A Closer Look at…Nora Heysen AM & Constance Stokes: Drawings from the Estates

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art invites you to take Closer Look At... Nora Heysen AM and Constance Stokes: Drawings from the Estates.

This exhibition allows an intimate view of each artist through over 80 drawings sourced from family archives, from student days and throughout their working careers. These works give us an insight into each artist – their working practices, their thoughts, their development, their interests. Drawing provides an immediacy, expressing much through a simple line on a blank page. To read further, please download our Closer Look At... essay here.

We were delighted that Associate Professor Alison Inglis was able to open this exhibition and provide us with such insightful and educational remarks and we wish to especially thank Lucilla Wyborn d’Abrera, daughter of Constance Stokes, and Stephanie Griffiths, niece of Nora Heysen for sharing their experiences.

Please also view the video of the exhibition opening video here.

A fully illustrated colour catalogue is available to download here, or alternatively contact the Gallery to obtain a copy.

Nora Heysen and Constance Stokes:
Drawings from the Estates
has been extended and is now showing until 2 July 2016.

Exhibition Opening Sat 21st May

Nora Heysen and Constance Stokes: Drawings from the Estate opens on Saturday 21st May at 2pm. Join us as Associate Professor Alison Inglis officially opens the exhibition and engages with a family representative for each artist.

The exhibition features over 80 drawings selected from the estates of these celebrated artists and includes academic life drawings; sensuous nudes; portraits of fellow artists; sensitive portraits of Pacific Islanders and a series of genre subjects.

Preview the exhibition here and download the illustrated catalogue with essay by Catherine Speck, Professor of Art History, University of Adelaide here.

The Aesthetics of Mended Ceramics

The Aesthetics of Mended Ceramics is an  article discussing current exhibition RE-Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld initially exhibited at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair. The concept of reduce, reuse & recycle has become a contemporary focus within society, being a central theme of this exhibition, artists have recreated damaged objects. Gallery artist Stephen Bowers features in this article, using faux surfaces and floating fragmentation of objects, amongst other techniques within his work. Stephen Bowers will be showing his 4th solo exhibition with us later this year.

View The Aesthetics of Mended Ceramics article here


Vale Petyarr Anangker-areny

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art are sorry to advise that Petyarr Anangker-areny passed away on the evening of the 19th August. The family have given permission for us to convey this sad news. Out of respect for the family, the artist’s name will not be referred to during mourning. She is the sister of Kathleen, Gloria, Myrtle, Violet and Jeannie and mother of Carol, Elizabeth, Lucy, Helen and Trevor, and the mother of Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray and grandmother of Genevieve Kemarr Loy. One of the renowned Petyarr sisters, her work was widely exhibited and collected. She was part of the original art movement at Utopia, participating in the batik project in the late 1970s and the 1980s. She also created painted and carved wooden sculptures in the 1980s. In respect to the artist, we will not offer her work for sale in the immediate future. She was a vibrant and grounded woman with strong connections to her family and country and we thoroughly enjoyed working with her. She will be sadly missed.