Art Lovers Australia gets a little romantic

Art Lovers Australia art gallery in Southport is treating Gold Coasters to an exquisite collection of modern-day romantics this August.

The Romantics exhibition includes work by seven mostly Gold Coast and Brisbane-based artists with one Sydney-sider in the mix. The artists include Franko, Llewellyn Skye, Sangeeta Mahajan, Rachel Prince, Natasha Zraikat and Andrea Edwards, and Jeska Valk, who has also curated the exhibition.

Jeska described her inspiration for this exhibition and the beginnings of her fascination with Romanticism.

“I have fond memories of creating with my mum as a child,” she said.

“She would share her knowledge of art history and her artistic skills. When I was older, we travelled to France together, where she taught me about the master painters of the Renaissance and Baroque era. Artists like Titian, Vermeer, Frans Pourbus and Leonardo da Vinci.

“Travelling through the South of France to Aix-en-Provence, I was able to admire the luminescent scenery that once inspired Impressionist artists such as Renoir, Monet or Cezanne,” Jeska continued.

Art became an addiction. I was intrigued by the artist’s interpretation, detail and view of times past. This exhibition explores those ideas and suggestions together with powerful, contemporary pop art.

The Romantics is a fascinating exhibition of artworks from photography focused on the human condition, to multi-discipline abstract pop art. It includes atmospheric and emotion-filled landscapes alongside imaginative, realist oil paintings and energetic floral and nature motifs.

As true romantics, or just like them, these artists study the notions of strong emotions, the ever-present awe of nature, the importance of imagination and the celebration of the individual.

“My painting practice is a love affair and reflects the powerful emotions that drive my practice. I am in love with paint, colour, texture, absolutely everything about painting,” Llewellyn Skye said.

“I am pleased to be part of this exhibition, especially in a time like this when passion, the wonder of nature and a celebration of beauty is so important and welcome!”

“It has been a pleasure to watch the exhibition come together,” said Nancy Donaldson-Knight from Art Lovers Australia.

“The way Jeska has depicted the elements of Romanticism through the art of these contemporary artists. It is interesting to see the passion and methods of the old masters been reflected in the works of these exquisite Australian artists. This is a real treat for the Gold Coast art-loving community to see.”

The Romantics opens on 7 August at Art Lovers Australia art gallery at Unit 14, Brickworks Annex, 19 Warehouse Road, Southport.

IMAGE is a section of a piece by Gold Coast artist Jeska Valk

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