28th February 2018
17th January 2018
All welcome at the opening on Thurs 8 Feb - 6-8pm!
To create the paintings and collages in this exhibition I continued my practice of drawing and painting from life and from nature, and then repurposing old artworks – ripping and cutting them up – to create new imagery with collage techniques, watercolour and ink. The oil and acrylic works have all emerged from layers of underpainting and various incarnations below the images now forming the surface. This method works for me, surprising me with subject matter that I had not consciously planned.
A residency in Lightning Ridge and travels to the Northern Territory and the Kimberley in 2017 inspired many of these works. In September, while camping at Tilmouth Wells on the Tanami Road, I witnessed a remarkable sight: huge flocks of budgies chattering and perching on trees then taking off in with precision and purpose, swooping, soaring, mobbing together in joyful – to me at least! – rushes of movement in the sky. The strength and vulnerability of those small birds inspired me, and enabled me to find a way to connect the disparate themes in this exhibition.
Thank you to Sunsiz Media and their beautiful off-the-grid miner’s camp artist’s residency in the opal fields of Lightning Ridge, where much of the work in this exhibition was begun. Thank you to Susan Bamford Caleo and Elissa Goodrich, whose performance in their incredible theatre show Fragments thrilled me when I first saw and heard it in March 2017, and continues to inspire me to create work in response. Thank you to Craig Smith, my life and travelling companion, whose practical prowess enables us to experience the landscape, bird life and art of northern Australia and allows me to continue to explore the vast inland spaces that lie within as well as outside us.
29th March 2017
Very excited that Godwin Bradbeer named 'Watching the Water' winner of the George Hicks Foundation VAS Contemporary Exhibition - there are many gorgeous works in this beautiful exhibition in the refurbished VAS galleries.
22nd March 2017
4th September 2016
This exhibition is a new body of work, comprising collage, oil and acrylic paintings inspired by the sanctuary I find - and need in order to function! - in the Australian landscape ...
You are warmly invited to the opening at 6pm on Thursday, 22 September, at No Vacancy, 32 The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne, and the show runs from 20 Sept to 9 Oct, with a collage workshop on the last weekend.
14th August 2016
You are warmly invited to this group exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery, 52 Cambridge Street, Collingwood 14 Sept - 2 Oct 2016. Opening 2-4pm, Saturday 17 Sept.
'Life that is still: An exploration of the still life genre by Ness Alexandra, Jonathan Dudley, Jennifer Gough and Erica Wagner'
7th February 2016
Come and see the Cambridge Studio Portrait Prize exhibition! My portrait of YA author Maureen McCarthy will be in it ...
The opening is on Sat Feb 13 at 2pm.
13th January 2016
The culmination of 18 months work at Nyora Studio Gallery:
6th February 2015
My portrait 'Emma' will be on display at the Cambridge Studio Gallery Portrait Prize exhibition,Who's Looking at You?, from February 11 - 28, opening at 3pm on Feb 14.
17th August 2014
These four pictures will be on display at the Sandringham Yacht Club for the Bayside Art Show, opening Wed Aug 20 and on till Sun 24 August.