Australian artist Katrina Rhodes formidable talent first became apparent at the age of 5, when she was unequivocally disqualified from the Sydney Morning Heralds Under 12s drawing competition, which deemed her work most likely drawn by a guardian or adult. From this pivotal moment in her childhood, Katrina Rhodes embarked on a remarkable career as a freelance artist, in which she honed an enviable skill set and found herself in high demand as an accomplished and versatile artist across a host of mediums.
In her debut exhibition A Handful of Civilised Friends a tribute to the characters Rhodes has spent one and a half years crafting the artist will showcase 21 works comprising acrylic paint on linen and cotton canvas, framed in traditional plaster ornate baroque frames. Rhodes painting finds its roots in Gothic 12th century art, yet is inspired by the 16th, 17th and 18th century periods.
Many of her paintings explore the realm of traditional portraiture – but with a twist. These exquisitely executed characters imbue their often classical and austere surroundings with a sense of the ridiculous. The artist admits her fascination in depicting water fowl stems from an almost subconscious anarchic desire to see the human world infiltrated by her feathered friends!
Also on show is approximately 40 vintage photographic works presented in traditional plaster moulded frames. This breathtaking collection of vintage images is an extension on Rhodes theme, and exemplify the artists ability to cross mediums with inventiveness and finesse
Where: No Vacancy Gallery
When: Closes today Friday 6 May 2011
34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne 3000. (enter from Russell St)
Phone: (03) 9663 3798 http://no-vacancy.com.au
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