Words: Charlotte Middleton
Melbourne’s LON Gallery has announced the representation of three new artists – Casey Jeffery, Tim McMonagle, and Kate Wallace.
Melbourne-based painter Casey Jeffery joins LON off the back of a near sell out exhibition at the gallery earlier in the year titled Homework. A Fine Arts (Honours in Painting) graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Jeffery’s work first came to the attention of LON director Adam Stone back in 2017. In 2018, the gallery presented a solo show of her paintings, and has exhibited her works a number of times since.
“Casey is an extraordinary young artist with a strong support network of collectors and we look forward to sharing her work with a growing audience,” said Stone. Jeffery’s next solo show at LON is planned for 2023.
Also joining the gallery stable is New-Zealand born Tim McMonagle, a widely collected painter and previous finalist of the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. “For close to three decades, McMonagle has established himself as one of the most exciting contemporary painters in the country”, said Stone. “His unique handling of oil paint and strangely captivating subject matter make his paintings both profoundly contemporary yet resolutely timeless.”
The gallery will be presenting a suite of new paintings by McMonagle at the Melbourne Art Fair in February 2022.
Another recent VCA graduate, Melbourne-based representational painter Kate Wallace completed a Master of Contemporary Art in 2018, receiving the Wingate Student Fellowship Art Prize. Of first encountering a suite of small paintings of Wallace’s, Stone recalled: “These works had a profound impact on me, which continued to linger in my mind for some time afterwards. Kate’s practice is a poignant reminder for the potential of painting’s magic to elicit an indescribable emotional response.”
LON first exhibited Wallace’s work in 2020 in the group exhibition New Landscapes and again for Spring 1883 Art Fair earlier this year. Wallace will present a solo exhibition of new paintings with the gallery in October 2022.
Casey Jeffery, Peace, 2019. Acrylic and oil on board, 100 x 90cm. Courtesy: the artist and LON Gallery, Melbourne.
Tim McMonagle, All the Mornings of the World, 2020. Oil on canvas, 84 x 84cm. Photo: Tobias Titz. Courtesy: the artist and LON Gallery, Melbourne.
This article was originally published 12 October 2021.
Image 1: Kate Wallace, On the Inside, 2021. Oil on board, framed 17 x 12.5cm. Courtesy: the artist and LON Gallery, Melbourne.