New Talent is an exhibition of exciting works from five recent graduates from The National Art School, Canberra. Opening Tuesday 10th February at 6 – 8pm, the works will be on show until 4th March, 2015. The artists are Raven Esque, Murat Urlali, Liya Mirzaeva, Samantha Stephenson and Sean Wadey. Wadey’s work is about ‘the complex inter-relationship between the object, photography and painting’ and he was awarded the 2014 Bird Holcomb Foundation Scholarship allowing him to further his studies in Honors year.
Sydney born Samantha Stephenson was selected for a Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program as part of her involvement in Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi, 2014. Her artist statement is very revealing, as in works fashioned from steel she explores the relationships between ‘individual pieces or between object and observer. Powerful bold pieces, they offer a view of boundless energy, strength and pliability.
Winner of the John Olsen Drawing Prize 2013 Sydney based Liya Mirzaeva has an interest in the outback landscape man made and natural, she is inspired by nature’s rugged beauty and man’s intervention on the land, as she captures its colours and forms.
Murat Urlali on the other hand is excited by artifice. The exuberance of colour, light and textures are brought into focus as he explores the issues of contemporary society from the perspective of a ‘recently arrived immigrant artist’. Gaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at The National Art School following on from studies in Istanbul, he engages with the ornament and imagery inherent in both cultures. They infuse his ‘Kitsch and Camp’ imagery with a shimmering star like quality sure to appeal.
Working sensually with clay, to produce sculptural ceramics that draw you in to explore their form, surfaces and colour, Raven Esque‘s interests although varied, inform each other as he draws from one field and integrates it into another. His Horn of Bacchus has a tactile quality, as it represents human indulgence with its deliberate reference to antique philosophies.
Robin Gibson has a great eye for New Talent and he has been showing great works at his sensational gallery since 1976. Here are five emerging new artists whose works you may want to consider supporting in your collection. New Talent, Robin Gibson Gallery, 278 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney.Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm