Antoinette Ferwerda Lives and creates her paintings and artworks in her Melbourne studio, Australia. Her Dutch heritage and Australian upbringing have encouraged a playful style of artwork – a sense of old blending with new, her confident use of colour capturing light and adding a playful warmth to her subject matter. She uses acrylic paint and paper on canvas for paintings framed in raw timber. Her “Fireworks” paintings splatter ink on hand-made paper. Her signature palm tree pods, which grow in her back garden, are collected and restored, then hand-painted for a new design purpose. Creative themes focus on light and the geometry of shape. Her compositions capture soft colours and reflect upon memories of countryside landscapes, the beach and classic literature.
Influenced by science and art, she enjoys exploring pattern and shape.
Inspiration for Antoinette comes from many things – daily life, art history, abstract expressionism, science and the natural world, architecture, her children’s drawings – she says she simply loves to create. An artist, wife to David and “Mum” to Tehya and Lawson, she is the creative designer behind the sold-out success of Ziporah designer towel collection. She is excited to be launching her next designer towel collection for NINNHO in January 2015.
Ministry of Art will host her first gallery exhibition commencing 13 November 2014. She is a feature artist for the annual Camberwell Girls Grammar School Art show, CamArt, 28 November 2014. Her original paintings hang upon walls in Australia, Europe and the USA. She works directly with art collectors for private commissions in homes and offices, regularly collaborating with interior designers and stylists for television and print press.
Source / Ministry of Art
Where: Sophie Gannon Gallery
Who: Paul Davies
When: 18 November 2014 – 13 December 2014
About the Artist…
Sydney-based artist Paul Davies combines acrylic paint, photography and stencil art to create bold, dramatic paintings – layers of imagery that refer to juxtapositions of the built and non-built environment.
Davies started with collage, using famous Japanese woodblock prints such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa, but it was when he “discovered” the “organic” buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright that things really got rolling. The buildings in Davies’ paintings are uninhabited, to reinforce the original idea of its architect, allowing the viewer to experience an “open-plan living” ideal.
His work has been showcased in international galleries and prestigious magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Art & Australia.
Source / Where They Create
Where: Dianne Tanzer Gallery
Who: Kirsten Coelho, Silent Interval
Semblance Photography featuring: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Michael Cook, Marian Drew, Petrina Hicks, Janelle Low, Izabela Pluta, Valerie Sparks, Jacqui Stockdale.
When: 13 November 2014 – 20 December 2014
About the Artist…
Kirsten Coelho´s stunning new body of porcelain works reference enamel wares and everyday vessels of the late nineteenth century. Her elegant, seductive works are both a tribute to and elevation of these humble domestic forms. They communicate the rich cultural and social histories of these objects while simultaneously imbuing the seemingly familiar with new visual meanings.
Coelho undertook a residency in Japan earlier this year as recipient of the Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi Japan Travel Fund. Her latest body of work, with its organic forms and vivid colours, reminiscent of russet lacquer ware, reflects the influences of her time in Japan and the country’s rich ceramic history.