Artist Kay Norton-Knight visited Work of Art Community Gallery on Wednesday for a preview of her exhibition Contours.
Mudgee artist Kay Norton-Knight with Jackie Weston and Philippa Murray.
This is the first time the Mudgee artist has displayed her works in Gunnedah, with great interest shown by those who attended the preview.
“We have a group of print makers in Gunnedah, however, I think this work is really very impressive. The viscosity and the woodcuts are very interesting,” Shirley Urquhart said.
“It’s a little different in printmaking compared to what we’re used to, and very attractive.”
Curved lines are a recurrent theme throughout Mrs Norton Knight work and many feature the landscape of Alice Springs where she completed her artist’s residence.
“I used to have to cycle past the West McDonnell Ranges to get to my studio every day,” Mrs Norton-Knight said.
The artist said she found lines to be “very therapeutic”.
“I find that they are more relaxing and calming to the eye, more so than the severe. I prefer working with the curves rather than the sharp edges,” she said.
When she does woodcuts, Mrs Norton-Knight said she likes to leave the wood exposed and work with the grain.
Enjoying an afternoon preview. From left, Anne Pickett, Felicity Baker, Judy Baker and Shirley Urquhart.
Gallery owner Chris Burgess said the artist’s works were reasonably priced and a “great investment”.
“The exhibition is absolutely fantastic. It’s different but by the same token it’s very warming. Those earthy tones of Kay’s are very welcoming,” he said.
Gallery co-ordinator Philippa Murray said the exhibition was a great contrast to the previous exhibition on show, Art from the New England.
“It’s such an impressive body of work and so many hours of work went into it,” she said.
“It’s tremendous to see such good support from the local area.
“I really urge everyone to come and have a look.”
The Work of Art Community Gallery will exhibit printmaking and sculptures by the artist until early June, with all works for sale.
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