When I create a portrait, I am aware of the almost seamless link we have with our past or future, our hopes, joys or sorrows. Portraiture by its very nature is an intimate experience. Preoccupied as we often are, perhaps from very different backgrounds, there is always a human connection. Especially with families and children I see the love of a parent for their child. It is that individual passion and character I hope to portray. I usually work on commission and often my portraits are painted from digital images or photographs. Watercolour lends itself to the softness and curves of the human form and allows me great freedom.
On 6th November, the 2022 Annual Art Show was officially opened by the Hon Brian Langton, former Member for Kogarah. Mr. Langton was representing the current Member for Kogarah, Mr. Chris Minns.
Thanks to the voluntary efforts of many members, the opening night was a great success impressive both artistically and socially. 41 members exhibited 153 artworks. The judge was well known Sydney artist Dee Jackson.
Awards were presented by invited guests and sponsors in seven categories, as well as three special awards: the People’s Choice award, the SGAS Award and the Mitzi Tilley Excellence Award, won by
The WINNER for BEST IN SHOW went to Jan Schuster-Callus for her oil painting titled “Changing Tides”.
The Judge’s comments; “This large painting is a beautiful rendition of the ebb and flow of the tides. Really beautiful!”
The WINNER for Best Oil painting was presented to Peter Warner for his seascape painting title ‘Little Bay’.
Judge’s comments; “This small painting really captures the coastline and the beauty of Little Bay”.
A HIGHLY COMMENDED in this section for Oil Paintings was presented to Ann Cahill for her painting “Sunrise Swimmers”.
A COMMENDED Award was presented to James West for his painting “The Sentinel”.
The WINNER for best Acrylic painting was presented to Marlene Weaver for her portrait of ‘Noel Carrigg (President SCAG)’.
Judge’s comments; “Noel gazes directly at you. It is pared down yet complex and full of character. Wonderful!”
A HIGHLY COMMENDED in this section was presented to Jean Harrow for her painting titled “Capertee Valley Pastoral”.
The WINNER for best Watercolour painting was presented to Virginia Villa for her painting titled “Cudgegong River, Mudgee”.
Judge’s comments; This is a lovely, soft depiction of the river and I can almost smell that wonderful eucalypt tang of the river gums.
A COMMENDED Award in this section was presented to Mirna Gamboa for her painting titled “Grace”.
The WINNER for best Mixed Media painting was presented to Joe Green for his painting titled “The Hidden Cave”.
Judge’s comments; Beautifully mysterious! This painting hints of Japanese Art. It is calm and wonderous in its muted tones.
A HIGHLY COMMENDED was presented to Yvonne Ferguson for her painting titled “Stradivarius”.
The WINNER for best Abstract painting (in any medium) was presented to Michael Warren for his painting titled “Urbanism – Past Present And Future”.
The Judge’s comments; “This is a bold and beautiful painting! The gold shines through and reflects in the watery foreground. Very pleasing”.
A HIGHLY COMMENDED was presented to Joe Green for his painting titled “Alien Craft over the City”.
A COMMENDED Award in this section was presented to Wren Craw for her painting titled “Complexity of Life”.
The WINNER of the Muriel Harding Portrait Prize was presented to Salwa Woodroffe, for her oil painting titled: “Robert Stephen – The Survivor”.
Judge’s comments; ”This painting captures the vibrant heat of the land and the strength of character of Robert, the survivor”.
A HIGHLY COMMENDED in this section for Portraiture and Figurative was presented to Ros Psakis for her painting “Between Events”.
A COMMENDED Award in this section was presented to Beverly Saul for her painting titled “Cousins on the Slide”.
Winner of the Myrle King Award for Best Still Life (in any medium) was presented to Ros Psakis for her oil painting titled “Magnolias”.
Judge’s comments; “A beautiful play of light and dark. It is delightful! I enjoyed the loose and quick brush strokes and highlights”.
A HIGHLY COMMENDED was presented to Jean Harrow for her painting titled “Autumn Magic”.
A COMMENDED Award in this section was won by Jani Nanavati for her painting titled “Blue Mannikin 2”.
Our SGAS Encouragement Award judged by President (James West) and Vice President (Wren Craw)
was presented to Joanna Moschella for her oil painting titled: “Camels on Cable Beach Broome”.
The People’s Choice Award was presented to Yvonne Ferguson for her watercolour painting titled: “Orange Sails”.
Students artworks submitted in our Annual Art Show November 2022
St. George Art Society’s Outstanding Young Artist Awards presentations held on the 6th November.
Artworks submitted by students from the St George Girls High
Artworks submitted by students from the James Cook Boys Technology High School students
Munkhsai Khan Munkhbat
Artwork submitted by a student from the Kogarah High School student
The official opening of our Artreach Art exhibition at Parliament House was held on the 9th June. Opened by MP Chris Minns, it was a wonderful event.
CLICK HERE to view the write up on the event by our local newspaper, The Leader.
Here are a few photos taken at the official opening.
The Orchard Gallery, 56a Raglan Street Waterloo.
28th May to 30th June, 2022
ABOUT NAUHA DABBOUSSY
Nauha moved with her family to Australia from Lebanon when she was 8 years old. She grew up in Melbourne before coming to Sydney where she discovered a passion for painting. “I’d always wanted to do it,” she says. “So I started to explore the options, first at TAFE (St George and Gymea), then studying art history at COFA.” Since the late 1990s, the artist has completed several courses and won awards too, including First Prize at the Bayside Arts Festival in 2019.
Nauha’s appreciation of impressionist painting informs much of her work, from bright-lit landscapes in oils and watercolour to richly textured still life painting, nudes and portraits.
There’s also a highly stylised approach to figuration and composition. A striking lino-block print, hand-coloured, depicts two ducks on a lake. “With regard to more stylised work, I just naturally found my way. It’s about noticing the character of a place or subject, bringing out something special or beautiful and paying attention to design elements.”
Most days Nauha works in her studio-gallery at Banksia (14 Railway Street). She enjoys meeting people there (fortunately, there’s a coffee shop next door) – engaging in conversation while she draws or paints.
“Painting means many hours on my own but I also love the social aspects. I belong to art groups, including the St George Art Society, and like to visit the galleries. I enjoy getting involved in group shows – and will have some works in a show at Parliament House in June.”
The Online exhibition was organized as an alternative to our traditional SGAS Annual Art Show, which once again could not be run in the usual format in due to COVID-19 restrictions.
We’re pleased to say this second online exhibition was another great success and would like to thank all our artists who participated in the event, and a further special thanks to all our viewers and buyers who supported our SGAS members.
We are also grateful to Dario Falzon who judged the artworks in the show and presented awards to the winners in several categories.
Here we present the winning artists and their Award Certificates to show several of Dario’s comments on the artworks.
Congratulation to all our winners.