What’s in the Stockroom?

Each week we wander through one of the region’s premiere stockrooms to find out what treasures lay inside.

Bett Gallery

This week we visit Hobart’s Bett Gallery with co-director Emma Bett. The artwork behind Bett is Shoreline by Tim Burns.

Locust Jones, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?2018. Collage and ink on paper, 153 x 124cm. Courtesy: the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Locust Jones continues to keep me real.  His work is a constant political journey with no holding back, his mark making is honest and intuitive. As an artist who responds to our times now, Locust reminds me to stay aware of all that is happening globally.”

Joan Ross, FOOLS RUSH IN2019. Glass, plastic, resin and acrylic paint, edition of 3 + 1AP, 35 x 38 x 15cm. Courtesy: the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Joan Ross’ work yells at me like a best friend, the friend that knew it all down the back shed, and she had better fags. Her work speaks of this place. Seducing you in, Joan’s imagery challenges history and leaves you needing more. ”

Amanda Davies, TREATMENT IN PINK, 2019. Oil on linen, 244 x 183cm. Courtesy: the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Amanda Davies whips the blanket out from everyone.  She leaves painters stunned and collectors aghast.  I dearly love her brash and beautiful approach to making and the edgy rawness of the brush stroke.  As you step back away from her canvas, her painting skilfully settles into place allowing all parts to fit, completely.”

Pat Brassington, COMING, 2010. Pigment print, edition of 8 + 2AP, 100 x 72cm. Courtesy: the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Pat Brassington encourages us to slide into comfort and then wakes us in the middle of the night with a gnawing feeling. That knowing she offers, that things are never as they seem. Duality is in everything and tension prevails.”

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