Former Warwick resident Jessica Thompson, who now lives in Brisbane, was inducted into the Warwick Art Gallery Tree Jumpers Artist Hall of Fame in 2017. Her crochet artistry has been recognised by the judges at just about every year of the festival since judging began ten years ago.
For this year’s festival the Gallery has invited Jessica to develop a new suite of crochet garments to showcase her skill and creative ability. Made from repurposed second hand knitwear and recycled materials the yarn artworks in her Jumperhead exhibition will incorporate human and animal forms. The artworks will life sized and explore themes of animal trophyism and human body adornment.
Jessica’s artwork has been recognised internationally at the World of Wearable Art in Wellington, New Zealand. She has recently been announced as a finalist in the 2018 competition and presentation. Jessica takes her crochet beyond the boundaries of your typical crochet artwork. She is inspired by camouflage, grunge, science fiction and geekery.
Jumperhead was made possible through a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queesnalnd Governemnt and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Clinton Barker is a Brisbane based artist who has widely exhibited in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. He has work in private and public collections including the Print Council of Australia and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
This collection of paintings and works on paper is titled Shifts to represent the changes that are created when individual figures are united as a collective grouping.
Clinton’s artworks are influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Primitive Art starting out as abstracts but developing into narrative compositions with the addition of human like figures. He paints as a way of interpreting his personal thoughts and emotions with the overall compositions kept balanced with beautiful colour harmonies.
“A work generally starts out as an abstract composition and then the figures are born from there. As I paint, one colour informs the next until there is harmony. I choose colours that will create a certain ‘vibration’ … ultimately I want each painting to pulsate, to feel alive.”
In 2015 a group of members and friends of the Warwick Artists’ Group attended a beginners printmaking class held at the Warwick Artists’ Group Studio at 21 Willi Street. Over the following months the group explored different relief printing techniques such as lino cut. In 2016, with the help of funding, the printmakers acquired an etching press and began learning other techniques including etching, dry-point, collagraphy, lithography and screen printing.
Portals: Thresholds: Boundaries is the group’s first exhibition at Warwick Art Gallery.
The Cattle Dog Printmakers
This exhibition received support from the Regional Arts Development fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.