The concept of exhibitions titled "Women Painting Women" was conceived in America. The premise being for women artists to celebrate not only women but to herald the craft of traditional tonal realism. A very specific and honed craft.
Having become somewhat of a phenomenon in USA, the momentum grew with the next instalment being in the UK. This major exhibition in Victoria heralds the inaugural Australian leg of the Women Painting Women movement. 7 artists from round Australia were asked to participate and Avril Thomas from Magpie Springs is one of the seven. It presents award winning realist painters from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales including Fiona Bilbrough, Jacqui Grantford, Raelene Sharp, Sally Ryan, Vicki Sullivan, sculptor Heather Ellis and Avril Thomas.
The Show opened at Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upway at the foot of the Dandenong ranges May 1 2016. It is a strong yet sensitive exhibition the works are as unique and bold as the artists and subjects themselves. It is set to become a biannual event.
Till now the works in the gallery here at Magpie Springs Gallery have, on the whole been other artists works.
To coincide with this event in Victoria the whole gallery is showing works by Avril Thomas. Her Archibald entry hung in 2005 “The Minister from Downunder" a portrait of Alexander Downer. A couple of pieces from “Theatre Works” (a 42 piece collection exhibited at Flinders Hospital, in which 10 surgeons took part). Two pieces from “A Day in the Life of Medicine” (A show in Bonython Hall to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Adelaide University’s School of Medicine – and showcase 59 of their past luminaries and their specific genres of medicine) Some local landscape scenes in the Fleurieu Peninsula, some pieces from her private collection and others both in oil and in pastel. Not all are for sale - ask if something is of particular interest.