This wonderful work by Tamara Dean is currently showing in Home’s ‘The Portrait’ exhibition.
Pictured is Luca and Aki, 2016, Pure pigment print on cotton.
“There is an arresting beauty in androgyny.
Androgyny challenges our cultural conceptions of femininity and masculinity. The questions that often arise – “Are you a boy or a girl?” or “are you a man or a woman?” – suggest that gender stereotypes, learned behaviour and cultural prejudices can influence the way we perceive and in turn relate to people.
For me androgyny can be perceived as a universal face of humanity…”
Tamara Dean has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Her works are held in Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York, Artbank, Art Gallery of South Australia, The Mordant Family Collection, Australia, Tweed River Gallery, Neil Balnaves Collection, Australia, ArtOmi Collection, New York and Gold Coast City Art Gallery.
Tamara Dean appears courtesy of Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.
Home is pleased to be exhibiting work by Deborah Kelly in our ‘The Portrait’ exhibition opening this Wednesday.
Taken from Kelly’s 2018 ‘Seven Eves’ series, this body of work recasts the despised figure of the first woman as ancient hope for female learning, as a counterclaim to the malevolent mythologies underpinning Catholic misogyny.
Damning revelations of clergymen’s sexual abuse provide context for this extended meditation on the character of the ‘first sinner’ and her ongoing resonances through human history. She is the original female; the disobedient woman; the emasculating witch; the threat to clerical authority; she through whom man fell: all these women are valorised here in faithful revision of masculinist orthodoxy.
As a biblical character, Eve is alone in a world full of men. Her longing for knowledge is the first and worst sin, the fall of our species whose shame is punished still.
Using images excised from discarded books of western art history, this work suggests insurgent female solidarities, the glories of our mitochondrial ancestress, women’s defiance of religious oppression; and repudiation of the virgin/whore binary informing the deathgrip of the patriarchs.
Pictured is Eve x Eve (Shazzam) from Seven Eves, 2018, Collage, Japanese metallic and Sennelier honey-based watercolours, ink on handmade cotton paper.
Deborah Kelly appears courtesy of Wagner Gallery, Paddington
Home is pleased to be exhibiting work by Bill Henson in our ‘The Portrait’ exhibition on Wednesday. Join us for opening drinks from 6-8pm.
Bill Henson is a visionary explorer of twilight zones, between nature and civilization, youth and adulthood, male and female. His photographs are painterly tableaux that continue the traditions of romantic literature and painting. The use of chiaroscuro is common throughout his works, through underexposure and adjustment in printing. His photographs’ use of bokeh is intended to give them a painterly atmosphere. The faces of the subjects are often blurred or partly shadowed and do not directly face the viewer.
Pictured is Bill Henson, Untitled, Diptych, 1983-1984, C Type print. This artwork appears courtesy of Badger & Fox Gallery.
This compelling work from Cherine Fahd’s Apókryphos series will be showing in Home’s ‘The Portrait’ exhibition opening next Wednesday.
Cherine Fahd is an artist, academic and writer working in the field of photography. Fahd holds a doctorate (PhD) from Monash University, Melbourne and is the Director of Photography at the University of Technology Sydney.
An extensive exhibition history has seen her work shown in major public institutions in Australia and internationally, with photographic work represented in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego and the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel.
Fahd is the recipient of numerous grants from the Australia Council for the Arts (2018, 2016, 2014, 2007, 2004, 2002, 1999) along with art awards and residencies such as the NSW Women & Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW (2005), Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Photography Award (2004), National Photography Prize (2010) and the Moya Dyring Studio from the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2003).
Recently, Fahd was awarded the Asialink Creative Exchange (2018) to Varanasi, India. Her work on grief and mourning, Apókryphos (2019), was selected for The National 2019: New Australian Art and awarded a residency at The Clothing Store, both through Carriageworks.
Fahd has published two books, A Portrait is a Puzzle (2017) and Apókryphos (2019), both with M.33 Melbourne, publisher of contemporary Australian photography. Since 2017 she has also contributed to news media through The Conversation and subsequently to Fairfax, ABC news, and SBS, as well as publishing in scholarly journals such as Journal Visual Arts Practice and Journal of Photography and Culture.
“…there is an unwritten contract that grief is private, unphotographable. Even in the family album it is kept hidden. Family albums celebrate our moments of togetherness; birthdays, holidays and weddings as well as ordinary moments of domestic life. But what of death? What of images of grief and loss?
