Monday, October 29, 2012

Exhibitions, BMA profile & other delights

I've been thrilled with the great response to my solo exhibit Barranco (Ravine) and really happy with how the work looks together. If you're still keen to check it out it public opening hours continue @ A.N.U. Photospace until Friday 2nd Nov (same for the Torres Scholarship group exhibit downstairs in the A.N.U. Foyer Gallery).

The Green Room group exhibition opening was a lot of fun and I thought all the work looked great together. Check out the couch made of grass and other wonders @ M16 Artspace, Griffith until 11th Nov. I will be sure to post more images of all these exhibitions soon!

Many thanks to the ever-supportive BMA Magazine for the Artist Profile and image from my exhibition in issue #405, if you want you can read my answers here or pick up a free copy of the magazine around Canberra.

In other exciting news my lithograph Drift, which recently featured in the Qijiang International Print Festival (Chongqing China) has been acquired by the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou, China)!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Torres Scholarship 10th Anniversary

Tuesday 23rd October is going to be a great night at ANU School of Art! The opening of my solo exhibition, Barranco, in response to my study tour as recent winner of the Embassy of Spain's Torres Travelling Scholarship (upstairs in the Photospace Gallery) coincides with celebrations for the 10th Anniversary of the scholarship, including a group exhibition of amazing work by all the previous scholarship recipients (in the Foyer Gallery), can't wait!

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Green Room - group exhibition

Hello again! I'm excited to be part of  The Green Room - a whole host of fantastic artists all celebrating/investigating the most wondrous of colours, GREEN of course! It opens 6pm Thurs 25th Oct at M16 Artspace, Griffith. Hope to see you there :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Upcoming Solo Exhibition

Barranco - Exhibition Opening 
new drawings and prints by Annika Romeyn
in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain and the ANU School of Art

Official Opening 6pm Tuesday 23rd October
all welcome, refreshments from 6.45pm
Photospace Gallery
ANU School of Art, Ellery Cres, Acton, ACT, Australia
Exhibition dates: 23rd October - 4th November 2012
(Public opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm)

work in progress, watercolour, 150cm x 100cm

I'm pleased to invite you to the opening of my fast approaching solo exhibition Barranco (Ravine)! In this exhibition I will be presenting a new body of work inspired by my study tour of Spain as winner of the 2011 Torres Travelling Scholarship, focusing on my experience hiking in the Pyrenees. I would love the opportunity to catch up with you and would appreciate your support on this occasion. Please spread the word if you know anyone who may be interested!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

USA Sketchbook

Here are some sketches from my post-Tamarind workshop adventures across the USA, hope you enjoy!
An absolute highlight was journeying down into the Grand Canyon for 9 days rafting the Colorado River with AZRA - paddling exciting rapids, exploring beautiful side canyons, sleeping under the stars and meeting great people like David & Roxanne who can be seen relaxing in the stream (above).

The rock formations were extraordinary and I was astounded by the variety in geology as we travelled through the canyon. 

A spectacular hike led to Thunder River shooting straight out of the cliff-face and cascading down this tall waterfall, providing cool relief after a desert-hot ascent.

It was natural to rise with the sun and in the evening watch the glowing light slip away around the river bend.

Our group included Thatcher & Skip (and their amazing moustaches), 2 film-makers working on an awesome series called Of Souls and Water, including The Elder  about our paddle captain Rob Elliot. I really enjoyed seeing some of their process and effort from nightly time-lapse setups to make-shift solar-panel recharge centres.

Roxanne was master of hair-blowing-in-wind ultimate fishing style.

Master river guide, guitar player and generally fun guy Nate took our drawing swap (which happened to fall on my birthday) as an opportunity to unleash his inner artist. Can you believe this fantastic collection of river memories was inspired by a simple piece of driftwood?!

Arriving straight from the seclusion of the Grand Canyon I was slightly overwhelmed by the concrete canyons and human floods of NYC, but still deeply inspired by the abundance of great museums/galleries and always intriguing subway characters.

In Baltimore I received an exceptionally warm welcome from some of my best friends in the world - it was amazing to catch up with everyone as well as taking time to revisit some special places like the Walters Museum (above),

and my favourite artwork in the outstanding American Visionary Art Museum - so charged with emotion.

In Baltimore there were both chance reunions and friends who went out of their way, but always some great food & drinks! Above is sushi @ XS with Brian & Justin (& me drawn by Brian)

Further south, in Sarasota, I came across the beautiful princess Jasmin,

and was seduced by her seaside wonderland.

In Virginia, I was excited to see how happy Krystle & Deon were with their gorgeous and much loved 3 month-old girl Makayla.

The final leg of the journey was back to NYC, which I appreciated even more having re-adjusted to city life and staying with the lovely Raphael who took me to a great (and extremely popular) drink n' draw night at 3rdward in Brooklyn. The first series of drawings (above) are in response to a period of continuous movement from the model.

I had fun splashing some watercolour around in the longer poses and enjoyed the surprise last pose of the evening where the experienced female model was joined by a daring French traveller who wanted to try something new on his first visit to America.

After an impressive night of exhibition openings in gallery-ville (Chelsea) I stumbled across one gallery (The New Blue Riders) that was not only still open, but had a jazz band playing and a belly dancer asking to be drawn!