14 – 31 October, 2021
about the exhibition
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” ― William Blake
“This work has its roots in the landscape. Results of bushfires are visually fascinating despite the devastation. Textures and colours, peeling bark and weeping wounds not usually seen in the landscape, spark ideas to be explored in different mediums. Constructing trees from metal, a material far from nature, is my way of honouring the environment. Using copper, silver solder and patina, I seek to create both a feeling of organic strength in the work, or a contrasting fragility, guided by the shapes of the copper and the colour of the surface. Every sculpture is a learning experience, offering new challenges. Each patina applied is a mystery and the result is always unexpected. Making decisions when the sculpture moves towards a path different to the artist’s imagination is vital to the process. Often this delivers a pleasant surprise, sometimes not, but either way it adds to the enjoyment of the creation.” – Denese Oates, October 2021
Born in Orange in the central west of NSW, Denese moved to Sydney to study at the Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education in Sydney (now College of Fine Art, UNSW). She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationwide and her work is represented in many collections including Parliament House, Artbank, University of New South Wales, Christchurch City Collection (NZ) and many Australian regional galleries. Denese has been exhibiting at Beaver Galleries since 1996 and this is her tenth solo exhibition with us.
Please note, due to the current COVID restrictions in the ACT, we are presenting these works to you by appointment only. Email the gallery at email@example.com or call 02 6282 5294 to make a time.
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