An enormous privilege… invited to exhibit for the second time Singapores oldest contemporary art gallery Artfoum… respected owner and director Marjorie Chu… has selected new work and will be exhibited with Singapores finest artists …if you are in Singapore.. would you like to be my guest at this VIP Opening please message me on FB or the contact via my website. VIP Opening Thursday 15th and Art Party on Friday 19th November Fi Pit Building Singapore.
Paintings of waterways or forested landscapes created in situ after field trips, highlight the artist’s use of strong verticals and bold pigments that in 2D mediums create powerful 3D images and evoke the raw beauty of the Western Australian countryside. Susan Herbert Like Water 2018
New works of Water Ways and stories of the past are on exhibition until the 27th of May at Mundaring Arts Centre and in conjunction with the National Trust and the Heritage Festival free entry during the Festival.
6 April – 27 May 2018
JO DARVALL RECENTS WORKS ON SILK CANVAS AND PAPER
BBC reports the city of Cape Town is running out of water, yet the world focuses here, our city, the worlds worst effected area by climate change. Amongst this adversity, WA’s Water Corporation provides fine drinking water now and for thousands of years to come due to the innovative solutions and ideas of people, from CY O’Connor to the current engineers. …Darvall’s exhibition, Like Water is relevant to the past and current day. Jo Darvall re-imagines history with her impressive large scale silk panels funded by DCAs Creative Grant, previously exhibited at The High Commission in Singapore and at The Manet Club in Beijing will be exhibited in WA for the first time …at the Pump Station No 1 in Mundaring Weir in conjunction with the 2018 Heritage Festival.
Understanding where we come from helps us define our future …in this exhibition held respectively in the main gallery of the Mundaring Arts Centre, Jo continues to pursue her commitment to pay homage to artist Kathleen O’Connor including paintings that reference both Kathleen and Kathleen’s father - the engineer of the pipeline to Kalgoorlie, CY O’Connor.
On her retun from exhibiting in Asia, Jo’s more recent work also focuses on the beautiful waterways - ocean, rivers and lakes that define her adopted state of Western Australia.
The new works titled Water Ways are a fusion of history spiced with old fashioned poetry ensuring a wonderus journey into ways of water, tantalizing and submerging our unique culture that provides the viewer an opportunity to re-imagine history. Like Water Exhibition opens on Friday 6th of April at the Mundaring Arts Centre.
Reimagining histories of the late artist, Helen Grey-Smith 1916-2009 Jo Darvall and Judith Paisley create new works. This exhibition presents revealing new paintings by Darvall and ceramic sculptures by Paisley created after conversations with author/biographer Gwen Phillips (Helen Grey-Smith published in 2016 by UWA Publishing) and the daughter of the late Artist Susan Grey-Smith.
Fremantle artist Jo Darvall has been on residency, exhibiting in galleries and Museums in China and Singapore over the past five years, her work is collected by a number of important Australian and Asian Collections such as Art Bank, Janet Holmes a Court Collection, One Farrer Corporation Collection Singapore, a recipient of funding by DCA in 2017 and 2018. An educator at the Fremantle Arts Centre, she is also the founder of Swan River Print Studio recently established at the Heathcoat Cultural Precent WA and Artists for Kids Culture in Melbourne.
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International Exhibition at the Manet Art Museum in Beijing, China
Raw Umber and Silk. Jo Darvall New paintings. A recent successful collaborative exhibition shown in Singapore and a full-page review in Asian Art News, has sparked a unique opportunity for Jo Darvall, an artist from Fremantle, Western Australia. The exhibition was titled All that is Changing and focused on a tribute to two artists, Chinese born Singaporean Georgette Chen and Australian, Kathleen O’Connor.
In a world moving so frenetically, and in which much of our culture is considered to be disposable, it behoves us to revisit and honour the artists and their bodies of work that have come before - and to not forget. This concept is not surprisingly universal - and has captured the attention of key cultural icons in Beijing namely the Manet Art Museum and Zhong Guan Cun Magazine.
