Diversity is a very popular catch phrase these days – diversity in the work place, diversity in the political arena, etc. Linden New Art Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, hosts an annual Postcard show that crystallizes the essence of creative diversity. Featuring small format artworks (8″ x 10″), almost every type of medium, subject matter and world view are represented in over 900 individual works on exhibit.
I am partial to group shows because they provide the viewer with a cornucopia of creativity and imaginative expression. Just think about it – 900 artists begin with the same sized, blank canvas, producing totally unique, original works of art that in no way resemble each other. Isn’t human creativity astounding?
The quality of the artwork in Postcard varies but all-in-all, it is well worth a visit. The gallery itself is set in an historical building filled with light and enhanced by architectural detailing.
Below is a sampling of the variety on view at Linden New Art until January 29th.
And now for my favorite pick: The Boss by Zoe Brener, created using multiple folds of paper in subtle monochrome shades. Brilliant!
I myself recently participated in the 83rd International Miniatures in Fine Art exhibition in Bethesda, MD, and was delighted to score an award, juried from among the 720 international and national entries. Below are my two realistically rendered miniature entries (a good magnifying glass is a must when painting on such a small scale!).