The Eye on local art
PREPARE to be entertained and intrigued when four local and interstate artists combine their different styles into one exhibition called The Eye.
Located in the beautiful setting of the historic Sugar Wharf in Port Douglas, The Eye opens next Monday and will have on display art, jewellery and designs.
Scott Jenner lived and worked in Port Douglas before moving to Tasmania and will be exhibiting his latest neo plastic paintings, a modern style with sharp colours, while Danielle Spira, a regular visitor of Far North, will be showcasing her mosaics inspired by the wildlife of the tropics.
Installation artist and designer Cynthia Spencer will have on display installations from The Boy, with a dark message to it including a giant eagle’s nest filled with emu eggs painted like eyes to functional soft artwork called Pineapple Crush.
Mike Edwards will have jewellery he created on display and paintings of many varieties, which he said is a combination of realism and surrealism.
“I particularly like painting using techniques of the old masters, which is underpainting the whole thing in brown and going over with layers and layers of colour washes in oil and builds up to become translucent,” he said.
“Also an interesting installation of the exhibition opposed to just ordinary artwork on the wall is we have a dining table, the table was specifically made for it and I painted these plates and chairs and it will be set up like a dinner party.
“We wanted to make it an experience, make it interesting not only to look at but to see and experience, to be entertaining.”
The name of the exhibition came around from an art piece called The Eye and throughout the whole exhibition there will be eyes, which Edwards said reflects the essence of life and “provides a window to the soul”.
“I have been painting all my life and thought it was about time I held an exhibition of our work,” he said,
The Eye will be open every day from August 6 to 15 from 9am to 7pm.
artist Mike Edwards with his painting Hot Tomatoes