This exhibition is proudly supported by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Western Australia and Zhong Guan Cun Magazine China.
All that is Changing, new art works representing the creative lives of Kathleen O’Connor and Georgette Chen at the Australian High Commission , Singapore during March and April 2017.
In this exhibition I was trying to explore and celebrate the creative lives of female artists, highlighting their struggle and personal commitment to be creative. It seeks to reveal a unique time in history for the general public to engage with at a personable level.
All the art works were a collaboration between artist Shih Yun Yeo and I on a recent residency in Singapore see more details and Images under current exhibitions
Artbanks recent road tour to WA gave me the opportunity to present my practice to the Curators they selected Sugar Loaf Road to collect. Sugar Loaf Road was one of the artworks from my exhibition at Sagra Art Gallery in Melbourne last year titled Reckless Romantics opened by Dr Chris McAuliffe pictured below in front of the painting. It depicts an area inland of the Tuross River NSW probably the end of the Blue Mountains where my husbands father Peter Darvall has rudimentary rock huts near an old gold mining village called Utopia this area and its stories became the basis for the exhibition and my investigation in our passion for the mountainous Australian Bush.
All that is Changing an International Exhibition and Collaboration
Exhibition dates: 4th - 27 April 2017, Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm
Address: Australian High Commission, 25 Napier Rd, Singapore 258507
This exhibition seeks to illuminate the histories and contributions of two artists - Australian Kathleen O’Connor and Chinese-born Singaporean Georgette Chen - who hailed from different worlds, yet bucked the expectations of the time to forge careers in art between the wars. It will also reflect on our attitude to change, and our preoccupation with the new, and what impact that has on our propensity to honour what has come before.
The exhibition features a new body of work by Jo Darvall and Shih Yun Yeo. There are paintings, drawings and large scale digital UV print on silk as well. The largest painting will stretch for 4.8metres across the sweeping wall, like a Chinese scroll, and the works will feature the kinds of mark making and use of pigment observed in the work of both O’Connor and Chen.
All that is Changing is an installation of new work featuring large scale 2D paintings. The work has been undertaken by Australian painter and print maker Jo Darvall, and the exhibition will feature collaborations with Singaporean ink painter Shih Yun Yeo.
The exhibition is inspired by two key pre-war artists: Australia’s Kathleen O’Connor and Chinese-born Singaporean, Georgette Chen. An homage to their work, the exhibition reflects both their painting styles and their stories and legacies, evoked in paint.
The project will be the focus of Jo Darvall’s month-long invitational residency in Singapore in February 2017. During this time a number of art works will be created by Jo, along with collaborations with Yeo Shih Yun. The residency will be spent undertaking further research into the Singaporean artist Georgette Chen at the National Gallery Singapore, to establish any similarities that exist between her and her Western Australian contemporary, Kathleen O’Connor.
Both artists painted and exhibited in Paris in the 1930s, bucking the expectations of the time to forge careers in art between the wars. The exhibition seeks to illuminate the histories and contributions of these two artists. It will also reflect on our attitude to change and our preoccupation with the new. In the midst of a disposable culture and a fast-paced world, the exhibition seeks to interrogate our willingness to honour the bodies of work that have come before. Celebrating the two artists in one place (Singapore) is a gesture of cultural connection between Australia and its near neighbour.
The exhibition had been extended until the 27th of April 2017 at the Australian High Commission Singapore.
JO DARVALL Australia YEO SHIH YUN Singapore
Opening night will see a live performance by concert pianist Setsu Masuda and classical guitarist Duncan Gardner– a blend of original composition drawn from Chens love of the lotus and an artists internal struggle finding solace in the act of painting, defining great artists of Singapore and Western Australia.
