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Pics from the launch of the Australian Art Exhibition which took place yesterday evening at the Sheraton Utama hotel. About the artists:
Michael Conolly is an Aboriginal artist from Charleville, in south west Queensland and his art represents his interpretation of the Dreaming stories he grew up with. He paints both on canvas and aboriginal artefacts, such as the didgeridoo, but his cultural talents also extend to the performance of traditional aboriginal music and dance. (www.dreamtime.auz.net)
Naomi Crowther is well-known for her signature Poppy Series of paintings, but she has also produced works in Contemporary Landscapes, Asiatic, Figurative, and Abstract Series. She has exhibited across the world and won numerous prestigious art awards. (www.naomicrowther.com)
Jan Murphy is an Australian resident in Brunei, but her photography has brought the world to Brunei through the eye of an Australian. Her images are striking, imaginative and reflective. Her art is a product both of her skill with the shutter, but also her digital production techniques.
A resident of Brunei for the last 13 years, Australian artist Amanda Malpas uses what she calls “appliquilt” as her primary medium. She describes her art as “a very exacting medium” but says that “it is very satisfying to use a combination of fabric with detailed sewing to express myself.” Jan has recently extended herself artistically by branching into acrylic painting, which express the cultural influences of her time in Brunei.
The works of these four artists can be enjoyed by the public from 10am to 5pm TODAY Thursday 15 January 2008 at the Sheraton hotel lobby. There will surely be something to satisfy the discerning artistic appetite, but also those with a new interest in art.
H.E. Dr Ruth Adler giving her welcoming remarks
while the Australian artists look on
Guests appreciating the works of art
Amanda Malpas (far left) and Jan Murphy (far right)
mingling with some of the guests
Michael among his works
Da gangsta quizzing Jan Murphy on her technique