2006 THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW
Read the review by Tracey Clement SMH 21 April 2006
Focusing on four Melbourne based artists;
Penny Byrne has graduated in both Law (1997 La Trobe University, Melbourne) and Ceramics (1990 Grad Dip (Ceramics and Glass Conservation and Restoration), West Dean College, U.K., 1987 Bachelor of Art (Fine Art Ceramics), RMIT, Melbourne). Her work is an amalgamation of vintage ceramic figurines/objects, and uses her skills as a ceramicist, ceramics conservator, and social and political observer. These works subvert the ethical considerations of art conservation and restoration, which values the integrity of the original object. Overt references to popular culture and politics give the objects a new, subversive, and often darker level of meaning.
Nick Devlin was born in Blackpool, England in 1966. In 1991 he graduated with a bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at Victorian College, Prahran and in 1994 completed Post Graduate studies in painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Solo exhibitions include Speaking likenesses (2002) and Picture portrait (2003) Like jelly on your shoulder, (2005) at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne. Group exhibitions have included Micro masters, Blindside, Melbourne (2005); Life is very long, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne (2005). In 1999 he was awarded the Hutchins Art Prize (Judges Selection).
Marc de Jong
Marc de Jong completed a Bachelor of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, in 1992 where he became acquainted with Howard Arkley. Since 1994, de Jong has had 13 solo exhibitions, and has been involved in numerous group exhibitions including “Productivism” Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Having developed a following for his street stencilling, and “culture jamming”, de Jong’s current works take their cue from a diverse range of sources, Pointillism, newsprint and 19th century engravings. His “dot style” works are the artist’s attempt to “reclaim the pixel”, transposing it into the handmade realm of the painted dot.
Michelle Ussher completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT in 1999 and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing), Honours, at the VCA in 2002. Solo exhibitions include Making Faces, Bus Gallery, Melbourne 2004; Playing House, CLUBSproject, Melbourne 2004; People who need People, Fist Draft, Sydney 2003; and Yikkity Yak yah yah yah (with Rob McHaffie), Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2003. Selected Group exhibitions include SLAVE 4 @ 21st Century Modern, Adelaide Biennial 2006, Art Galley of South Australia, Adelaide 2006; Primavera 2005, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2005; The Air Between Us, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne 2005; Freedom for Prosperity, David Pestorious Projects, Brisbane 2005; PaperChase, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne 2005; 1+1+1, Yuill Crowley, Sydney 2004.