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Gallery Hours (Winter 2017) 

Mondays – Fridays: 9 am – 5.00 pm. Saturdays: 10 am – 2 pm. Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Free entry, all works available for purchase and freight can be arranged.

Coming soon.

‘Happily Ever After’ an exhibition of Paintings by artist and prize winning book illustrator Ritva Voutila

9th Sept – 9th Oct. Opening event 9th Sept 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.

Exquisite paintings in oil by Finnish born artist Ritva Voutila. Voutila is a world recognised Children’s Book Illustrator whose fifty plus book commissions have been published by some of the world’s most prestigious publishing houses, including Allen & Unwin and Little Hare.

Voutila now calls Ballarat her home, and Gallery on Sturt is delighted to present this exhibition which blends Voutila’s exquisitely rendered doll and childlike figures and faces with abstract, sometimes mosaic-like backgrounds. Beautiful enough to be European icons, Voutila’s work stands alone in her ability to capture the thoughtful moods of her beautiful sometimes fantastical subjects. Includes 21 original oils on canvas and all available for purchase. Also featured in the Spring edition of ‘Ballarat Lifestyle.’

Norman Lindsay ‘The Studio Photographs’

Outrageous, scandalous, bohemian and a genius, Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) was a controversial figure in the world of art. His works defied categorisation, and yet his voluptuous often classically inspired compositions were without doubt the work of a master draftsman and gifted painter. He grew up in Creswick (less than 20 km from Ballarat) but found the small-town conservatism a stifling environment for his creative spirit.

Lindsay ultimately moved to the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, where he found the right environment for his multifaceted creativity. These extraordinary photographs, (gelatin silver prints from Lindsay’s glass plates), document his life from this period. A writer, printmaker, sculptor and painter, these photographs depict the artist and his models as they lived in his private world amidst the natural beauty of the Australian bush.

On exhibit are enlargements of studio photographs of the Lindsay family dating from 1909-1914 prepared from ‘lost’ glass negatives. These were taken by Norman Lindsay, his brother Sir Lionel Lindsay and a close family friend Keith Wingrove. Signed and numbered by the publisher Lytlewode Press. The edition of each of the enlarged images is limited to 150 proofs, the first 50 of which are set aside for publication in a Portfolio planned for March 2018.

Pro Hart – ‘An Outback Legend’ 5th Aug – 4th Sept

Gallery on Sturt is delighted to announce the exhibition of artworks by one of Australia’s most iconic artists Kevin Charles ‘Pro Hart’ MBE. who was considered the father of the Australian outback painting movement. He was destined to become one of Australia’s most famous, identifiable, richest, prolific and also controversial artists. Shunned by Australia’s art establishment for being ‘too commercial’ those less interested in style, and more in substance recognised that he was a naturally gifted artist who produced work straight from the heart, on the subjects he knew best.

Pro Hart was born in Broken Hill and spent his early years in Larloona, a sheep station around 130 km from  Broken Hill, learning by correspondence. An original oil of Larloona is included in this exhibition. After leaving school at 15, he did numerous menial jobs in the region, and in his 20’s did underground shifts in Mines in Broken Hill. His key to success can be seen with total clarity in this exhibition of his etchings and aquatintsthe tremendous ease of the line in his drawings, the freshness of the colours, the at times humorous authenticity of the subjects, and the unpretentiousness of his characters all contribute to giving his works tremendous appeal. Unlike some artists who produce works from the imagination, when we look at Pro Hart’s work we have the immediate sense that this artist was looking at his subject in person, knowing it and understanding it.

We can imagine the seven year old boy, on his knees, looking at the ants as they scurry about in his print “Ant Swarm”, and we imagine the gnarly hand of a worker taking a yabbie off the line in “Yabbie”. Because this is the life he himself lived, we know that the two men in “Two Miners”, or the faces in “Carol Singers at the Southern Cross Hotel” are very real, and like great artists, he can transport us with these images to another time and place which feels remarkably ‘real’ to us.

Wonderful variety

Vanessa Craven

So happy with the framing of my cross-stitch. Matt-board colours and frame really sets off the work.

Valda Taylor

Never been in this shop before but I love it!

April Turner

Fabulous work – all very different and beautifully presented

Jen Fawley

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Marg Pitman

The best we have seen today, don’t expect to see any better (BIFB)

Ian Macmillan

Fantastic display of a deafblind person’s artwork. Thank you.

Cate Larcombe

Wonderful to see Pro Hart collection

Ryan family

Fantastic quality photographic prints!. Than you!

John Hay

Thank you for all your hard work in making my photos look fantastic for my exhibition. Amazing finish, excellent service, you have made the whole experience a pleasure.

Shanna Love

“Have been coming here for 5 years to get my pictures framed, getting my 12th one done now! They look striking in my home” S.H

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“Many thanks for such a wonderful job with this tapestry. Such care and attention to detail – couldn’t be more thrilled” C.M.

“Thankyou so much for your valued patience, assistance & good humour you extended to us in framing our series of certificates. We greatly appreciated it and were thrilled with the results.” S.W.

“The last framing you did for us was brilliant, here’s some more.” L.B. 

“Thankyou so much I am really happy with the botanical prints and your framing. Thankyou for all your help and for making it so easy.” N. 

“Beautiful work (framing) provided gracefully at short notice. The whole experience was such a pleasure. Thank you.” E.& A.

“Thanks for your advice and help in framing my print which has been part of the Next Gen Exhibition at Ballarat Art Gallery” J.A.  

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