Poatina artist Pamela Horsley presents her first solo show at Blenheim Gallery | The Examiner


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There is no better way to understand an artist’s experiences than by seeing a visual journal of their travels and views. A Poatina artist enjoys her first solo exhibition at Blenheim Gallery, showing what catches her attention in everyday life. Big Island Little Island by Pamela Horsley is an eclectic mix of her interests in family history, the Australian bush and landscapes. Blenheim Gallery director Jennie Chapman said she first saw Horsley’s work at the Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival a few years ago and was inspired by the work on paper. READ MORE: Online predator sentenced to four years in prison “The Blenheim Gallery is thrilled to host an exhibition of recent paintings by Pamela Horsley,” she said. “I think her work is just full of life and has an energy that comes out when you walk into the space.” When designing the space, we wanted to have a main image on every wall in the gallery for the show.” Horsley said when When she saw the work hanging on the gallery walls her pieces were displayed well, with great lighting. “I truly believe that mixed media is my favorite medium. A lot of the work is monoprints that I shot in the bush, and then there’s everything else you can think of in traditional media,” Horsley said. The work that goes into some of the artwork is significant, however, with some of the works on display taking years to complete. “I work very organically. I can spend all day in my little studio and then there are other times when I’m not working on the art for weeks,” Horsley said. Then I go back to the studio and for weeks and weeks I look at it and look at things before I start working again.” READ MORE: Relatives of Unknown Soldiers Ready to Collect Medals The artist exhibits her work since 2014 with eight solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions. Horsley has also selected works for the 2019 Glover Prize, the 2018 Mission to Seafarers’ Maritime Art Prize and the 2016 and 2017 Bay of Fires Art Prize of NSW Sulman Prize. Horsley said her advice to young artists is to follow your heart and stay true to yourself, with integrity an important element of their art practice. The Blenheim Gallery, like all other art galleries and businesses, has been confronted with the consequences of the pandemic. Ms Chapman said the gallery has had an extended period of time to open, particularly during exhibition launches, to re COVID-safe. “Our resident Tasmanians have been fabulous during this COVID time. They don’t travel but are still looking for something to do so that energy is converted into art as well as other things,” she said. Big Island Little Island is on view now at the Blenheim Gallery at 733 Cressy Road, Longford and will continue through the month of February. The opening hours of the gallery are Wednesday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our journalists work hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. To continue accessing our trusted content:



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