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Six Reflections shines brightly on Hunter

Back to Back Galleries is gearing up to host Six Reflections at its Newcastle studio from this weekend.

The group exhibition – consisting of three painters and three ceramic artists each reflecting their own perceptions of the environment, emotions, inspirations and the world that surrounds them – will open on Friday 7 May from 6pm.

It will then continue until 23 May.

The artists include Kate Belton, Susan Eve, Kaylene Gayner, Heather Campbell, Sharon Taylor and Marian Marcatili.

Each is also inspired by the natural surrounds of Lake Macquarie or the Newcastle coastal hub, which has drawn the group together to create work for Six Reflections.

Belton is currently working with inks and texture to generate works representative of the local environment, flora and fauna of the Hunter region.

The colours and textures of the natural world feature predominantly in her artworks, where the beauty of the Lake and the industry of nearby Newcastle city have provided inspiration.

Eve’s love of nature is reflected in her work.

The splendour of colours, textures and flowing lines are undeniably her greatest influence.

Motivation comes from the world around her as she enjoys working with pastels, pencils, acrylic paint, pen and ink.

Gayner has created a series of birds and been inspired by these amazingly beautiful creatures found enjoying the tree-filled environment around her home.

She enjoyed the challenge of capturing the essence of each bird, reflected in watercolour.

Campbell portrays contemplative ceramic figures in relation to nature, animals and the world around her.

Exploring the human condition and spirit, she reflects human emotions in portrayals of facial expressions and body language to represent not only fantasy, joy and hope but also, too, isolation and despair.

Taylor’s ceramic sculptures are inspired by the natural environment and reflect the shapes, forms, colours and textures of the Australian landscape.

She relishes making pieces that can be put back into the landscape, which has inspired them.

Taylor strives to expose the hidden beauty found in the landscape and nature in a captivating way.

Marcatili is inspired by the coastal environment of Lake Macquarie.

Colours and hues found in the natural surroundings are sought to enhance surfaces on her ceramic vessels and convey visual expression, reflecting patterns and textures found in the natural coastal plantings that reside there.

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