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jock young — sunlight serenade

Published 3 April 2020

As the world grapples with a dark new future, the beautiful landscapes of Jock Young are adding a much needed dose of ‘sunlight’.

Jock’s latest exhibition ‘Sunlight’ which ‘opens’ in Hobart this Friday, is a homage to the interplay and power of light and shade in art.

“Because I work outside all the time my work is dictated by sunlight, which often reduces shapes down to childlike blocks. And, as the light constantly changes, this combines to bring an abstract quality to my paintings,” Jock explains.

“The unifying theme of this exhibition is the overwhelming sense of sunlight.”

Water is another theme running through Jock’s work, and in fact his life. He grew up surfing on Sydney’s northern beaches before heading to sea for a career in marine science.

Now, as a full-time artist, his paintings are dominated by familiar Tasmanian scenes, painted at the water’s edge. They often include structural elements, such as the old boat sheds dotted across our state.

“Water is like a magnet to me,” Jock says. “And, whenever I go to a river, a lake, or the ocean, I always make sure I have my paints with me.”

covid-19 update ―

Published 20 March 2020

Dear Friends,

We at Handmark, want to let you know what we are planning in the coming days and weeks.

Both Handmark Galleries will be open for the rest of this week, however… as a precautionary measure and to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and visitors from the spread of COVID – 19, from Saturday 21 March the galleries will be open by appointment only.

Our exhibition program will be going ahead as scheduled and the gallery staff will be working hard to promote our wonderful family of artists online. We hope you will continue to enjoy Handmark’s exciting exhibitions from your own home.

We will continue to hang each show as normal, photographing the works in-situ and sharing ‘conversational’ style videos with you to help promote our featured artist’s new work.

Online catalogues will be emailed as usual and works can be purchased online or by calling the gallery.  We will be happy to schedule appointments so that you can visit the gallery to view the works (observing social distancing protocols) and hopefully meet the artist!

Handmark will also be very active on both Facebook and Instagram and don’t forget our new online jewellery shop!

Please keep safe and take care.

Best wishes from
Allanah, Sarah, Alice, Sam, Judy, Tess, Simon, Hannah, Sally, Eleanor, Lex and Patrick.

faridah cameron ― lyrical lines

Published 20 March 2020

Faridah Cameron’s delicate lines move in a rhythmic pattern across the canvas. No wonder her latest exhibition is named after that musical expression: Theme and Variations.

“My starting point for this body of work is my interest in the connection between all forms of human interaction, including music and art,” Faridah explains.

Nothing is separable. And, I suspect there are rhythms that run through everything.  It is these rhythms and tempi, harmonies and dissonances, melody lines and counterpoints, to which we respond when we make art.”

From Puccini to the Platters, music is always centre stage at Faridah’s Hobart studio. However, there is another influence that is just as powerful – sewing.

Faridah recounts how she learnt to sew as soon as she could read and write, and this early passion is infused in all her work. Her intricate works evoke imagery of textiles, weaving and stitching all done in her own unique method of painting.

“My work is abstract, and constructed with a threadlike application of paint that often resembles fabric,” Faridah explains. “They are a response to what happens, and I have long since abandoned any distinction between my life and my art.”