The Characters of the Fleurieu 2016 Exhibition is officially open!
This is the third Biennial exhibition showcasing local and interstate artists and their depiction of the characters of the fleurieu. The artworks, as always are sensational! Many talented artists in one space showcasing different skills and concepts that make the Fleurieu the iconic region that it is.
My artwork 'Louise' is a depiction of local winemaker Louise Hemsley-Smith. The exhibition is open from the 18th April, till the 24th May 2016, Located at the Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa, South Australia. Please, take some time to visit this exhibition and see the work by many talented local artists.
Pastel and Pencil on Pastel Paper
I have had the pleasure of knowing Louise and her wonderful family for a number of years now. Louise is the kind of person you can’t help but notice when you walk into a room. Her personality is fantastically bright, witty and commanding. Louise and her partner Joch run Battle of Bosworth Wines, and Spring Seed Wine Co. in Willunga; producing excellent wines and always sharing their passion with local and international visitors alike.
I decided to draw Louise when I realised I could rarely go far in the local community without hearing of her from one person, or another. Louise is involved in many different communities and takes pride in coming from the southern region.
In the artwork I have incorporated the wine bottle because; for myself and many others, Louise is as much a part of the branding as their logo. The berry toned background is symbolic of the wine region, and the use of vivid colours in Louise’s clothing and background is representative of her bright and loud personality. Louise is constantly busy, so I have twisted the composition of the piece to be off-centre; similar to the view many of us manage to snap of Louise as she runs around in her busy life!
Abbey is a practicing Visual Artist and high school teacher.