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Posted by 15th November // 17
New paintings in Gannon House Gallery

Two of my favourite artists, Greg Hyde and Rachel Carmichael,  have new work in the Gallery this month. Click on their names to see the new paintings in the Gallery.

Rachel Carmichael is one of our most popular artists. Gannon House Gallery has exhibited her work in our Gallery in the Rocks for nearly 20 years.

Greg Hyde has been painting for Gannon House Gallery for over twenty years and his whimsical look at life attracts lovers of his paintings to his work over and over again.

Greg Hyde was born in Sydney in 1950 to Russian/Australian parents. As both his parents were trained as commercial artists they encouraged him to paint and sketch from an early age. Although art was not part of the curriculum he and a group of friends began painting and exhibiting at school and worked to establish a gallery as part of the regular life of the school.

In 1968-71 Greg studied medicine but chose to take a year’s leave of absence in 1972 to travel and visit art galleries both in Australia and abroad. He visited the USA briefly and then spent two years living and painting in England. He made a brief visit to Russia in 1973 to connect with his heritage and there he developed an abiding love of the iconographic art tradition.

In 1976-77 Greg and his young family went to live in the countryside of a small island in Greece. There he developed a strong rapport with this ancient landscape deeply imbued with myth. His feelings for the colour, texture and spirituality of this landscape continue to live in some of his paintings today.

On returning to Australia, Greg and his family moved to a small farm outside Bathurst. The family created a home which expresses a love of the places that they have visited, and a commitment to a lifestyle which is in harmony with the Australian environment. Greg’s paintings reflect this harmony. He has developed a style which combines his love of the European tradition with an insightful use of the natural features and cultural phenomena of traditional and modern Australia to create a personal iconography. Greg works in various media from oils to etchings and has illustrated several children’s books. Greg has had one man exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane and regularly participates in group exhibitions throughout Australia. He has exhibited in the Wynne and Archibald Prizes and his work is represented in many Australian and overseas collections.

Greg’s work is usually colourful, often whimsical, and carries a twist of pseudo-intellectual aestheticism.

 

Rachel Carmichael has lived in Australia since 1960. She began her career as a teacher in special education after graduating with an Honours degree from Sydney University, and several post-graduate qualifications from Teachers College, Nepean Campus and the University of NSW. In the late 1980’s, she taught young intellectually disabled children, and later worked as an interpreter/ tutor for hearing impaired HSC and TAFE art students.

After leaving teaching in 1988, Rachel began to develop her own painting skills. She is a self-taught artist, working in acrylic paint and mixed media on board. A number of unusual decorative surfaces are employed such as gold leaf, foil, glitter, sand and multiple layers of matt, satin and high gloss varnishes.

The work is figurative and slightly stylized. Each work is a small vignette or tableaux. The paintings are small narratives engaging the viewer and prompting a response. Since 1990 Rachel has been fortunate enough to paint full time. She paints her home in Coledale, an old coal miner’s village, between the rainforest escarpment and the sea. These surroundings have obviously proved to be an inspiration for settings of her paintings.

The Work
Rachel is a figurative artist whose work consists of small tableaux whereby anthropomorphized birds, animals, flowers, suns and moons interact with children, girls or women. The characters may be touched by melancholy, a sense of solitude, longing, envy or bad temper-the interpretation can be wide-ranging and varies according to the sensibilities of the viewer.

Painting Techniques
Rachel’s work is defined by its use of flat decorative surfaces and stylized figures. Rachel uses a number of mixed media techniques involving the use of different reflective surfaces such as glazes, matte and satin acrylics, iridescent, metallic and pearl over-washes. Gold and colored foil and collage materials are also employed. Rachel, most recently, has been painting on silk on board, but has also used tissue paper on board as a base and occasionally plaster on wood. This technique often gives a textured finish to the paintings.