Erlend Tait / Louise Kyriakou / Shoko Ishida January 21 2019

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Feature Show
Outré Gallery Fitzroy
31 July – 19 Aug 2020

ERLEND TAIT
Erlend Tait is a Scottish visual artist based in the Highlands of Scotland. He grew up on the Black Isle, spending holidays in Orkney, then studied Drawing & Painting at Grays school of Art. Following this, he focused his attention on stained glass, or 'painting with light' and learned the ancient techniques of the glass painter-stainer for over 10 years.

From an early age he's been captivated by the mythology and folklore of the Highlands and Islands and many of these tales relate to anthropomorphic deities within the environment. As a result, much of his work combines portraiture with pattern and symbols such as mountains, clouds and birds, and alludes to themes of ideology and transcendence.

In 2005 he returned to the Black Isle with his wife, the artist Pamela Tait (with whom he also collaborates) and now exhibits his drawings, paintings, and stained glass throughout Scotland and abroad. 

Feature Show
Outré Gallery Fitzroy
31 July – 19 Aug 2020

LOUISE KYRIAKOU
Louise Kyriakou is a Melbourne based artist whose current practice concentrates on the creation of contemporary ceramic forms using the traditional techniques of low relief sculpting and sgraffito decoration.

Originally an artist/illustrator accustomed to creating two-dimensional works, it wasn't until 2014 that Louise began experimenting with ceramics while teaching visual arts to secondary school students in East Gippsland. As she began exploring surface decoration techniques she could use for lessons with her students, Louise began creating faces on small clay plates with tribal inspired markings, and sunny expressions. The community of ceramic faces has continued to grow in number and style, and they now grace the walls of homes both in Australia and Internationally. Louise now divides her time between her art practice and her education roles in Secondary Schools in Melbourne.

In contrast to her mainly black and white ceramic work, Louise's painting is filled with bright colour and bold geometric compositions. Her interest in graphic design and Modern Art is evident in all her work, but making the work have her own distinct style, rather than an imitation of those before her, is an important aspect of her creation process.

 

Feature Show
Outré Gallery Fitzroy
31 July – 19 Aug 2020

SHOKO ISHIDA
Shoko Ishida is a Japanese artist and illustrator currently residing in Michigan, US. Inspired by the idea of transience, nature, fashion, the nostalgic culture of Japan, she strives to create works that sparks a story. The coffee and tea enthusiast creates her mixed media works mainly using acrylics, watercolor, color pencil, ink, gouache, and pastel in her studio with her golden retriever sleeping by the desk.

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