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18 October - 4 November

Jane Gerrish | Adam Oste | Shanti Shea An | Lilli Stromland

Four artists explore the art of looking through painting and drawing.  

Intimate and enclosed compositions offer glimpses of individual perspectives and the subjective gaze of others in Collab’s final show at Pine Street.



Lilli Stromland’s lush garden paintings explore what the eye sees through intimate and enclosed compositions. Stromland o ers us a glimpse of her gaze and individual experience through these singular perspectives. The negation of optical depth unfurls moments of introspective reverie; of time lost in thought amongst the pleasures of the garden. Stromland’s plants are burgeoning with new growth – saplings sprout new leaves and reach out across tables, up fences and through the Drying Rack with the promise of abundant life, lovingly fostered.

Stromland graduated from the National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) in 2015. She was a Highly Commended Finalist in the Mosman Youth Art Prize (Tertiary) in 2016, the Australian representative for the Miradas International Art Prize (Spain, 2016), a Semi- Finalist in the Douglas Moran Portrait Prize in 2014 and a Finalist in Art Express 2013. 

Adam Oste captures the golden light and warmth of an Australian summer. A sense of immediacy permeates the works as Oste paints outdoors, en plein air, rendering the transient patterns of light and shade he sees before him. Beginning with a bright base ground of orange, golden yellow or bougainvillaea pink, these colours inflect the following painterly layers to conjure the hot light and colours of an Australian summer. Each work forms a vignette of a moment, yet in his warmth of handling, Oste allows us to share his perspective and each image melds with our own memories into the perpetual summers of the mind.

Oste graduated from UNSW Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in 2016. He was recently a nalist in the 2017 Kilgour Prize. Oste has had two solo shows, Terra Laudet at Clifton School of Arts and Black Gold Gallery (2015) and Lines on the Land at Space 44 Gallery (2015). 

The genesis of Jane Gerrish’s Postcard series can be traced to a visit to the East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. It was there that Gerrish found herself moved by images of a working girl lacing up her corset in the stillness of a domestic interior. This moment triggered Gerrish to investigate her collection of postcards as memory vessels and historical documents – as both images and artefacts of life. All six drawings in the Postcard series celebrate the softness of human touch and expressiveness of the hand through the soft, silvery tone of graphite.

Gerrish studied at East Sydney Tech (now the National Art School). Gerrish has a background in fashion and textiles which continues to inform her drawing practice and is evident in her sensitivity to fabric. Her diverse art practice ranges from classical representation to painted abstracts. Gerrish has been nalist in a number of art prizes including the Waverley Art Prize (2016), Little Things Art Prize (2016, 2017), Hornsby Art Prize (2016) and the M16 Drawing Prize (2016). 

Shanti Shea An is an emerging artist whose painterly sensitivity continues in the tradition of Morandi. Her contemplative interior scenes dance in soft sunset hues. Long shafts of light fall along the oor becoming compositional elements of shape and colour. The recurring motif of windows mirrors the intimate works themselves – these small scenes o er glimpses of brief moment in time, forever immortalised in the luminously painted surface.

Shea An completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) in painting from the Australian National University in 2017 and was also awarded the University Medal. She has exhibited in numerous group shows across Australia as well as a solo show No Newness at The Front Gallery, ACT (2017). Sightlines is only the second time Shanti’s work has been exhibited in NSW. 


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