Taking the viewer on an intimate journey into nature, Hidden Places features evocative watercolours mostly painted en plein air (outdoors) in national parks and bushland along northern Sydney’s foreshore.
Drawing inspiration from the shapes and form of the ancient rocks, trees and gullies, together with the birds and animals that live there, each compelling work exudes energy, originality and a sense of spirit and mystery inherent in the primal subjects themselves.
With a naturalist’s eye of observation, Guy says he is often absorbed by a particular element in the landscape rather than the ‘big picture’ view.
“I am drawn to the lyrical and abstract textures of the bush, a gnarled branch, a jagged rock, a shaft of light or a pool of water. Equally, I am inspired by man’s intrinsic relationship to nature and these elements.”
Although Guy says that painting outdoors has its challenges, he loves the spontaneity and vitality it brings to his paintings:
“I conceived and painted much of the work perching on a rock or cliff. Painting quickly, I was intent on capturing the light, mood and transience of the moment. At the same time, I was deeply conscious of the timelessness of the landscape and the stories and history that lay hidden within.”
HIDDEN PLACES is open daily from May 23 – June 3 – 10am -4 pm at The Creative Space in Abbott Road, North Curl, Curl.
Along with the free exhibition, visitors are invited to view a free watercolour demonstration on Sunday May 27 & Sunday June 3 at 2pm.
In conjunction with his new exhibition, Guy will be running a one-day workshop ‘Painting Birds in Landscape’.
When: Monday 28th May, 10am to 4pm
Please contact Guy for more details.
AUSTRALIAN WATERCOLOUR INSTITUTE – annual exhibition 2018
The annual exhibition of the AWI will run from 14th July to 12th August 2018 at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney.
Guy will have two new works in the show, both full-sheet watercolours:
JULY 2017 KU-RING-GAI ART SOCIETY
Guy was one of the two judges of the impressive and diverse Ku-Ring-Gai Art Show last year.
BIRDS AND OTHER ANIMALS
Guy’s solo at the Warringah Creative Space in April 2016.
This was a large show featuring paintings in various media made over a period of several years and was highly successful. New prints of selected works became available including the magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle that was featured on the invitation.
GOSFORD REGIONAL ART GALLERY
Two of my latest paintings, full-sheet watercolours that were on show at the Gosford Regional Art Gallery as part of the Australian Watercolour Institute’s annual Exhibition.
‘Resting Up – Stilts’
Early last year I realised an ambition to see albatrosses up close while in New Zealand. The first was a wandering albatross, the biggest of them all; it looked like a small plane as it approached the boat. Amazing! Thanks to Lynette and Gary at Encounter Kaikoura.
MOSMAN ART SOCIETY – June 2015
This is a demonstration painting Guy did last year for the Mosman Art Society. It is on a half sheet, 300 gsm cold press paper, and took approximately one hour and twenty minutes of fairly fast, edge of the seat painting. Working so quickly with highly variable drying times is a challenge and it requires frequent spontaneous reactions to the way the picture is going. As there is no white pigment used, I had to retain the untouched areas of the paper yet still allow a lot of immediacy in the rest of the picture. I used several warm colours, such as Schmincke’s transparent orange, a colour I love, raw sienna, burnt sienna, and permanent rose, and then used cobalt blue and phthalo green as the cool element. The greenish streak in the water was an accident when I turned my palette upside-down but I think it has made all the difference.