Seasoned trio make push into Sydney

Boxing class: Detail from one of Paul Maher's works at The Depot Gallery.

Boxing class: Detail from one of Paul Maher's works at The Depot Gallery.

THREE Newcastle artists are making a foray into the Sydney market with a show at The Depot Gallery located in the creative arts complex at 2 Danks Street, Waterloo.

Paul Maher, Peter Lankas and Dino Consalvo will have works on show in the rented gallery space which is within a complex of several commercial art galleries. All three artists are represented by Ahn Well’s Gallery 139 in Newcastle only. 

Wells is promoting the Sydney show to give the artists opportunities for Sydney representation as well as showcase Newcastle artists.

“I”ve chosen these three artists because, although their individual art practices are very different, I know their works will sit together in an overall exhibition,” Wells says.

Wells notes the Danks Street art complex is also home to Brenda May Gallery, which represents Newcastle-based artist Lezlie Tilley and Branxton-born artist Todd Fuller.

Other galleries in the complex include Utopia Art, one of Sydney’s leading Aboriginal art galleries; Annette Larkin Fine Art, which specialises in  purchasing, valuing and collection management; Studio 20/17, a contemporary jewellery gallery; Stella Downer Fine Art and Aboriginal & Pacific Art gallery. 

Lankas calls his work “a journey of visual experimentation, always seeking to discover new methods and means of depicting the distilled essence of his immediate circumstance”.

Consalvo spent 36 years in Melbourne before returning to Newcastle. 

Maher, a finalist in the Kilgour Art Prize, loves painting the local coast. “This familiar coastal quarter is accessible – I can be there in 20 minutes by foot if I need a certain part of a painting. It is always there,” he says. 

“I’ve been painting this section of our urban coastline since about 2009 looking North and South.  Limiting myself in this way has allowed me to accumulate a collection of imagery and compositional components developed into something original and pertinent. Every time I draw this landscape it is new, I see it for the first time again.  I never get bored with making new images because as a society we’re always changing; as is the environment; and so does my take on it.”

Consalvo Lankas Maher opens on May 24 at The Depot Gallery and runs through June 4.