Secrets, Saints and Shadows
Bernhardine Mueller, Denise Scholz-Wulfing, Mirabel FitzGerald
30th Sept – 24th Oct 2015
Printmakers leave their mark at Stanley Street Gallery.
Three of Australia’s leading printmakers will be exhibiting their work at Stanley Street Gallery from Wednesday 30th September to Saturday 24th October 2015. Mirabel FitzGerald, Denise Scholz-Wulfing and Bernhardine Mueller are represented in major collections including the National Gallery and the Art Gallery of NSW and Regional Galleries.
Mueller works in a figurative style, and uses the medium of printmaking to express a personal narrative on life as she sees it. Her prints interpret the world in a lighthearted, satirical narrative on the human condition. The work contains references to landscape, places, and the imaginary world. Bernhardine uses many personal, universal and esoteric symbols. She mainly uses intaglio printmaking methods such as Etching, and Drypoint on copper, zinc and aluminium, with other techniques, such as Relief, Collagraph and hand-colouring, to add variety and interest to her work.
Born in Haren/Ems, Germany Mueller arrived in Australia in 1968. She studied at Meadowbank Art School and the National Art School, Sydney and has exhibited solo since 1994, participating regularly in annual group exhibitions for the last 20 years, both nationally and internationally. She has been awarded many first Prizes and Awards, both here and overseas. Collections holding her works include: National Gallery of Australia Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Regional Gallery of Burnie Tasmania, Gold Coast City Council Collections.
“My work is inspired by the world we live in, our bond with nature, and how to preserve it for the future. I am so lucky to live in Australia, a country of immense beauty and variety, free of war and the destruction it brings to people and nature. As an artist, I am privileged to be able to put my feelings and thoughts into a visual narrative.” Bernhardine Mueller
Scholz-Wulfing inhabits a world or narrative; populated by meticulously drawn figures placed in real and imagined landscapes. The narrative or story uses myths and symbols as allegories for the artist’s newly discovered experiences of rural life. Inspired by the legend of St Barbara, she has created a series of hand coloured etchings using St Barbara’s story as an allegory for Denise’s experiences building a mudbrick house in rural NSW. The picturesque Australian landscape is the backdrop for the darker story of Barbara’s ultimate demise.
Born and still living in Sydney, Denise attended COFA, in the early 1980s majoring in drawing. Initially interested in painting and drawing Denise’s focus has moved to printmaking, specifically etching. With an ongoing interest in the narrative and figurative work of old masters’ such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder and William Hogarth, Denise has been inspired to create many works which explore moral, mythological and personal themes.
Denise has been involved in many group and solo exhibitions and has been awarded many prizes, including the Camden Art Show, Ryde Art Prize (prints), RAS miniature prize, RAS Print Prize, and been a finalist in the Portia Geach Award, the Blake Prize for Religious Art, the Burnie Print Prize and the Fremantle Print Award.
Through print and drawing media FitzGerald has explored a preoccupation with spaces and places. An interest in ambiguous space, the void and the subjection of descriptive detail to a more abstracted vision, has been reinforced by her attraction to the cultures of Asia, particularly of China and India.
Since moving to the south coast of NSW in 2010, her work has been concerned with the immediate environment of forest and ocean. Her works are not so much a depiction of the landscape; rather they evolve from an attention to the details and textures of the foliage of plants, sea pools, and the play of light in the trees. The works evoke being enmeshed in the vertical lines of the spotted gum forest, or above the ragged coastline defined by the horizontals of the sea and sky.
“Among the trees the light permeates and displaces everything, a continuum of spaces, solids and fractured forms”. Mirabel FitzGerald
Appointed to Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney in 1979, FizGerald taught and coordinated the Print media Studio, until retiring in 2006 as an Honorary Associate Professor.
FitzGerald has maintained an active studio practice, exhibiting in Australia, U.K., Europe, Thailand and China. Over the past two decades she has held twelve solo exhibitions. She has also curated and participated in exchange exhibitions in China, and has been awarded research grants and residencies in Paris, Beijing, Hangzhou, and Bundanon, Australia. Her work is held in private and public collections including the NGA, the AGNSW, State and Regional collections.