Artists David Collins, Elisabeth Cummings, Sally Stokes, Belinda Street and Leah Thiessen were invited to spend a week at the Kelton Plain Property in Monaro in May 2021. This exhibition presents works produced during the residency. The life of an artist is typically one of solitude, so there is something very special when artists come together on an artist residency. The conversations and eating together, as well as the experience of place, light, sun, rain and changing temperatures, connect each of the artists together and to the landscape. A unique bond grows through being together and working apart.Each day the small group ventured into the landscape to make sense of the area’s vast grassy and wind-swept plains, granite rocks, twisted Eucalypts and expansive skies, all under the shadow of ‘The Snowies’. Extended time and experience in the rugged territory of Monaro allowed each to experience the rhythm and energy of the land; to sit in the landscape and to be in the moment, alert and attentive.However, how this harsh yet beautiful landscape speaks to each artist is different, and, through a unique individual creative process, each attempts to merge the physical with the emotional, using pencil, charcoal, pen and paint – to capture the essence of the Monaro Plain. Featuring en plein air studies and studio developed paintings, ‘Rhythms of the Monaro’ is the culmination of each artist’s time spent both at the residency and the memories interpreted back in their individual studios.The exhibition features work by five acclaimed and award-winning Australian artists: David Collins (Defiance Gallery), Elisabeth Cummings (King Street Gallery on William), Belinda Street, Sally Stokes and Leah Thiessen (Flinders Lane Gallery). For further information please contact Wagner Contemporary.


Collins - High Country - Oil on Canvas - 122x102cm
Collins - Monaro Seires No 4-gouache on paper-42 x 59cm
Collins- Monaro Series No 1- gouache on paper - 38 x 50cm
Collins-Monaro Series No 1-gouache and pastel on paper 38 x 50cm
David Collins
Elisabeth Cummings - Kelton Plains The Monaro 3-gouache on Arches Moulin du Gue paper-29 x 38cm-cropped
Elisabeth Cummings -Through the Monaro-oil on canvas-61 x 76cm
Elisabeth Cummings- Distant Homestead, Kelton Plains-oil on canvas-41 x 51cm-cropped
Elisabeth Cummings- Kelton Plains The Monaro 1- gouache on Arches Moulin du Gue paper - 29 x 38cm-cropped
Elisabeth Cummings- Kelton Plains The Monaro 2- gouache on Arches Moulin du Gue paper-29 x 38cm-cropped
Stokes I consider eternity oil on canvas 102x102cm
Stokes Lingering in happiness oil on canvas 70x180cm
Stokes She knows oil on linen 101x102cm
Stokes-Tenderness-oil on canvas- 150 x 150cm
Street 'Good Place 5'-oil on board - 30.5 x 30.5cm_0
Street-Before The Rain-oil on canvas-100x150cm
Street-Kelton View Study-oil on canvas- 30x30cm
Street-Kelton View-oil on canvas-60x80cm
Street-Monaro Conversations-oil on canvas-90x90cm
Street-Monaro Rhythm 1-oil on canvas-100x150cm
Street-Monaro Rhythm 2-oil on canvas-100x150cm
Thiessen-Amongst the long grass- oil on poly cotton- 123cm x 123cm updated image
Thiessen-Beneath the rocks-oil on polycotton-103cm x 103cm