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Monday, April 22, 2024

2024 NEWS

Coming events:

UNSOLVED HISTORIES

Solo exhibition

The Old Butchers Shop Gallery, Ballarat


Deborah Klein’s emblematic ‘rear view portraits’ allude to the countless women who have fallen through the cracks of history. Her latest solo exhibition marks the first time this body of paintings and works on paper, created over the last 6 years, has been exhibited in Ballarat. 

 

Presented in conjunction with Ballarat Heritage Festival.

 

The Old Butchers Shop Gallery

112 Seymour Street 

Soldiers Hill 

Ballarat VIC 3350

Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-4 pm 

Weekdays by appointment

I: @theoldbutchersshopgallery

E: theoldbutchersshopgallery@gmail.com


The exhibition runs from 4 - 26 May



DECORATED WOMEN

Animated Projection

White Night Ballarat


Deborah is one of the featured artists in White Night Ballarat, the city’s acclaimed festival of projections, illuminations, music and interactive works.


Deborah Klein’s enigmatic tattooed and masked women are the stuff of fairy tales. Adopting adornments drawn from nature, they metamorphose before our eyes, reclaiming the night in a veritable enchanted forest right in the heart of Ballarat. 


Ballarat CBD

https://whitenight.com.au/ballarat/program/


Saturday 1 June, 6 pm – midnight

 


SELF-PUBLISHING ARTISTS

Panel Conversation

CAM ART BOOK FAIR

Castlemaine Art Gallery, Castlemaine


The CAM Art Book Fair returns in June 2024, in connection with NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair. Melbourne Art Book Fair is part of Melbourne Design Week 2024, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.  

Deborah will take part in the panel discussion Self-Publishing Artists Reaching Across and Beyond the Region at Castlemaine Art Gallery.

 

Links to all Art Book Fair events are below:

NGV: https://www.artbookfair.melbourne/events/panel-conversation-self-publishing-artists-reaching-across-and-beyond-the-region/ 

CAM: https://castlemaineartmuseum.org.au/news

 

Castlemaine Art Gallery
14 Lyttleton Street (PO Box 248)
Castlemaine VIC 3450
03 5472 2292
castlemaineartmuseum.org.au

 

Sunday 2 June, 10 – 11 am

 


DECORATED WOMEN

Solo exhibition

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne


Tattooing has variously been described as the oldest profession after prostitution and tax collection, an act of bravery and a specialized art form that marks its wearer as the member of a tribe. The tattoo publicizes and politicizes through its permanence and visibility.

Comprising recent paintings and works on paper, Decorated Women revisits the Tattooed Faces and Figures, a key theme in the artist’s oeuvre, taking it in entirely new directions.

 

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
Level 8, Room 16

The Nicholas Building

37 Swanston Street

Melbourne, 3000 (Cnr. Flinders Lane)

 

The exhibition runs from 4 - 21 December

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Upcoming exhibition: UNSOLVED HISTORIES

 


UNSOLVED HISTORIES

A Ballarat Heritage Festival exhibition

Opening event: Saturday, 4 May, from 2-4 pm 

Old Butchers Shop Gallery
112 Seymour Street
Soldiers Hill
Ballarat, VIC 3350

Open weekends, 12-4 pm, or by appointment

Pictured top, L-R: Streaked Bowerbird and Green Catbird, both 2018, watercolours in found frames

UNSOLVED HISTORIES runs until 26 May, 2024

Friday, April 12, 2024

Tudor Rose (Part 2)

Pictured top, far right: a further progress view of Tudor Rose (acrylic on canvas board, 30.5 x 30.5 cm). To its left is the study for the work and a reproduction of the eponymous needlework panel designed by May Morris, from which the tattoo iconography is drawn.

Additional developmental views are below:


The work is from the current series, Decorated Women, to be exhibited at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne in December 2024. 

For earlier views of the work in progress, go HERE.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Progress views of CAT WOMAN with artist’s model


Pictured above and below: snapshots from a recent working session on Cat Woman (acrylic on canvas board, 10.16 x 10.16 cm), with model and muse, Alice B. Cat.





A fine set of whiskers was subsequently added, and, with Alice’s seal of approval, the work is now ready for the 5th annual One Hundred Faces exhibition at Playing in the Attic in Talbot, Vic.


One Hundred Faces opens on Saturday 27 April (Anzac Day long weekend) and continues until the end of May.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Coming event: UNSOLVED HISTORIES at Ballarat Heritage Festival 2024

Delighted to see UNSOLVED HISTORIES, my upcoming solo exhibition at the Old Butchers Shop Gallery, listed on the Ballarat Heritage Festival website. I’m always excited for this time of year in Ballarat and doubly so to be part of it.

The link to the Ballarat Heritage Festival 2024 program is here: https://ballaratheritagefestival.com.au


To preview selected works and learn more about UNSOLVED HISTORIES, go here: https://ballaratheritagefestival.com.au/explore/exhibition-by-deborah-klein


Pictured top, L-R: 

Primavera ll, 2021, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 37.5 x 15 cm and Wayfarer, 2021, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 37.5 x 15 cm. Part of UNSOLVED HISTORIES at the Old Butchers Shop Gallery, 112 Seymour Street, Soldiers Hill, Ballarat, VIC, 3350, 4-26 May 2024.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Whereabouts continues at Solander Gallery

On more than one occasion during the run of Whereabouts: Printmakers Respond at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, curated by the indefatigable Rona Green, I remember thinking it was such a shame the exhibition wasn’t travelling further.


For those not already aware of the news, it has. With a slightly different title: Whereabouts: Artists Respond, but the same lineup of artists, Whereabouts is currently on exhibit at Solander Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand.


At 1pm on Saturday, 6 April, you can join Solander Gallery Director Vincent Drane for a walk through the exhibition to learn more about the 56 Victorian-based Whereabouts artists and their work. The event is free but RSVPs will be appreciated.


Artists: Sue Anderson, Elizabeth Banfield, Matthew Clarke, Paul Compton, Miranda Costa, Fiona Davey, Rachel Derum, Mark Dustin, Grace Eve, Philip Faulks, Kevin Foley, Eleanor Franks, David Frazer, Tyronne Gietzmann, Silvi Glattauer, Jackie Gorring, Rona Green, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Greg Harrison, Bill Hay, Judy Horacek, Anita Iacovella, Kyoko Imazu, Deborah Klein, Gillian Kline, Anita Laurence, Dianne Longley, Michael Lye, Marion Manifold, Cassie May, Aaron McLoughlin, Glenn Morgan, Carnegie Muir, Angela Nagel, Billy Nye, James Pasakos, Jim Pavlidis, Catherine Pilgrim, Michael Reynolds, Cathy Ronalds, David Rosengrave, John Ryrie, Libby Schreiber, Gwen Scott, Heather Shimmen, Glen Smith, Ruth Stanton, Neale Stratford, Sophia Szilagyi, Helen Timbury, Clayton Tremlett, Peter Ward, Deborah Williams, Joel Wolter and Jessi Wong.



Whereabouts opened on 22 March and runs to 4 May.


A selection of installation views, courtesy of Solander Gallery, is pictured above.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Tudor Rose: a work in progress

Pictured above and below: developmental stages of Tudor Rose, acrylic on canvas on board, 30.5 x 30.5 cm.




The face decorations on the small study, soon to be recreated on the larger work, are based loosely on selected motifs in Tudor Rose, c. 1890, an embroidery panel designed by 
May Morris. An article on the significance of the Tudor Rose and its application in embroidery is HERE

Tudor Rose is part of my ongoing series, Decorated Women, scheduled for exhibition at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in early December 2024.