Monday, July 11, 2011

A Natural World

Kirra Galleries new exhibition 'A Natural World' featuring the works of Miki Kubo and Amanda Louden, was officially opened last Thursday evening  by internationally renowned Australian glass artist, Brian Hirst.

In his speech Brian said:

"We are here tonight to support the efforts of Amanda Louden and Miki Kubo, two highly skilled and committed artists working with glass.

Both artists design and blow their own glass, using their skills to blow forms specifically for their imagery.  They work with their assistants in the hot shop to create surfaces they want to work on - glass is their chosen canvas.

I am happy to say I really admire the work of both Amanda and Miki. The glass works and vision they express so clearly in the work, the subject matter so sensitively done." 

Amanda Louden, Peter Kolliner OAM Gallery Director and Miki Kubo at the opening of 'A Natural World'  

Miki Kubo with her work 'Spring'

'Chatter' by Miki Kubo

'Cosmos' by Miki Kubo

'Iceland Poppy' by Miki Kubo

Amanda Louden with her work Grevillea bipinnatifida (Fuchsia Grevillea cylinder)

Acacia acinacea (Gold Dust Wattle) by Amanda Louden

Acacia acinacea (Gold Dust Wattle) by Amanda Louden

'Octopuses' by Amanda Louden

Kirra Galleries 
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets

Phone:   +613 9639 6388
Fax:       +613 9639 8522
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm

Sunday, July 3, 2011

'a natural world' Exhibition Opening on 7th July from 6:00 - 8:00pm

Peter Kolliner OAM, Gallery Director, together with management and staff at Kirra Galleries would like you to join us at the opening of a new exhibition featuring the work of Miki Kubo and Amanda Louden.

This long awaited exhibition brings together two extraordinary glass artists with much in common. Miki and Amanda are both respected glass blowers and makers who share a passion for nature. They both possess exceptional drafting and engraving skills and they use their art glass as a canvas to express their observances and love for a natural world.

"When I choose a subject for my art, I find and connect with a spark in it - a glimpse of its perfection and purity that it reveals to me. When I engrave an animal, it is a portrait of that animal.
Every individual animal is its own spirit. Each piece I make is an individual portrait of that animal, of that spirit."
Miki Kubo.

"Why do I do what I do? Simply, I thought it would look nice. My enjoyment of the Australian bush is most definitely my inspiration and being able to promote some of the incredible range of species out there is a joy. I like the idea of showing a natural world in a permanent form and I do love working with glass."
Amanda Louden.

The exhibition will be opened by internationally renowned Australian glass artist, Brian Hirst.

Opening: 6.00-8.00pm - Thursday 7 July 2011
Kirra Galleries, Federation Square
(enter via Atrium)

 Daisy by Miki Kubo

Tulip by Miki Kubo

 Chatter by Miki Kubo

Octopuses by Amanda Louden

Eremophila maculata by Amanda Louden

Daisy by Amanda Louden