The Eye on lo­cal art

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

On dis­play:

artist Mike Ed­wards with his paint­ing Hot To­ma­toes

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