weaving-illusions

Starts: 5th June 2017
Ends: 30th June 2017
Opening Night: 10th June 5pm to 7pm
Where: Left Bank Gallery


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Weaving Illusions

Weaving Illusions, is a captivating joint exhibition, showcasing the works of Brisbane artists Jennifer Bell and Hayley Roberts.  Although both artists explore reality from the differing viewpoints of magical realism and observations of pattern, their works converge, as together they find and blend, magic and beauty in the every day.

Join us for drinks with the artists on Saturday 10th June from 5pm to 7pm. 

RSVP by 7th June on 5532 0788 or events@leftbankgallery.com.au


About Jennifer Bell

Jennifer's work emphasises the pattern and beauty in everyday things. In her early twenties she became aware that not everyone saw the world in the same way.

"I see a fine veil of swirling, dancing and colourful dots over everything I look at - it turned out most other people didn't."

In her artwork Jennifer explores how we physically view the world differently and pattern, both man-made and naturally occurring. Each piece captivating in its own right as a landscape or a still life, hidden in the detail is another story. Layers and layers of found objects and things we often discard take on a new life and combine to create something beautiful often with a strong, over exaggerated use of pattern.

Jennifer holds a degree in fine art and during four years spent in New Zealand ran her own gallery in the picturesque Wellington suburb of Island Bay. Today she works as a full time independent artist from her sunny studio with her creative team to assist - a baby, a beagle and a bullmastiff.

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About Hayley Roberts

There are two constants in Hayley’s life; her enchantment with fairytales and her connection to her camera.  Through her use of trick photography and Photoshop manipulation she combines her passions by creating illusions that blend fantasy into the every day. Through the use of costumes, props and posing her conceptual self-portraits aim to tell imaginative stories that could easily have leaked from the pages of fairytales.

Magical realism is at the heart of her images which seek to thrill, inspire and provide an escape from reality, helping people recapture the wonder they felt hearing stories as a child. On her website she runs the Exposing Illusions project where she studies and emulates a different creative photography technique in her work, while teaching and inspiring others to do the same.

“Now I use trick photography and Photoshop to composite pieces of these images into larger scenes, while using costumes, props and posing to convey my stories.  In contrast with my interest in magic I am equally fascinated by “looking behind the curtain” and studying the creative techniques that photographers use to defy reality.”

Hayley’s portraiture work has received numerous awards, including finalists in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards, MAMA National Photography Prize, Milburn Art Prize, PhotoPlace Gallery’s ‘Imagined Realities’ competition, Brisbane Art Awards, William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2016, and the Contemporary Art Awards.  Her work has also been featured in many publications including PhotoPlus Magazine, Stubborn Magazine, Australian Avante Garde Magazine, Our Narangba Magazine, the Huffington Post, Bored Panda and Digital Photography School.

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