Bayside Aquisitive Art Prize finalist

This year my painting has been selected to be in the Bayside Aquistive Art Prize. Im really happy to be a finalist in this exhibition, with such an amazing line up of artists. Come along to the exhibition opening, Thursday 23 May, 6-8pm. All are welcome

Established in 2015, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is a celebration of contemporary Australian painting. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today.

The annual prize is an important opportunity for Bayside City Council to add exceptional works of art to its collection and to promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community. The three categories of the prize are judged by a panel of industry experts.

This year we welcome Jane Devery, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, and Anthony Fitzpatrick, Curator, TarraWarra Museum of Art, who will join Joanna Bosse, Curator, Bayside Gallery on the 2019 judging panel.

Bayside City Council is pleased to announce the selection of 46 exceptional paintings for inclusion in the 2019 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.

The finalist artists are:
Penelope Aitken, Matt Arbuckle, Darcey Bella Arnold, Martin Bell, Kate Beynon, Natasha Bieniek, Seth Birchall, Amber Boardman, Dord Burrough, Doris Bush Nungarrayi, Samuel Condon, Jarryd Cooper, Yvette Coppersmith, Renee Cosgrave, Marcel Cousins, Pilar de la Torre, Nicola Dickson, Laurel Foenander, Martin George, Helga Groves, Imelda (Yukenbarri) Gugaman, Marion Harper, Christine Healy, Euan Heng, Kez Hughes, Linda Judge, Tony Lloyd, Lindsay Malay, Jordan Marani, Judy Martin, Aaron Martin, Kiata Mason, Elyss McCleary, Dani McKenzie, Fiona McMonagle, Lilly Morton, David Neale, Rose Nolan, David Palliser, Steven Rendall, Brad Rusbridge, Adriane Strampp, Ebony Truscott, Judith Van Heeren, Bradd Westmoreland, Greg Wood.

Friday, May 24, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019

Gallery open from Wednesday to Friday, 11am–5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm–5pm

Bayside Gallery, Brighton Town Hall, Corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton, 3186

Sky and Sea lights, stockings shimmer in the sky, I think of us. Oil on linen, 140.5cm x 125cm, 2018

Sky and Sea lights, stockings shimmer in the sky, I think of us. Oil on linen, 140.5cm x 125cm, 2018

The Corresponding of Noicing at Counihan Gallery Brunswick Town Hall

Opening this Thursday 14th March 6-8pm, at Counihan Gallery with artists

Elyss McCleary ,Margaret McIntosh, Hannah Smith, Anna Steeele and Mignon Steele

The Correspondence of Noticing

The Correspondence Of Noticing is a project aimed at drawing attention to our surroundings. As simmering changes occur in our various lived environments a group of artists propose that noticing and making is a type of sustenance, a means of survival. Though addressing the landscape in their own unique way, dialogues emerge between artists as they reflect on still moments that can be seen as an antidote to combat sensations of expansion and erosion: trees that hold space amongst concrete, quietness of a void in the land before development, the quivering anxiety of forms in a shifting seascape.

Through a series of works including painting, installations and assemblages come narratives of lived thoughts and experiences: stories of awareness, acknowledgement and connectivity

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Elyss McCleary  Night trees frame the moon at Merri Creek skate park, dusk, a beautiful refreshing silver shower  2019 , Oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm  This is an ongoing series of works that are painting love portraits  to the night trees. I take photos of the trees in the evening, dawn or at night, the paintings are quiet portraits of some of these.The sky and camera flash stage a surreal flat image of it in space.  I often think about the trees there holding space, people and things around, sounds, ciggies, maybe rubbish or piss on it, a road through, a bright light. The neon glow of amber city or suburban occupational and health light for made for us is blaring on the tree, i wish i could give it some sunglasses for this at night at least. so very beautiful and strong, talking and making sounds with each other.

Elyss McCleary Night trees frame the moon at Merri Creek skate park, dusk, a beautiful refreshing silver shower 2019 , Oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm

This is an ongoing series of works that are painting love portraits to the night trees. I take photos of the trees in the evening, dawn or at night, the paintings are quiet portraits of some of these.The sky and camera flash stage a surreal flat image of it in space.

I often think about the trees there holding space, people and things around, sounds, ciggies, maybe rubbish or piss on it, a road through, a bright light. The neon glow of amber city or suburban occupational and health light for made for us is blaring on the tree, i wish i could give it some sunglasses for this at night at least. so very beautiful and strong, talking and making sounds with each other.

