Isiiad banner2

 

Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.

The Country's Woman-Archibald Prize 2011

 Tyson_GG_The_Countrys_Woman_Final

The Country's Woman: Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC.  Governor-General of Australia.  Barbara Tyson ©

The Yarra Valley is a buzz with the 2011 Archibald Prize, opening at Tarrawarra Museum of Art on Saturday 2nd July.  I can't wait to see it.  In preparation, I've been to see one of the finalist's- Barbara Tyson. I had the pleasure of meeting her at her studio in Hawthorn on Monday.  What a coup for any artist to have the opportunity to paint our present Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, live at Government House. As you can see from the final portrait, the opportunity wasn't wasted.

Close examination of the portrait reveals three layers of raw French linen (you can see them clearly in the detail below). The edges of the canvas were deliberately, roughly torn. The portrait was built up beginning with the smallest top layer. See this youtube for a 'fly on the wall' view of the process. In fast forward, you can see the likeness coming to life and the inevitable work distractions the Governor-General managed with her trademark grace, during the sitting. The layers are important symbolically as Barbara wanted to suggest the three stages of life of our very polished, competent Governor-General. Quentin Bryce began life as a country girl in regional Queensland, the raw earthy paint in the outer layer, complete with dribbles, represents this.  While developing her career in the law she successfully brought up her family and honed her skills in every area of life (the second layer).

"The final top tier painted on location, portrays the polished woman we all know and admire today,’ says Tyson. ‘For four days I returned to capture those qualities. Having always painted with music for inspiration, it was serendipitous that with my first stroke, the sound of Debussy’s Clair de Lune filled the drawing room.’"  from the Art Gallery of NSW  website

As with all great portraits the setting is no accident.  Barbara was allowed to scope Government House for the best location.  She also had the final say over what Her Excellency wore.  The piano represents Quentin Bryce's stability and strength while the casual clothes suggest her humanity.  

Notice the exquisite rendering of The Country's Woman's hand... beautiful. 

Tyson_GG_The_Countrys_Woman_bottom

The collection of Barbara's other work shows her favourite themes of movement and water.  Her work is steadily moving from realism to abstraction.  The paintings and details below form just a miniscule sample of this prolific artist. She is working hard to keep up with the relentless demand from the Gallery's that represent her.  She draws inspiration from travels to New York and Europe.  The Suburban Gallery exhibited a body of work earlier this year with works painted in Rome, the west coast of Italy and Les Beaumes between Avignon and Aix en Provence.

Movement...

Tyson_Check__Mate

Barbara_Tyson_2_s

Barbara_Tyson_3_s

Tyson_Trusting_the_Journey_2

Barbara_Tyson_8_s

Barbara_Tyson_5_s

Water...

Tyson_Floating__Lily

Barbara_Tyson_6_s

This painting (above) was sprayed with a two pack 'glass' finish.

Hosier Lane, Melbourne...

Tyson_Hosier_Lane

New York...

Tyson_Make_Art_Not_War_NYC

Portraits...

Barbara_Tyson_16_s

Barbara_Tyson_7_s

Self Portrait (detail)  Barbara Tyson© 

Barbara's studio is a glorious light filled space (the roof is mostly windows) designed for work and play...  literally. At the other end of her studio from this photo (below) sits a piano. Barbara plays while looking for inspiration, energy or simply waiting for an area of paint to dry.  She managed some Bach and a little of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata while I was there....oh bliss oh joy! 

Barbara_Tyson_Studio_s

Barbara_Tyson_10_s

Barbara_Tyson_11_s

Barbara_Tyson_12_s

There's a certain 'je ne sais quoi' about a set of paint brushes for me.  I always find myself drawn to photograph them at every studio I visit.

Barbara_Tyson_13_s

Barbara_Tyson_17_s

Barbara_Tyson_19_s

Barbara_Tyson_20_s

Barbara Tyson is represented by Suburban Gallery and Manyung Gallery amongst others. Check out her website.

All paintings and details of paintings are Barbara Tyson ©.

The 2011 Archibald Prize exhibition will be showing at TWMA from 2nd July to 31st July. It is essential to book in advance...bookings are limited. Phone +61 (0)3 5957 3100.  To book on line go to their website.  If you've never been to the Yarra Valley, leave some time to enjoy the surroundings, they are truly spectacular!  


