An exciting new exhibition is about to open at The Egg and Dart in Thirroul.
‘Locals Lonely’ opens on April 29 and will showcase the work of four talented young artists. All four live in the Northern Illawarra and all four graduated from art school last year.
Curator Aaron Fell-Fracasso says he saw the opportunity to bring together these emerging artists before they take off. “I wanted to give them the opportunity to showcase their works and to give people the opportunity to explore the depth of talent we have here in the Northern Illawarra,” he says.
The exhibition will feature the works of Austinmer’s Chris Zanko (you can read more about Chris HERE, alongside Hannah Bradbury, India Mark and Nick Santoro as they explore the underlying sensibilities of small-town living.
India was born in Gerringong, however has called Thirroul home for the past few years, and quickly tapped into the local artistic community.
“When I first moved here I didn’t know anyone but I worked at Big Star Cafe in Coledale and they let me put a painting on their wall. People started talking, so before long I had made friends through the artwork,” says India. “Then I started work with Aaron in Egg and Dart where he taught me to frame, and it was there I met so many more young artists living in the Northern Illawarra.”
India will exhibit a series of figurative paintings and some still life. “I draw a lot of inspiration from the Masters, from figurative artists prior to the 19th Century. I also love the work of Belgium’s Michael Borremans, so my work is a fusion of these two styles.”
India has recently graduated from the National Art School, and has returned this year to complete her Masters. “I would love to be a full time artist but feel I need to continue studying so I can teach at Uni or something similar, to support my career. Painting is really hard. Sometimes I feel I am not being realistic, but most of the time I feel it’s the most important thing in the world.”