Solo Exhibition - The Pinkness, at Tristian Koenig Gallery

Tristian Koenig

Elyss McCleary | The Pinkness | 17.01.19 - 09.02.19

Tristian Koenig is delighted to announce the launch of the gallery’s 2019 exhibition program with The Pinkness - a solo exhibition of new works by Melbourne-based painter Elyss McCleary. McCleary has previously exhibited at the gallery in the group exhibition The Means Make the Ends, with The Pinkness being her first solo project with the gallery.

Elyss McCleary paints from within a vein of lyrical abstraction that is descriptive, as opposed to the proscriptive tenets implied by the quasi-movement within early post-war painting. Fusing memory with materiality, expressive haptics with Art History, along the way McCleary orchestrates a form of physical activity  and moving meditation that is both fast and slow, soft and hard, viscous and unyielding.

The titles of her works veer between evocations of the quotidian and passing, to contemplative archetypal spaces - where seagulls spying hot chips are juxtaposed next to mystical snakes slithering across the sky. Linked by a uniformity of scale, the works share uncanny combinations of hue and thinly veiled and translucent brushwork, with the resultant effect creating a curious circularity - one can clearly demarcate where gestures start and end, overlap and merge, however the works defy an identification of start and end.

This effect of eluding elucidation is the mystery of Painting.

To contact the gallery regarding pricing and availability of works click here

Elyss McCleary completed a Master of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne in 2016 and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing Major), RMIT University, Melbourne  in 2008. Recent exhibitions include Open Eye Signal, Fort Delta, Melbourne; The Man with Three Names, LON Gallery, Melbourne; Bedrooms, Rubicon Ari, Melbourne and Estimating a Fort, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne. Her work is included in the Macquarie Bank collection.

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THURSDAY-SATURDAY 12-5PM & BY APPOINTMENT

Orchestra of Pink, oil on linen, 140cm x 125.5cm, 2018

Orchestra of Pink, oil on linen, 140cm x 125.5cm, 2018

Extended Gestures at Arcade Projects

 Drooping Style, oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm. 2017

 Drooping Style, oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm. 2017

Elyss McCleary | Khi-Lee Thorpe | Matthew Engert | Peter Aldrich

Extended Gestures
The title for this show is borrowed from the writers Claude Cernuschi and Andrzej Hercyznski who in their essay, The Subversion of Gravity in Jackson Pollock’s Abstractions, describe Pollock’s employment of gravity as a means “to extend the duration of his gestures”.1 In easel painting, finding new ways to form gesture, be it, by the brush or through other more unorthodox means (Brice Marden with his extended stick serves as a good example), has been an important pursuit by many artists.

The four artists in Extended Gestures build on this endeavour. Their marks are records of bodily activity, as they pursue methods that are provisional and intuitive. Bold strokes of colour are applied with careful attention to the stroke’s intensity and speed. They innovate ways to disperse paint, be it, through maximum thinning, or strokes that are at once, abbreviated and extended. In Extended Gestures the gesture is distilled, the painting process renovated and the very orthodoxies of easel painting challenged.

Aaron Martin
Curator

1. Cernuschi, Claude, and Andrzej Hercynski. "The Subversion of Gravity in Jackson Pollock's Abstractions." The Art Bulletin 90, no.4(2008):616-39.

Exhibition Details:
Opening Friday, May 18th 6-9pm
Exhibition runs: May 16th -June 2nd

Arcade (back space)
suite 2, level 1 / 119 Hopkins St, Footscray
open wed - sat 12-5pm

(Arcade Project Space is a Five Walls initiative)

Image credit : Elyss McCleary “Drooping Style”, Oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm, 2017

Summer New at James Makin Gallery

My painting has been included in first exhibition of 2018 at James Makin Gallery. The Summer New Group Show opens this evening featuring works by Andrew Chan, Carla Fletcher, Betra Fraval, Jack Rowland and Paul Ryan.

The exhihibition is on from the 17th January to 10th February 2018.

http://jamesmakingallery.com/

 

 

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Moon in the River, Oil on linen , 2018. 157cm x 123cm

BLINDSIDE B-SIDE Fundraiser

 

 

OPENING THIS THURSDAY | B-SIDE

2nd November 2017
6 – 9pm

 

B-SIDE

For B-SIDE, BLINDSIDE will present a large-scale exhibition of work for sale by our accomplished and significant alumni. Each artwork on display in B-SIDE will be linked to a partner work (a b-side), which will be revealed only to the buyer. 

All funds received will help to support the activities of one of Melbourne's leading not-for-profit contemporary art spaces.

This is a great opportunity to pick up some amazing artwork by a selection of Melbourne's leading practitioners. 

Sale starts at 6pm sharp. 


