Welcome to the news and events page where you can view news and activities of interest to West Australian china painters.
'ALL FIRED UP' EXHIBITION BY WAGCP
The West Australian Guild of China Painters has announced details of their next exhibition to be held in November titled 'All Fired Up'.
The venue is the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, 12 Kent Street, East Victoria Park and the exhibition will be held between 1st and 13th of November, 2019. Opening times are as follows:
Mon 10am to 2pm
Tue to Fri 10am to 4pm
Weekend 12 noon to 4pm
It is anticipated that a wide variety of work from Guild members will be on display and all work will be available for sale. To download a copy of the invitation follow this link.
CHINA PAINTING FROM THE 1880s - TALK BY DR DOROTHY ERICKSON
The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc.) hosted a fund-raising talk presented by Dr Dorothy Erickson on 30th August at Stirling House, 49 Broadway, Nedlands. The talk, titled 'Dear Emily and the Angels in Western Australia', covers china painting in WA from 1880s to the present day. Many iconic teachers such as May Creeth, Flora Landells, Lottie Lapsley, Amy Lakides and more were showcased.
Dr Erickson was the recipient of the Heritage Council of WA's Heritage Award in 2017 for her contribution to WA Art.
shown above: Donkey Orchid Vase by Lottie Lapsley
NIKULINSKY NATURALLY Exhibition
Philippa Nikulinsky AM is a Perth-based, internationally recognised botanical and wildlife artist and is the patron of the WA Guild of China Painters. I recently had the great pleasure to visit Philippa's latest exhibition, Nikulinsky Naturally held at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia.
There were many stunning works on display. One fascinating collection was a study of 22 paintings illustrating the complete life cycle of the Banksia. There were drawings of forests and bush scenes beautifully displayed on extended rolls of Kozo paper. Also, creating a wonderfully exciting visual impact, was the work 'Budgerigars coming to drink at Desert Waterhole' a 100x590cm collage with paint.
shown above: Mistletoe Bird, 2014, by Philippa Nikulinsky
WA GUILD OF CHINA PAINTERS - 2019 EXHIBITION
The West Australian Guild of China Painters held its 2019 annual exhibition on the weekend of 4th and 5th May, the venue once again was the historic Guildford Town Hall in Guildford just north of Perth. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Aspects’.
Visitors were treated to a beautiful display of hand painted porcelain of both traditional and modern designs. In addition to the main display there was a special exhibit of vintage porcelain pieces, almost all painted by Guild members, which were also available for sale.
Members were invited to paint a collection of up to seven items for display and judging, interpreting the 2019 theme 'Aspects'.
Congratulations to the 2019 award recipients shown below.
1st prize Christine Munro for 'Visual V Complexity'
2nd prize Heather Tailor for 'Aspects of Dark and Light'
3rd prize Brenda Caelli for 'Give me a Home Among the Gum Leaves'
Highly Commended Dee Credaro for 'Horse Tales'
Best First Time Exhibitor Award went to Danka ScholtzVon Lorenz for her collection titled 'Off the Beaten Track'
President's Choice Award for 2019 went to Pam Kid for her collection titled 'Nuances of Peonies'
Shown is an outstanding piece painted by Gloria Paxman titled 'The Old Tree'. It depicts an intricate twisting tree created using various texture and techniques which sits upon a background of variegated coloured, striped, lustres. The image does not show the full beauty of this piece!
If you would like more information about the WA Guild of China Painters or to see further articles about this exhibition visit the Guild's website www.chinapainterswa.asn.au.
Gum-nut vase by Brenda Caelli
'The Old Tree' by Gloria Paxman
2019 ALBANY PORCELAIN ART WORKSHOP
The Albany Porcelain Art Workshop was held from Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th March this year in Albany. The City of Albany is a main regional centre situated on a picturesque harbour on the south coast of Western Australia.
Three classes ran concurrently and the teachers were Perth artist and tutor Judith Standing painting 'Irises', Trixie Emery now based in South Australia returning this year to paint 'Tigers' and myself developing and painting 'Wildflower Designs for Boxes'.
