Blokes with art

Sho Wakejima, Bill Clifton and Brett Bienke with some of the artworks that will be part of their exhibition Blokes Art at Armisteads Gallery.

Three of Lismore TAFEs Diploma of Fine Arts students Bill Clifton, Brett Bienke and Sho Wakejima (or B1, B2 and S1 as they prefer to be known) are joining forces to present a combined exhibition of works entitled Blokes Art.

The exhibition opens tonight (Thursday, November 9) at Armisteads Gallery in Lismore, and showcases three very different styles.

S1s works include paintings and Japanese wood cut and lino prints, as well as some charcoal on canvas. S1 says his collection is not a reflection of his gender, his age or his political leanings, but instead a direct expression of his soul. He says, my art is an appreciation of life and what it means to be a human being.

B1 finds himself walking a path of constant evolution as he looks for a style that rests well with his true self. This ongoing journey produces a melting pot of ideas and styles that never fail to intrigue.

B2s artworks are unashamedly political a reflection of his socialist values. His commentary on life, the universe and everything is sometimes cynical, while at other times reflects his belief that positive, progressive change is possible.

The three friends say they are sick and tired of intellectual posturing about art. Their artist statement says simply, Never mind the bollocks, here comes the art.

Blokes Art will be on show at Armisteads Gallery (43b Wyrallah Road, East Lismore) until November 23.

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