Last night was the exhibition opening of my darling sister, Fiona Bell's, first solo exhibition, "Drawing on the Masters" - at Attic Art Space, 249 Margaret Street, Toowoomba.
The exhibition is a collection of works on paper - the theme of which is portraits of artists that Fiona admires. The portraits are painstakingly detailed, with a minimal approach to the clothing and background, the emphasis being on the rendering of the face.
This is the lovely Fiona...
"As drawings they speak of the nature of drawing; no matter how realistic a drawing is, it is still not a photograph. There is a tension that exists between realism and expression. Realistic drawings have become a labour of love; they are time consuming but a kinaesthetic relationship - a personal connection develops between the photograph and the process of drawing." - Fiona Bell, Drawing on the Masters, Artist Statement
There was barely enough room to house the number of people that had come to view the exhibition! I was busy half the night serving the drinks at the bar, kindly taken over by my mother. It was a good place to be, as everyone comes to you for a drink when they first get to the exhibition, so I got to meet nearly everyone.
The feed back was really positive and there seems to be a few commissions in the works. Everybody seemed to enjoy the evening and the art work.