{Latest Art Exhibitions Explore} {Concepts of Fantasy, Philosophy and Idealism}

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GROUP exhibitions and a solo show with carefully grouped images provide a wealth of material that offers fantasy and philosophy, as well as a fascinating sharing of experience.

The Cam Robertson Gallery at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is presenting the exhibition, A Fool's Hope, Hart, and the Nightwalker, the work of Chelsie Luck.

The autobiographical paintings are the next chapter of an on-going narrative documenting the hopes and heart-breaks of a whimsical little creature called Hart, the artist's heart-faced alter-ego.

The imagery nods in the direction of Japanese Manga style comic book illustration as well as drawing on aspects of popular culture and fashion.

The works are hung salon style in an intense cluster of different sized canvases, paper plates, and board.

The collaged and richly varnished surfaces capture a dichotomy of sophisticated innocence.

While this series details the destructive hope of the lovelorn there is a funky, clever charm that is bewitching in this most beguiling of exhibitions.

'Wallpaper' wonders

THE Arts Gallery at the University of Southern Queensland is showing the collaborative exhibition, The Wallpaper Project.

Seven panels over a metre in length "paper" the gallery walls in muted colours that all but camouflage the innuendos couched in the imagery.

The exhibition initiated by Arts lecturer, Simon Mee, whose own piece of Rococo elegance with its feral squirrels squabbling over acorns is a tour de force, puts interior design into the realms of fine art. …