The Skin Health Institute and Arts Access Victoria have created a gallery at the Institute providing opportunities for local artists to display their works in addition to establishing a creative outlook for patients and Institute staff.
Skin Gallery is a wholly positive program; it recognises the contribution of artists with disability as valuable contributors to the cultural landscape, provides a place for artist to exhibit work, and for patients and staff to have a changing program of art within the Institute.
We Too Paintings
13th June - 7th August 2019
By Isha Paasse and Matthew Simpson
Isha Paasse, alcohol ink on yupo paper
Matthew Simpson, oil on canvas
Isha Paasse is a self-taught artist who has been practicing for more than ten years. Isha is from the western districts of Victoria, and draws her inspiration from the natural world.
"In this work, I have used alcohol ink. Not the easiest of mediums to use... It has a mind of its own, as do I! I just appreciate the richness of ink colour and hope you do too," says Isha.
Matthew Simpson is a visual artist who graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in the 80s. For the past few years, Matthew has concentrated on the possibilities of forms and patterns that emerge through a process of repeated addition of lines. "My interest in lines is mysterious to me. I have just followed that line obsessively," says Matthew.
PAST EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS
ALIEN LANDSCAPES 2 & MOMENTS IN COLOR
4th April - 31st May 2019
By Matthew Jelleff & Bree Wilson
The Gristle (detail) Matthew Jelleff The Abandoned Windmill, Matthew Jelleff
Beanstalk of Time, Bree Wilson Splashes of Memory, Bree Wilson
Matthew describes his drawing as a free expression of his mind's eye. "When I sit down to create an illustration, I feel I am passing through a gateway allowing access to a strange land filled with endless plains devised of grid-like geology and quantum phenomena. I put pen to paper and my brain and my hand connect and often I don't have much control over what appears on the page. These drawings are a window into my imagination. The trick is to know when to stop".
This series of 12 drawings is a visual representation of a strange and other-worldly realm.
Bree's work is a mix between colorful free expression and delicate dream-like forms. She writes "I love to use colour,expressive movement and surrelsm to convey emotion and intuitive experience".
31st January - 30th March 2019
By Güler Altunbas & Adam Knapper
Sharing Journey, Güler Altanbas
Playful Journey, Güler Altanbas
Güler is a Melbourne based visual artist working in a variety of mediums; painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Güler graduated in visual arts from the Victorian college of the Arts at Melbourne University. Currently she is working on a series of artworks based on social justice issues. For almost four years Güler has been teaching art to people who have a lived experience of mental health concerns. Güler's images are often imbued with symbolism, a love of nature and serenity.
Adam is an artist-designer who came out of the graffiti-art movement of the eighties. His blend of modern art and pop culture with complex designs makes compelling work. Over the past 25 years, his creative journey has been inspired by ideas from people, places and events. Adam has worked on several commissions in the public and private sectors. He has produced many public murals and street art, most notably for The Project Underground at Emerald House, South Melbourne.
Adam and Güler are life partners and also collaborate in art making. Two is their first joint exhibition.
THE FUTURE IS YESTERDAY THE PAST IS TOMORROW
BY PAUL HENRY AND LAURENCE FLEGG
8 October - 30 November 2018
Aquamarine; Paul Henry
"Since a very young child I have been fascinated with art...My art is abstract, surreal expressionist. Expressing emotion without words is what my art is all about. It is going beyond the tangible everyday stuff and entering into a mystical parallel universe."
Ship to Shore; Laurence Flegg
Sparkle Drip; Laurence Flegg
Laurence has been practising art since 1996 when he started drawing in gel ink. In 2009 he embraced acrylic painting and started to explore abstraction, investigating new ways to apply the paint to the canvas, including scraping and splashing to manipulate it.
Laurence is a Schizophrenic and art has become a coping mechanism that allows him to "clear the clutter from the upstairs abode so I can get on with living. A value can't be put on art as a therapy for mental illness, it is priceless".