DEEP LOVE OF MOTHER NA­TURE

REX CAP­TURES THE BEAUTY AND HARSH RE­AL­ITY OF AUSSIE OUT­BACK IN ART­WORK

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WORDS: TONY GILL

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.

Gallery snip­pets

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.

PHO­TOS: COUR­TESY OF ARTISTS

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.

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