I'm pleased to say that my latest exhibition Passageis now online for your viewing pleasure :) For those of you who can make it to Melbourne March 17th - April 11th the work is also worth seeing in real life!I'd especially love to catch up with you at the opening celebration and artist talk on Saturday March 21st at 1pm. Please R.S.V.P. to email@example.com by 5pm March 17th if you would like to attend the artist talk. I will be speaking about my recent work, process, inspiration & travels at 1pm followed by the amazing Hannah Quinlivan at 1.30pm talking about her exhibition Still Motion.
I am very much looking forward to participating in the fast-approaching OPEN STUDIO event this Saturday 28th February 3pm - 7pm at A.N.C.A., Dickson (1 Rosevear Pl, Dickson, Canberra) where I am fortunate to be a studio artist.
This will be the only chance to see my latest body of work in Canberra before it leaves my studio for Melbourne and my upcoming solo exhibition Passage (Flinders Lane Gallery, 17th March - 11th April). Come along and enjoy a rare opportunity to see inside the inner workings of 19 artist studios. Have a chat to my friendly and talented fellow studio-artists and experience a broad variety of work, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, silversmithing and fashion! All are welcome to this free event sponsored by BentSpoke Brewing Co. and featuring music from Burrows and Happy Axe who will be filling our lush central courtyard with their beautiful sounds.
Meet the artists | Open Studios | Work for sale | Music | Food & Drinks | Visit ANCA Gallery
Artists: Hannah Beasley, Simon Cottrell, Emma Beer, David Kim, Shan Crosbie, Ruth Oliphant, Kerry Johns, Tabitha Mann, Hayley Boyle, Ham Darroch, Carmel McCrow, Phoebe Porter, Annika Romeyn, Alice Sutton, 4 minutes 33, Christina Thwaites, Marilyn Stretton, Nicci Haynes, Liz Coats, Philippa Hofgartner, Sean Davey, Dan Vukovljak
ANCA Gallery- Guilty Pleasures, solo exhibition by Shaun Hayes
Red Rocks Gorge III 4-2-15: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2015, 18 x 25 cm
While preparing for my upcoming exhibition, 'Passage' at Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne (17 March - 11th April) I've been enjoying spending some precious summer days soaking up the inspiring sights and sounds of one of my favourite local painting spots - Red Rocks Gorge (access via the Centenary Trail from Kambah Pools, Murrumbidgee river, Canberra). This week I spent some time mesmerised by the movement of rushing rapids, marvelling at the complex combination of directional flows, falls, recirculation, fingers of foam and shades of bright yellow and orange surging upwards from the depths of the turbulent, tannin-stainedwater. In another recent field study (below) from the same area I focused in on the waterline and the slow-swirling, ever-changing patterns of foam trailing their way gracefully downstream.
Red Rocks Gorge II 16-1-15: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2015, 18 x 25 cm
Hobart Beach, Bournda 31-12-14: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm
Hobart Beach, Bournda 1-1-15: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2015, 18 x 25 cm
Mimosa Rocks 2-1-15: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2015, 18 x 25 cm
Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to sharing many more interesting opportunities, projects and experiences coming up in 2015 (including an open studio day at A.N.C.A. 28th Feb, a solo exhibit at Flinders Lane Gallery 17 March - 11 April, an artist residency at Hill End throughout November, and a Bonsai/Print collaboration at Megalo Print Studio).
I couldn't have wished for a better way to celebrate the new year than clambering over rocks, studying shells, free-diving, being engulfed by schools of fish and feasting by the campfire with good friends. We spent a few days exploring a particularly beautiful section of the NSW South Coast - camping at Hobart Beach in Bournda National Park and Aragunnu in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Here are the watercolours I made while nestled in the sand or perched upon sharp rocks, as well as some photos of the moments that caught my eye.
Red Rocks Gorge 26-12-14: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm
I hope you are all having a joyous festive season and I wish you all the best for a happy and productive 2015! After a lovely relaxing Christmas with family, my parents accompanied me on a Boxing Day painting excursion to Red Rocks Gorge (Murrumbidgee River), one of my favourite places close to home (Canberra, Australia). It was a brilliant sunny day after a string of summer thunder-storms. It was a great challenge painting the strong sunlight moving across the faceted rock and reflecting up from rippling water below. I love sitting and drawing while listening to the rushing sound of nearby rapids, which remind me of the forces of movement and erosion that are slowly, but constantly carving and shaping the landscape.
I'm happy to be part of a couple of exhibitions opening in Canberra this week: Common Ground - an A.N.C.A. studio artists exhibition (opening wednesday 6pm) and the M16 Drawing Prize (opening friday 6pm). Both promise to be diverse, exciting exhibitions and I am especially looking forward to exhibiting alongside my Dad, Arjen Romeyn, in the M16 Drawing Prize. See below for more details and images of my work that will be on display.