Ballarat art lovers to be taken on a visual journey

Artists Jackie Gorring and David Mellows at the launch of the Journeys exhibition on Saturday. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCEBALLARAT art enthusiasts were taken on a visual journey on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

Painter David Mellows and sculptor Jackie Gorring launched their new collaborative exhibition Journeys at the Backspace Gallery.

The exhibition in the Alfred Deakin Place gallery will showcase the pair’s 19 paintings and 12 sculptures until April 19.

Journeys embraces the literal and symbolic meaning of the word, with the artists responding to familiar and exotic landscapes they have encountered.

Mr Mellows said the theme allowed him to display some of his older pieces.

“I had old works that fit with the theme,” he said.

“I have a piece that’s eight feet wide. This is (the exhibition) where we bring out the big guns.”

The Creswick artist is renowned for his land and cityscape paintings.

Mr Mellows recent trip to Paris helped inspired one of the exhibition’s pieces.

Ms Gorring presents a series of sculptures which are inspired by her trip to Kathmandu.

Curator Deborah Klein said the gallery supported local and regional artists.

“We show a range of work from emerging, established and out-of-area artists,” she said.

The public independent gallery has been showcasing the work of Ballarat region artists for three years.

The City of Ballarat organised the two-and-a-half week exhibition.

The exhibition will be open Thursday to Sunday between noon and 4pm.

One of the two artists will be at the gallery for each day of the exhibition.

Artwork can be purchased at the gallery.

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