Landmarks Bring Him Back To Brisbane
Elly-Grace Rinaldis | On 10, May 2016
Free glasses of bottomless champagne? Donâ€™t mind if I do. However, sipping on endless bubbles wasnâ€™t the main event. Art was.
Mitchell Fine Art Gallery hosted the opening night of Landmarks by artist Jeff Makin. Landmarks isÂ Makinâ€™s first Brisbane exhibition in 22 years.Â When walking through the gallery (which only opened seven months ago) it isnâ€™t hard to understand why Makin is labelled as one of Australiaâ€™s leading landscapeÂ artists.
The gallery strategically placed 43 of Makinâ€™s artworks as an easy follow-through journey for solo comers and art fanatics; with scrunched faces in full-focus mode speaking in low husky voices to each other.
The use of soft pigmented colours delicately captures the beauty of this country, providing vivid imagery, not only to those art enthusiasts, but also to the general public.
Makin was in attendance, and with teary eyes, gave a brief speech on his collection of â€˜Studyâ€™ artworks. These â€˜Studiesâ€™ have never been up for sale before and parting ways with them was a bittersweet feeling for Makin. These are the field studies that he conducts before turning them into bigger pieces of art. The Mitchell Fine Art Gallery positions these sixteen pieces beautifully on their own separate wall as an easy referral to the paintings done after them.
A personal favourite was Makinâ€™s painting of Mt. Elephant in the summertime. I conducted my own research for a deeper understanding of Mt. Elephant’s location in Australia.Â Most times, photos donâ€™t do new landscapes justice. However, the quality of the Landmarkâ€™s collection is unique -Â better than photographs – placing yourself in Victoria viewing Mt. Elephant from afar.
What: â€˜Landmarksâ€™ Jeff Makin art exhibition
Where: 86 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley
When: 4th â€“ 28th May
Cost: Free Entry
Images: Mitchell Fine Art, Louise Moeller