I would like to congratulate the Albany Regional Porcelain Art Group's President Brenda Caelli and the Committee for another very well organised and successful event. The workshop is enjoyed by both rural and city painters and is a warm, friendly event where students can indulge their love of china painting.
Information about the 2020 workshop will be posted on this website when available, usually toward the end of the year. This unique event in the West Australian china painting calendar is definitely one worth considering.
shown top: Betty painting wildflowers
right: Sturt Desert Pea box by Anne Blake
PENNY MUELLER - WAGCP GUEST DEMONSTRATOR
Talented artist Penny Mueller was guest demonstrator at the WA Guild of China Painters' meeting in April 2019. Penny demonstrated 'Life on a Small Scale - painting miniatures'.
In recent years Penny has painted some remarkable miniature exhibits, including a fully furnished dolls house and a series of miniature display cases filled with various objects. See photo (note the magnifying glass which gives the exhibits some scale). Penny shared various techniques for achieving these intricate pieces to a very appreciative audience.
ESSIE STOKES' 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
At the April meeting of the West Australian Guild of China Painters a special presentation was made to Life Member Essie Stokes who was celebrating her 100th birthday. A beautiful birthday cake and bouquet of pink roses was presented while all her fellow members sang happy birthday and wished their dear friend well.
Essie has been an active member and great supporter of the Guild since 1982. She is a past President and was honoured with Life membership in 2001.
Congratulations Essie and very best wishes from all your friends at the Guild!
TRIP TO VIETNAM & CAMBODIA
I had the recent pleasure to holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia with my husband. We visited many temples and palaces in north and south Vietnam plus Cambodia and enjoyed seeing the artworks and designs employed at these varied and fascinating places.
Illustrated is a modern mosaic panel from a house entrance in a village close to Hanoi, it incorporates a varied collection of modern designs and colours.
MINNA GEORGE ~ MY COLLECTION
At the August 2018 meeting of the WA Guild of China Painters, local collector Minna George displayed an array of beautiful porcelain from her own collection and gave a fascinating talk about WA porcelain painting and artists.
Much of the porcelain on display dated back to the first half of the 20th Century with one piece dated 1911. The collection heavily featured local wildflowers, but also examples of West Australian birds plus a variety of other subjects.
Some of the more well-known artists represented in the collection included work from the Creeth sisters who established an art studio on St George’s Terrace, Perth at the beginning of the 1900s; the Guild’s foundation patroness, Flora Landells and the Guild’s foundation president, Amy Lakides.
Porcelain featuring WA wildflowers are much loved and sought after and Minna gave Guild members an opportunity to view some beautiful examples by artists spanning over a hundred years!
BOTANICAL WONDERLAND EXHIBITION
The Botanical Wonderland exhibition was held at the State Library of WA during August and September 2017 It explored the interpretation of WA's unique flora by local artists.
China Painting, photography, embroidery, painting and other media were represented. China painting exhibits included pieces from early painters such at the Creeth sisters, Flora Landells and Kitty Drok. Several pieces on display were from the the late John Thomson collection.
One fascinating exhibit was a hat woven by Hallie Stow from Rottnest Island seaweed and decorated with shells and frayed rope.
Shown above: Donkey Orchid Vase by Lottie Lapsley
Grevillea Plate by Helen Creeth
Seaweed woven hat by Hallie Stow
'GOLDEN REFLECTIONS - A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS' - BOOK LAUNCH
The West Australian Guild of China Painters celebrated its golden jubilee year in 2014. To mark this very special occasion Kaye MacLean and I wrote a history of china painting in Western Australia and more specifically the foundation and history of the Guild through to the present day.
The finished book, which took several years to research and write, was launched by the Hon Richard Court AC at a special reunion function for past and present Guild members and special guests held on the 2nd May, 2014 at Guildford.
image shown: former State Premier, Hon Richard Court AC at the launch of "Golden Reflections- A Celebration of 50 Years" on 2nd May, 2014 at the Guildford Town Hall.
Download book order form (pdf reader required).