24 Jan – 9 Feb
4 artists living and working on the Peninsula come together to present an exhibition at Be Brave Artspace . ‘4 Views’ showcases the Pittwater area as seen through the eyes of Ben Waters, Fiona Verity, Jan Cristaudo and Sophie Nolan . The result is four very different representations through painting, ceramics and drawing.
Ben spent 2017 and 2018 living on Lord Howe Island where he reinvigorated his love of painting and developed a deep interest in depicting the natural landscape as a source of inspiration, wonder and rejuvenation.
His paintings aim to show both the natural beauty of the landscape but also, to evoke our own emotional and personal response to it. His imagery is derived from observation, combining multiple views, memory and imagination. Since returning to Avalon his work has focused on Barrenjoey Headland and its Pittwater surrounds.
“Colour has always fascinated me. It is the first thing I see, then comes shape and form. As an abstract artist I use colour to interpret the way I see the world.”
Jan Cristaudo lives on the Pittwater Peninsular among Sydney’s northern beaches. This idyllic location provides endless inspiration for her paintings that rely on the use of colour as a means of expression. Jan has always been fascinated by colour and has developed a distinctive abstract style using oils on canvas to interpret subjects that inspire her.
A constant curiosity creates the need for me to draw daily in my sketchbooks, with my creative practice forever evolving. With the quest to never work to a formula, always seeking the new, the process, the journey, the inner struggle as a painter is as important in my practise as the final product. My regular dose and connection with nature, provides a constant source of imagery and inspirations, I seek a personal interpretation of the landscape rather than a representational one, leaving the viewer an opportunity to be open to a speculation of what they are seeing, finding their own story.
Upon taking these drawings into the studio the magic really begins. The landscapes evolve when I draw from the drawing, working them into lush layered paintings. Through these artworks you are taken to a place to connect with all of nature’s positivity and healing.
In this fast paced modern world, we are losing our connection with the natural world. When being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, it has been proven to reduce anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings.
My aim is that my landscape paintings recreate that connection with nature, a joyous one that heals, soothes and restores. My landscapes are escapes into a quiet world where reality dissolves and you can live in the moment. You can almost feel the sun on your back and taste the salt from the sea.
Sophie Nolan is a ceramicist based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. By using traditional hand building techniques, Sophie creates one-of-a-kind curvy, sensual vases, each shape holding its own presence and personality. The celebration of the human form, focusing on the beauty of our unique imperfections, curves, nuances and individualism is a constant theme running through her work. Sophie begins with a characteristic in mind, sketches out the shape unique in angles and curves, then slowly molds the desired form and allows the essence to emerge.
Sophie studied Visual Communications and has worked as a graphic designer for many years. Her background in graphics has given her a keen eye for shapes, balance and form. Sophie is largely self-taught in ceramics, supplemented with one on one lessons and short TAFE courses. What began as a side line passion, swiftly became her main focus taking on commissions, supplying high end interior and fashion stores and stylists, being featured in designed spaces, fashion styled stories, publications and exhibiting her works. In 2019, Sophie exhibited her woks in St Cloche Gallery, Paddington, St Thomas Art Show, Willoughby and was part of the launch exhibition for Michael Reid Direct, Surry Hills.