Historic station theme for exhibition
Monday, 31st August, 2009
By Gayle Hogan Local artist Amanda Johnson's first exhibition of paintings all based on the same theme will go on display today.
The exhibition is based on scenes from the historic Mount Gipps Station outside of Broken Hill and includes nine paintings done in what the artist calls her "photo-realism fine art style". Ms Johnson said her work was inspired by the diverse range of landscape and uses of the 85,000 acre sheep station. "It's such a representation of the area and how diverse it is on that one property. It's an interesting place."
Her paintings include depictions of livestock, a windmill, Hills hoist and an old miner's hut. Ms Johnson said she has been visiting the station for the last two years and on Saturday she officially opened the exhibition in conjunction with the station's owners, John and Kym Cramp. The couple, who have shearers quarters and cabin accommodation on their station, were happy to let Ms Johnson use their property for inspiration. Ms Johnson, who is best known for her signature flowers, said she enjoyed doing a show based on a single theme.
"I'm hoping to get to do some more solo exhibitions in the future." As well as selling the paintings, Ms Johnson has print, post card, and greeting card copies of the originals available. It has been a busy year for the artist who was in the 2008 Far West Dancing With the Stars competition and recently had her name added to the Artists' Walk of Fame in Argent Street, She has also been conducting art lessons from her leased Argent Street gallery and will move to her home studio in October. Ms Johnson said her website will then serve as a shop-front for sales and she will have a break from teaching until at least the end of the year. "I'll miss my little gallery and my students," she said. The artist will also open an exhibition of her students' works on September 18. Ms Johnson's exhibition will be on display at her gallery at 191 Argent Street until September 17.