SEARCHING for Stillness is the theme of an insightful Maleny art exhibition by
award-winning Mitchell artist Joan Hurtado.
Being held at the Lift Gallery until October 30, the exhibition of mixed media
paintings has been inspired by various methods of finding inner peace - be it
yoga, music, art or spirituality.
The subject matter ranges from boy monks and Buddhist temples at Angkor
Wat through to everyday people emanating their spiritual essence as they go
about their daily life.
Hurtado has travelled extensively in Asia and many of her works incorporate
motifs and materials from her trips, including leaves from the Bodhi tree,
elephant dung paper, Asian currency and pure gold embellishments.
"I love experimenting with different textures, mediums and colours and always
like to challenge myself and push the boundaries of my painting practice,”
Her work has been collecting awards since 1977, most recently taking out the
overall grand championship at the 2015 Rabobank Art Show and winning the
open section of the 2015 Barcaldine Art Prize.
The mixed media works in the Searching for Stillness exhibition combine a
broad range of media and techniques including printmaking, acrylics,
watercolour and collage, with the painting style inspired by Fred Hodgkinson
and John Wolseley.
"These paintings are intended to bring a sense and joy and serenity to the
viewer and would suit any home or workplace looking to create a calmer,
more peaceful environment,” Hurtado said.
Lift Gallery is at 926 Maleny-Montville Rd and the Searching for
Stillness exhibition can be viewed upstairs in the solo exhibition area.
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