The Grey Artisans
From Friday 6th March 2020 until Monday 30th March 2020.
Malcolm Craig and Jill Bonner are well known artists from Kapunda in South Australia. Jill creates delicate copper wire sculptures and pendants. Malcolm's work ranges from wire sculpture to bark painting and landscapes in pastel and acrylic that are inspired by Australian scenes and animals.
Malcolm, originally from Perth, arrived in South Australia after travelling extensively through Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New Zealand. He has been working successfully as a self-employed visual artist who has exhibited extensively interstate and in South Australia. He achieved many awards during his career.
He likes to be "a bit different" and pursues his art to this end. His preferred medium is pastel which he finds excitingly colourful and a long-lasting medium. His work has been published in "The Pastellist" international magazine.
Malcolm says "I am always looking for different ways of expressing my art with the aim of moving people emotionally to enable them to notice more of their surroundings."
In this exhibition, Malcolm is showing a wide range of his work, demonstrating his multi-talented skills, from more traditional pastel pieces with a personal twist to mixed media incorporating pastel on bark and acrylic as well as a range of delightful chooks and kangaroos sculptured from chicken wire.
Jill Bonner is also a multi-talented artist. Whilst this is her first exhibition of copper wire pieces, Jill is also a published poet.
She first discovered copper wire work when a friend delivered some electrical cables that he no longer needed. After mastering the stripping down of the cables and researching copper wire work, Jill set off on her own, winding ans spiralling the soft malleable copper into delicate shapes and forms.
Jill says "My pieces aren't designed on graph paper, they evolve from an idea or a bead or a piece of bark. Part me, part the copper beneath my fingers, I create with love."
Some of Jill's pieces are inspired by Goddess stories. These include Nimue (also known as Vivien) and Brigid, believed to be the daughter of Dagda of the Thuatha de Danu who pre-dated the Celts who is one of the oldest Goddesses known. Stories and poems about these and others are available for visitors to read at the exhibition.