DEEP LOVE OF MOTHER NATURE
REX CAPTURES THE BEAUTY AND HARSH REALITY OF AUSSIE OUTBACK IN ARTWORK
The well-entrenched culture of art in the Sunshine Coast region means that there are some remarkable practitioners residing here, some attracted by the feeling of being among like minds, but mostly finding the natural beauty extremely stimulating.
Over the coming weeks, we shall take a look at just a few of these many.
Rex Backhaus-smith has chosen to call the Sunshine Coast home for 30 years and was already a highly respected professional artist when he settled here.
Renowned for his unique style to portray aspects of the outback skilfully using either watercolour or acrylics on canvas, Rex is an Australian painter with a deep love for the bush landscape, flora and fauna.
Rex grew up in western Queensland and
has never forgotten either the delight of unexpected colours in the country or the harsh realities of it.
Rex captures birds from emus to jacanas, fairy wrens to egrets but is equally enthralled by wild camels and feral goats.
Locally you can find his work at Art on Cairncross, Maleny.
Butter Factory Art Centre - Cooroy Shaped by Nature : Alan Pirie & Fiona Cuthbert O’meara
Exhibition dates : Until July 23
This exhibition is an interplay between polarity and perspective, microcosm and macrocosm, nature versus nurture, which creates the pull for us to reach our highest potential. The Old Ambo - Nambour
Compassion – an exhibition of artists books Various artists
Exhibition dates : Until July 21
Compassion features the works of 27 leading Queensland and interstate artists.
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
Being Human : Bianca Beetson
Exhibition dates: Until July 21
Being Human is an exhibition of recent photographic works by Kabi Kabi artist Bianca Beetson, which explore notions of identity.
Tony Gill is co-director of Art on Cairncross and has been involved in the visual arts on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years.
TOP: Rex Backhaus-smith in front of his artworks. BOTTOM LEFT: Artists’ books. BOTTOM MIDDLE: Bianca Beetson artwork Friday 3 Live. BOTTOM RIGHT: A painting by Alan Pirie.