Storehouse St Kilda presents a joint exhibition of robust glass forms and spectacular pendant lights combined with bold energetic paintings of iconic local scenes. The cohesion on curved lines, clear colour and seemingly constant movement – in both works – to create an exciting show is inspiring and thrilling.
Opening Tuesday 14th May, 5 – 7pm
LEISA WHARINGTON – For over 25 years, Leisa has worked from her studios in Victoria surrounded by bushland and nature, her work is clearly inspired by her environment. Her studios have been built by family and friends and have evolved over time to become shared creative spaces for jewellers and painters alike. Leisa has a new location in Hastings and plans to continue on this tradition in coming years in this new location equally as magical and fitting for the creative people who surround and inspire her.
“Seeing something transform from grains of sand to a physical thing, just by adding heat — it’s not like anything else”.
Each of Leisa’s pieces is a perfect blend of classic shape, colour and technique with a light hearted yet confident contemporary overlay. Even her most bold and dramatic work maintains a care and subtlety that speaks of her love of her craft.
JULIE HAMILTON – is a practicing artist and teacher who has been based on the Mornington Peninsula for more than a decade. She has created numerous exhibitions with her sculpture and works on paper as well as co-founding The Studio & Co alongside Leisa Wharington over the past year. Most recently Julie has been showing her work at the Cook Street Collective in Flinders and in 2015 won the Best in Show art prize at the Mornington Peninsula Art Show.
Julie’s creative approach is unique and often displays her quirky sense of humor, her work often described as whimsical and nostalgic with narratives that employ objects and characters with symbolic and metaphoric representations. She creates an almost surreal landscape, the Las Vegas boneyard, The Circus, or the Side Show are all regularly occurring subjects in her works, providing a stage or closeted environment. A place where nothing is quite what it seems, everyday objects take on a role of importance and mystery.
“In my work, discarded signage and oversized confectionary are the norm.”
Julie has most recently begun to re-direct her attention to teaching now offering classes at The Studio & Co’s new space in Hastings.
As a community based art teacher she likes to encourage her students to think outside the square, to make the artwork provoke thought and conversation.
Storehouse St Kilda
Join us for drinks to meet the artists
at our 100 Barkly St, St Kilda store
Tuesday 14th May, 5 – 7pm