November 30 sees some sensational new work on show at Manyung Gallery in Sorrento. Repurposed nautical visions from Rob Davey merge with the dreamy depth laden acrylic paintings of Craig Penny to bring the sea and recycled objects together in an exhibition that’s all about our love affair with the coast and what lies beyond.
Rob’s work springs from years of collecting found objects. Perhaps his love of sea-faring vessels comes from his own journey from England to Australia as a child, but whatever the reason, his work is full of nostalgia for the discarded objects left behind by others. He explains: “I’ve always collected things, restored and made furniture. I create my boats from old carpenter’s tools, soldering irons and glass cutters. Anything interesting I can get my hands on – whether it’s wood or metal. The starting point is the hull,” and the result is uniquely charming.
Craig Penny’s paintings are well-known for representing the authenticity of the Mornington Peninsula by journeying the viewer into the wide space of its luminescent waters, coastal scrub and buoyant vessels that glide on the ocean’s surface. Colour dives and twists while Penny’s traditional drawing and illustration skills brings an ease of style that flows from the canvas in a fluid form.
Mark the above date down to set sail with the masters of everyday art – Manyung Gallery Group.
MANYUNG GALLERY SORRENTO
A: 113 A Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
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