An exhibition of paintings by Lorraine Blackwell (pictured) and sculpture by Kimberly Gibbs featured as part of the Classic Yass weekend, on show at the Bookham Church. The exhibition was appropriately titled ‘Metal’.
The theme permeates through Lorraine’s paintings and drawings via her appreciation of the beauty in anything metallic, especially discarded machinery. As Lorraine said, “These drawings and paintings will remind you that beauty can be found in the most ordinary and unexpected places.”
This exhibition is to be commended for its consistency and investigative nature, combined with the skill and perception of a true professional, a winning combination. Despite the literal approach to the subject matter, all works, without exception, are successful compositions.
Colour is the key that controls the viewer’s eye, and is manipulated to emphasise the metallic character.
Currently prolific, Lorraine has over the Classic Yass weekend managed to organise three exhibitions at one time: at Griffith (her home town), 30 miniature works with proceeds going to aid children with cancer; her participation as a student with the Yass Tennis Club Art Group, with six works exhibited; and 23 works by Lorraine in the combined exhibition at Bookham Church with sculptor Kimberly Gibbs.
Kimberly’s corrugated iron sculptures married well to the metal theme of the exhibition, and her skill and perception in crude second-hand iron portray the sculptor’s empathy with each of the 14 Australian iconic animal characters from ‘Eric the Eagle’ to ‘Little Blue Heeler’.