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Moree Gallery presents ‘Near and Far’ this month

THIS month’s Moree Gallery exhibition welcomes two exciting new talents – each born a world away, but both enjoying soaring success as acclaimed Australian artists.

Western Australia-based landscape artist Carly Le Cerf and Melbourne still life talent Laura White will reveal their latest bodies of work at The Moree Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Near and Far, opening Friday, July 13.

Originally from Argentina, Laura White is now an Australian realist artist specialising in still life and nature-inspired oil paintings.

Her charming paintings illustrate vivid images of clarity and life-like quality.

By adopting the ‘flemish’ techniques of the Dutch Masters she uses multiple layering methods and translucent glazes to achieve depth and texture in her work.

“I am inspired by the everyday items usually taken for granted,” Laura said. 

“My aim is to engage the viewer not only with their sense of sight, but also that of touch, taste and smell.”

Laura White with some of her works destined for The Moree Gallery this month.

This will be Laura’s first visit to Moree however she has been selling through the gallery since 2014.

“I took up painting later in life, after having worked for Victoria Police for over 24 years,” she said.

“Desperately needing a change, however I never imagined it would become a career.”

She described her latest collection of still life works as an ‘eclectic mix’ that includes focal points such as enamel jugs, cutlery, florals and blue and white china.

“This body of work seems to have a bit of a farmhouse-feel to it, which I’m hoping will be well-received,” she said.

“There is such a huge appreciation for art in rural Australia and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to exhibit in a region renowned for its eye for art.”

Carly Le Cerf migrated to Australia from the UK at the age of five and now resides on a rural property in Mount Barker, Western Australia with her husband and twin girls.

Enjoying a deep connection to the land, her works respond to the rhythms of the agricultural seasons.

“My works are developed through an intuitive process, involving layering and carving with beeswax and paint until they are developed into seductively tactile works,” Carly said.

“Texture is a theme embedded in my practice, where I explore its dynamic potential in a variety of mediums. I am inspired by the way we sculpt our environment and replicate this in the making process.”

Carly Le Cerf will be exhibiting agricultural themes works inspired by the Moree region.

Carly’s previous visit to Moree enabled her to capture much of the northern New South Wales scenery.

“I fell instantly in love with the dramatic landscapes and have been waiting for an excuse to return,” she said.

Carly gathered inspiration during her visit using her drone and also during a flight over Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle National Park.

Her works in this exhibition feature aerial interpretations of the Moree region and a series dedicated to cotton field landscapes.

For more information and to view the collection online see www.moreegallery.com.au or phone (02) 6752 3927.

Opening 10am Friday, July 13, the exhibition includes drinks with the artists from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

‘Near and Far’ concludes on August 10.

Words: Georgina Poole