2 JULY 2021 – Thomas Jackson / Amok Island / Minna Leunig February 13 2020
Outré Gallery Fitzroy
2 – 25 July 2021
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Thomas Jackson is an Australian artist and illustrator who was born in Bolton, United Kingdom. Moving to Sydney, Australia as a child, he was instantly drawn to the natural wildlife of this new country. Fascinated by the local animals and landscapes, he drew inspiration from his new home, as well as scientific plant and animal specimens, entomology and taxidermy. Today, Thomas puts a modern take on natural history illustration, painstakingly creating smaller scale works for galleries and translating these into large scale public murals.
Amok Island is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Netherlands, based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Heavily inspired by early naturalists’ scientific illustrations, his work embodies the accuracy and precision representative of technical drawings, used for identification purposes. The theme of natural exploration and conservation is a strong and constant undercurrent of Amok Island’s artistic practice. His lifelong fascination with nature and her relationships and history with mankind drive the artist’s obvious appreciation and obsession with his subjects and his urge to direct the attention of his audience to them. Amok Island pursues a point of balance where minimal shape and colour remain capable of realistically representing a subject. To accomplish this, he renders his subjects to near bare minimum geometric elements of form, and places paramount importance on the use of a carefully considered colour palette.
Minna Leunig is a Melbourne-based artist who tends to use black and white pigments to create imagery inspired by the natural world. Her work often features darkly playful creatures, and has a lyrical quality. Minna's love for animals and the botanical are apparent in her artwork, which displays a reverence for the strength of nature.