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17 March 2023 - 24 April 2023


A group exhibition of ceramics, painting, sculpture

17 March to 24 April   

Exhibition Opening : 5 to 7pm Thursday 16th March       


Exploring BLUE… the colour, the mood, the vibe…
This exhibition came about when Meredith put the call out for submissions for the Bolin Bolin Gallery.
I thought it would be fun to get a merry band of artist together and respond to a theme. BLUE was
the word that popped into my mind. This is how we have all responded in our own unique way.
Ann-Maree Gentile

The merry band of Artists:

Ann-Maree Gentile, Bec Yule, Dawn Robinson, Ingrid Dusselberg, Ingrid Tufts, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Kathy Fahey, Madeleine Thornton-Smith, Marcia Rolfs, Natalie Pirotta, Nicola Hoyle, Roma McLaughlin, Sandy Angliss, Sui Davies

Ann-Maree Gentile –Ceramics
There’s a long tradition of blue in ceramics, not that I make traditional ceramics. But it is a colour I gravitate to when decorating my quirky sculptures. And there’s so many glorious shades and names: cobalt, electric, baby, cerulean, periwinkle, sky, aegean. Here’s my offering of blue, not designed to be blue but instead made to be joyous.

Bec Yule – Painting
I’m a lover of colour, so restricting myself to blue was a challenge… I was inspired by ceramic traditions of willow pattern and lustre highlights. I also wanted to explore whether introducing other colours made the blue stand out more. In the end I couldn’t just use blue! Hopefully these images will make you feel anything but blue…

Dawn Robinson –  Sculpture
Geometric narratives exploring the relationship of shape & form, light & dark, positive & negative space by using hues & shades of BLUE – expressed through oil painting & sculptural forms. Glimpses and nuances of form finding. My intent is for the viewer to question their own subjectivity & applicability within the work.

Ingrid Dusselberg – Ceramic sculpture
My work depicts my love for our precious and totally unique wildlife, which is sadly under threat. These amazing creatures are to me part of the most quintessential ‘true-blue’ Australian world, which I am lucky to call home.

Ingrid Tufts – Ceramics
Blue moon – the shapes of these plants pots are inspired by the shape of a full moon. Like a blue moon, I only make pots occasionally. Unlike a blue moon, these pots are actually blue.

Irianna Kanellopoulou – Ceramics
These happy BLUE characters, at times humorous and bizarre, have an element of play, mischief and wonder. It always fascinates me to see what characters will come forward from my collage approach to ceramics and what colour and shade of glaze they will choose.

Kathy Fahey – Painting, Collage
I am a painter and collage artist and one of the central motifs of my work is the landscape. It is easy to predominantly use blue whilst painting the sea but I thought the challenge of painting a landscape in only various shades of blue would be fun. Fun indeed but my hands kept itching to apply up some green, yellow, orange … the riot of colour I cannot resist using when I pick up a paintbrush.

Madeleine Thornton-Smith – Ceramics
When I think of blue in relation to ceramics, I think of the long tradition of blue and white, cobalt and porcelain, travelling from Asia, to Europe, to Britain and back again to Australia. Since I was a child, I have been drawn to the colour blue – maybe it reflects something in my personality, or maybe I just didn’t want to be dressed in pink. These pieces are an exploration of blue in various guises: cast paintings in cobalt and Chun, ceramic paint and polystyrene textures shattered and pieced back together onto a wooden panel (usually reserved for oil or acrylic), a non-traditional application of cobalt on to a blue gas-fired plate. Blue is the colour I use more than anything else in my practice.

Marcia Rolfs – Painting
I live in San Remo where I predominantly work as an abstract expressionist in acrylic and watercolour. My recent watercolour paintings named ‘Turbulence’ and ‘Cloudy Blues’ inspired by our exhibition’s title ‘Blue’ came into being during one of my more familiar ‘play sessions’ with watercolour and gouache. They reflects an impromptu desire to explore the colour of Indigo seen so often within the wild waves of familiar seaside and bayside scenes, typical of my locale.

Natalie Pirotta – Painting
Natalie Pirotta is an artist who lives in Melbourne with a black cat with a bent tail. Her favourite colour is Prussian blue, and during lockdown she painted walls in her house blue. These paintings represent moments at home with her cat during the long months lockdown.

Nicola Hoyle – Sculpture
Ordinarily working in mild steel my sculptures are encouraged to rust giving them the earthly tones of warm brown and orange. With blue being the complementary colour to my regular work I decided to try my hand at a different assembly process that reflects the colour of the sky and sea.

Roma McLaughlin  C- ut paper
Roma McLaughlin is a papercut artist. Her latest work is inspired by the colour blue of the ocean, off the Southern Coast of Victoria (traditionally owned by the Eastern Marr people). Roma uses a single sheet of paper and a scalpel to cut out shapes to form an interconnecting image. For her, it is the shapes taken away from the paper which defines the patterns that aim to capture the sense of movement she observes in the ocean’s tides. Roma is a member of the international Paper Artists Collective and has been published in the V&A publication Papercrafts, A Maker’s Guide.

Sandy Angliss – Painting
Sandy Angliss is an artist who lives and works near Dayelsford. She loves painting plants, animals, landscapes and still-lives. And, she loves the colour midnight blue, for her it is the colour of the night sky.

Sui Davies Ceramic sculpture
In my work as a ceramic sculptor the colour blue is one of my favoured muses. I use Blue to give my work a feeling of introspection, serenity and quiet acceptance. It is the blue of reflection, the blue of melancholy, the blue of calmness and tranquility … qualities I try to express in my work

Ann Maree Gentile






17 March 2023
24 April 2023
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Bolin Bolin Gallery
6 Manningham Rd W
Bulleen, Victoria 3105 Australia
(03) 8850 3030

Bolin Bolin Gallery acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as traditional custodians of the land now known as Manningham. We pay our respects to Wurundjeri Elders past, present and emerging, and value their ongoing contribution to the cultural heritage of the area.