Still

30 May - 29 June

Still is an exhibition of still-life and landscape paintings by South Australian artists Louise Feneley, Lisa Losada and Lisa Young. The works in the exhibition celebrate light, stillness, and momentariness, reminding viewers of the dedication and patience required for a painting-based art practice.

Feneley’s eloquent canvasses of playful, alternative still-life compositions and landscapes are imbued with imagination and emotion. Her figures and objects are portrayed with warmth and softness, and reveal her preoccupation with light and the way it can personify figures and objects with a quiet ‘glow’. Feneley, a Bachelor of Visual Art (with Honours) graduate of the School (2002), is an esteemed figure in Adelaide art circles, with a strong following in the School’s Atelier Academy. Her work is held in collections in Australia and internationally.

Brushstrokes are barely evident in Young’s precise and ordered still-life compositions. References to art history in her intricate self-portrait reflections skilfully echo the paintings of 15th Century Flemish artist, Jan van Eyck. Young prefers to work with the ephemeral nature of natural light, explaining:

“Some painters block out all natural light and have the advantage of working any time they like, but I like to work with natural light on my canvas, so the light has to be south facing. I have to stop painting when the light goes, and I can have another life.” Young was a lecturer in the School’s Painting Department for 14 years. She recently exhibited at Maunsell Wickes gallery in Sydney.

A recent Bachelor of Visual Art graduate of the School (2015), Losada is an emerging painter who demonstrates great potential. Her atmospheric landscape works are products of visits to unoccupied and isolated locations north of Adelaide and explore the nature of solitude and its emotional topology. “Solitude and the unpeopled landscape are often read as melancholic or disturbing. However, I experience and describe these as a complex and positive reflection on place and self,” she says.

“The Painting Department at Adelaide Central School of Art is renowned for its rigorous approach to studio-based teaching. Over the years we have produced exceptional painters who have consistently garnered national and international acclaim for their work”, says Ingrid Kellenbach, CEO Adelaide Central School of Art. “In Still we see both lecturers and graduates exhibiting work which demonstrates the depth and quality of artists associated with our School. These are painters’ painters, whose works are full of feeling, curiosity and a profound love of their craft.”

 

Opening Event

Tuesday 31 May at 6 - 8pm, all welcome.
Opening speaker: Rebecca Evans, Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts, Art Gallery of South Australia

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About the Artists

Louise Feneley (Marino) has a Bachelor of Fine Art – Painting from the South Australian School of Art (1970) and a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours from Adelaide Central School of Art (2002). She has undertaken Masterclasses in Advanced Drawing and also Painting in New York City. She is well respected and considered to be a highly collectable artist.

Feneley has been a finalist in the Sulman Prize, Blake Prize, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Portia Geach Portrait Award, and the Fleurieu Prize. She teaches at Adelaide Central School of Art and is represented by Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide. Her work is held in collections in Australia and internationally.

Lisa Young (West Hindmarsh) has a National Diploma in Design, Sculpture Special, from Kingston School of Art in London. She has lived in Italy, has worked in the London rock’n’roll music industry where she made equipment for groups and specialised in bespoke guitar cases, and has restored paintings for trade, buying and selling in the London antique markets. On arriving in Australia Young attended Adelaide Central School of Art as a student before becoming a lecturer in drawing and painting for 14 years. She has conducted workshops at the Art Gallery of South Australia and provides private workshops on demand.

Young exhibits widely in group shows and is represented by BMG Art. In 2016 she exhibited with Maunsell Wickes Gallery in Sydney. She has done commissions in Australia, the UK and Switzerland, is represented in the FH Faulding collection and the Adelaide Club, and her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally.

Lisa Losada (Uraidla) was born in Cambridge, England before settling in Sydney as a child. She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2015. An emerging artist obsessed with painting as a daily practice, Losada's work demonstrates strong compositional skills informed by her former graphic design and illustration career. Since her first exhibition in 2008, Losada has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Adelaide and Melbourne. She is currently a member of The Boiler Room artist studios and has paintings held in several private collections throughout central and eastern Australian states.

 

Adelaide Central Gallery Opening Hours

Exhibition hours (30 May - 10 June)
Monday, Thursday & Friday 9am - 5pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 9am - 7pm, Saturday 1pm - 4pm

Exhibition hours (11 - 29 June)
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 1pm - 4pm