Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Trees and Leaves

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Trees and Leaves

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Byline: Grafton regionalgallery Jude McBean

SISTER artists Patrycia Buckland and Jenny Kitchener grew up near the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the leafy northern suburbs of Sydney. This early influence, combined with the sisters living in the Northern Rivers area, is the basis of their exhibition Tree & Leaf.

Most of the drawings and paintings by Patrycia, who is based in Grafton, began in the dry sclerophyll forest of her bushland property. Jenny lives in Kyogle, a more subtropical environment, where her home is surrounded by trees.

A unique feature of the exhibition is the series of collaborative works. The works were formed by the sisters working on them separately then mailing them to each other. This created a dialogue between the artists that also informed the other individual works.

The prints, drawings, paintings and mixed works form a sensitive and beautiful display. They engage the viewer with the world of trees and leaves, which we all interact with in one way or another daily. This world has great sense of time, complexity and tranquillity.

New acquisitions

A SELECTION of new works acquired into our collection is on display in Prentice House. A print by Kitty Kantilla was acquired through our exhibition of prints from the Jilamara Arts Centre. The two small landscape paintings by Cobie Kaptein-Arendshorst were acquired through the gallery's biennial Postcard Show. A large drawing by Judy Cassab was acquired through the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program.

Kitty Kantilla (1928-2003), a leading Tiwi artist working in the abstract using dots, lines and colour, evokes elements of ritual and cultural identity. Her work developed from her experience making art in ceremonial contexts. Kitty was born at Yimpinari, her father's country, on the east coast of Melville Island, where she led a traditional life. …

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