cave’s music which is like listening to a familiar old friend. These paintings are about me wondering what Nick and I would get up to if we were best friends.”
     
     
    “Art is also a type of memory theatre for Pepai Jangala Carroll. Although based for decades in Pukatja…Carroll’s custodial home country is his father’s country near Kintore in the Northern Territory. Carrying the recurring title of Walungurru, in this naming, like the act of painting and working in clay, is recuperative for Carroll, enabling him to call up Luritja/Pintupi country.” – Lisa Slade, 2016.
     
    Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!
     
    Exhibition Opening Thursday 8 October 6-8pm
    Exhibition runs from: 8 October – 7 November

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

     
    Pictured: Marc Etherington, Summertime Happiness, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 152 cm
     
    Pictured: Pepai Jangala Carroll, Walungurru (664C-19), 2019, Stoneware, 35 x 22 x 15 cm

  • Clara Adolphs Joins Hugo Michell Gallery as a Represented Artist

    Hugo Michell Gallery welcomes the addition of Clara Adolphs to our represented artists!

    Referencing abandoned photographs, Clara Adolphs works explore the notion of time and memory. She is fascinated by the question of what remains after a moment has passed. 

    Based in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Adolphs completed her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 2008. Adolphs has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in commercial and public galleries. Adolphs has also been a finalist in the Archibald and Sulman Prize.

    In 2018 Adolphs was the recipient on the Eva Breuer Traveling Scholarship, travelling to Paris for a residency at the Cite International des Arts. She has also undertaken residencies at Corridor Projects, ArtSpace Mackay, Leigh Creek, The Armory, and the New York Studio Art School.

    Adolphs has work in numerous private and public collections including ArtBank, Goulburn Regional Gallery and Gold Coast City Gallery.

    We congratulate Clara on all of her achievements and are thrilled to be working together in the future.

    Pictured: Clara Adolphs, Butterfly, 2020, oil on linen, 112 x 178 cm