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Drop-by Drawing

NGV International
Level 2

Free entry

Spend the afternoon improving your drawing skills as local artists lead drawing sessions each Sunday in January. Suitable for all ages.

Sun 7 Jan, 2–4pm (Past)

Facilitator Nick Selenitsch

Melbourne based artist Nick Selenitsch’s practice promotes the artistic and social importance of “not-knowing”. Through a variety of media – installation, drawing, sculpture and public artworks – his works create an elemental language out of familiar forms where the impulse to achieve the goal of singular understanding is both continuously acknowledged and endlessly eschewed. Most recently, he has achieved this by incorporating the aesthetics and motifs of games, sports and civic markings to make artworks that flirt ambiguously with the rules and procedures of their source.

Nick Selenitsch received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003, where he has taught since 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include The Nature of Things, Sutton Gallery, 2016; Kangaroo Court, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, 2015; Nick Selenitsch – Play, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, 2014. Recent group exhibitions include Let’s Play: The art of our time, Bunjil Place Gallery, Melbourne, 2017, Design & Play, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, 2016; TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 2016; Pattern, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, 2014; The Gathering II: A survey exhibition of Australian sculpture, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, 2014; and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013.

 

Sun 14 Jan, 2–4pm (Past)

Facilitator Richard Lewer

Born in New Zealand in 1970, Melbourne-based Richard Lewer is known for his paintings, haunting drawings and animations which evocatively rework some of life’s less pleasant elements – injustices, illness, crime scenes, and extreme events. His work is accessible and familiar, with a critical edge that probes what is beautiful and disturbing about our society without injecting a moralising tone or political message. Lewer’s focus is, however, less concerned with telling the concrete facts of a story, instead, his work explores the way these moments can become repositories for the psychic residue of extreme events, painful activities or our deepest fears.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Getting to Know You, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland (2017), The Best Thing About Going Away is Coming Home, Sullivan & Strumpf, Sydney (2016), Believe It or Not, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide (2015), It’s More Than a Game, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland (2015), Parnngurr, Sullivan & Strumpf, Sydney (2015), Mostly Sunny, Hugo Michell Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne (2014), The Ten Commandments, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide (2013), Gertrude Edition: Tarot Card Series, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2012). His work was surveyed in the exhibitions I Must Learn To Like Myself at the Waikato Museum of New Zealand (2010) and Nobody likes a Show-Off at Monash University Museum of Art (2009).

Sun 21 Jan, 2–4pm (Past)

Facilitator Raafat Ishak

Working across painting, installation and site-specific drawing, Raafat Ishak’s practice is informed by architecture and his Arabic cultural heritage. Using a formal but understated graphic language, where distinctive lines enclose curved, square or rectangular shapes that have been slowly built up in pastel shades on unprimed MDF, Ishak seamlessly mixes the personal with the political in a way that highlights the circularity and interdependency of these relationships. Underscored by a utopian, romantic tendency, his work is subtle, contemplative and alive to the nuances of cross-cultural dialogue and transit.

Recent individual exhibitions include: Bushrangers, Platform Hero Billboard, Melbourne, 2016; Apnea, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2015; Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (in collaboration with Tom Nicholson), Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria, 2012; and Raafat Ishak: Work in Progress, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 2010. He has also presented significant bodies of work at Art Dubai, with Sutton Gallery, in 2011 and 2012.

Ishak’s work is held is many significant public and private collections, including: Barjeel Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates; Michael Buxton Collection, Melbourne; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.

Sun 28 Jan, 2–4pm (Past)

Facilitator Nick Selenitsch

Melbourne based artist Nick Selenitsch’s practice promotes the artistic and social importance of “not-knowing”. Through a variety of media – installation, drawing, sculpture and public artworks – his works create an elemental language out of familiar forms where the impulse to achieve the goal of singular understanding is both continuously acknowledged and endlessly eschewed. Most recently, he has achieved this by incorporating the aesthetics and motifs of games, sports and civic markings to make artworks that flirt ambiguously with the rules and procedures of their source.

Nick Selenitsch received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003, where he has taught since 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include The Nature of Things, Sutton Gallery, 2016; Kangaroo Court, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, 2015; Nick Selenitsch – Play, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, 2014. Recent group exhibitions include Let’s Play: The art of our time, Bunjil Place Gallery, Melbourne, 2017, Design & Play, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, 2016; TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 2016; Pattern, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, 2014; The Gathering II: A survey exhibition of Australian sculpture, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, 2014; and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013.