The Robin Gibson Gallery of modern and contemporary art located in Darlinghurst at Sydney features work by recent graduates, emerging and established living Australian artists.
On May 17, 2016 the Robin Gibson Gallery are officially opening two exhibitions by mature artists, painter Ted Hillyer born in Sydney in 1936 who at 80 years of age hasn’t seemingly slowed his pace and the works of sculptor Patricia Lawrence who did not start working until she was 50 years of age and has made very post a winner.
Ted Hillyer was born in Campbelltown in Sydney and has been exhibiting his work since his first solo exhibition in 1972.
He moved to live in the Northern Rivers region of NSW where from the mountains to the sea, he paints the landscapes and the beachgoers, fishers and sunbathers who live the sub-tropical lifestyle of the Coff’s Coast.
Inspired by American artist Edward Hopper’s geometric form and style, Ted Hillyer portrays realistic depictions of everyday urban scenes that are compelling to the eye.
He lives in one of Australia’s best kept secret laid-back picturesque tree lined towns.
Bellingen, nearby the Bellinger river is a built environment that is replete with natural beauty and a place where writers, artists and musicians imbue the area with a dynamic creative energy.
Art is a language in images, a method by which we communicate ideas, express conceptions about self, our society, culture and community.
Sculptor Patricia Lawrence may have come late to sculpture, but her abstract interpretations of form are endearingly appealing.
Born in Adelaide in 1930, at 86 Lawrence was an accomplished potter, before attending sculpture schools in Sydney and New York.
She features curves, lines, volumes and space to convey emotions that have become hallmarks of her artistic practice, especially in relation to the human form.
The works of Patricia Lawrence which are unrelated to the human figure such as her Osprey Resting, ‘rely on integrated, interacting forms’.
Some are formed from stone, yet others are formed with clay and plaster and then cast in bronze using the ancient ‘lost wax method’ from antiquity.
Sand piece moulding is also a technique used by Patricia with interlocking moulds made from a sand-based mixture to produce a bronze impression with a fine texture.
Studying at the Artists’ Collective Workshop at Nacka in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990 her work was influenced by Bulgarian sculptor Stoyan Valev. She worked on classical abstract compositions based on the torso and head and since 2012, Patricia Lawrence has created abstract forms, some based on the environment.
Ted Hillyer and Patricia Lawrence, Robin Gibson Gallery, 278 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst Sydney, May 14 – June 8, 2016, Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm