Featured Artists for March
Our focus this month is on Abstract Art and we’re delighted to feature the works of three contemporary artists; Rhonda Campbell, Dawn Lim and Marian Alexopoulos. Each are passionate in producing innovative artwork through extensive experimentation and a variety of media and techniques to capture interesting textures, depths, colours and designs.
I’ve always found it surprising that abstract art became so popular in the very early part of the 20th century in a world that was so formal in terms of architecture, fashion and culture. So I feel we should be grateful to so many artists such as Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp (to name just a few), who broke away from the traditional style of realism and revealed a new innovative way for future artists to express themselves.
In our modern world, it’s not surprising that abstract art has become even more popular. We hope you enjoy viewing the unique and innovative works of our featured artists and here we would also like to tell you a little about each of their interesting artistic journeys.
Rhonda Campbell is an Australian born artist and printmaker who loves colour and texture and is greatly inspired by nature and the landscapes around her. Constantly experimenting and exploring various techniques with the use of a variety of mixed media, she successfully captures the richness and glow in her work as it comes to life.
Her large works, generally one metre square, are mostly painted on either box canvas or birch panels. The fabulous rich, warm colours, the interesting textures and designs of her paintings would certainly enhance the interior of any home or office.
Rhonda’s extensive training commenced in the late 60’s achieving a Diploma of Art Education and Diploma of Design at the National Art School in Sydney. Her training has continued over the years through many workshops both locally and overseas.
She has been involved in numerous group and solo exhibitions and her work is held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Canada and the United States.
Her next event is to be part of the Secret Postcard Show in Sydney which is a charity exhibition to support the Fred Hollows Foundation. For further information on the event; https://www.ozartfinder.com/artexhibitions/secret-postcard-show/
Over the years, Rhonda has received a great number of awards, and is also currently featured in the gallery section of Art Edit Magazine.
Dawn Lim was born in London and migrated to Australia in the late seventies. Originally residing in Melbourne, Dawn moved to Ballarat, and later to the Pyrenees region of Victoria where she now lives and continues to paint.
Dawn’s artistic abilities were discovered in very early childhood, and her interest in drawing and painting has been a lifetime passion. Her favoured mediums are oils and acrylics, and through experimentation and good use of colours, she successfully creates an illusion of depth and space.
Initially self-taught, she commenced formal training and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996, at the University of Ballarat. She then went on to achieve a scholarship to undertake her Honours year in 2008. By 2013, Dawn had multiple digital works on show in New York and Miami and received various offers to show her work around the world.
Dawn has always been committed to painting and exhibiting, and for some time she also conducted art retreat workshops in her home studio in the Pyrenees.
In addition to Dawn’s long list of achievements and exhibitions, she is also represented by the 100th Gallery in South Melbourne.
Marian Alexopoulos was born in Suffolk, UK. Her early love of art led to her entering Art School in Cambridge in the sixties. From there, she obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from Leicester University, majoring in Art. During the early seventies she taught in London before moving to Australia where she was employed as an art teacher and also Art Advisor with the Victorian Education Department.
Now retired, she continues to paint in her home studio in Macedon, Victoria, where she creates abstract works in watercolour, acrylics and mixed media. She continually experiments with various methods of applying both paint and collage to achieve textural depth and richness in her work.
Marian has further enjoyed exploring the technique of encaustic and after mastering this interesting method of using wax with paint, she now conducts workshops in and around the Macedon Ranges.
For many years, Marian has been a keen contributor to many community art groups in the Daylesford Macedon Ranges region, and in 2006 she became one of the founding members of The Macedon Ranges Arts Collective, which runs its own gallery in Mount Macedon. She is also a participant in the Open Studios programs and has exhibited her work in many group and solo exhibitions.