Gilbert Grace - "Luminous" - Sheffer Gallery - 23 Oct to 10 Nov

Gilbert is seriously one of the best painters around, also keen cyclist & organiser of ArtCycle. In these works he explores the luminous glow of twilight that can transform cityscapes into something beautiful beyond recognition.  www.sheffergallery.com for details, 38 Landers St Darlington, think north Newtown area.


"Volunteers" Exhibition - 20 Oct to 4 Nov 2012

ESP's Volunteer show is an annual tradition where we give credit to our team of volunteers with a free exhibition putting their talents under the spotlight. Our ESP volunteers are all talented artists themselves, most are studying at TAFE, COFA, NAS or similar, several doing Honours degrees. We are very lucky to have such a well-qualified team.

This exhibition features volunteers Swe Nyo, Sophie Metcalfe, Peter McGuinness, Carl Anderson, Marika Petrie, Olivia Gubala, Ann Gregory, Maureen Craig, and directors Lou Steer, Cassie Dawe, & Brian Martin. Also featuring works by Tony B. Conscious.


Aziz Ulas - Memorial Tribute - Opening 6th October

ESP celebrates the life and work of much loved Marrickville artist Aziz Ulas, with special guest artist Suede Fransisco, curated by artist, poet & radio presenter Angela Stretch.
Opening night on Sat 6th October from 4pm will feature spoken word performances in tribute by Angela Stretch and Lou Steer, both well known performance poets.
Aziz Ulas (1952 - 2012) was a local Marrickville artist, who lived only a few blocks from ESP Gallery.
He was born in Turkey, came to Australia as a young child, later studied at the National Art School, & at Alexander Mackie College in the 1970's. He live his life as an artist & had studios & exhibited in Sydney, Turkey, Berlin, and Wiesbaden.
Aziz invented a unique process using polymer resins & pigments & embedded objects to produce works that transcend both painting & sculpture, creating a vibrant new genre which he called "sculpicts", part sculpture, part picture. His works are stunningly beautiful & totally unique, and photos are a poor reflection of the quality of his techniques perfected over a lifetime. He revelled in the variations of raw materials and pigments, and the effects created, and he continued to perfect the medium that he had invented, until the end.
ESP presents this show at no charge, in tribute to his life & his works, with all proceeds going to his teenage son Joscha in Berlin.


Our special guest Suede Fransisco is an award winning Marrickville artist who works in resin in a very different way to Aziz. Suede held his successful solo exhibition, Masalai, in ESP Gallery in August 2012 and was also featured in MCAP2012 -  "The Rest of the Best"  at ESP Gallery.


Opening : Sat 6th October - 4pm - 6pm

Exhibition from 6th to 14th October, open Sat/Sun 11am - 4pm, Thurs/Fri 3pm - 6pm

228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville


Melissa Harvey - at Aeonarts Danks St

Melissa Harvey won the inaugural Sydney Canvas Company Prize for painting at the recent MCAP "Best of the Rest" show at ESP Gallery, thanks to her unique techniques and vision involving painting on a surface created by spraying cotton pulp to produce distinctive textures. Congratulations Melissa, and many thanks to Rowan Robertson, director of Sydney Canvas Company, for funding the prize & creating this competition to encourage local painters.

ESP recommends Melissa's upcoming solo exhibition at Aeonarts in Danks St, opening 27 October 2012, from 4pm.



MCAP 2012 + Sydney Canvas Company Prize

ESP Gallery is co-hosting the Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize 2012, in conjunction with Chrissie Cotter Gallery and ATVP Gallery. After 6 years MCAP has grown so big it needs 3 galleries.

Sydney Canvas Company is sponsoring a prize of $400 worth of premium imported canvas, for the best painting on show at ESP during MCAP. The prize will be judged & awarded by Rowan Robertson, director of Sydney Canvas Company, and also an artist himself. The prize will be awarded on opening night at ESP.

ESP is showing 32 artists in all media - painting, sculpture, video, film, installations.

Artists :  Barbara Wulff, Peter McGuiness, Suede, Paola Talbert, Maggie Stein, Angela Butler, Anne-Laure Druais, Caryn Griffin, Catriona Secker, Eddie Botha, Elizabeth Rankin, Erin Keys, Frazer Bull-Clark & Kieran Gilfeather, Kassandra Bossell, Kate Deacock, Katherine Corcoran, Lisa Kotoulas, Melissa Harvey, Miriam Cabello, Niki McDonald, Patrick O'Rourke, Pennie Pomroy, Peter Strong, Rebecca Geddes, Sarah O'Connell, Tasman Miller, Teena McCarthy, Tom Eager, Yvonne Levenston, Ahmed Khalidi and Rua Hashlamoun.

Opening Saturday 8th September, 4pm - 6pm

ESP Gallery 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville





"Masalai" - by Suede - opening Sat 18 August

Suede's paintings,  in resin, varnish & enamel, show swirling and seductive organic forms describing his childhood night terrors in the deep undergrowth of the Papua New Guinea jungles. Pursued by imagined spirits and the dreaded "Masalai".

Exhibition runs from Thursday 16 August - Sunday 2 September 2012
Opening night - Saturday 18 August - 4pm - 6pm
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