Apókryphos is a response to rare photographs from my family archive. In this series, I offer a forensic examination of mourning and the physical ways in which emotions are visualised, experienced and witnessed. Using image and text I have reproduced 24 photographs taken in 1975 of my Grandfather’s funeral and burial. Using a numerical system of annotations and footnotes, I forensically yet intimately guide you through the mysteries of the event portrayed, offering a visual and literary response to the photographs and to the unknown status of the photographer…”
Pictured is Apókryphos 1-1405, 2018/2019, Archival pigment print
This magnificent painting by Nick Stathopoulos will be featuring in our ‘The Portrait’ exhibition next Wednesday. Join us for opening drinks from 6-8pm.
Nick Stathopoulos is the son of Greek migrants and grew up in Western Sydney. A self-taught artist, he has become known for his hyper-realistic style, particularly his paintings of his childhood toy collection.
A graduate of Macquarie University, he has worked as an artist for over 30 years in film, television, animation, and book publishing.
Nick is a five-time Archibald finalist. His 2016 entry of Sudanese refugee lawyer Deng Adut was voted ‘People’s Choice’ to great critical acclaim and media attention. He has also been a two-time finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
Pictured is Deng, 2016, acrylic and oil on linen
Nick Stathopoulos is represented by Maunsell Wickes Gallery.
Bumper, Chicka, Tom Terrific, Lord Ted, Gibbo, Wuzza, Chook, Singo.
Everyone had a soft spot for the Newtown Jets.
By day they were garbos, cops, tradies & teachers.
Come the weekend they were giants.
We sat on grassy banks under the manual scoreboard with Frank Hyde in our ear.
After a trifecta of wooden spoons and financial woes they were ejected from the
competition in 1983 but far from forgotten. (words by Dean Manning)
Home will be exhibiting this wonderful painting by Dean Manning in our ‘The Portrait’ exhibition opening next Wednesday the 28th.
Dean Manning came to painting late after a long career as a composer/musician with rock groups Leonardo’s Bride and Holidays On Ice. He now regularly exhibits his paintings and animated films.
He has been a finalist in the Sulman and Blake prizes and his portrait of comic actor, writer and director Lawrence Leung was a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize. His work is held in the collections of Artbank and Deakin University.
Pictured is I Got Sunburnt Waiting for The Jets, 2017, oil on wood.
This stunning image by Zorica Purlija will be showing in Home’s ‘The Portrait’ exhibition opening on Wednesday the 28th of August. Join us for drinks from 6-8pm – 735 Bourke Street Redfern.
Currently working towards her Masters of Art in Photomedia at UNSW Art & Design, Zorica has been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize three years consecutively, twice in Sydney’s HeadOn Portrait Prize, a finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Melbourne, Duo Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize, The Kuala Lumpur Photographic Portrait Award, Mama Art Foundation Photography Prize in Albury, Josephine Urlick Award in Queensland and the Olive Cotton Award for Portraiture.
Pictured is Complicated, 2018, Baryta fine art photo rag.
Home is pleased to be exhibiting work by Brett Whiteley in our ‘The Portrait’ exhibition opening on Wednesday the 28th of August from 6-8pm.
Brett Whiteley (1939 – 1992) is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes several times, and his artistic career was bolstered by his celebrity status in Australia and abroad.
Whiteley started working as a commercial artist in 1956, began life-drawing classes at the Julian Ashton Art School and joined John Santry’s sketch club where he became friends with Australian landscape painter Lloyd Rees, who was a strong influence. On weekends Whiteley painted around the towns of Bathurst, Hill End and Sofala, producing works such as Sofala 1958. In 1959 he was awarded the Italian Government Travelling Art Scholarship, which was judged by Australian artist Russell Drysdale at the Art Gallery of NSW. Whiteley remained in Europe for the next decade, exhibiting his work regularly in group exhibitions in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, establishing an international reputation. He also lived in the USA, staying at New York’s Chelsea Hotel where he socialized with celebrities such as musicians Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan.
Returning to Sydney in 1969, Whiteley moved to Lavender Bay and became involved in the Yellow House artists’ collective in Kings Cross. His work became highly collectable, in particular his Matisse influenced large-scale interiors and landscapes. In 1976 he won both the Archibald Prize for portraiture and the Sulman Prize for genre painting. The following year, he was awarded the Wynne Prize for landscape. He won all three prizes in 1978 (the first artist to do so) and the Wynne a third time in 1984. In 1991 he was awarded an Order of Australia.
