Art inspired by our local nature – discover the new exhibitions of the NEXUS gallery – News Of The Area


Nambucca Heads beach, looking south, by Dieter Kloeckner in the Coastal Tales exhibition.

The NEXUS Gallery Bellingen is delighted to once again welcome two pairs of artists.

Tanja Karl and Laurence Crooks will exhibit in the Main Gallery, while Michaela and Dieter Kloeckner will exhibit in the Studio Gallery.

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Both exhibitions will run from January 16 to February 11.

Tanja and Laurence’s Pause reflects the artists’ appreciation for their secluded studio on the promontory of Bongil Bongil National Park, which serves as a break from the over-stimulation of modern life.

Through printmaking, the two artists come together, collaborate and explore their individual expression.

Laurence’s Fauvist-style prints reveal his maritime experiences, unlike his contemporary screen-printed collages, which contemplate horizons and promontories.

Tanja’s narrative paintings and prints show that realistic representation doesn’t always matter, but rather, her gestural and colorful compositions aim to create emotive responses.

Coastal Tales by Michaela and Dieter Kloeckner reflects the impact their life at Nambucca Heads had on their art after moving to the area about five years ago.

“The proximity to the stunning local beaches has since had a huge impact on both of our works,” Michaela told News Of The Area.

Objects found on walks feature frequently in Michaela’s ceramics.

She enjoys collecting sea sponges which are dipped in liquid clay and used to construct wonderful vessels with intricate textures.

“My ceramics are not premeditated; they simply evolve through the process, meaning each one is a truly unique piece.

Bright colors bring to mind images of a coral reef, while other vessels evoke the feel of encrusted, long-lost amphoras discovered at the bottom of the ocean.

The expressionist Dieter Kloeckner says about his work: “It’s not about looking at real events but their metaphysical values.

“My observations of the beach are recreated using delicate hues of cool acrylic colors combined with drawing and mixed media.”

See both exhibitions at NEXUS Gallery, 1 Doepel St, Bellingen 2454 NSW from Sunday 16 January to Thursday 11 February 2022.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, call Nexus Gallery on 02 6655 9222.



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