Luke Wrathall & Kristel Kelly
19 April – 2 May 2018
Kristel Kelly’s art spans the use of pencils, pens, acrylics and oil bars. From soft, delicate, nature-based pieces, dynamic black and white studies in pen and blended oil bar paintings, these works explore memories and experiences of the artist. After leaving school at age 15 she attended TAFE and regular art classes and workshops to access new skills and professional development. “My life was fraught with difficulty after leaving home so early” – Kristel draws on personal safe places in cult classics in film and literature as inspiration for these current artworks.
Luke Wrathall presents a body of work developed over the past 6 months with the intention of portraying his connection to the Gladstone Region. Abstract works utilise local materials, wood, stone and aluminium, recovered and reclaimed from our urban and industrial environment, as the Artist considers the industrial side of Gladstone, his place in it, as well as the connection to the community that it sustains. Seeking to balance perceptions of industry and environment , the artist’s technical explorations using local materials – sand stone recovered from construction, natural earth and processed wood, aluminium etched with caustic acid, all are transformed into a representation of environment meets industry.