Brett Whiteley died in Thirroul on the New South Wales south coast in 1992. His last studio and home in Sydney’s Surry Hills is now a museum managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Located at 2 Raper Street in Surry Hills, the studio is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm.
Pictured is Self Portrait, One of a Dozen Glimpses’, 1983, etching and aquatint.
Home is thrilled to be exhibiting work by Nick Stathopoulos in our ‘The Portrait’ show opening on Wednesday the 28th of August.
Nick Stathopoulos is the son of Greek migrants, and grew up in Western Sydney. A self-taught artist, he has become known for his hyper-realistic style, particularly his paintings of his childhood toy collection.
A graduate of Macquarie University, he has worked as an artist for over 30 years in film, television, animation, and book publishing. His work now focuses on his solo shows and private commissions.
Nick is a five-time Archibald finalist. His 2016 entry of Sudanese refugee lawyer Deng Adut was voted ‘People’s Choice’ to great critical acclaim and media attention. He has also been a two-time finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. His portrait ‘Ugly – portrait of Robert Hoge’ won the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 Salon des Refusés, and that painting was a finalist in the 2015 BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He was also a finalist in the 2016 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize in Bega, NSW.
Robert Hoge is an Australian writer and friend of the artist. Hoge was born with a facial tumour and limited mobility; his autobiographical memoir Ugly traces the challenges he overcame while growing up and the many surgical procedures he endured. Stathopoulos says of the portrait: ‘I wanted to capture his intelligence, his defiance, his quiet dignity, and his suffering.’
Home is thrilled to be exhibiting work by Katrin Koenning in our ‘The Portrait’ exhibition opening on Wednesday the 28th of August.
Katrin Koenning is an artist and photographic educator from the former German rustbelt of the Ruhrgebiet, now based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2016 her first book, Astres Noirs (Chose Commune), co-authored with her friend and fellow artist Sarker Protick, received the Australian Photobook of the Year Award and was shortlisted for both Prix Nadar and the Paris Photo/Aperture First Book Award. Her work is regularly exhibited in Australian and international solo and group exhibitions, and has been featured in festivals, biennials and fairs such as Paris Photo (solo), Daegu Photo Biennial, Peckham24, Noorderlicht, Format Festival, Chobi Mela Festival, Athens Photo Festival and many others.
Koenning is the recipient of numerous accolades such as the Daylight Photo Award, the Conscientious Photo Award and the Emerging Documentary Photographer of the year. She is a former editor of the Australian PhotoJournalist Magazine, and her images have been published in The New Yorker, ASX, The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, California Sunday Magazine and many others. Katrin regularly teaches intensive conceptual and documentary-based workshops in photographic practice and thinking, working closely with institutions and festivals such as Angkor Photo Festival (Siem Reap, Cambodia), The Lighthouse (Calcutta, India), Myanmar Deitta (Yangong, Myanmar), Photo Kathmandu (Kathmandu, Nepal), Photobook NZ, The Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne, Australia), Perth Centre for Photography and the Australian Centre for Photography. She has been a photographic educator since 2008, teaching documentary storytelling at the University of Queensland and Photography Studies College Melbourne.
Katrin is represented by Reading Room Melbourne and East Wing Gallery.
Home is pleased to be exhibiting work by Heath Franco in our ‘The Portrait’ exhibition opening on Wednesday the 28th of August.
Franco’s practice is primarily concerned with video, although the process of production and exhibition also incorporates photography, performance, costume, sound, digital media, sculpture and installation. He creates screen-based installation works that are structured with respect to flow and rhythm rather than plot narrative and that in turn attract and repulse through a mix of hyper aesthetic, catchy jingles and absurd, at times grotesque, performances. Repetition is a consistent feature of works produced in recent years, along with a psychotropic sensibility and the artist’s presence as sole performer within the works.
Conceptually, Franco’s practice is informed by explorations into Western popular culture, domesticity and notions of ‘home’, the chaos of existence, and contemplation on the nature, the artificial and possibilities of alternate, hidden realities.
Pictured is a video still from PORTRAIT, 2010-15, HD video. Image courtesy of the artist.