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Archive for ‘November, 2013’

New Artist: Carolyn O’Neill

We are very excited at Tusk to welcome Australian artist Carolyn O’Neill to the family!

Carolyn O'Neill at work

Carolyn O’Neill at work

Carolyn paints with her moods, using the canvas as a means of self-expression. The genuine emotional connection between artist and canvas is evident in her paintings.

Carolyn associates herself with Abstract Expressionism – with its emphasis on spontaneous, automatic or subconscious creation. The Abstract Expressionists broke away from the accepted conventions of art in both technique and subject matter. Their works are foremost reflections of their own psyches and emotions. Like Carolyn, they valued spontaneity and improvisation, believing that the process of creation was just as important, if not more so, than the end product. Their imagery is primarily abstract – even when depicting images based on visual realities, they favored a highly abstracted mode. Carolyn conveys emotion mostly through the use of colour, specifically open fields of colour arranged together. 

Although her preferred medium is painting, she also enjoys drawing, mixed media collages and sculpture. 

"Sunshine on a Rainy Day" 180x100cm, oil on canvas

“Sunshine on a Rainy Day”
180x100cm, oil on canvas

Carolyn’s creative process is an intuitive one; incorporating physical, spiritual and emotional aspects.  Art encompasses every aspect of her life and her central goal is for her art to develop a strong emotional connection with her audience.

Carolyn’s latest works will be included in Tusk’s next group show, “Nothing Without Love”, opening November Thursday 28th 6-9pm. To RSVP please email southyarra@tuskgallery.com.au

To see Carolyn’s work click here.

“Ethereal”: Latest Works By Cheryl Petersen

Artist, gallery proprietor, art teacher, jewellery designer, gallery curator and resident artist of Cheryl Petersen Galleries, Cheryl has been painting ‘from the heart’ for over a decade now.

“I’m always in the right space for painting. I get lost in the trance and rhythm created when I connect my mood at the time to brush and then to canvas.”



From as far back as she can remember she loved to draw and to write, these were two constant friends throughout a somewhat turbulent childhood. She found the courage to reunite with one of these friends, drawing, by enrolling as a mature age graphic design student, majoring in illustration at Monash University in 1998.

For many years she worked as an illustrator for children’s books, her work regularly in demand. However, this was not where her passion lay, and so with the support of her husband, she sold up her home to finance Cheryl Petersen Galleries. She now lives and breathes, exhibits and teaches painting, her passion.

The rich, vibrant, organic yet clean lines of her acrylic and mixed media works brought to life on canvas contain an immense joy.

Cheryl Petersen %22Jewelled%22 180x150cm (ddeo)

“Jewelled” 180x150cm

"Simply Beautiful" 235x175cm

“Simply Beautiful” 235x175cm

Cheryl’s works have won several prizes and awards including Flinders Art Show ‘Best in Show’ award in 2010, People’s Choice Award at last year’s Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition and received the Judges Commendation at the Oakhill Members Art Show.

Tusk Gallery is holding a solo show of Cheryl’s latest works at our Camberwell space – 76 Harold Street, Camberwell 3124. The opening for “Ethereal” is Sunday November 10th from 2pm. If you would like to attend the opening please RSVP to elana@graphicimpressions.com.au or phone her on (03) 9882 2174.