Rowley Drysdale & Bec Juniper
6 March — 2 April 2019
Opening: Wednesday, 6 March, 5:00 — 7:00 pm
Fox Galleries is proud to present drysdale juniper, an exhibition of Australian landscape objects and paintings by accomplished Australian artists Rowley Drysdale and Bec Juniper.
Bec Juniper’s father, Robert Juniper AM, was a renowned artist from Western Australia, working in painting, sculpture and printmaking, whose artworks are found in major state, private and corporate collections nationally. drysdale juniper presents a dialogue of artists producing considered and environmentally aware bodies of work.
Bec Juniper is a Perth based artist active for over 25 years, known for aerial landscape paintings of the Australian outback, rendered using mixed media, including materials found in nature.
Her work is influenced by formative trips she took into the West Australian hinterland with her late father, who taught her to look at the landscape from an aerial perspective. Exhibiting extensively in solo and group shows, Bec Juniper’s work is represented in public and private art collections worldwide.
The series of paintings Bec has created for drysdale juniper is titled ‘Fabric transit deluge imprint’. She says her painting is centrally about the WA interior. ‘I find my own way through this as a language’, she says. ‘Perhaps I use my feminine lens. I remove myself from close observation to a great distance, somewhere about 30 thousand feet above. I don’t exist as a reporter anywhere in between. This show is a selection of attempts at getting to know this type of spiritual identity. I owe my passion for this journey to my father Robert Juniper and to my Godfather, photographer Richard Woldendorp. I hope I add my own rhythms to theirs.
Rowley Drysdale is a multi-media artist whose focus is creating ceramic artworks, experimenting with unique glazes and employing anagama kilns. His practice spans four decades, during which time he has become an ambassador for Australian wood fired ceramic. Rowley’s work is held in numerous private collections throughout Australia, the United States, Europe and Japan as well as at least a dozen Australian public collections.
His dedication to glaze testing and experimentation with mineral formulas and firing techniques are evident in the beauty of the artworks created for drysdale juniper, many of which are titled after the moon, reflecting his belief of the influence of tides in our lives. These lunar influences are referenced with a feeling of wonder and flow, expressed in multiple-fired, luminescent silver glazed ‘trios’ or in his distinctive ‘reef series’, which incorporates sea shells in a nod to traditional Japanese ceramic practice. During the wood firing process ash lands and flames lick glazes, resulting in unstructured and dramatic exteriors not unlike the Australian landscape.
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Recent work – with the moon in mind, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Director’s Choice, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Mansfield Gallery (solo), Sydney
International Chawan Exhibition, Belgium
Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne
Tong In Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Kerrie Lowe Gallery (solo), Sydney
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
2017 More than I can imagine, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2016 Soft Illusions, Jahroc Art Galleries, Margaret River, WA
2016 Tempelhoff, Linton and Kay, Perth, WA
2015 Personal Cult of the Land, Jahroc Art Galleries, Margaret River, WA
2015 Strange Passion, Linton and Kay, Perth, WA
SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 New Dawn, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2018 Summer Show, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2015 For the love of painting, Curated by Dr Ben Joel and Anna Sabadini
2014 Darlington Arts Festival, Curated by Nanette Tareha
2014 Small Images – Grand Visions 40/40, Wagner Art Gallery, NSW