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Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

The final leg of the Direction Now Touring Exhibition...

Direction Now
Caboolture Regional Gallery

Direction Now opens for its final leg at the Caboolture Regional Gallery. Opening is from 11am on Saturday 5th September. Artist talks will commence from 10:00 featuring Michael Cusack, Amanda Ryan, Mostyn Bramley-Moore and Anthony T O'Carroll.

Anthony T O'Carroll and Mostyn Bramley-Moore at the opening.

Audience for the artist talks by Mostyn Bramley-Moore, Amanda Ryan, Anthony T O'Carroll and Michael Cusack.

Opening crowd

Veiled Dots, 2013 at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD.

Black Square, 2013 at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD.

With Amanda Ryan at the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

Direction Now at Lismore Regional Art Gallery

 To be opened Friday May 29 by artist John Smith

Artist John Smith opening the exhibition.

The opening crowd


Town Hall Gallery

Great preview of the exhibition

Opening speaker Andrew Gaynor

Andrew Gaynor

'When I refer to ‘pure’ abstraction, I am thinking more about, say, the visual difference between Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism. One is full of spiky elongated, exaggerated reality coupled with recognisable human expression, anxiety being predominant. The other is not illustrational; instead, it is marked by mood, observation, energy and the actually visible involvement of the painterly mark.' Andrew Gaynor, excerpt from the opening speech, 21 October, 2014. 

Opening night

'Direction Now features the work of some of Australia's finest abstract artists.'


Opening Tuesday October 21, 6-8pm, Town Hall Gallery, all welcome.


Installation shots of Direction Now at the Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne.


Direction Now at the Glasshouse Regional Art Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW

Exhibition entrance

L-R: Ann Thomson, Mostyn Bramley-Moore, Terri Brooks
L-R: Peter Sharp, Claire Primrose, Mostyn Bramley-Moore
L-R: Anthony O'Carroll, Amanda Ryan, Claire Primrose, Ann Thomson
L-R: Mostyn Bramley-Moore, Terri Brooks
Michael Cusack
L-R: Ann Thomson, Anton Hart, Mostyn Bramley-Moore

L-R: Miles Hall, Terri Brooks


Direction Now >

Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW, 27 June - 3 August, 2014

Currently, the visual art community is producing work in all forms, from performance art to traditional realism. Research is diverse. Yet abstraction is perhaps the least recognized and understood painting form, particularly by a public that in the 1960s understood it more due to curator and critical support. Following in the tradition of ‘Direction 1’, the first group exhibition in Australia to legitimise abstraction in 1956, Direction Now brings together a group of ten artists for whom abstraction is their chosen visual language. The show was initiated out of respect for each other’s work and a quest for recognition that abstraction has a valid, vibrant and lively existence in Australia. The fact that many more artists including Indigenous artists, could have been chosen for this exhibition indicates the breadth and depth of abstraction in Australia. The exhibiting artists have developed a distinctive personal rather than ‘movement’ based visual language. Abstraction has many facets from art informal, process painting, the hard edge and minimalism. In Direction Now notions of technique, process, and reoccurring themes linked to the artist’s individual experiences and immediate environment such as identity and place are presented. Above all Direction Now is an exhibition celebrating artists using elements of abstraction such as the lyrical, gesture, texture and colour field to convey an individual expression.
Mostyn Bramley-Moore
Terri Brooks
Michael Cusack
Miles Hall
Anton Hart
Anthony Terrence O'Carroll
Claire Primrose
Amanda Jane Ryan
Peter Sharp
Ann Thomson 

Direction Now website

'Direction Now' intentionally echoes an earlier exhibition that presented a similar camaraderie. In 1956, 'Direction '1 was held at Macquarie Galleries, Sydney presenting the work of Robert Klippel, John Olsen, John Passmore, Eric Smith and William Rose. 'Direction 1' was the first time that an exhibition in Australia was solely dedicated to abstract painting – a turning point for abstract art in Australia.

Direction Now installation shots at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery

Hinged Edges, 2013, oil, enamel, pencil, PVA and pigment on canvas, 2 x 46 x41 cm

Black Square, 2013, oil and enamel on paper mache, 96 x 76 cm

Veiled Dots, 2013, oil, enamel and pencil on canvas, 153 x 122 cm