<< VIEW THE CATALOGUE >>
 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS AND THEIR B-SIDE:

Adriane Hayward with Anna Dunnill
Alica Bryson-Haynes & Ria Green with Lizzy Sampson
Andrew Tetzlaff with Ania Walwicz
Boe-Lin Bastian with Elyss McCleary
Bridie Lunney with Sophie Cape
Carly Fischer with Shannon Lyons
Ceri Hann with Lynda Roberts
Charles O'Loughlin with Amy May Stuart
Chris Bond with Wes Thorne
Claire Anna Watson with Sarah Wilmot
Claire Mooney with Natalie Mather
Clare Rae with Melanie Irwin
Colleen Boyle with Rebecca Najdowski
Craig Easton with Joyce Huang
David Thomas with Rushdi Anwar
Diego Ramirez with Katie Paine
Drew Pettifer with Louis Cooper
Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga with Ceclia Dowling
Gabriel Tongue Nilsen with Billy Bartley Nees
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison with Theo Strasser
Hana Vasak with Jacqueline Stojanovic
Hannah Raisin with Tsohil Bhatia
Hanna Tai with Eliza Turnbull
Jessica Curry with Harry McLean
Jessie Scott with Miranda Leibscher
John Brooks with Audrey Tan
Julia Powles with Peter Westwood
Kate Just with Kellie Wells
Kate Robertson with Kirsty Macafee
Kate Rohde with Emma Homfray
Kate Shaw with Siobhan Ryan
Kawita Vatanajyankur with Kunthong Sumree
Kiron Robinson with Tori Lill
Leslie Eastman with Natasha Johns-Messenger
Lucie McIntosh with Maya Chakraborty
Martina Copley with Francesca Rendle-Short
Melanie Jayne Taylor with Marc Sancho
Nicholas Chilvers with Peter Clynes
Penelope Hunt with Tara Gilbee
Peter Westwood with Julia Powles
Phuong Ngo with Kali Michailidis
Pip Ryan with Natalie Ryan
Ria Green with Clare Humphries
Ross Coulter with Ben Burgess
Ruth Johnstone with Barbe Scarlette
si ma va with Anonymous
Steven Rendall with Andrea Eckersley
Tai Snaith with Sean M Whelan
Xanthe Dobbie with Elizabeth Mitchell

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS:

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Four Pillars Gin, Impact Digital, Sample Brew, Samuel Wynn & Co, T'Galliant, Untold Rum and Wolf Blass.

A big thank you to ACCA, Aesop, Búl Clothing, Fini Frames, Gorman Clothing, Heide MoMA, Hound and Bone Fine Art Printers, Kim Soo, The Lifted Brow, Lucky Buster, Studio Thomas Lentini, The Melba Spiegeltent, Third Drawer Down,Tillda Flowers and Welcome to Thornbury for their generous gifts as a part of our raffles.

Graphic | Jessica Pitcher

 


Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000

BLINDSIDE.org.au

GALLERY OPEN
Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm–6pm
Closed on public holidays

TELEPHONE
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EMAIL
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BLINDSIDE is an independent contemporary arts space located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Our mission is to push and foster contemporary talent, providing a discursive platform for collaboration and experimentation. 

BLINDSIDE operates on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. BLINDSIDE acknowledges them as Traditional Owners and would like to pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.


 

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The Means make the Ends- Group Show

Tristian Koenig

THE MEANS MAKE THE ENDS

12th - 28th October, 2017

Cat Fooks
Hugo Koha Lindsay
Elyss McCleary
Jiaxin Nong
David Thomas
Max Lawrence White

A Wisteria Cartoon, oil on linen, 140.5cm x 125.5cm , 2017

A Wisteria Cartoon, oil on linen, 140.5cm x 125.5cm , 2017

Flashnight st KINGS ari- The Deafening Sounds of these Drawings

  

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Here is a photo of me making drawing in the space. Photography: Jessie Brooks Dowsett

Here is a photo of me making drawing in the space. Photography: Jessie Brooks Dowsett

Flashnight, 28th August 2017 A drawing I made in response to the hum of the fridge behind this wall, seemed to sound like it grew from this corner

Flashnight, 28th August 2017 A drawing I made in response to the hum of the fridge behind this wall, seemed to sound like it grew from this corner

28th August 2017 Installing drawings made by Khi-lee Thorpe, Jessie Brooks Dowsett and I in the gallery over 24 hours. Photography: Hannah Bertrum

28th August 2017 Installing drawings made by Khi-lee Thorpe, Jessie Brooks Dowsett and I in the gallery over 24 hours. Photography: Hannah Bertrum

