Enchanted Places is a joint exhibition by Gaynor Peaty and Julie Irvin that captures their response to the Tasmanian landscape in the medium of printmaking.
Working in Linocut and Collagraph, Gaynor and Julie have explored enchanted places near and far, meeting together regularly to inspire and encourage each other. As a result this exhibition reflects both their personal journey and response to place, as well as a larger collaborative conversation through the medium of printmaking which allows them to explore ideas from the landscape, the rhythms and patterns of which inspire them both.
I have been involved in the Arts since an early age and landscape has been a genre that allows me to explore and express my response to my environment both immediate and the ’big picture’.
I grew up in country Wales and England and feel at home in the Tasmanian landscape. I lived in rural Tasmania for many years and felt I was a part of my immediate, surrounding environment. For the last few years I have lived in Launceston, and whilst now I am in an urban environment I am still easily able to access and appreciate the immediacy of our Tasmanian landscape, and all that it encompasses – it only takes minutes to escape ‘to the country’ whether that be the bush or a pastoral scene. This is what I cherish about Tasmania.
Before coming to Tasmania, I taught Fine Art at the Claremont School of Art and TAFE in Western Australia. Watercolour was my medium for which I received a number awards however since moving to Tasmania I have developed my interest in printmaking and now focus on collagraph and lino prints. It is a medium that lends itself beautifully to expressing the patterns and rhythms of the landscape. I have a current obsession with Tasmanian fungi.
Julie Irvin is a Tasmanian printmaker whose specialises in Collagraph, a print medium that incorporates both relief and intaglio methods. Her work revolves around nature with native grasses and trees key themes in her creative exploration. Julie exhibites regularly throughout Tasmania and Australia.