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Janet Hicks - Miniatures Exhibition


Mon 16 Nov 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm
Tue 17 Nov 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm
Wed 18 Nov 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 19 Nov 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm
Fri 20 Nov 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: Ten Thousand Paces Gallery, Shop 10, 302 Bong Bong St, Balaclava, Bowral

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Ten Thousand Paces

In this exhibition of miniatures, local artist Janet Hicks is exploring her responses to the natural world though a genre of painting defined by the physical size of the canvas. Or in this case a set of antique piano keys.

"I am intrigued by the aesthetics of nature, especially the colours, abstract shapes, patterns and rhythms found in flora. My aim is always to capture the visual excitement and wonderment of this subject."

Janet has been able to combine her interest in flora with reference to historical painting surfaces, in this case miniature works on ivory.

"These ivory keys came from a family piano.
It was a John Broadwood piano, made in England in the early 1900s. Since arriving in Australia, it travelled between states, finally resting in Canberra.

Sadly, it was in need of very expensive restoration internally, and the children to whom it belonged, having their own pianos, decided it was not worth restoring.

Having a piano stored in our house suddenly became a treasure. I don’t play the piano, but have appreciated the wonderful gift of ivory keys that it held for me as an artist of miniature works.

Each child in our family, who appreciated the piano, now has a painting on an ivory key, and so, in an artistic sense, it lives on."

Please join us to launch this exhibition at 2pm on the 7th November and join the artist for a discussion around her work.