Kip Clark will show some of his abstract sculpture at KaRi gallery, Kenilworth from Saturday.
Kip Clark will show some of his abstract sculpture at KaRi gallery, Kenilworth from Saturday. Contributed

New art show opening at Kenilworth

A NEW exhibition of sculpture and painting will open at the KaRi gallery in Kenilworth at 11am on Saturday.

The exhibition, entitled Inner Stillness, will showcase new works by contemporary local artists Jo Rees-Jones and Kip Clark.

The title of the show is inspired by a quote from Eckhart Tolle: "All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness".

Jo, from Lake Currimundi, presents her first solo exhibition which offers a new, moody and contemplative series to interpret the world.

"I seek to explain something that is bigger and greater than I am. This is captured through everyday objects and emotions," she said.

In her artwork Jo uses shadow to investigate life and aging in a process of fading which envelopes tenacity.

She began painting when she was young but was "sidelined by life" and only recently decided to follow her real passion.

"It is important in life to do what you want to do," she said as she contemplated life, jokingly referring to herself as a struggling artist. "But it makes you feel vulnerable when you put your art on a wall for everyone to see," she said.

Kip Clark is a sculptor based in Mapleton who joined the KaRi network soon after it started.

His work focuses on the smooth and flowing abstract portrayal of the human form; primarily in ceramics and concrete.

Kip's sculptures exploit the fact that all people are good at reading emotion from the body language of others: so if a sculpture can capture the essence of the person then it can fulfil the main purpose of art - the expression of emotion.

Refreshments are available at the opening event for Inner Stillness on February 23. The exhibition continues for five weekends (until March 24) from 10am to 2pm or by appointment (telephone 5488 6376) at KaRi, 10a Elizabeth St, Kenilworth.

KaRi (Kenilworth Artist Run Initiative) is run by members who are all established and emerging artists from the Sunshine Coast and Mary Valley region. The KaRi gallery presents new shows, every few weeks, by both members and selected guest artists.

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