The inter-country collaboration is a homage to two artists who bucked expectations to work as artists in the early part of the 20th century. Australian Kathleen O’Connor and Chinese-born Singaporean Georgette Chen
Exhibtion to be opened by the High Commission, SingaporeFriday 3rd March at 7pm 2017,Guest of honour, Marjorie Chu, Director, Art Forum (Opening 6-9pm)
JO DARVALL Australia SHIH YUN YEO Singapore
To be opened by the High Commission, Singapore
Friday 3rd March 2017, 6 - 9pm
Guest of honour, Marjorie Chu, Director Art Forum
Artist talk & curatorial conversations
Monday 6th March 2017, 12 - 1.30pm
Exhibition 4th - 30th March 2017
Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm
Australian High Commission, 25 Napier Rd, Singapore 258507
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This exhibition seeks to illuminate the histories and contributions of these two artists who hailed from different worlds, yet bucked the expectations of the time to forge careers in art between the wars. It will also reflect on our attitude to change, and our preoccupation with the new, and what impact that has on our propensity to honour what has come before.
The exhibition features a new body of work by Jo Darvall and Shi Yun Yeo. The collaboration will feature large scale 2D works, a soundscape and some video projection.
The artworks for the exhibition will be ephemeral in material. Large scale single acrylic painting will stretch for several metres across the sweeping wall, like a Chinese scroll. The works will feature the kinds of mark making and use of pigment observed in the work of both O’Connor and Chen.
In 1909 two Wheatley brothers purchased a mill on the Donnelly River Western Australia operating until 1912 when the Bunnings bros took over during the post world war 2 building boom. The brothers created a community timber milling village... 35 workers cottages were built, Mill Club (the first to allow women), boarding house, general store, butchers shop, school, sports oval and swimming dam. The Village now owned by a private a group have restored the area in its natural character will be launching the first Arts Residency Exhibition at EARLYWORK art gallery in Fremantle Western Australia 6-8 pm 22 October 2016 .
On a recent search I found Eugene Von Guerard's engraving 1865 which has a remarkable similar feel to my new work Beastly Fairy Tales 1 -5 pictured below No 5 "And the beasts from the wild will be led by a Child" 2016 the works can be viewed at Sagra Art Gallery Malvern until July 30th 2016.
"The Rose the Butterfly the Bee and the Moth" self -published book has been collected by the Victorian State Library Rare Books ! Designed by Fremantle designer Kim Vu Salamosen , photography Eva Fernandez and printed here locally on recycled paper. It was really important that we could ride our bikes to where ever we needed to source materials in order to have the book made here in Fremantle WA. We wanted to leave the smallest foot print in the making and production of it we also wanted to work with people we liked and had a laugh with... enjoying the whole process. Jane Harrison the author is an award winning indigenous writer her fable that drops its delicate petal has has given all of us working on the project the conviction of beauty and simplicity to pursue this unique project. Mimi Duo Setsu Masuda and Duncan Gardner have extended the visual experience into a musical score.
To buy a book and or CDs they are available at my exhibition Reckless Romantics at Sagra Art Gallery in Malvern - Melbourne and here in WA at the Fremantle Art Centres Gallery book shop and also in New Editions Book Shop WA. There is a limited edition of 260.
BEASTLY FAIRYTALES AND THE SEDUCTIVE AUSTRALIAN BUSH
18 Jun - 30 July 2016 Sagra Art Gallery, Melbourne VIC
When: 4.30PM - 6.30PM Saturday 18 June 2016 : to be opened by Dr Chris McAuliffe
Where: Sagra Art Gallery, 256-258 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern VIC
Phone: +61 3 9079 5603
Reckless Romantics is a universal story this new body of work inspired by the romantic notion of the seductive beauty of the Australian bush and examines our deep fear of the untamed. How quickly the romance can turn sour. (Grimm’s fairy tails, Picnic at hanging Rock, the fires of Yarloop, the Gruffelo,
a convict history).
Mimi Duo are launching their unique musical score inspired by the Art Book The Rose, the Butterfly, the Bee and the Moth written by Jane Harrison and illustrated by myself