An exhibition by Joe Bezzina and Anne Leisner
At Moran Gallery Sylvania daily from 3 October to 1 December 2019 inc.
Entry is free.
Joe and Anne have known each other for many years and have a mutual respect and fondness for each other’s works. They bring to this collaboration a shared love of landscapes; with Joe reflecting the richness of nature and our place within it, and Anne portraying the intricate beauties of the urban scene. It is the contrast in their works alongside their shared objective of capturing their surroundings that makes their work so complimentary.
My attachment with the landscape has always presented me with a rich source of subject matter. What has changed with my artwork over the years is more about the isolation, colour and the underlying lines and shapes that run through our landscape. When I paint en plein air it reinvigorates the mind to see and capture, in a more fleeting way, the light, atmosphere and movement in the land before me.
What art means to me can best be summed up by Piet Monadrian who said "The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel."
Joseph Bezzina is based in southern Sydney. He holds an Advanced Creative Fine Arts Certificate and Statement of Attainment in Skills and Practices in Fine Arts. Joseph is also a Fellow of the Royal Art Society NSW (RAS) and a teacher for the RAS Art School. Joseph has been awarded the Wagga Wagga Art Prize, North Sydney Prize and Camberwell Rotary Prize. He is the recipient of the Royal Art Society Medal of Distinction and the Thora Ungar Memorial Award. Joseph has also exhibited as a Finalist in major art prizes such as Mosman Art Prize, Salon des Refus'es, Paddington Art Prize, Mount Eyre Vineyard Prize and the NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Having lived most of my life in the inner suburbs of Sydney, I feel deeply connected with this wonderful city. In my artwork I enjoy capturing the city's quirks and charm; the pot-hole smattered streets, the unkempt laneways and the captivating facades of old buildings. I am compelled by the sense of mystery I feel when capturing a scene with such a wealth of history. That I am able to convey and share this through my artwork is a privilege.
Anne Leisner is a Sydney based artist who draws her inspirations from the scenic views (or back lanes, as it may be) of Sydney’s inner suburbs. The backstreets and lanes of the inner suburbs of Sydney, where Anne spent her early years, provide her with limitless material for her work. The lanes and back fences (and a few sneak peeks over them) have been the backdrop for several of Anne’s solo exhibitions.