A show in the Walcha Gallery of Art featuring work by three next-generation Walcha artists and the nomadic artist Caleb Reid has just wrapped up.
The official opening of the exhibition was given by Walcha artist Ross Laurie who spoke about his inspiration to become a painter as a young man after seeing the work of internationally renowned Walcha artist Angus Nivison. The young creative crew were also on hand, welcoming people to view their work.
Mr Reid, who is currently residing in Walcha, is renowned for his fine line. His paintings display rich colours and a unique style of expressionism.
Gemma King demonstrated her superb figurative skills with a selection of charcoal drawings on paper depicting the world of the rodeo.
Ben Tooth’s work was a collection of wooden maquettes exploring the play of light and shadow based on forms found in farm gates and stock grids.
Rosie Waugh had two very different styles on show: one was a series of small and incredibly intricate pen drawings; the other was a series of abstracted geometric architectural images.
“I've been drawing since before I can remember because both of my parents strongly encouraged creativity in education,” said Ms Waugh.
“My mother is a printer, and my dad made incredible sculptures when he was alive.”
Ms Waugh was born and raised in Walcha where she currently lives with Mr Tooth, running a cattle and sheep farm on the edge of town. She creates her works from photos taken of places that she loves and associates with good memories.
“During a big brainstorm around a bottle of wine one night, we decided that because we're all creative and young, we should work on a project together and put our works out there in public,” she said.
I've been drawing since I can rememberRosie Waugh
“The biggest motivation for me is the satisfaction of seeing a drawing that I've spent days working on, finished and hanging on a wall. My current drawings have a lot more detail and a stronger subject matter. I've never really painted before, so these works are really new for me, but I love working with colours, so I'm eager to keep at it.”
Ben Tooth said the exhibition was an important development in his career.
“Gemma, Rosie and myself are all very good friends, and I guess hopefully the next generation of Walcha artists,” Mr Tooth said.