Artist’s scenic journey


From country to coast, A Painter’s Journey was five years in the making.

That’s about how long East Maitland artist Malcolm Sands has been travelling to Orange each year to visit his uncle.

“One time, he suggested going home via Bylong Valley instead of the Blue Mountains,” Sands told Newcastle Weekly.

“The landforms are just amazing – the way they move as you drive down the road that twists and turns – and they’ve crept into my heart over the last five years.

“I have a daughter that lives in Katoomba, so now I go one way via the mountains and one way via the valley.”

The series of paintings follows Sands’ journey from Orange through the Bylong Valley into the Hunter Valley, finally reaching the coast at

Dudley Bluff, where he participates in the Awabakal Wildflower Walk every year.

A Painter’s Journey is Sands’ first solo exhibition with Gallery 139, which closed its bricks and mortar shopfront on Beaumont Street,

Hamilton a year ago to branch out into pop-up exhibitions and supporting Novocastrian artists further afield.

The exhibition will be on display at Newcastle Artspace (91 Chinchen Street, Tighes Hill) from Thursday 3 to Sunday 20 October.

Opening night will take place on Friday 4 October from 6pm to 8pm.

For more information or sales enquiries, phone Gallery 139 owner/director Ahn Wells on 0434 886 450.

The gallery can arrange professional art framing, delivery and installation to your home or office.

By: Georgia Osland

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