Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
Currently on show is an extensive solo exhibition by well-established Australian artist, Wendy Stokes. In late 2010 Wendy visited Paris and returned in 2014, as part of an Internationale des Arts Cite residency, which included extended access to Monet's garden in Giverny. Utilising the reflective process of journey and return, Stokes has maintained a sustained engagement with Claude Monet's Nymphéas suite, both as image and its terrain.
A professional artist since 1980 Wendy has exhibited extensively, throughout Australia and internationally, including Montreal, Seoul, Hong Kong and New York. Wendy is well represented in Australian public galleries and museums including the National Gallery of Australia; Print Council of Australia; Port Macquarie Regional Gallery; Bathurst Regional Gallery; Warnambool Regional Gallery; Parliament House, Canberra; Artbank; and numerous corporate collections including: Crown Casino; Shell Company Australia, London, UK; State Bank of New South Wales; National Australia Bank; AMP; Ford Australia; IBM; Law Institute of Victoria; Lend Lease Development; Sanyo; Mercantile Mutual; Elders Group; Carlton Breweries; Price Waterhouse; ANZ Bank; Australian Wheat Board; Jones Lang Wootton; Transfield Collection; Chancellery, Melbourne University; Qantas; Sandoz; Bank of South Australia; Century Radison; Sheraton Four Points; and Crowne Plaza.
Wendy has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious art prizes and in 2010 alone, she was a finalist in the Glover Prize, the Alice Springs Art Prize, the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA).
Maintaining and respecting the qualities within the surface of the painting support has been an integral part of my practice. Broad areas of primed or unprimed canvas allow the surface to hold the integrity of the gesture and mark whether it be a stain, wash, painted or drawn mark. . By immersing myself in the local landscape, the surface becomes not only a support but a metaphor for my experience. The works engage the viewer through nuances and subtle shifts between treatment of surface, setting up a dialogue between the painted and unpainted areas.
The Nymphéas: in conversation by Wendy Stokes, continues until 5 September 2015.
Tamworth Regional Gallery was established in 1919 and is one of the oldest regional galleries in New South Wales, Australia.