About 80 guests attended the opening of the Birds Exhibition at Maleny Artworks on Saturday night.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Sydney artists brothers Warwick and Neil Heley and Caloundra artist John Waldron. John is also the Director of Caloundra and Noosa Regional Galleries.
The three attended college together and have worked together on art projects on and off for the past 28 years.
Just over 20 years ago they experienced Whiteley’s Raper Street studio exhibition Birds. The beautiful exhibition had a significant impact on the three and since then birds have featured in many of their collaborative paintings, drawings and sculptures.
The Birds exhibition, is a homage to Whiteley as well as presenting the observations and stories of the three artists. The exhibitions of individual and collaborative, drawings, paintings and prints explore the beauty, intellect and playfulness of birds and birds as metaphor and omen, for good and bad.
The three share a fascination for birds, which has been passed on through their families. Each has childhood memories of time with their fathers and older brothers on the hunt for bird’s eggs and birds. Their fathers were considered ‘birdsmen’ by their families, because of their close connection with birds and the time they spent feeding and observing their behavior and life patterns.
This exhibition runs through June and Maleny Artworks Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday. Images of the works on show can also be viewed on the Gallery website - www.malenyartworks.com .
Warwick + Neil Healey and John Waldron