Apr 17, 2018

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Karen Price is a local artist who loves the rich variety of domestic architecture that can be found throughout Moonee Valley and nearby areas.
On Thursday evening (19th March 2018), to mark the start of National Trust Heritage Week, Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre will host the opening of Karen Price’s new art exhibition Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. The exhibition includes 34 pen and watercolour paintings.
Concerned at the frequent sudden appearance of vacant blocks in recent years, often in spots where she couldn’t quite remember what used to there, (and perhaps also influenced by once having lived in a house later pulled down so the mansion next door could add a tennis court), Karen decided to document in ink and watercolour a selection of domestic dwellings from Moonee Ponds, Essendon, Ascot Vale, Strathmore and Travancore.
Karen chooses the homes to paint based mostly on their aesthetic appeal, as well as looking for clear sight lines and trying to include a variety of architectural styles in the series. She makes no claims of being an architectural expert, but she has tried to concentrate on houses that appear to be more or less as they were originally designed. Her method is to roam the streets with a camera, and then to work from her photographs.
Currently Karen is working on a series of works documenting the course of the Maribyrnong River, after which she may return to paintings of Moonee Valley buildings.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow opens at Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre on Thursday 19th April at 5.30 pm to 7.00pm. The exhibition runs from Thursday 19th April to Friday 18th May.

All images in this post © Karen Price.

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