KINGS Ari Flashnight, 28th August, 2017 Works by Jessie Brooks late at night in the gallery at Kings

KINGS Ari Flashnight, 28th August, 2017 Works by Jessie Brooks late at night in the gallery at Kings

KINGS Flashnight, 28th August 2017 Work in progress at 11.17pm had been drawing sounds off outside the window in front gallery space of KINGS. Photography: Jessie Dowsett Brooks

KINGS Flashnight, 28th August 2017 Work in progress at 11.17pm had been drawing sounds off outside the window in front gallery space of KINGS. Photography: Jessie Dowsett Brooks

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Open House at True Estate

Open House invited artists to submit a collection, object, concept, drawing, model, painting, sculpture, mixed media, collage, ephemera, image, video, website, story, memory or dream that is found, inherited or created and tells a story about how, where or why you have lived as an artist.  Open House is an exhibition that will present this accumulated collection of artists objects and artworks and display them within a framework of reconstructed furniture and DIY building materials accompanied by a printed catalogue. The concept of Open House is to amass a collection of creative responses to housing specifically from artists so as to explore the emotional, economic, social and physical circumstances of living as an artist, historically and today.

Open House invited artists to submit a collection, object, concept, drawing, model, painting, sculpture, mixed media, collage, ephemera, image, video, website, story, memory or dream that is found, inherited or created and tells a story about how, where or why you have lived as an artist.

Open House is an exhibition that will present this accumulated collection of artists objects and artworks and display them within a framework of reconstructed furniture and DIY building materials accompanied by a printed catalogue. The concept of Open House is to amass a collection of creative responses to housing specifically from artists so as to explore the emotional, economic, social and physical circumstances of living as an artist, historically and today.

Nth.s Final Shows

Nth Space has been a fantastic gallery offering artists and curators a free space for the last six months. Due to tenure reasons, it will be the final show this weekend. I would like to thank Nth Space directors Kubota Fumikazu, Matthew Engert and Russel Dammers for all their generous support. Come celebrate all the goodness of this place this Saturday!

Primacy

I have a painting in the upcoming show Primacy curated by Matthew Engert

PRIMACY                                                                                                                                           June 21 - July 8 2017                                                                                                                  Opening: 2-4pm Saturday June 24

Peter Aldrich, Matthew Engert, Kubota Fumikazu, Aaron Martin, Elyss McCleary, Joanna Mortreux, Jennifer Whitten                                                                                                                

Curated by Matthew Engert                                                                                                               Stephen McLaughlan Gallery Level 8, Room 16 Nicholas Building 37 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000 Open 1-5 pm Wednesday - Friday 11-5pm Saturday & by appointment 0407 317 323

www.stephenmclaughlangallery.com.au

 

Elyss McCleary  Woman Looking  oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm, 2017.

Elyss McCleary Woman Looking oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm, 2017.

Settings opens at Nth Space on Saturday

Nth. is excited to present Settings, a suite of new paintings by Elyss McCleary.
 
“The stacking of things and gestures of paint are collaged up the wall. There are three different instances of the work: a painting, a reconstructed shelf, and a long mirror. All the different forms unpack the colours to make shapes and settings to themselves – an ambiguous subject of colour that suggests it’s us and our surroundings.
 
Adopting a response to the interior space of the corridor at Nth., the display of this installation continues my interest in assemblage of colour. These new works contain a measure of closeness to smaller areas, enlarged motes of seen things in in-between spaces, colour blurred and abstracted in its forms in-between the rhythms of the body charged with pulse and hesitation. The distinction between the internal and external space of the work and what it rests on is like a chaotic order, remaking the organisation of colour combinations and structuring of which way they are painted-in from back to front, front to back.

Collecting and responding with immediate application of paint, where things are positioned, to various spaces outside and inside, giving intimacy to the spatial energies of that. Over-emphasising the play of light on surface to colour compositions. Settings reassembles and saturates the fleeting motes with colour, paying close attention to observing spatial substructures of colour and forms.
 
The scenes within the paintings are intimate but undetermined spaces, with settings that could be of anywhere or time, really; that play with the perception of surface and depth of colour placements.
 
This exhibition considers our emotional and remembered relationship to colour combinations. Placing perspective, and call and response to observing things and energies taken from walks, interiors and imaginings of made-up imagery in front of me. As an entry point forlight and dark luminosity and colour romanticism; evoking the real and imagined and fantasised – a chase-sequence of motes.
 
