A spacious new gallery will open today at Bundall, right in the heart of the City’s home décor and furniture precinct and within a stone’s throw of the soon to be developed Cultural Precinct.
Hiller and Skuse Gallery is the project of Stephen Hillier and Susan Skuse – both local artists and business people. Their aim is to provide a variety of curatorial options in their large exhibition space, providing opportunities for talented regional artists.
Stephen Hillier is the Gallery director and he said the pair are looking to work with committed creative people to “help develop and generate interest in their artistic careers.”
“We believe that we can bring an artist’s eye to the art-curation process, to the benefit of artists and art-buyers alike,” Stephen said. “We value creativity, but we also value skill and professional presentation.”
Stephen and Susan say their gallery will provide a much-needed opportunity for local artists to show their work, and a chance for art-lovers to see a variety of new, high quality, creative work. The Gallery is already displaying more than 200 original works from 30 established and emerging local artists.
Those works encompass traditional and contemporary, hyper-realist to abstract, large and small, two-dimensional and three. Steve Hillier says the aim is to create an art space where people can feel comfortable browsing “whatever their taste or art background may be.”
The Gallery’s opening takes place tonight, alongside the opening of their first exhibition featuring artists Chris Seale and Mark Pryer.
Chris and Mark, take very different approaches to the depiction of the natural world. Mark’s response is intuitive and emotive, bold and powerful. His broad gestural strokes and high chroma palette convey meanings beyond literal rendering. By contrast, the work of Chris Seale is controlled and precisely observed. A sensory artist, Chris Seale manipulates paint with a variety of implements, creating visually exciting textural surfaces. Her forest and ocean scenes are drenched with scintillating light, evoking a strong sense of place.
Ocean and Earth by Chris Seale and All About Earth by Mark Pryer open tonight and will run until 30 October. And the Gallery is open every day except Wednesdays from 10.00am – 5.00pm.
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Hillier and Skuse Gallery opening
Friday 18 September from 6.30pm
88 Bundall Road (one door south of Masters)
Email the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.