Darren Gilbert  – Janet Matthews : Drawings & Sculptures

“Inspirations from Africa & Australia”  

Opening & drinks with the artists: 2pm Saturday 2nd May.  Exhibition open: 10am-5pm, 2 – 31st May. 

Janet Matthews drawing demonstrations:   1-4pm, Saturday 9th May; 1-4pm, Sunday 24th May.



Janet Matthews is eager to share her recent African safari experience through her superb pencil drawings, focusing on the peaceful demeanour of the wild animals, their “conversations”, their freedom and intimate personal stories, rather than their underlying aggression.  Janet’s drawings highlight the gentle, luminous beauty of the diminutive birds & animals of Africa set against the backdrop of the power, stealth and danger of the larger animals.

In contrast, Darren Gilbert’s striking pen & ink artworks celebrate Australian fauna, beckoning viewers to stop and really “see” the fascinating and often overlooked characteristics of our natives… the amazing patterns of plumage & fur, soulful expressive eyes, the unique curve of a beak, the gnarly texture of a claw.  Darren’s incredibly detailed artworks marry well with his stunning sculptural works created from salvaged timbers & rustic metal objects.  Organic, quirky, contemporary – inspired by shapes found in the natural landscape; giant seed pods, stylised leaves and abstract bird forms.

All welcome to meet with Darren Gilbert – Janet Matthews at the Exhibition Opening: 2pm Saturday 2nd May.

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