 
Opening: 6-8, Saturday 3 June
then, by appointment until 10 June

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Elyss McCleary  Critter Motes ,  oil on linen, cedarwood 89cm x 41cm x 22cm, 2017

Elyss McCleary Critter Motes , oil on linen, cedarwood 89cm x 41cm x 22cm, 2017

The Nillumbik Prize 2017

The Nillumbik Prize 2017                                                                                                         FINALISTS EXHIBITION 1 JUNE - 30 JUNE

 EXHIBITION OPENING
Thursday 1 June
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Barn Gallery, Montsalvat
7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham VIC 3095


You are invited to the Nillumbik Prize 2017 exhibition to be opened by Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke.
First prize of $5000 and two commendations of $500 to be announced by Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, Collection and Curatorial Management, National Gallery of Victoria.
Light refreshments provided
RSVP to petra@montsalvat.com.au or 9439 7712
www.montsalvat.com.au

Penelope Aitken, Liliana Barbieri, Kellie Joy Barnes, Peter Ben, Janette Bird, Matt Blackwood,
Maria Colaidis, Samuel Condon, Stephanie Davies, Magdalena Dmowska, Ella Dunn, Helen Edwards, Annita Furey, Silvi Glattauer, Claudia Gleav, Lloyd Godman, Ev Hales,  Siri Hayes, Savina Hopkins, Paul Kalemba, Denise Keele-bedford, Sean Kennedy, Tracey Lamb,
Jo Lane, Elyss McCleary, Anna McDermott, Louise Meuwissen, Gabriella Moxey, Terrianne Murray, Gay O’Connor, Irene Pagram, Matthew Quick, Gwen Scott, Jodi Stewart,
Linda Swinfield, Camilla Tadich, Ronak Taher, Erin Tappe, Liz Walker and Michelle Williams

Coleman Road, Wantirna  (Bedroom Space No.6) Oil on linen, 90cm x 105cm, 2016.

Coleman Road, Wantirna (Bedroom Space No.6) Oil on linen, 90cm x 105cm, 2016.

April Group Show, James Makin Gallery

April Group Show
5th - 29th April 2017                                                                                                                      Opening Saturday 8th April 2-4pm
Richard Dunlop
Betra Fraval
Jonathan Crowther
Matthew De Moiser
Elyss McCleary
Maddison Kitching

Interior Placement 5, Sheets. Oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm, 2016

Interior Placement 5, Sheets. Oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm, 2016

JAMES MAKIN GALLERY
67 Cambridge Street, Collingwood,
Victoria, 3066, AUSTRALIA

What's Happening Here?

What’s Happening Here? takes a look at some of Melbourne’s most interesting emerging abstract painters. This group of artists produce works that are full of vigour, colour, and abject freedom. The title is a play on a common query about abstract art’s meaning as well as a reflection on an apparent surge of young artists working with imagery of this kind in Melbourne.  

 Artists:  Eleanor Louise Butt, Nyah Cornish, Minna Gilligan, Anthea Kemp, Merryn Lloyd, Elyss McCleary, Laura Skerlj and Jahnne Pasco-White

 The Town Hall Gallery                                                                                                                        360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 312

Opening:  Saturday 18 March 2017
             Exhibition continues to Sunday 7 May 2017

Venue:    Galleries 1, 2 and 3

http://www.townhallgallery.com.au/

 

Astor-Grace running,cleaning, then resting in sun over Neighbour's yard , oil on canvas, 130cm x 110cm, 2016

Astor-Grace running,cleaning, then resting in sun over Neighbour's yard , oil on canvas, 130cm x 110cm, 2016

SUMMER 40

SUMMER 40 Group Exhibition Rubicon Ari

Sarah Gosling, Lizzi Morris, Francis Cannon, Kinai Wong, Camille Thomas, Katie Paine, Isabelle De Kleine, Brad Rusbridge, Jordan Hickey, Joseph Flynn, Nicholas McGinnity, Emma Michaelis, Pip Ryan, Ryan McGennisken, Nicholas Ives, Danny Frommer, Xanthie Dobbie, Julia Trybala, Nyah Cornish, Emma Orbach, Prue Stent, Kimberley Liddle, Patrick Lamour, Rebecca Agnew, Travis Vella, John Brooks, Elyss McCleary, Kubota Fumikazu, Adam Stone, Peter Thomas, Justin Hinder, Jordan Wood, Darren Nedza, Elly Steinlauf, Portland Francis, Aly Westwood, Dean Thompson, Sabastian Franz, Josh Hook.

Opening Launch: Wednesday 1st February 6pm -9pm                                                     Exhibition Dates: February 1st- February 18th 2017                                                                         http://www.rubiconari.com.au/

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Screen, oil on masonite, 22cm x 27cm, 2016.