Parent Category: Isiiad
Facebook Image

Melbournalia

Melbournalia Melbournalia is a souvenir shop with a difference. Along with three other like minded Melbournians, fashion and marketing guru Alasdair Mackinnon set about putting… More…

A Heide Installation

A Heide Installation Photograph courtesy of the artist. Sometimes I seek out works of art and other times a little invitation appears in my inbox, drawing me in to the 'next big… More…

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas Sue enjoys nothing more than playing around with textile ideas in her tiny studio at Montsalvat. She shares the studio with her daughter Amy Skipper, grand daughter of… More…

Yering Station

Yering Station Maria Coyle©, Children Chatting, ceramic (in foreground). A very good friend regards Yering Station as the best place to eat in the Yarra Valley. Sadly, when I went… More…

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck Amanda Ruck© Jason Smith, acrylic on canvas (2011 entry for the Archibald Prize.) The Yarra Valley and the Nillumbik regions come together in this… More…

Noel Skrzypczak

Noel Skrzypczak Note to all Isiiad Readers! Don't miss Noel Skrzypczak's installation 'Talking with Strangers" at Heide Museum of Art until October 9th. I'm in love with… More…

Ember Fairbairn is at Art Melbourne

Special Offer...Free Tickets to Art Melbourne Isiiad is offering free tickets to Art Melbourne Friday 25th May, for two lucky people. To enter...go to Isiiad's facebook page...if… More…

2011 Archibald Preview

2011 Archibald Preview Ben Quilty © Margaret Olley 2011 Archibald Prize Winner Today I attended the preview of the 2011 Archibald at Tarrawarra Museum of Art. My advice to you… More…

Robin Boyd's Wright House

Robin Boyd's Wright House I remember reading Robin Boyd's book "The Australian Ugliness" as a young girl and completely agreeing with his opinion that we tend to uglify our… More…

Jesse Marlow

Jesse Marlow Jesse Marlow, Aerial, 2012, Pure pigment print, edition of 10. © the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery I don't think I've mentioned my somewhat tenuous interest in… More…

Jacqueline Mitelman- Facetime

Jacqueline Mitelman-Facetime Jacqueline Mitelman, Olivia 2008, inkjet print, 53 x 39 cm. Courtesy of the artist. I know I keep banging on about TarraWarra Museum of Art. I can't… More…

Pamela Irving

Pamela Irving I'm finding Melbourne's cold wet winter really drab. I know we need the rain but oh how I long for a warm day to get outside and enjoy the sunshine on my deck in… More…

HUT 13

HUT 13 I love the way things happen whereby I go out to see someone for one thing and find out a whole lot more than I bargained for. HUT13 was like that. I went there to check… More…

Wool Baa-Knitter's Paradise

Wool Baa - Knitter's Paradise. In Soho NYC, I discovered "Purl". A great shop selling wool, felt and fabric. In the hippest most happening city in the world, knitting was all the… More…

Painter,sculptor Antonio Villella

Painter, sculptor Antonio Villella I was so excited when the invitation came through to Antonio Villella's exhibition. You might remember him from the Yarra Valley Open… More…

Launch of The First Train to Allwood

Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival What better place to launch the local yarn bombing spectacular - The First Train to Allwood - than at the 2012… More…

Nillumbik Open Studios in November

Nillumbik Artist's Open Studios in November Detail of work by Stephanie Mew. Time to get your diary out and mark two weekends in November for some serious 'studio hopping'.… More…

Poetry for Matcham

Poetry for Matcham Last night's Red Chair Event honoured Matcham Skipper. His nephew Sigmund Jorgensen spoke of his uncles life and times. Jenni Mitchell put together a… More…

Stephanie Mew (2)

Stephanie Mew (2) I've come across a great publication, "Creative Spaces. 21 Years of Nillumbik Artists Open Studios." If you can get your hands on a copy before you see the… More…

The Bakery Warrandyte

The Bakery Warrandyte This Bakery offers THE BEST yeast free, wheat free bread I've ever tasted!!!! I'm very reassured every time I go by and see the smoke curling up from the… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.